NECESSARY CHANGES TO PROCEDURE: EFFECTIVE JUNE 1
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Due to new ratio requirements, reduced group sizes and pick up/drop off procedures; it will be necessary to operate under shortened hours.
Our hours beginning June 1 will be 6:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Breakfast will be served at 8:00 to 8:30 at this time. Parents may not send any food with their children. This is due to safety and allergies of other children.
PICK UP/ DROP OFF PROCEDURE:
Parents will not be permitted to be in the building during this time. We will use the front entrance between the glass doors for drop off and pick up. Infants and toddlers will handed to a staff member and taken directly to their classroom. Staff member will hand the children off to their respective teacher after the checklist has been completed, temperatures have been taken and the child has been signed. Parents are to sign in and out on the tablet located between the glass doors. Also, parents are to fill out the temperature sheet. kindly put your initials and not your full name and take your temperature. This is a requirement.
EXCLUSION FROM CARE:
As new regulations set forth by the CDC (and our licensing agent ODJFS) require, we will be enforcing a very strict policy on sickness. If your child has a fever of 100.0 degrees or higher, they will not be permitted to attend and/or will be immediately sent home. The child will not be permitted to attend for 48 hours after the fever returns to normal unmedicated. If other symptoms are present a doctor’s excuse may be required to return to care. Your child will not be permitted to return sooner than the 48 hour window even with a doctor’’s excuse. If anyone in the home is sick (including a sibling in the center) your child should not be in care until the person is fever free for 48 hours without medication. We have purchased new infrared (no touch) thermometers and have had them properly calibrated.
Toys from home will not be permitted. Children's blankets will (at a minimum) be washed weekly at home. If your child needs to bring a change of clothes, please bring them in a sealed bag and we will keep them in their personal cubby. We will send them home the same way, if needed.
Infants will not be permitted to bring diaper bags to the center daily. Parents may send a bag of needed supplies (baby food, formula, diapers, change of clothes, etc) at the start of the week and the items will be stored with the child's personal belongings. You will receive an infant daily paper upon pick up and this will indicate what item or items we are running low on.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON PROCEDURE CHANGES
WITHIN OUR CENTER
The information I am sharing and policy changes we are imposing come directly from the information sheet that I linked below. We will follow the “Recommended Best Practices” whenever possible. I have listed the best practices below and then outlined how we will adapt them to our center.
RECOMMENDED BEST PRACTICE: CONFIRMED EXPOSURE
Child care providers may use temporary walls to divide a room into smaller spaces to serve multiple groups, under limited circumstances.
We will be use temporary walls. We will be separating all the rooms.
CDC GUIDANCE FOR EXPOSURE
IF SOMEONE BECOMES SICK….
Plan to have an isolation room or area (such as a cot in a corner of the classroom) that can be used to isolate a sick child.
If a sick child has been isolated in your facility, clean and disinfect surfaces in your isolation room or area after the sick child has gone home.
IF SOMEONE IS SICK...
If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member:
Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas.
Wait up to 24 hours or as long as possible before you clean or disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting.
Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas.
If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.
Continue routine cleaning and disinfection.
CDC Guidance for Cleaning after Exposure
Clean and disinfect thoroughly.
Cleaning staff should clean and disinfect all areas (e.g., offices, bathrooms, and common areas) used by the ill persons, focusing especially on frequently touched surfaces. (door knobs, light switches, etc)
If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
For disinfection most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time, etc.).
Additionally, diluted household bleach solutions can be used if appropriate for the surface. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation. Check to ensure the product is not past its expiration date. Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser. Unexpired household bleach will be effective against coronaviruses when properly diluted.