The health and safety of the children in our care as well as our staff is our number one priority. While the COVID pandemic forced us to face many challenges, it also created opportunities for us to adopt new processes that have greatly enhanced our program and the well-being of all individuals involved. We have seen a positive impact from our enhanced health practices and will continue to keep most of these processes in place.
Effective Monday, June 14, 2021, the following Health Protocols will be followed. Please note that these practices are subject to change if we begin to see signs of increased illnesses and exposure.
· Any individual with illness related symptoms will be excluded.
· Children will be excluded from care if anyone in the household has COVID related symptoms OR if anyone in the household is awaiting the results of a COVID test.
· We continue to encourage parents to follow all CDC recommendations at home and understand that the decisions made at home affect the entire program, the children, and our staff.
· As always, parents may always enter the facility to discuss their child’s care with the School Personnel and/or to observe their child in the classroom. Parent’s entering the facility must be free from any contagions to ensure the health and well-being of everyone.
Please feel free to discuss any questions or concerns with our School Management Team.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
As a child care center, handwashing was already a big part of our day. Now, daily reminders are given to the children to ensure not only that handwashing is occurring at proper times, but that is occurring per the proper procedures.
When do children wash their hands:
· When entering the building;
· Before eating;
· Before playing in a water table;
· After toileting or before and after having a diaper changed;
· After outdoor activities;
· After playing in sand;
· After feeding or touching animals; and
· Any other time that the caregiver has reason to believe the child has come in contact with substances that could be harmful to the child.
When do employees wash their hands:
· Before eating or handling food or medication;
· Before feeding a child;
· After arriving at the child-care center;
· Before and after diapering a child;
· After assisting a child with toileting;
· After personal toileting;
· After handling or cleaning body fluids, such as after wiping noses, mouths, or bottoms, and tending sores;
· After handling or feeding animals;
· After outdoor activities;
· After handling raw food products;
· After eating or drinking; and
· After using any cleaners or toxic chemicals.
· All staff perform cleaning duties above the normal that include cleaning objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, and cubbies.
· All staff perform regular daily cleaning of tables ( a minimum of 5 times per day), chairs (a minimum of 5 times per day), countertops (a minimum of three times per day), cots (after each use), shelves (a minimum of three times per day), toys (a minimum of three times per day and between each child’s use), and bathrooms (a minimum of three times per day).
· At the end of each night, all staff clean each room thoroughly by wiping down and sanitizing all areas.