School for young children doing its best to keep COVID-19 out

The owner of the Pathway Montessori School said she and her staff are working hard to keep the coronavirus out of the classroom.

Posted: Oct 16, 2020 10:50 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The owner of the Pathway Montessori School said she and her staff are working hard to keep the coronavirus out of the classroom.

The school, which serves young children, is located inside the All Saints Episcopal Church on West Jefferson Street in Tupelo.

Pathway Montessori School in Tupelo during the COVID-19 pandemic, Photo Date: Oct. 15, 2020

The school is located inside the All Saints Episcopal Church on West Jefferson Street in Tupelo, Photo Date: Oct. 15, 2020

It is not a church school, it's a privately-owned business.

However, the school, like everywhere else, has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic and is doing so successfully.

"The children, we follow their lead,” Marsha Kiste said. “We do not have to tell them everything to do. It's a follow-the-child-school."

Students at the Montessori School may not have to wear masks but everyone else there does.

Kiste said they [students] probably would not keep them on all day anyway.

"What we are doing is we are requiring masks for all staff and any parent that comes to the school, even if they drop at the door, they must wear their masks,” she said. “All the children have to hand sanitize before they come in the school. Every hour we wash hands — soap and hot water. We wear gloves and staff stays 6 feet apart."

She said staff members try as hard as they can to keep the children 6 feet apart too.

"I guess the big difference is the masking of the staff,” teacher Carol Alvis added. “Actually, our students can wear masks if they want to but most of them haven't opted to do that. It's kind of hard for a young child to keep one on that long."

Kiste said things are going well so far.

"We have had one staff member and she quarantined for 20 days. So yes, we are good now, as far as we know, we're good. We're just taking all of the precautions possible," Kiste said.

The school is open five days a week and has a student population of 34.

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