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Preventive Measures
COVID-19

Please note that the precautions written below are based on the guidance from SFDPH and Community Care Licensing. Being that this COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid and changing situation, we can expect that the regulations might change. Parents will be informed of changes to COVID-19 policies as applicable.

As a school, we take COVID-19 preventive measures very seriously. While some of the preventive measures outlined below are required by law, others, like washing the bathroom in between each use and creating an outdoor classroom on our deck are all extra precautions that we are taking to do our part to reduce the possibility of transmission.

Our classroom is COVID-19 protocal compliant. While the final guidance from SFDPH and Community Care Licensing won't come though until July 2021, we are prepared to:

 

- Take staff and children tempature daily

- Have staff and students wear masks

- Wash hands/sanitzie regularly

-Wash/disenfect toys 

 

 

STAFF

  • Staff will take temperature and fill out the health questionnaire daily before working with the children.

  • Staff will not work at the camp if showing any symptom of illness.

  • Staff will wear masks when with the children.

  • Staff will sanitize their hands regularly when interacting with children.

 

MASKS

  • Children until the age of three should not be wearing mask.

  • Children, age 3+ are not required to wear masks in our school, but are encouraged to where masks when we are indoors.

  • Parents need to send masks for their children and we will encourage wearing them while indoors.

  • Parents must wear masks during pick up/drop off.

  • Staff will wear masks when with the children.

 

FOOD

  • Lunch and snack should be packaged in a lunchbox with your child’s name clearly written on it. During snack and lunch time, your child will retrieve their own lunchbox and serve themselves. Please label which items you prefer for snack and lunch if you are particular about it. 

  • During lunch and snack time, children will sit at tables 4-6 feet apart.

  • Teachers will try to limit their interactions when the children are eating but teachers (with their masks on) will definitely help children when needed.

  • We eat snack at 10:15 AM, and lunch at 12:25 PM

 

INCREASED CLEANLINESS & SANITATION

  • Bathrooms will be disinfected by the teachers regularly. We attempt to disinfect after every single use.

  • Tables will be disinfected before and after meals.

  • All equipment, balls, toys, tables, chairs and floors… will be disinfected every afternoon at the conclusion of the day.

  • Because every single item gets disinfected at the end of the day, or put aside for an entire week, there will be a reduced amount of toys in our classroom to choose from. Rest assured, that your child will have plenty of stimulation!

 

HYGIENE POLICY

  • Children are encouraged to wash with soap and water for 20 seconds (while singing Happy Birthday)

  • We will be encouraging hand cleaning more frequently, especially after blowing noses, before and after eating, and coming in from the outside.

  • At times, washing hands is not practical. Teachers will give children hand sanitizer at that time and supervise proper use.
     

 

LOCATION

  • As a school, we are trying to take every preventive measure possible! We have therefore created an outdoor classroom on site. It's located on the deck in the back of the house. 

  • Between the tennis courts and our outdoor classroom, we are proud that we will be spending at least 2.5 (out of 4 hour school day), outdoors.

 

 

SOCIAL DISTANCING

  • Please note that there is no practical way to achieve full social distancing with young children - not between the students and not between the students and their teachers. Teachers will comfort and play with your child as appropriate. We feel this is an imperative part of emotionally healthy care for young children. This is something that you NEED TO FEEL COMFORTABLE with.

  • Teachers will be wearing masks and using hand sanitizer regularly when interacting with the children.

  • During circle time, children will sit 4-6 feet apart from each other.

  • We will have an increase of table top activities which children will be able to do at their own labeled tables. Materials like art supplies, playdough, clay etc…. will be divided between children and not shared (as much as possible).

  • Please note that we will not prevent children from playing with each other. This is part of healthy child behavior that is essential for their development.

 

 

DROP OFF

  1. There will be a drop off pod marked off on the sidewalk. When coming in the morning please enter the ‘’pod’’ and wait for a teacher. A teacher will ask you some healthcare screening questions, and take the temperature of your child. Teachers will not take temperature or allow your child into the classroom BEFORE 8:45 AM. Please be patient as you wait your turn to be allowed in. While waiting your turn, please respect the 6 foot distance markings on the ground.
     

  2. After the health screening, your child will put their lunchbox and water bottle in their special bin (each child will have their own to avoid cross contamination). Children will then use hand sanitizer and be allowed to enter our classroom.
     

  3. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 regulations, parents are not allowed into our indoor or outdoor classroom.
     

  4. Adults doing drop off must be wearing MASKS and KEEP them ON while chatting with teachers and other parents, while keeping 6 foot distance.
     

  5. Adults must bring their own pen for sign in. Ideally the same family member should drop off and pick up every day.

 

 

PICK UP

  1. Enter the pod and wait for your child, please respect the 6 foot distance markings on the ground while waiting your turn.

  2. A teacher will help your child get their helmet, bike, water bottle and lunch box and bring your child to your pod.

  3. When walking home, please try to stay 6 feet from other families.

  4. Bring your own pen for sign out.

 

 

DAILY HEALTH SCREENING

  • There will be a daily health screen before allowing your child into school.

  • You will be asked if your child has had any one or more of the following symptoms within the past 24 hours, which is new or not explained by a pre-existing condition:

    • Fever, Chills, or Repeated Shaking/Shivering,

    • Cough

    • Sore Throat

    • Shortness of Breath

    • Difficulty Breathing

    • Feeling Unusually Weak or Fatigued

    • Loss of Taste or Smell

    • Muscle pain

    • Headache

    • Runny or congested nose

    • Diarrhea

  • The teacher will observe if your child has flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing, fatigue, or extreme fussiness.

  • The teacher will then use a “non-touch” (infrared) thermometer to take your child’s temperature.

  • In the case that your child has a fever, or they display one of the symptoms listed above, your child will not be able to join school that day, and must be symptom free for 72 hours before returning to camp. 

 

 

HEALTH GUIDELINES

  • Keep your child home if they have a temperature of 100.4 or above, or any other symptoms of sickness (listed above).

  • Children must be symptom free for 72 hours before returning to camp.

  • If your child has an excessive runny nose, cough or sneeze, they will be separated from other children and you will need to pick him/her up within 30 minutes.

  • If you or another member of your household has a temperature or is sick, we ask that you keep your child home.

 

What will happen if a child, family member of a child, or household member of a child, or staff is exposed to or has COVID-19 confirmed by a positive COVID-19 test? 

  1. Our school will close for 2-5 days. This short-term closure allows time to safely clean and disinfect, and for the local health officials to determine appropriate next steps. 

  2. We will contact the SFDPH Schools and Childcare Hub for consultation and guidance at (415)-554-2830.

  3. We will communicate with the staff, parents, and students. We will maintain the confidentiality of the child, youth, or staff member with COVID-19 as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, and possibly HIPAA

  4. We will Clean and disinfect thoroughly. 

  5. We will work with SFDPH to determine when our school can re-open.