Pathway to Opening

Our Commitment

As a small, holistic relationship-based school, we are deeply committed to guiding your children in their continuing educational journey with your partnership and collaboration. Salmonberry is committed to maintaining its presence as a community of care, especially during these challenging times.  Salmonberry strives to be the center to which we know we can each return, where we will be held with love, compassion and understanding.  While we have your children in our care, we hold the responsibility for each child’s physical and emotional safety with great reverence and as our highest priority. During the current Covid-19 pandemic, our goal is to find the right balance between emphasizing in-person learning with the necessary safety afforded by social distancing.


 We are planning to open Salmonberry’s campus for the 2020-2021 school year. We acknowledge that this year will be like no other year in our history. To reopen successfully, we are making changes for the safety and wellness of our students, faculty, and staff. These changes will require sacrifice from every member of our community. When we open in the fall, spaces will look different, schedules will shift, and new rules will be in place. We  know that our relationships, connections, and common goals will carry us through this challenging time.

This webpage is your guide to staying informed about our return to school in September. We will continue to update this information as we make decisions and refine our plan. Please understand that the information contained on this website is subject to change at any time, depending on the course of the virus and guidance from state and local officials.


Please join Head of School Paul Freedman during the following summer dates via Zoom. In these Zoom meetings, we’ll update you on our planning, answer questions, and share the thinking behind our decision-making.


Paul’s Office Hours: Tuesdays from 9:00 AM-10:00 AM 

Monthly Parent Advisory Group Meetings: June 15, July 15, August 15 from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM

Paul’s ZOOM room link: PMI: 754-024-9652 Password: 151489 


Summer 2020

School Year 2019-2020


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1. DAILY HOUSEHOLD HEALTH SCREENINGS   Salmonberry is in the process of designing its screening regimen to allow families to either conduct student screening at home prior to arriving at school or once on campus.
2. FACE COVERINGS   The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that students and staff wear cloth face coverings while at school. Salmonberry plans to follow this guidance to provide yet another layer of protection for our community. The CDC explains that COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets shared when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. Wearing a cloth face covering is shown to greatly reduce the transmission of respiratory droplets. The School is working to develop policies for all faculty and staff members as well as students in all grade levels to wear face coverings or shields while on campus.
3. REGULAR HANDWASHING   Health experts agree that frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is one of the best ways for people to stay safe and reduce the spread of germs. Salmonberry will continue to ensure that students wash hands at regular intervals throughout the school day, especially as students enter the classroom and before eating.
4. PHYSICAL DISTANCING   Following the guidance of the CDC, Salmonberry is reconfiguring its classrooms to allow for six feet of physical separation for all students and faculty when in a classroom setting.
5. SANITARY MEASURES   All cleaning and sanitary practices on campus will be enhanced. Hand sanitizing stations will be added inside of each classroom. We are investigating ways to increase ventilation inside the buildings.
Should Salmonberry be required to move to a remote learning model due to a campus closure, we would like to share our online learning vision.

Salmonberry’s Online Learning Vision

  • To maintain strong relationship-based teacher-learner mentorship with the children and their families.
  • To design dynamic programs that best support families in providing home-based learning aligned with Salmonberry’s Mission and pedagogy. 
  • To challenge, guide and mentor students by offering meaningful project-based work and academically relevant curricular content.
  • To connect and engage students with their peers as well as their instructors.
  • To foster well-being of heart, mind, and body.