Our Response to COVID-19
KSS COVID Operations Plan 2021-22
This Plan has been prepared after careful review of CDC, state and county public health department, and Community Care Licensing guidelines as of June 7, 2022. It is subject to change as the pandemic situation evolves.
- KSS is returning to age based classes at our Lincoln Highlands, Montclair, and Walnut Creek campuses. Children from the same family and social bubble might not be placed in the same stable class.
- Mixed age classes with an “older” and “younger” age make up will be practiced at our Albany and Willow Glen campuses. Children from the same family and social bubble might not be placed in the same stable class.
Physical Distancing & Ventilation
- Stable classes will be maintained. Children will be cared for by the same teacher(s) and interact only with the group of children in their assigned class during the school day.
- Classes will not physically interact with one another. We have carefully planned rotations and schedules of the facilities to ensure classes always remain separate.
- Classroom furniture, as well as tape and other cues, have been carefully laid out to maximize separation. Children will use classroom areas individually and in small groups.
- The children will spend as much time outside as possible (depending on the weather and air quality).
- Classrooms will be ventilated as much as possible. KSS uses air purifiers/filtration in all classrooms during hours of operation.
COVID Case Management & Screening
- All teachers, staff, and children will be screened for symptoms and exposure each day before beginning their shift/school day. These questions will be asked verbally or via the ProCare App:
- Have you had any one or more of these symptoms today or within the past 24 hours, which is new or not explained by a reason other than possibly having COVID-19? • Fever, Chills, or Repeated Shaking/Shivering • Cough • Sore Throat • Shortness of Breath, Difficulty Breathing • Feeling Unusually Weak or Fatigued • Loss of Taste or Smell • Muscle pain • Headache • Runny or congested nose • Diarrhea • Nausea and vomiting
- Within the last 10 days have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had a test confirming you have the virus?
- Do you live in the same household with, or have you had close contact in the past 14 days with someone who has been in isolation for COVID-19 or had a test confirming they have the virus?
- Within the past 14 days, has anyone in the household traveled out of state, or had close contact with anyone from out of state or with someone who has traveled out of state?
- Does your child have a temperature of 100*F or higher today (temperature must have been taken today)?
- “Close contact” is defined as living in the same house, being an intimate partner, being a caregiver, or being within 6 feet of an individual for longer than 15 minutes who has COVID-19.
- Temperatures MUST BE TAKEN AT HOME before arriving to campus each day (thermometers will be available for teachers to take the child's temperature if the family has not done so before arriving). No person with a temperature of 100* F or higher will be allowed to enter the school.
- Children and staff will be monitored throughout the day for symptoms. Families will be contacted immediately to pick up if a child displays symptoms and the child will be isolated from the general room population. Teachers will be sent home immediately if they display symptoms.
- Teachers, staff, children and families who show symptoms, have been exposed to COVID, or are suspected or confirmed to have COVID:
- Must report symptoms/exposure/test results to the school immediately. If symptoms are observed during screening, individuals will be excluded from the program. If symptoms develop during the day the individual will be sent home.
- May return to school with a note from their doctor saying they have been cleared to return, have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and have improved symptoms.
- OR have proof of a negative result for COVID test (home tests are accepted, such as Abbott), have been fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and have improved symptoms.
- Individuals exposed to COVID do not need to be quarantined, but must test on the fifth day after exposure and wear a well-fitted mask for the 10 days following exposure. COVID-19 EXPOSURES FOR CHILDREN IN CHILD CARE
- Individuals who test positive must quarantine for 5 days and test on the fifth day. If the test is negative individuals may return if no symptoms are present. No testing is required to return if a child is out for more than 10 days and symptoms have improved. COVID-19 CHILD CARE GUIDANCE WHEN A CHILD IS FEELING SICK OR TESTS POSITIVE
- Always follow recommendations from medical professionals and the local county health department.
- If the school should have a confirmed case of COVID -19 communication of exposure will be sent to all families affected and the school will work directly with the appropriate entities following their recommendations and communicate that with the school community.
- While KSS does the best to timely communicate updates in COVID mandates from the federal, state, and local agencies, changes are made frequently. It is up to everyone in the school community to remain informed and follow the recommendations of the CDC, State and local public health departments. This includes but is not limited to mandates regarding travel, vaccination, masking, etc.
