The health and well-being of our children, families, and employees tops our list of priorities, and we want to share with you the precautions we are taking — the precautions we take every day — to reduce the transmission of all contagious illnesses in our schools.
We are in direct and regular communication with local health departments and health agencies. Although many of our departments and agencies are not recommending the use of masks or gloves for healthy individuals or canceling classes or school programs, we are requiring our staff to wear masks while at school and we will close classrooms or schools if we have a positive case among our staff or children. We will continue to follow health authority direction and guidance as to our responsibility as a trusted child care provider for your family. There are no plans to close child care programs at this time. We understand that this would be an extreme measure that would be disruptive to day-to-day life; therefore, this decision will be made at the direction of public health experts.
In all of our schools, we will consistently and diligently follow general preventative measures like these, and we encourage you and your families to do the same:
-Daily temperature checks upon arrival prior to entry into the facility.
-Enhanced pick-up and drop-off procedures, only children and teachers allowed in classrooms.
-Practicing social distancing in our lobby, hallways, and parking lots. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or sleeve; practice these steps with your child.
-Wash your hands and your children’s hands regularly
-Avoid touching your face and gently remind children to do the same
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick
-Stay home – and keep your child at home – if symptoms are present. Remember our illness exclusion policy (found on pages 15-16 of the parent handbook) states that children with a fever higher than 100 degrees must be excluded until fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours. Other symptoms like green/yellow nasal discharge, vomiting, diarrhea, and headache/earache/stomach pain will be excluded as well
In order to limit the prevention of all communicable diseases, we need your cooperation. It is imperative that children and staff showing any symptoms of illness stay home.
We also ask that you wash your hands and your child’s hands each morning when you enter the classroom. We have long encouraged this practice, and it is especially important during this particularly rough cold/flu season. You will see new signs posted on classroom doors this week with this suggestion. They will remain posted as a continuous reminder. We have also increased the frequency and rigor of our environmental cleaning procedures for added protection.
We immensely value the privilege of educating and caring for your children every day. We are grateful to all of our families for the trust and confidence placed in us. The precautions above ensure that every measure is taken to provide a safe, healthy, high-quality learning environment. From all of us, thank you for your understanding and shared efforts to protect all of our children.
For more information, visit the Center for Disease Control website here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html ; or the World Health Organization website here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019