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COVID-19 Response

We have implemented several new procedures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.  They are outlined below along with our expectations for families to help us to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Families are asked to drop off and pick up their children at the door.
  • Families and staff are asked to wear masks.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available for use by the gate.  We ask that families sanitize their hands upon entering the gate.  They can sanitize them again as they leave if they wish.
  • The gate is left open during high peak drop off and pick up times to minimize contact with the gate.  We do keep it closed during the day to keep the children safe when they are walking to and from the playground.
  • All families are asked to stand six feet apart while dropping off and waiting for their children.  We have dots on the ground to help determine the six feet.
  • There is a table on the front porch for families to sign their children in and out each day.
  • Anyone who enters the building must go through a health check and have their temperature taken.  We have infrared thermometers so we don't have to touch people's foreheads.  The health check consists of checking for the following symptoms:  fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, muscle aches, lack of taste or smell or loss of appetite in infants and toddlers.
  • Everyone who enters the facility must wash their hands before they touch anything.
  • We minimize combining children to the very early morning or evening when there are five or fewer children in the Center.
  • We don't have more than 20 people in a room at a given time.
  • The gym and the playground equipment and toys are disinfected in-between groups of children.
  • The gym and playground schedules are set up so the children do not cross paths with another class.
  • All toys that are played with are cleaned and sanitized daily or after they have been in a child's mouth.
  • All high-touch surfaces such as:  door handles, light switches, faucet and toilet handles, phones, etc. are cleaned and sanitized at least twice a day.
  • An additional temperature check is conducted on each child and staff member after nap.  
  • Any child or staff displaying signs of illness will have additional temperature checks as needed.
  • If a child displays any symptoms of COVID during the day, then we call their parents to have them come and pick up their child.
  • If any staff member displays any symptoms of COVID during the day, then we cover the staff member as quickly as we can and have them leave, usually within five minutes of them reporting the symptoms.
  • Symptoms for all children and staff are logged each day along with those who came in contact with each person.  These records will be shared with the Health Department upon request and will be used to contact families who have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 as determined by the Health Department.

We have the following procedures if a child, staff or family member is tested for COVID.

  • Please let the director know if you or your child is getting tested for COVID.
  • We thoroughly clean the facility and disinfect it.
  • We spray a non-toxic, ionized spray throughout the Center.  This spray and the disinfectant we use have been approved to kill COVID-19.  They are also the same solutions that are used when cleaning companies go into a building to clean it after confirmation of a positive COVID test.
  • Please let the director know when you receive your test results and whether they are negative or positive.
  • For a positive test result, the director will contact the Health Department.  At that time, the Health Department will determine whether to close a classroom(s) or the Center and for how long.  Our hope is that since the Center will have already been cleaned that we will be able to minimize the length of closure.
  • The family, including the child, who tested positive must quarantine for a minimum of 10 days and be free of symptoms without the aide of medicine for 3 days.  
  • The director will notify the families by email and by posting signs of the case of COVID.  We can let the families know which class the COVID is in, but not which child has it.  The director will also contact any families who need to quarantine and let them know how long to quarantine.
  • We will follow any other procedures that are put in place by Licensing or the Health Department.

While we follow these procedures, we would also like to encourage and thank the families for also following COVID procedures at home and when they are out in the community.  By keeping your children home when they are sick and getting them tested frequently for COVID when they are sick, we are able to minimize bringing illnesses into the Center.  It takes the whole community working together to prevent the spread of COVID and we are eternally grateful for our families joining us in this endeavor and for their patience and understanding when we send their children home with symptoms.