COVID-19

Notice of Important Well-being, Health, Hygiene, and Cleaning Practices

Date: 5/26/2020

The safety and well-being of your child is important to us! We realize, too, in this uncertain time,  it is of great concern to you as parents and caregivers of young children. We recognize the importance of your entrusting the care and well-being of your young children in our program. Accordingly, we wanted to make sure that you are aware of all the practices we have implemented in order to keep our program clean and to minimize the spread of germs.  The following list outlines our newly adopted practices:

Business Operations

  • We are reducing our hours of operation to support staffing availability and needs. Our hours of operation are 6:30 am – 5:30 pm. If any other changes to our hours of operation are needed in the future, we will provide you with as much notice as possible.
  • All families and children in our care will have a daily health check and temperature screening during drop off and prior to entering building. Children must arrive wearing masks.
  • Upon arriving at the program, all staff will have a daily health check and temperature screening prior to entering building. Staff must arrive wearing masks.
  • Daily health check will consist of: parent must take children’s temp each morning before arriving at daycare, you will be asked 13 health questions and the parent and children will have their temperature taken at the door before the children are allowed into the daycare.
  • Children and staff will use hand sanitizer which is now located in the parent foyer before entering and exiting the building.
  • Children must arrive by 9am. No children will be admitted after 9am. 
  • Pick up will begin at 3:30 with a staff member present at the door. If you need to pick your child up earlier than your scheduled time you will need to call ahead so we can make accommodations for a staff person to be able to meet you at the door.
  • Family members will not be permitted to enter into the daycare.

What Drop off and Pick up will look like now

  • Parents will need to provide us with a specific drop off and pick up time that will be scheduled with the office to coordinate times so there is no extended wait time. Each parent’s drop off and pick up time will be approximately 3-5 minutes in length.  Once we have all of the parent’s times we will create a schedule of all the parents times leaving a couple of minutes between each drop off and pick up time so this process will run as smoothly as possible
  • Parents need to take their children’s temperature before arriving to daycare in the morning
  • Parents and children will wait outside the front door, with masks on, for a staff person to meet them
  • The staff person will ask the parent 13 health questions and take the parent & children’s temperature while standing on the sidewalk
  • If there are no fevers and the parents answered the 13 questions to meet the CDC criteria, the staff will then bring the children into the center.
  • The children will use hand sanitizer upon entering the foyer and then a staff will escort them to their classroom
  • PICK UP: Pick up times will also be scheduled with the office. Beginning at 3:30, a staff person will be stationed at the door. Please wait outside until they acknowledge you.
  • The staff person, once they have acknowledged you, will then go get your children from their classroom.
  • The children will have their temperature taken before leaving their classroom.
  • The staff person will then escort your children to you with their belongings while you wait on the sidewalk.

Classroom / Playground Practices

  • Masks will be worn in the classroom (except during meals and naptime). Masks will not be worn outside. We understand your child may have trouble keeping a mask on, and will work with them. ( We will be planning as many outdoor activities as weather permits)
  • All classrooms will remain separated to reduce the number of children in one area and to reduce the possibility of viral transmission (even at drop off and pick up time).
  • Large group activities will be eliminated.
  • We will not share equipment and will clean equipment between uses.
  • Time standing in line will be minimized (each child will be given a “spot” to stand or sit while waiting).
  • Staff will have access to antibacterial hand sanitizers and disposable gloves and use them as needed.
  • Staff will wash/scrub their hands and children’s hands frequently at key transition times as this is recommended by the CDC as the most effective measure to reduce the spread of germs:
    • when arriving for the day
    • before and after meals
    • after toileting/diapering
    • after being outside
  • We will minimize item sharing among children when possible, for example: give each child a set of his/her own markers, etc.
  • We will refrain from sensory or water table activities including playdough unless each child is assigned their own container.
  • The number of toys and other items in the classrooms will be reduced and rotated to permit washing and sanitizing frequently.
  • Soft toys, blankets, dress-up clothing, stuffed animals will be removed for now to make cleaning and sanitizing easier and effective to reduce the spread of germs.
  • Children will not be permitted to bring toys from home.
  • We are increasing the amount of outside time while maintaining required smaller group sizes.
  • Classrooms will stagger outdoor time so only one group is out at a time.

Cleaning

  • Classrooms will have large bins for sanitizing toys at the end of the day.
  • Daily, staff will disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, light switches, faucets, toys and game that children play with at least 2 times daily.
  • Nightly, after all children have left the building, we have implemented more extensive cleaning and disinfection of the entire program.

