Coronavirus (COVID-19) uPDATE
Parents and families,
Today, Governor Gary Herbert held a press conference to
address the most recent coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Though the risk of
COVID-19 spread remains low in our community, we want to stay ahead. The health
and safety of our families is of utmost importance to us. As of right now,
all of St. John’s CCDC locations will remain open. There are no reported
cases of COVID-19 at any of our locations, and we understand that childcare is
a necessity for our families. We will continue to provide the excellent
childcare and education that we are so proud of.
The COVID-19 situation is unique and frankly, uncharted
territory for our community. To be safe, we will be implementing several preventive
measures to limit possible spread or exposure to COVID-19. These measures
will go into effect on Monday, March 15th (3/15).
will be strict in enforcing our sick policy at this time. Fever assessment upon
arrival will be mandatory for teachers, students, and those who will be at the
school for an extended period of time, such as parent volunteers. Anyone
who has a temperature over 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit will not be able to come
into the school or will need to go home for the day. If a child develops a
fever while at school, they will be removed from the classroom and will wait in
the director’s office until a parent can pick them up. If your child becomes
ill at school, we ask you come to pick them up immediately to avoid further
illness spread. We strongly encourage parents to check their child’s
temperature at home before coming into school and if they are ill in any way,
for parents to keep them home. In short, if you have a fever, stay home.
- We also ask for diligence regarding water
bottles; water bottles should be brought home, washed and sanitized each
night. You are also welcome to provide paper cups in lieu of a water bottle
if daily sanitation becomes inconvenient, but we prefer this daily sanitation so
that we can continue our environmental efforts. This too will help limit
possible spread of illness.
- Instead of signing in through Pro-Care, your
child’s teacher will sign them in. This is to reduce possible spread of
illness through our fingerprint scanner. Make sure you drop your child off
directly to their teacher so they can record the time they arrived. If you fully
enter a classroom, wash your hands thoroughly for twenty seconds. Please avoid bringing
anyone but your child and yourself into the school; we want to limit unnecessary
Our teachers and staff will also be making a few changes to safeguard
- On our end, we will sanitize and clean more
than ever and go beyond what state licensing requires. We use bleach-based
sprays and cleaners to eliminate illness spread via surfaces. We will continue
to use these products.
- We are mandating that all teachers, students
and parents wash their hands when they enter the school. This is already a
part of our school’s daily protocol, but our teachers and staff will be firm in
ensuring this policy will be followed through on.
- We will continue to teach proper hand washing
hygiene to our students. Medical professionals recommend thoroughly washing
hands for at least twenty seconds. We will implement fun activities and lessons
to teach this to our students.
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please let your
school know immediately. If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19,
consult with a medical professional. As we mentioned before, this situation is
very unique; however, we are all working towards the common goal of keeping
everyone healthy. If you or your children are concerned about the coronavirus,
we urge you to have an open, reassuring talk about it. Make yourself available
to your children, and never hesitate to communicate with teachers and
administration about your concerns. We are always here as a resource for
We want our schools to remain fully open and functional in
order for to do that, we need your help in observing these policies. Though medical
professionals repeatedly say that children are at a relatively low risk of becoming
ill from COVID-19, we think it’s much better to be overly cautious and do our
part in preventing the spread of the virus. A possible school closure would be
dependent on being able to keep our school staffed and fully operational.
We will be as transparent as possible through this process
and communicate via email, Kaymbu, Facebook, Instagram, and our website. On
behalf of St. John’s CCDC, thank you for your help and patience as we work together
to stay ahead of COVID-19.