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What are we doing to keep our children safe?

Drop Off and Pick Up Policies and Procedures

  • Parents are required to wear a face mask during drop-off and pick-up.
  • Parents and staff will meet at health and wellness station outside the facility entryway.
  • Parents are required to maintain 6 feet distance from other parents/families.
  • Staff will check in the children at the health and wellness station one child at a time to allow for physical distancing.
  • Staff will go over brief questionnaire regarding the health of the child as well as the child’s immediate family.
  • Staff will make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
  • Staff will use thermometer to take the temperature of the child(ren). Forehead temperature of the child must be less than 37.5°C to be admitted into the school.
  • Parent’s visits should be as brief as possible, and parents are discouraged to enter the facility.
  • Parents should wash their own hands and assist in washing the hands of their children before drop-off, prior to coming for pick up, and when they get home.
  • Hand sanitizers will be out of the reach of children, but near all entry doors, classrooms, and other high traffic areas.
  • Ideally, the same parent should drop off and pick up the child every day. If possible, people with underlying medical conditions should not pick-up children, because they are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

Wellness Check for Staff and Children

Our school has implemented screening procedures for our staff and children. This includes asking all individuals about any symptoms (primarily fever, cough, difficulty breathing or other signs of illness within the last 72 hours) – that they, or someone in their homes, might have. All individuals will be asked if they have had any exposure to another individual with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.  We will document and inform everyone of all known incidents of possible exposure to COVID-19.

  • Parents must notify the school if a child has taken any fever reducing medications in last 72 hours and must not bring the child to school.
  • School will take children and staff’s temperature each morning and afternoon by using a non-touch thermometer. If a child or staff has a temperature of 37.5°C or higher or exhibits signs of illness, we will follow the facility procedures for isolation from the general room population and notify the parents immediately to pick up the child and the staff member will be sent home immediately.
  • If a parent or a member of the same household tests positive for COVID-19 they will be required to provide a proof of clearance from a doctor prior to bringing the child to school, same protocols apply to school staff.
  • Parents will be informed if there any known cases of COVID-19.
  • School will follow guidelines given by our Prefectural government and City Hall.

Teacher to Child Ratio & Small Group Size

  • Same teacher will remain with the child(ren) throughout the day except during breaks and lunches.
  • Furniture and children’s play area will be arranged to provide ample space.
  • School will adhere to the following teacher child ratios and small group size outlined below for prevention, containment, and mitigation measures.

Note: the group sizes described do not include the teacher.

Social and Physical Distancing

  • Children will remain in groups as small as possible not to exceed ratio and capacity requirements.
  • Limit the number of children per table to maintain separation during activities or meal/snack times.
  • Limit the mixing of children, such as staggering play times and keeping groups separate for special activities such as art, music, and exercising.
  • Educate children about social distancing and give verbal reminders.
  • Implement strategies to model and reinforce social and physical distancing and movement as best as possible.
  • Children will not be allowed to talk during lunch and snack time to prevent the spread while eating.

Healthy Hygiene Behavior/Hand Washing

  • Signs are posted in restrooms and near sinks that convey proper handwashing techniques.
  • Children will be lined up for hand washing with soap and water, while keeping a safe distance from one another.
  • Faucet will be kept running, so that children do not need to touch the faucet.
  • Staff will practice frequent hand washing each hour by teaching a popular child-friendly song or counting to 20 (hand washing should last 20 seconds) and use single-use paper towels to dry hands thoroughly.

All Children and Staff will engage in hand hygiene at the following times:

  • Children will be handwashing every hour
  • Arrival to the facility and after breaks.
  • Before and after preparing food or drinks.
  • Before and after eating or handling food or feeding children.
  • Before and after administering medication or medical ointments.
  • Before and after diapering.
  • After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom.
  • After coming in contact with bodily fluid.
  • After playing outdoors.
  • After handling garbage.

Routine Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

  • Windows and doors (where possible) will be kept open to allow for increased air circulation.
  • On top of our regular daily cleaning, the school will routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects throughout the day (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, shared toys).

 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Staff will have access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including masks, gloves and face shields to prevent the spread of germs. Children are not required to wear masks while at school, but if parents want them to wear a mask, it is the parent’s responsibility to provide the school with a clean cloth mask every day. Parent must wash the mask daily.

If parents choose to bring their child with a face mask, and if the child decides not to keep the mask on, staff can only encourage but will not force the child to wear the mask.

Food Preparation and Meal Service

Parents will be required to provide lunch from home to eliminate cross-contamination.  Some children may have severe allergic reactions to specific food ingredients that are readily available from home. We request that parents be mindful and careful when packing food from home.

Personal Items

All personal items should be labeled and kept in a separate bag to ensure personal items are separate from others.

Napping

Napping pads will be spaced 6 feet apart from each other.  They will be arranged with the head of each bed alternately, in opposite directions, to lessen the possible spread of illness between children from coughing or sneezing. All pads will be wiped down and disinfected after each use.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging and fluid situation. Governmental orders and guidance may change frequently, therefore our policies and procedures are subject to change accordingly.

Although, the School has placed all commercially reasonable preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, the School cannot guarantee that your child will not become exposed to or even infected with COVID-19 in the course of their use of the School’s childcare services and facilities.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

Have you experienced any of the following symptoms in the     past 48 hours:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea

What to do if you are showing symptoms:

  1. Stay home.
    By staying home, you can help prevent spreading the virus to others in your community. Plan to only go out if you need to seek medical care.
  2. Separate yourself from others.
    If you share your home with others, distance yourself from them as much as possible. Try to use a bedroom and bathroom that’s separate from the rest of your household.
  3. Call your doctor. I
    t’s important to let your doctor know about your symptoms.
  4. Follow your doctor’s instructions.
    Your doctor will give you instructions on how to care for yourself while you’re ill. They may also arrange for you to be tested for COVID-19 if you haven’t been tested already.
  5. Monitor your symptoms.
    Keep track of your symptoms and if they begin to worsen, don’t hesitate to get medical attention. Plan to call ahead before you arrive at your doctor’s office, an urgent care facility, or an emergency room.

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