Covid-19 Preparedness 

In addition to our rigorous safety procedures and staff training protocols, we are following the latest guidelines on health and safety, cleaning and preparedness from the CDC and the San Joaquin County of Public Health.

Governor Newsom announced that “Childcare establishments, summer camps, and other educational or recreational institutions or programs providing care or supervision for children of all ages” is allowed even under the shelter-in-place orders (Link to Newsom’s statement).

We believe early childhood education programs will be more important than ever this year, as it will provide children an important break from any stress and anxiety caused by the disruption of their normal schedules. We are preparing contingency plans and are equipped and ready to adjust our program to meet any government advised guidelines, should the shelter in place continue into the summer.

We believe it is important to provide a clean, safe, and beneficial environment for our community’s youngest learners.

What is Little Investigators Preschool doing to help manage the disease?

The safety of children is always our main priority. We will continue to go above and beyond to develop and maintain practices to address a variety of communicable diseases, both common and rare.

To help mitigate potential transmission, we have made the following policy changes:

Arrival & Departure

  • Greet parents/guardians outside as you arrive.

  • Parents/Guardians are required to wear face mask at drop-off and pick-up.

  • Hand hygiene station set up at all entrance.

  • Parents/Guardians adhere to physical distancing guidelines by standing 6 feet apart.

  • Guardians will be asked to acknowledge a statement confirming that no one in the household is experiencing symptoms upon arrival to school.

  • Touchless check-in kiosk.

  • All staff will be screened before entering the building with touchless temperature check, answer series of screening questions, and visual health check.

  • Screen children upon arrival:

    • Touchless child temperature check upon arrival, child with a temperature 100.4° or higher will be required to return home. Thermometer will be cleaned with alcohol between each child.

    • Staff will make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushes cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme cough.

 

Clean & Disinfect

  • Routinely clean, sanitize and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games. This includes objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sinks handle, countertops, nap pads, desks, chairs, cubbies, and playground equipment.

  • Clean and sanitize toys continuously.

 

Healthy Hand Hygiene

  • Continue to require children and staff to wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds

    • Arrival to school and after breaks

    • Before and after preparing food or drinks

    • Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children

    • Before and after administering medication or medical ointment

    • Before and after diapering

    • After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom

    • After encountering bodily fluid

    • After handling animals or cleaning up animal waste

    • After playing outdoors or in sand

    • After handling garbage

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not readily available.

  • Supervise children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent ingestion.

 

Physical Distancing Strategies

  • At nap time place children’s mats at least six feet apart and place the children head to toe.

  • Remind children and staff not to touch their faces.

  • Children will remain in the same group and staff each day.

  • Will not combine groups in the morning or afternoon.

  • Stagger outside times.

  • Children and staff wear “inside shoes” while inside of the school, the inside shoes stay at school.

  • Staff, volunteers, and parents will be required to wear cloth face masks on site.

  • All special events are canceled until further notice.

  • Parents/Guardians, volunteers are not permitted in the building until further notice.

  • If a parent/guardian must enter the facility for an emergency, they are required to wear shoe covers, wash/sanitize hands, and wear a face mask when inside.

 

Source Control & Cloth Face Coverings

  • All staff will wear face masks when in group settings. Staff are permitted to remove their masks when at their desk with no one else in the same room. Staff must disinfect all work equipment upon departure.

  • Children under 5 will not be required to wear face coverings.

  • All staff will maintain 6 feet of physical distance as much as possible throughout the workday.

 

Plans for sick children, staff, and volunteers

  • All staff will take their temperature upon arrival.

  • Staff are instructed to notify their supervisor or any symptoms, and not report to work if experiencing symptoms. Staff must seek advice from a medical practitioner.

  • Staff who have been exposed to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 are instructed to stay home. Staff may return after a 7-day quarantine AND a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Staff who become ill with COVID-19 are instructed to stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 3 days without medication AND improvement of other symptoms AND a negative COVID-19 test result.

  • Classroom volunteers will not be permitted during the 2020-21 school year.

  • Children with a temperature higher than 100.4° or other symptoms, or who have been exposed to someone with a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 will be asked to stay home at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND until no fever for at least 3 days without medication AND improvement of other symptoms. If a child has COVID-like symptoms that are later diagnosed as something else (strep, flu, etc.) they may return to school sooner than 10 days with a doctor’s note and when symptoms have improved.

  • In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 among staff or students, all families, staff, and health departmentwill be notified immediately. Those who were directly exposed (in the same classroom or office) will receive phone calls as well as text messages through the Brightwheel app and emails. Families and staff who were not in direct contact with the individual, will receive text and email notifications. Families are encouraged to sign up for the Brightwheel app to receive important notifications.

 

Workplace Ventilation

  • Windows will be open whenever possible.

  • Weather permitted; children will spend time outdoors.

 

Meals and Snacks

  • Children will continue to bring their lunch from home and will not share food, as is consistent with our policies.

  • Children will be seated at tables with as much space as possible between them.

  • Tables and chairs will be cleaned and sanitized before and after mealtimes.

  • Children will wash hands before and after mealtimes.

  • Little Investigators will continue to serve breakfast and 2 snacks. Breakfast will be served on individual serving dishes, family style eating is canceled.

 

What are signs and symptoms that I should leave my child at home?

Just like with the flu and other illnesses, we ask that children and staff stay at home if they are experiencing distress or showing contagious symptoms.

For COVID-19, symptoms include a fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. Children have similar symptoms to adults and generally have mild illness.

1195 West 11th Street

Tracy, CA 95376

209-879-9068

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