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The MIR Summer Program is designed to be safe and enriching for all students.

Summer school is open to continuing students and new students with confirmed enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year. It is organized into four two-week sessions:

  • Session 1: June 15-26
  • Session 2: June 29-July 10 No summer school on Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.
  • Session 3: July 13-24
  • Session 4: July 27-August 7

School and childcare are closed June 8-12 and August 10-21. The 2020-2021 school year starts on August 24, 2020. All dates are subject to change depending on state and local government guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit MIR's COVID-19 webpage for the latest school updates.

Due to the drastically reduced capacity allowed by Community Care Licensing, we are managing summer school admissions similar to school-year admissions. Everyone is automatically placed on our waitlist. Eligibility will be evaluated for each family, with priority given to essential care workers and families in which all adults in the household work outside of the home/full-time. Priority is also given to students with confirmed enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.

Summer School Announcements

MAY 29: Summer School Update

Hello Families,

Summer School enrollment is underway. Thank you to the families who have already enrolled -- we greatly appreciate your confidence in the school and our commitment to the health and safety of our students, families, and staff.

We wanted to offer some clarifications on the enrollment process to answer some common questions.

Due to the drastically reduced capacity allowed by Community Care Licensing, we are managing summer school admissions similar to school-year admissions. Everyone is automatically placed on our waitlist.

Eligibility will be evaluated for each family, with priority given to essential care workers and families in which all adults in the household work outside of the home/full-time. Priority is also given to students with confirmed enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year.

We will start evaluating our enrollment list this weekend, and we expect to start notifying parents of admissions early next week.

If you have an urgent need for your child to be enrolled in summer school for any session, we encourage you to enroll sooner rather than later. You may enroll here. Deadlines for enrollment, or to cancel enrollment, are: Session 1 -- Monday, June 8; Session 2 -- Monday, June 15; Session 3 -- Monday, June 29; Session 4 -- Monday, July 13. There is no deposit required.

Full details about the 2020 summer program are available at mir.org/summer. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Stay safe and healthy,
Lisa Kensok

MAY 27: Summer School Enrollment and Safety Plan

Dear Families,

We hope everything is well with you and your family. As we come to the close of the regular school year, we do so with cautious optimism that time and additional safety measures will allow us expanded opportunities to return to the routines and schedules that are necessary for our lives and wellbeing.

In that light, we are writing to announce that MIR Summer School enrollment has opened. The 2020 Summer Program will be held in 4 two-week sessions according to the dates originally published in our school calendar. The dates and full details about the program are available at mir.org/summer. An enrollment deposit is not required.

As you can expect, we have made modifications to ensure the wellbeing of students, families, and employees. Adult/child ratios, our use of physical spaces, student groupings, and our schedule have been significantly modified. The hours for every program—Toddlers, Primary, and Elementary—are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The health and safety of our students and staff are our highest priorities as we plan for re-opening our campus to children.

As a school, MIR has always maintained high standards regarding cleanliness and the health of our community. Over the past few weeks, we have reviewed our cleaning and hygiene measures to implement further rigorous protocols. We are closely monitoring and applying procedural standards as provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the California and San Bernardino County Departments of Public Health. Some of the key features of the MIR Safety Program are listed below. The full, detailed plan will be published online later this week.

This plan and our practices will be continually updated and refined as new information becomes available. As we look ahead to re-opening school in fall, we will apply lessons learned from our experiences with a much smaller student body during summer.

Based on guiding principles provided by the CDC for summer programs, MIR has structured its summer program to be low risk.

Our safety enhancements include:

Cleaning and disinfecting: We will enhance our housekeeping practices by cleaning the materials, restrooms, and play equipment multiple times a day. The teachers will be providing and reinforcing healthy hygiene habits including handwashing, respiratory etiquette, and social distancing.

MIR is required by Community Care Licensing to ensure that cleaning products used dry quickly and are non-toxic when a child touches the item or if a very young child should put an item in their mouth. MIR will be using soap & water and Lysol Clean & Fresh Multi-surface Cleaner to sanitize surfaces and materials. Lysol Clean & Fresh is listed on the EPA COVID-19 approved list of products. All cleaning materials will be kept secure and out of reach of children. Cleaning products will not be used near children, and staff will ensure that there is adequate ventilation when using these products to prevent inhaling fumes.

For electronics, such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, and phones, MIR will use alcohol-based wipes containing at least 70% alcohol and will dry surfaces thoroughly.

Health monitoring: Employees and students will have their temperatures checked using a no-touch thermometer before they enter the school. They will also be visually assessed for signs of illness and asked a few screening questions. Visitors to campus will also have their temperatures taken and screening questions asked.

Limiting campus access: Classroom access will be limited to only students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents and visitors will have access to the MIR campus through the main office only--they will not be allowed in the classrooms. All Primary and Elementary students will be dropped off and picked up at the curb, with staff to assist in getting them to or from their classrooms. Toddler students will be dropped off and picked up at the gate to the Toddler playground.

Wearing masks: All adults at the school will wear masks, and visitors will be asked to wear masks. Parents will need to wear masks when dropping off and picking up their children. Elementary students will be required to wear face masks. Primary and Toddler students will be encouraged to wear face masks. (Cloth face coverings are not recommended for children under age two). MIR will provide cloth face coverings for students while at school, or they may bring in their own. MIR face masks will be laundered daily at MIR to avoid contamination.

It is important to us that you feel comfortable knowing we have been thorough in thinking about the health and safety of our students, families, and employees. MIR has a dedicated team continually evaluating and refining the plan. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes,
Lisa Kensok

Toddler Program (18-36 months)

The Toddler Summer School program offers the continuity of students' regular Montessori program, supplemented with outdoor and water play, music, and arts and crafts. Students must be a minimum of 18 months old at the start of their summer session. Get the full details.

Primary Program (3-6 years)

The Primary Summer School program offers the continuity of students' regular Montessori program, supplemented with outdoor and water play, music, and arts and crafts. New students must be toilet-learned. Get the full details.

Elementary Program (1st-6th grades)

The Elementary Summer Program will support students in building their academic, physical, and social-emotional skills while having fun. It will also offer much-needed social engagement after an extended stay at home. Get the full details.

How to Enroll

We are using a new system called ACTIVE to manage enrollment. You may start enrollment here.

The drastically reduced capacity allowed by Community Care Licensing requires us to manage summer school admissions similar to school-year admissions. Everyone is automatically placed on our waitlist. We will start notifying parents of admissions to summer school early in the week of June 1. We encourage families with an urgent need to enroll in summer school to enroll as early as possible. Deadlines to enroll in, or cancel enrollment in, each session are as follows:

  • Session 1: Monday, June 8
  • Session 2: Monday, June 15
  • Session 3: Monday, June 29
  • Session 4: Monday, July 13

Enrollment for current MIR students not enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year will open following these dates, depending on space available.

Paying for Summer School

All summer school program fees are due before the first day of each session: Session 1 -- payment due by June 12; Session 2 -- payment due by June 26; Session 3 -- payment due by July 10; Session 4 -- payment due by July 24.

Payments will be managed through ACTIVE. At the time you enroll for summer school, you may choose to pay immediately, or to set up a payment option that will be automatically debited on the due dates listed.

A $35 late fee will be assessed if payments are received after the established due date. Any student with an unpaid balance as of the due date will not be permitted to attend the current session until the balance is paid. Delinquent accounts will be referred to the Finance Committee for collection processing and may result in student dismissal and/or a delayed start for the 2020-2021 school year.