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COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols

The health and safety of the students, their families, and our staff is very important to us. The following protocols are in place to minimize the spread of COVID-19:

Staff members will be wearing face masks when interacting with children and face shields when reading stories.

Each child must wear a face mask and his/her temperature will be taken inside the wooden gate by a staff member before entering the classrooms using a no-contact forehead thermometer. Children with a fever (above 99.3) will not be admitted. We ask that parents do not enter the building and also wear masks when dropping-off and picking up children.

Each child will be required to use hand sanitizer upon entering the classroom.

Half the chairs have been removed so that students will be distanced with two children per table in the classrooms.

For snack time and lunch time, students will continue regular hand washing routines before and after eating, and will be distanced with two children assigned to each picnic table.

The food preparation activity has been removed and replaced with a sanitation station including antibacterial hand wipes. Each classroom will be sprayed with disinfectant between work periods.

Children will be provided with disposable paper cups for drinking bottled water in the classrooms – please do not bring plastic cups or water containers.

Children who stay for lunch will not brush their teeth at school as this requirement has been suspended by federal authorities until further notice.

To encourage social distancing as much as possible with our preschoolers, we will place blue painter’s tape on the tables and floor to indicate where it is okay to sit. Half of the work rugs have been removed. Children who stay until 2:30 pm will have their cots spread out at least six feet apart during rest time – please do not bring pillows or stuffed animals.

If your child will be attending school for the first time since the pandemic began, we ask that you please prepare your child for these protocols. We have followed these procedures since re-opening in summer of 2020 and they worked well.

IMPORTANT

In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the safe operation of our school please do not bring your child to school if anyone in your household:

– has traveled out of state or been in close contact with anyone who has traveled out of state within the last 5 days

– has had close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 5 days

– has experienced any cold or flu-like symptoms such as cough, fever, shortness of breath, or any other upper respiratory problems.

You will be provided a form with these yes/no questions to complete and sign before entering the wooden gate on your child’s first day of school.

We will begin the 2020-2021 term with no more than twelve children in each class and believe that with the protocols outlined above, we can have a safe and healthy school year.

Revised 08-12-20