Trinity Episcopal Preschool Remains Strong And Safe Throughout The Pandemic
Like many preschools, Trinity Episcopal Preschool in Towson has wrestled with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the support of families and the larger Trinity Episcopal Church community has allowed the school to stay safe and strong.
During school shutdowns, Trinity Episcopal Preschool teachers adapted quickly and implemented virtual instruction until the end of the year. When given the opportunity to reopen for summer sessions, the leadership team opted to limit enrollment so staff could master state safety protocols and confidently welcome children back in the fall. “We took a financial hit,” said The Rev. Dr. Rhetta Wiley, Priest-in-charge of Trinity Episcopal Church. “But we were willing to make that sacrifice to protect the children and their teachers. The school is a big part of our mission.”
That sense of mission has guided the preschool through summer sessions and into the fall. “We felt it was important to reopen because our teachers and students are like our extended family. We wanted to keep our teachers employed and support our families during this crisis.” explains Tressa Andrews, Interim Director. “Parents needed to return to work to provide for their families, and Trinity wanted to provide stability for their children in this uncertain and scary time.”
Trinity has gone beyond the state guidelines of recommended safety protocols which can be found at https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/system/files/filedepot/3/covid_guidance_full_080420.pdf. The implementation of these procedures required a great deal of preparation, but the change has really been seamless thanks to the hard work of the teachers. Ali Lynch, one Trinity parent stated, “we were initially nervous about sending our son back during the pandemic but have been blown away by the level of care and caution that they have taken to keep everyone safe, health, and happy. Our son loves going to school and comes home every day telling us about something new he has learned.”
Despite the COVID restrictions, the students are thriving by being back in the classroom. Teachers are creative with the curriculum and are keeping families involved virtually. Instead of the annual pumpkin farm field trip, teachers created a pumpkin patch in the school garden and made scarecrows with the children. Grandparent’s Day was a surprise hit on Zoom. Last Friday, they held a drive-thru Trick or Treat event, and plans are underway for a virtual Christmas Pageant. Trinity is making sure their students can still experience the wonder of childhood, even in these uncertain times.
The past several months has been a labor of love for everyone at Trinity, and they are now ready to safely welcome more children into the family. You are encouraged to listen to the testimonials from families, and see the joy children can experience even through this difficult time.