Kindergarten Club COVID Health and Safety Plan
(Site Specific Protection Plan SPP -updated 7/1/2020)
We are taking extra precautions to ward off COVID. We are taking these steps to support the health and safety of you, your children, our staff and the community. We ask you to do your part at home.
Here are the preventative and safety measures we have put in place to keep our community as safe as possible. We are not perfect, but we will do our absolute best every day to keep our community as safe as possible. We will update these policies in accordance with state and county guidelines.
FUN AT SCHOOL
Okay, let’s just start by saying this, believe it or not, the kids will have a blast at school and parents will actually be happy and comfortable having their kids attend. You’ll see!
As you read this Safety Plan you will find a mixture of important information, we want you to know and rules we are required to tell you. Please know that we assume you already know about washing your hands, wearing a mask and so much more.
At this time, all community-based activities outside of the normal school day are on hold. (That’s an example of a required statement.)
Based on statistics regarding COVID exposure and health challenges. It is imperative that we be careful to reduce exposure for our older and medically challenged friends – yes, that means parents, teachers, grandparents, nannies and other adults. PLEASE ALWAYS PROPERLY WEAR A MASK AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AROUND ADULTS AT SCHOOL.
- Children will remain in groups as small, called Pods, as possible (approximately 12 children).
- At this point we are able to accommodate two pods. We may be able to expand to three pods as we become more comfortable with the new safety measures.
- Children will not directly interact with children outside their pod.
- Pods will serve as a version of social distancing – your child’s Pod will expand to include the other families in your child’s group. We believe it is best to group children and families who know each other, so we welcome requests.
- Each Pod has their own supplies and materials.
- In order to follow the spirit of the pod model, we cannot have different kids different kids on different days. For that reason, we are offering only one schedule, 9:00-3:00 five days a week.
- Social distancing is not in a child’s nature, so we will do our best to organize our space and activities to promote social distancing to the extent possible while respecting children’s need for friendship and connection.
- Teachers and other staff should remain 6-feet apart.
- We will offer lots of activities that do not require close contact between children.
- The children will be encouraged to spend a great portion of their day outdoors.
- Classrooms are rearranged so that it allows separation between the pods and more space between children when indoors.
- Adequate ventilation of the indoor spaces will be the norm, and windows will be open as much as possible.
DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
- Drop-off and pick-up should be as brief as possible. It will happen outside the school, at the designated area marked with chalk on the sidewalk.
- All parents, teachers, and family members should stay 6 feet away from each other during drop off and pick up.
- Pick-up/drop-off will be limited to one parent/caregiver, preferably the same parent/caregiver throughout the whole period of your session.
- Parents arriving to drop off will wait in the taped areas 6 feet apart, keeping their children with them at all times.
- Adults will not be allowed into the school building during school hours.
- Please bring your own pen to sign your child in and out.
- Please drop off your child in the designated time frame. Health screening needs a lot of preparation for the teacher at the door and once the teacher is with a group of children in the classroom, it needs a lot of organization and shuffling to perform a health screening with late comers. Thank you!
- Parents/caregivers will be asked to screen themselves and their children for the following symptoms each morning before arrival:
- Fever (100 F or higher) or chills (consider keeping a thermometer in your car)
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Upon arrival you will be asked to confirm that the adult transporting your child and your child has none of the symptoms above and has not been exposed to someone who has had COVID-19 symptoms in the last 24 hours. The teacher at the door will perform a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
- Children who have a fever of 1000(38.00C) or other signs of illness listed above will not be admitted into school. If you see any signs of illness in your child, please keep them home.
- Please update your child’s Emergency Pick-Up Information and make sure that we will be able to reach you at any time while your child is at school.
- If you must enter the school, please make prior arrangements to do so when we are closed.
- Please wash your hands before dropping off your child.
CLEANING, DISINFECTING, HYGIENE
- We will have enhanced sanitation practices in place, including daily cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch areas (doorknobs, handles, toilet seats, sinks, toys, shared equipment and supplies, etc.)
