First Steps – 3 Key ways to minimize the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19
- Keep your child home if they are sick. We recommend that you take their temperature daily before they leave the house for preschool. Remember to contact the school office anytime your child is absent. Please let us know immediately if your child or anyone living in your household is diagnosed with COVID-19.
- As your child enters the building, a MASK is to be worn. (Further guidelines on mask wearing are stated below.)
- Brand new hand sanitizing stations have been added all throughout the building. Students will be using the sanitizer regularly, as well as washing their hands more frequently. (If you wish to supply your child’s own brand of sanitizer you may do that as well.)
Screenings & Admittance
Staff or children that have a fever of 100.4F (38.00C) or above, or other signs of illness, will not be admitted to the facility. We encourage parents to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick.
Children and staff will be screened for fever or signs of COVID-19 illness each day prior to entry into the preschool.
Each child will receive a visual inspection for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
Each morning a staff member will be in the foyer area of the Life Center Building during drop off times (7am – 9am). The staff member will take your child’s temperature with a touchless thermometer before they are brought down to the preschool. Parents are not allowed to walk down to the preschool with their child, or come into the main preschool area.
If a staff member is not there when you arrive for drop off, please just ring the doorbell located to the right of the doors. You may also dial the preschool office (609) 499-0808 if a staff member is not there to receive your child. This will be the same for when you return to pick up your child in the afternoon. Please allow a few moments and someone will be there to let you into the foyer.
Anyone with a temperature in excess of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or exhibiting other symptoms of COVID-19, will not be allowed to enter.
Group Size, Social Distancing, and Mask Wearing
- We have two main preschool classes, PreK-3 and PreK-4. These classes will include the same group of children and will be assigned the same teacher/staff member(s) to care for them each day.
- Combining or mixing groups with other classes will not be permitted.
- Lunch time and outdoor playground/indoor play time will be staggered to prevent mixing between classes.
- Mats will be positioned alternatively head-to-toe to provide appropriate social distancing and minimize potential virus transmission between children.
- Children and staff must wash their hands upon returning from outdoor play.
- Parents and or visitors are not permitted to enter into the main preschool area.
- Staff shall be required to wear cloth masks and/or face shields while working. If a staff member refuses to do this for non-medical reasons, we will decline to allow them to enter.
- All children are encouraged to wear cloth face coverings within the preschool for the majority of the day. Parents will be responsible for supplying children’s face coverings.
We are requiring children to wear their mask in the classroom when involved in a group activity with other students (ie., game, puzzle, circle time, etc...)
Children are not required to wear their mask when working one on one with a teacher or assistant during a learning activity or art project.
We are not requiring the children to wear a mask outside on the playground.
- Face coverings will never be placed on a child during nap or sleep periods.
- During meals and snacks, and learning/work time, children will be seated at every other chair while at the tables to ensure social distancing.
- Lunchroom staff will always wear a face covering and gloves to prepare and serve food.
Activities, Supplies, and Belongings
- External entertainers and visitors will not be permitted access to the preschool.
- Close person to person contact (hugging, wrestling, games involving touching or tagging) shall be discouraged.
- In addition to our no sharing policy when it comes to food, sharing of toys and other high touch items (art supplies, school supplies, equipment etc.) will be strictly limited.
- We will ensure an adequate supply of school, art and other supplies to preclude the need for sharing of items. Each child will be assigned their own set of supplies.
- Children’s belongings (spare clothes and nap items) must be brought in a backpack every day and will be kept in their backpack. Bedding for naptime must be sent home each day for washing.
Promoting Healthy Hygiene Practices
- We will teach and reinforce washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes among children and staff.
- We will teach and reinforce the use of cloth face coverings among children and staff.
- Staff and children will be frequently reminded not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently.
- We will have adequate supplies to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer), and tissues.
- Children and staff will practice frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and shall be required to wash their hands upon arriving at the center, when entering the classroom, before meals or snacks, after outside time, after going to the bathroom, and prior to leaving for home. Children will be monitored to ensure proper technique.
Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitation Procedures
- We have increased the frequency of cleaning toys, equipment, and surfaces, especially doorknobs, light switches, countertops, and restrooms.
- We will clean, sanitize, and disinfect frequently touched surfaces (e.g, tables and chairs, door handles, sink handles) multiple times per day and any shared objects between use.
- Toys and items that are not easily cleaned or disinfected (e.g., soft or plush toys) will not be utilized in the preschool, and should not be brought into the center. An exception will be allowed for a child to bring in one of their own soft, personal items strictly for naptime.
- Toys that children have placed in their mouths or are contaminated by body secretion or excretion shall be set aside until they are cleaned and disinfected by hand by a person wearing gloves.
- Daily we will clean and then disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often. This includes restrooms, desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands‐on learning items, faucet handles, phones, and toys.
In the event that we are mandated to close our preschool at any time during the school year, tuition is only due for that current month.
Call (609) 499-0808 to learn more!