COVID-19 Info

Health and Safety Protocol for Preschool 2020 (Last Updated September 28th, 2020):

In light of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases, we have made a couple changes to our COVID-19 procedures. Below is our protocol in its entirety. If you have questions or concerns regarding any of the below information, please reach out to your location’s director so that we can clarify or address any concerns. We are indebted to our families and staff, who have displayed incredible generosity, understanding and flexibility during this trying time. As always, thank you for being you!

As of September 28th, 2020, we are now requiring that all children aged 3 and older must wear masks when at St. John’s CCDC, with the exception of during naptime and mealtime. Children aged 2 or younger, or who have medical issues which prevent them from wearing a mask, are exempt from this rule.

Morning protocol (includes: Teachers, staff, children, and visitors):

  • Have a designated drop-off teacher that ALWAYS WEARS a mask.
  • Health assessment must be completed daily at drop-off this includes checking for:
  • Question: Has there been any recent illness with the family or with the child?
  • Check for:
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Trouble breathing
    • Sore throat
    • Sudden change in taste and smell
    • Muscle aches and pains.
      • Any person that has any of these symptoms must be sent home and tested for COVID.
  • After Health Assessment has passed EVERYONE is required to immediately wash hands or use the alcohol-based hand sanitizer! This must be done before touching any facility surface. 
  • Check the child in on clip board or Kaymbu system.

Daily protocol (includes: Teachers, staff, children, and visitors):

  • All staff and teachers are to wear masks for the duration of their workday.
  • Done by classroom teacher
  • All surfaces must be sanitized three times a day. Upon arrival, naptime, and end of day.
  • Conduct a naptime health assessment check for:
    • Fever
    • Change in breathing
    • cough

Evening protocol (includes: Teachers, staff, children, and visitors):

  • Have a designated pick-up teacher that ALWAYS WEARS a mask!
  • Wait for Parent communication that they are on their way for pick-up we are asking for a minimum of 10 minutes notice.
  • Gather all student belongings include items that need to be sanitized daily (water bottle).
  • Have student wash their hands before they are picked up by their parents.
  • Check the child out on the clip board or Kaymbu system.

Additional Licensing Rules

  • Group rules:
    • Preschool- Group
      • Indoor- Less than 20 in a group includes children and caregiver.
      • Outdoor- Less than 20 in a group includes children and caregiver.
      • Groups may never combine.
      • Caregivers must maintain proper ratios at all times.
    • School-age- Group
      • Indoor- Can be 20 children to 1 caregiver
      • Outdoor- Can be 40 children only as long as the outdoor space sizes for that number of children. This group can never go over 50 including caregivers.
  • Offsite visits:
    • These are to be avoided unless the provider can control the social distancing and proper cleaning practices.
      • Public playgrounds must be avoided.
      • Public restrooms must be sanitized by the provider before a student is allowed to use the facility.
      • Handwashing station or hand sanitizing station must be provided at all times.

Possible Infection: In the event an employee of St. John’s contracts COVID or there is a possibility of exposure via friends and family, they must contact the center director immediately and not return to work.

  • Steps for administration for possible COVID exposure:
    • Immediately have the employee in question leave work and self-quarantine. This is highly recommended even at three degrees of separation.
    • Have the employee contact the COVID hotline for instruction.
    • Have the employee get tested.
    • Wait for results (1 to 3 days typically)
      • If negative employee can return to work
  • Steps for administration in the event of COVID a diagnosis:
    • In the event that any St. John’s staff or child contracts COVID-19, we will immediately notify all parents and close the facility.
    • Director must contact the state health department for instruction which may include:
      • Instruction on closure,
      • Instruction on cleaning facility, and
      • Instruction on further communication.

Clarification on when to isolate:

  • If you or someone in your household (roommate, sibling, husband, wife) has been in contact with a positive COVID case self-isolate immediately and seek medical advice. Ex. Your roommate’s coworker tests positive for COVID. You and your roommate need to self-isolate until your roommate has a negative COVID test. If your roommate gets a positive COVID test you need to remain isolated and also seek a COVID test.

Recommendations:

  • Always be your own advocate: ask friends and family if they are or have recently felt ill before you visit.
  • Try to only see friends and family in an outdoor setting.
  • Always stay home if you are feeling ill. Stay home and self-isolate until symptom free or instructed to test for COVID.
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Trouble breathing
    • Sore throat
    • Sudden change in taste and smell
    • Muscle aches and pains
  • Always practice proper hand hygiene
  • Always WEAR A MASK when out in public (grocery shopping, public parks, protesting) make good decisions about group settings and who you associate with.
  • Always social distance whenever possible (try to avoid large group gatherings)
  • Always be mindful that your actions could possibly affect your coworkers, students, and their families.
  • When numbers of COVID diagnosis are increasing and not decreasing, we highly recommend wearing your mask while teaching and caregiving. This protects you, your coworkers, and your students. Please see your director for clarification on when this is appropriate. St. John’s will provide you with a mask to wear!

Additional Instruction for Parents:

  • Must do drop-off and pick-up at the door. Temporarily parents are not allowed in the building.
  • Must remain on campus during morning health checks.
  • Must wear a facemask during drop-off and pick-up.
  • Must social distance (6 ft) during drop-off and pick up
  • If anyone in the family is feeling ill you must keep your child at home. Please keep your child at home until all family members are symptom free for 48 hrs.
    • If there is a chance anyone in your family has been exposed to COVID you must self-quarantine with your child for 14 days.
    • Please contact the community health department or call the COVID hotline if you have questions regarding: illness, symptoms, or self-quarantine.
  • Must communicate with St. John’s CCDC 10 minutes before arriving for pick-up so St. John’s teachers and staff have time to gather your child’s belongings and wash their hands.

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