- Children and teachers will be asked to wash hands for 20-seconds upon arrival, after blowing their noses or sneezing, using the bathroom, before and after meals, switching to a new area, going into the sandbox, and sharing communal supplies.
- We will teach children to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouths and to cough into their sleeves. Of course, this is a long-term learning process.
- We will designate a container for toys and supplies that need to be cleaned before being returned to the classroom.
- Sharing and bringing toys and lovies from home will be discouraged for the time of the COVID-19 pandemic to minimize the risk of cross-contamination. If your child brings something from home, please label it clearly.
RISK ASSESSMENT AND STAFF TRAINING
- We have performed a detailed risk assessment and implemented this site-specific protection plan (SPP) – available for viewing.
- We have trained employees on how to limit the spread of COVID-19, including how to screen themselves for symptoms and stay home when symptomatic. Teachers will be required to take their temperature and screen themselves for symptoms before leaving for school each morning. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html
- In case of any of the symptoms discussed above, teachers will be asked to stay at home and follow the APHD and CDC guidelines to determine when they may return to work.
- We have trained all staff members in enhanced sanitation practices, physical distancing guidelines, use of face coverings, screening practices, and COVID-19-specific exclusion criteria.
IN CASE A CHILD GETS SICK AT SCHOOL
- If a child gets sick at school, they will be isolated from the rest of the group, and parents will be notified immediately to pick up their child within an hour. Parents will be required to consult with their child’s health care provider, follow their instructions, and update us about the status of the child’s condition so that we can take the necessary measures (notify parents, contact ACPHD, CDSS, etc.)
- We will document/track known incidents of possible exposure and notify local health officials, school staff, and families immediately of any possible case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- We may encourage a sick child to put on a facemask if it feels appropriate.
RE-ENTRY TO SCHOOL AFTER ILLNESS
- If the child or teacher is not tested and has no medical evaluation, the child or teacher may return after at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and there have been at least 3 consecutive days with no fever, without taking medicines to lower a fever, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), and respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath), if present, have been improving for at least 3 consecutive days.
- If the child or teacher is NOT tested but has medical evaluation, the child or teacher can return before 10 days have passed IF a note from a doctor or clinic is obtained.
- If the child or teacher gets tested, and the COVID-19 test is negative, they can return after the child or teacher is feeling better (the symptoms do not have to be completely resolved) and there have been at least 3 consecutive days with no fever, without taking medicines to lower a fever, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). The parent or guardian must show documentation of the child’s negative test, for example, a copy of the test result or a message from the clinic or test site that the test was negative. This may be in electronic form.
- Privacy is legally protected. If a medical evaluator provides a letter indicating that an alternative diagnosis was made, and the symptoms are NOT due to COVID-19. For privacy reasons, the program is not allowed to require disclosure of the alternative diagnosis.
IN CASE OF A POSITIVE COVID CASE
We will immediately contact the Alameda Department of Public Health school liaison and follow county health department protocols. Protocols include notification.
IN CASE OF A SCHOOL CLOSURE
We hope this will not happen, but if government and health officials, or we deem it necessary to close the school for safety and health reasons, we will proceed with our program via remote learning and connection.
FOLLOW THE LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT COVID
- In order to minimize the risk of COVID-19 exposure or contraction, we will follow the health and safety guidelines issued by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), CDSS (California Department of Social Services), and the ACPHD (Alameda County Public Health Department) to the best of our abilities.
- You can follow this link to familiarize yourself with the novel coronavirus symptoms, when to seek medical attention, and how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
- Find the newest information about COVID-19-related measures and resources, including free testing sites at the Alameda County Public Health Department’s website at http://www.acphd.org/
If this is more information than you want right now, simply remember this bottom line:
ALWAYS PROPERLY WEAR A MASK AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AT SCHOOL.