First and foremost, we are following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), guidance from our medical advisor, Bishara J. Freij, M.D. and local state childcare licensing authorities. Our company policies, described below, are derived from best practices and expert guidance.
In order to ensure that our school community stays healthy, we screen everyone who enters the building. We ask that anyone exhibiting any signs of illness stay home and not enter our school at all. Those who come to the door will be asked to review and acknowledge illness symptom and exposure questions prior to entering.
A member of our staff will also visually inspect students upon arrival for any signs of illness such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, cough, tiredness, flushed cheeks, rash, runny nose, congestion, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.
Drop-off and Pick-up
Currently, we are requesting that parents do not enter classrooms. Teachers will greet their students at the entrance to the classroom for drop off and pick up. If possible, to further limit exposure, we ask that you identify one parent, guardian or other individual to be the authorized person to always drop-off and pick-up your child. Finally, we recommend that you refrain from having any unvaccinated individual who may have been exposed to COVID-19, or is at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease, participate in pick-up or drop-off.
Visitors to the School
Classroom visitors are limited to teachers/school staff, pre-approved student activity vendors, essential service providers like early intervention specialists and social workers providing services to children, and licensing specialists as required. Breastfeeding mothers are welcome, as always, too. These visitors must successfully clear the Health Screening before entering and follow all school health and safety protocols.
Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocols
Teachers and school staff clean and sanitize throughout the day, paying particular attention to high-touch areas such as doorknobs, toilet flushers, faucets, countertops, phone handles, and tablets. Toys are carefully sanitized at the end of every day and all bedding is kept separate, individually stored, and washed at least weekly. Professional cleaning is completed nightly using EPA approved disinfecting products.
We maintain consistent groupings of children and teachers whenever possible to reduce movement around the school and unnecessary exposure to different individuals. At nap time, cots or mats are arranged so that children are sleeping 6 feet apart and in “head to toe” or “toe to toe” configurations whenever possible. Only one group at a time is permitted to use the playground or any common enrichment areas in the school to reduce contact among groups of children. Additionally, individual meals are served instead of “family style” meal service. Our community and school events have standards in place to maintain distancing between households and classroom cohorts as well.
Meticulous Attention to Hand Hygiene
Everyone who enters the building will have access to hand sanitizer at the entrance and is asked to wash their hands immediately upon arrival to a classroom. Teachers assist the children with handwashing upon entry to the classroom, frequently throughout the day, and ensure that hand washing procedures are thorough and consistently followed.
Exclusion and Isolation Practices
In addition to our general health guidelines and exclusion practices for illness, any symptom related to COVID-19 requires the student or staff member to be symptom and fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication (acetaminophen or Ibuprofen) before returning to school. Any child who becomes ill during the day will be isolated from other children and will be required to be picked up within one hour of notification. The child’s bedding, toothbrush, and any other personal items will be sent home for cleaning at that time.
Exposure to COVID-19
In the event that there is a known case of COVID-19 within our school, we will notify local health officials and follow their guidance. The school will notify families of any cases as well, and share the guidance given by local health officials. The school is prepared to close classrooms or the building entirely if necessary, to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The duration of closure will be at the guidance of local health officials.
- Adults: The CDC has recently issued updated guidance regarding face coverings for vaccinated individuals. Unless state, local, or licensing authority requires all adults to wear masks while inside the school, we require that all unvaccinated adults remain masked while inside the school.
- Children: If mandated by federal, state, local, or licensing authority, staff will assist children as required with wearing masks while in our care. If the child touches their face frequently, regularly removes the mask or cannot remove the mask independently, or any other safety concerns arise, our teachers will document this and immediately discontinue mask usage for that child. If mask usage for children is not mandated, children between the ages of 3 and 5 in our care are permitted to wear a mask or face covering while inside the school if requested by the parent, and if the School Director and parent have a mutually agreed upon plan for both mask usage and conditions for termination of mask usage. Children age 5 and older (unless mandated) may choose to wear masks or face coverings as tolerated, when unable to maintain social distancing inside the school. Children ages 5 and older will wear a cloth face covering as tolerated while being transported in a school vehicle. For safety reasons, children under the age of 2 years are prohibited from wearing face coverings.