Pandemic Program Guidelines
As you know, the safety and well-being of our children, families, and staff is our top priority. We created this resource in our website to address your questions and provide as much up to date information as we have.
Our goal is to maintain our regular schedule in our preschools as well as our daycare and school age program as long as it is safe to do so. The safety and well-being of our children, families and staff is our top priority. We recognize that school closures strain families and communities – affecting learning, nutrition and other critical services such as healthcare. At this time we will remain open, continue to monitor the situation and cooperate with state and local officials.
Cloth face coverings are required for any adult entering the building. All staff members wear them when working with children. Where required by law or licensing, children must also wear masks.
Children 2 years and older are asked to bring a mask to school each day. They are asked to wear them anytime they are not sitting in our tables with protective dividers.
- All staff is instructed to stay home if they are sick and parents/guardians are reminded to keep sick children home.
- We conduct mandatory health screening assessment (questions and temperature check) for employees, and children, either directly or through their parent/guardian. On file we keep an OCFS health screening attestation from all child care employees, volunteer, parent, child and essential visitor that enters our program beyond the drop off space.
- Screening questions include (1) COVID-19 symptoms in past 14 days, (2) positive COVID-19 test in past 14 days, and/or (3) close or proximate contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case in past 14 days. Responses are reviewed and documented daily.
- Children groupings are as static as possible by having the same group of children
stay with the same staff whenever and wherever possible. Group size is be limited to no more than 10 children (not including employees/staff).
- non-essential visitors are prohibited on site.
- There are designated areas for pick-ups and deliveries, limiting contact to the extent possible. All parents will drop off and pick up on the church side and will not be allowed in the daycare area. Teachers will bring children out to the parents/guardians at pick up time.
- Employees are provided with an acceptable face covering at no-cost to them and have an adequate
- We will supply a face covering for anyone who needs one.
- We limit the sharing of objects (e.g. electronic equipment, arts and crafts materials, touch screens) and discourage touching of shared surfaces; or, when in contact with shared objects or frequently touched areas, employees wear gloves (trade-appropriate or medical); or, require employees and children to practice hand hygiene before and after contact.
- Regularly clean and disinfect equipment and toys using the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) list of products identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective against COVID-19.
- We have put away all toys that can’t be cleaned/sanitized (e.g. dress-up clothes, puppets).
Hygiene, Cleaning, and Disinfection:
We adhere to hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH)
- We provide and maintain hand hygiene stations: hand washing with soap, running warm water, and disposable paper towels; alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where hand washing is not available/practical.
- Employees and children must perform hand hygiene immediately upon entering the program.
- We provide appropriate cleaning/disinfection supplies for shared and frequently touched surfaces (e.g. door handles, toys, art supplies, areas where children eat), and employees are encouraged to use these supplies before/after use of these surfaces, followed by hand hygiene.
- Rest periods for children, we make individual clean bed coverings available for each child and do not allow bedding to be shared unless cleaned/disinfected.
- Children to not bring toys from home.
- Place signage near hand sanitizer stations indicating that visibly soiled hands should be washed with soap and water; hand sanitizer is not effective on visibly soiled hands.
Positive Case within the Program:
If a child or teacher at our school was diagnosed with COVID-19, we would follow guidance from the state and local health departments.
Contact with a positive person
We are requiring that your child stay home from school for 14 days following the most recent exposure to any member of your household, or any other person in contact with your child, who has a confirmed case of COVID-19.
Please print out and complete one of these forms for our files. One form per child, staff member or essential visitor is required to be kept on file.