Drop off and Pick up Procedures
- Hours of operation are impacted during COVID operations, the school will open at 8am and close at 5pm daily.
- Only ONE designated adult should bring the child to the door for drop off and pick up.
- Families should take their child’s temperature and assess for symptoms prior to bringing them to school. Children with ANY symptoms of illness should not come to school (including running nose, sneezing, fever above 100 degrees, cough, or diarrhea).
- Adults dropping off and picking up are highly recommended to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.
- Practice social distancing when dropping off and picking up. Drop off and pick up will be scheduled on a staggered schedule if social distancing is not practiced.
- Children will be dropped off & picked up at their classroom door.
- Adults dropping off and picking up should avoid entering school.
- Teachers or families will sign the children in and out on paper. Additionally, the Procare QR code must be scanned at drop off and pick up. Be sure to answer the screening questions in ProCare at drop off.
- At drop off all children will be assessed for symptoms (wellness check), and the adult will be asked the screening questions (verbally or via Procare App). If any fever (100 *F or above) or symptoms are observed at drop off or adult responds in the affirmative to the screening questions, children will not be allowed in school.
- Limited and approved home items will be allowed into school such as; lunch boxes, nap items, water bottles, a sharing day item. These will be kept contained and labeled in the child’s cubby or designated areas. Items will only be available at the designated times.
- At drop off children will wash or sanitize hands before entering the classroom
- If the adult dropping off needs to enter school, they must wash or sanitize their hands upon entering and undergo screening.
Follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting (highlights below):
- Teachers will be designated cleaning responsibilities such as play areas, frequently touched items, and toys. These will be cleaned according to the public health guidelines.
- If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
- For disinfection, diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
- Prepare a bleach solution by mixing: 5 tablespoons (1/3rd cup) bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water.
- KSS has janitorial staff that clean the school every evening.
- In the event of a positive COVID case at the school, enhanced cleaning will be done in the affected classroom.
Personal Protective Equipment, Hand Hygiene, and Respiratory Etiquette
- Children aged 2 and older will be highly encouraged to wear face coverings while indoors. Please send your child to school with a clean and appropriately fitted mask each day, and help to reinforce this expectation with your child at home.
- Every KSS employee will properly wear a mask when highly recommended by appropriate entities. KSS will provide appropriate PPE to staff.
- Staff will use gloves when appropriate. Remove properly to avoid contamination. Dispose of used PPE properly and immediately.
- Wash hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds:
- After blowing nose, coughing, sneezing
- After using the bathroom
- Before and after eating or preparing food
- After cleaning
- Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance
- CDC Hand Hygiene and Cover your Cough and Stop the Spread of Germs signs will be posted in every classroom (in use), bathroom, kitchen, and at the school entrance and exit.
- Preschool aged children are curious and social. They have limited impulse control and ability to follow and remember directions. It is understandable and expected that preschool age children will have difficulty adhering to physical distancing and hygiene standards. Our teachers will do their best to implement these guidelines with children by reinforcing in positive ways. Our goal is to NOT add stress, fear, and confusion to the child’s day.
- Our primary focus during COVID operations is to provide a familiar, safe and healthy, stimulating, age appropriate environment for the children. Goals for developmental learning will be integrated into daily activities and experiences.
- Due to the nature of preschool aged care we know that children need physical contact for emotional comfort, task assistance, and educational scaffolding. Please expect that your child(ren) will be in close proximity and will have physical contact with their teacher(s).
- Teachers will teach children about health and hygiene such as proper handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes.
- Developmentally appropriate strategies to practice proper mask wearing will be used when needed. Our Maestras will make every effort to support the children in their classrooms with their masks.
- Teachers will model and role play safe physical distancing for children in age appropriate ways.Physical spaces will be adapted to support best practices during COVID operations.
- The schedule will be adapted to allow multiple groups to use the facilities without overlapping.
- Napping cots will be set up 18 inch in the head to foot configuration.
- Limited and approved items from home may be brought into the school (ex: lunch box, nap blanket and lovey, water bottles, sharing day item).
- 1 or 2 snacks will be provided by the school, prepared and served by teachers following the public health guidelines. Students will be seated as far apart at the tables as possible. No food sharing will be allowed. Compostable paper goods and utensils are provided. Water bottles will be allowed and available while seated at the table for snack and lunch.
Example daily schedule for children:
Example daily cleaning & disinfecting schedule: