Pandemic Program Guidelines
Parma Kids will always follow and adjust these guidelines to meet the requirements from the New York State guidelines. All staff and families will be updated of any changes that come throughout the year.
- 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.
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.