Communication

  • Families will receive communications on any changes in Family Handbook policies and procedures.
  • The Director will communicate with families via email or telephone as needed.
  • It is important for families and staff to communicate often and to be transparent with one another. Please voice concerns or questions you have with the office by email as soon as possible.
  • If the current situation changes and it becomes necessary to update our policies and procedures or close our program temporarily, we will notify key family contact by email immediately.

Meals & Service

  • We will not combine groups or classrooms of children during meals or snack time.
  • Staff will allow for a minimum of 3 feet of space between children during mealtimes.
  • All surfaces will be disinfected before and after meal preparation and feedings using EPA-approved disinfectant products.
  • All staff will wash hands before and after meal preparation, serving and feeding.
  • Staff will guide and direct children to wash hands before each meal or snack.
  • To further minimize the spread of germs, we have suspended our lunch program for the first 2 weeks of re-opening. We will provide breakfast and an afternoon snack as well as milk to drink for their lunch.  Families will be required to provide a brown bag lunch for their children.
  • Meals should not require heating or refrigeration.
  • Food should be packed in a disposable paper or plastic bag and kept in the child’s cubby. NO LUNCH BOXES, PLEASE!
  • Teachers will distribute pre-plated meals and snacks to children.
  • Each child will NEED a labeled water bottle each day.
  • Children will NEED a labeled bottle of sunscreen upon return to daycare.
  • Children will not share eating utensils.
  • Infants and toddlers will need: diapers, wipes and changes of clothing. NO diaper bags will be allowed in the daycare.  Infant car seats will now be stored in the foyer on the newly installed shelves.
  • Children ages 1 – 6 need to bring a spare set of clothing to store in their classrooms. Please provide a change of clothing in a gallon sized Ziploc bags with the child’s name written on the bag. It will be stored in the child’s cubby.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Staff will wear face coverings.
  • Children will be expected to wear face coverings and children under age 2 will not be permitted to wear face coverings.
  • All staff will have access to PPE should a situation arise in which PPE is necessary.
  • The baby room teachers will have a different smock to wear while holding each baby to prevent bodily fluids (spit up, drool, etc) being transferred from one baby to another

Child Health

  • Children who start to experience symptoms of respiratory illness, including a fever of >100.4 while at child care will be separated from other children until they can be picked up. You will be given a specific time in which you will need to have your child picked up.
  • Until further notice, all program field trips will be suspended.
  • If a child presents with any symptoms, they will not be permitted to attend and we will notify you, after talking to the CDC, when they can return. If a member of the household has COVID19, the CDC requires the child not be permitted to return to daycare for a minimum of 10 days and must be fever free, without the use of fever reducing medicine, for 72 hours.

Staff Training & Wellness

  • All staff have received training and education on COVID-19 symptoms, infection control, workplace disinfection and preventative measures including practices and procedures.
  • Upon arriving at the program, all staff will answer a Daily Health Questionnaire and have their temperature taken to assure it is within acceptable limits.
  • Staff will not be allowed to work if they are feeling ill or experiencing respiratory symptoms.

Tuition

  • No half price vacation weeks will be allowed to be used by families during this time period.
  • As long as we are open, tuition will be due in full. This includes if we are only open for a portion of a week and need to close for the remainder of the week.
  • If you are able to work from home and choose to keep your children at home, you will be required to pay ½ of your normal tuition to retain your spot. We will need a two week notice to re-admit your child.
  • If you choose to pull your child out and not pay, there is no guaranteed spot upon a request return. There will be a 1 week termination fee charged at the time of the government closure. (we are waiving 1 of the 2 weeks notice required in the parent handbook)  You will also need to set up a time to pick up your child’s belongings, pay your final bill and provide us with a self addressed stamped envelope for your 2020 taxes to be mailed to you.
  • Tuition Payment will be on June 1st at drop off for the week of June 1-5
  • Tuition payment for June 8-12 will be due on June 5th

We wanted to take this time to communicate all the changes to our practices which have been  implemented so that you are aware of all the things we are doing to keep our program clean, minimize the spread of germs and support the health and wellbeing of children and staff.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to Michele or Dawn via email: noahandco@comcast.net  should you have any question or concern.  You many follow our social media page Noah & Company Daycare & Preschool on Facebook.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we implement these new procedures. Our goal is to minimize disruption while at the same time keeping you, your family and our staff healthy and well.

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