- Stable pods will be maintained. Children will be cared for by the same teacher(s) and with the same group of children (maximum 14). Children from the same family and social buble will be assigned the same group. This means that children may be cared for in a mixed age group.
- Student groups (pods) will not physically interact with one another. We have carefully planned rotations and schedules of the facilities to ensure pods always remain separate.
- 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. Air purifiers/filtration will be used where available.
- 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.
- No home items will be allowed except for lunch boxes, nap items. These will be kept contained and labeled in the child’s cubby or designated areas. Items will only be available at the designated times.
- 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?
- “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 will be taken upon arrival at school before beginning the shift or school day. 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 have been sick
- Must report symptoms 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.
- If they have not consulted a doctor: must be symptom free without medication for 72 hours, and wait 10 days from onset of symptoms before returning to school.
- Or 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.
- May return to school if they have completed their 14 day quarantine and have improved symptoms.
- Must follow recommendations from medical professionals and the local county health department
- If the school should have a confirmed case of COVID -19 it is VERY POSSIBLE that the pod and/or school will have to close for 14 days and those exposed must self quarantine for 14 days. In such a case the school will work directly with the appropriate entities following their recommendations and communicate that with the school community.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures
- Families should designate no more than two people for drop off and pick up (ideally immediate family participating together in stay at home order). Only ONE of the designated adults should bring the child to the door for drop off and pick up.
- Parents 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 must wear a mask.
- 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 the classroom door.
- Adults dropping off 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.
- At drop off all children will have their temperature taken, be assessed for symptoms, and the adult will be asked the screening questions (verbally or via ProCare App). If any fever (100 *F or above) or symptoms are assessed at drop off or adult responds in the affirmative, children will not be allowed in school.
- 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.
Follow CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting, “Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations” (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
Personal Protective Equipment, Hand Hygiene, and Respiratory Etiquette:
- Children in childcare are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings unless they cannot tolerate wearing one.
- Every teacher will properly wear a mask at all times. 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. Typical curricular experiences will be planned however, this will be different from the curriculum we see during regular operations.
- 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) be in close proximity and will have physical contact with their teacher(s).
- Per public health recommendations “circle time” is suspended during COVID operations.
- 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. 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.
- Teachers will use cues, such as tape and name tags, and verbal reminders to help children maintain distance whenever possible.
- Physical spaces will be adapted to support best practices during COVID operations.
- Materials will be reduced to items that are easy to clean frequently. Quantity will be adequate for each child to use their own (no sharing).
- There will be an emphasis on independent learning and playing. Activities such as coloring, puzzles, etc. will be available frequently.
- The schedule will be adapted to allow multiple groups to use the facilities without overlapping.
- Napping cots will be set up 6 feet apart where feasible and in the head to foot configuration.
- Potty training is temporarily suspended, children transitioning must use pull ups.
- No items from home may be brought into the school (exceptions: lunch box, nap blanket and lovey).
- 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.
Example daily schedule for children:
Example teacher schedule and role assignments:
Example daily cleaning & disinfecting schedule: