Covid Policies and Procedures

Reentry Protocols in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Updated Sept 4, 2020

Updated information from original reentry plan is indicated with yellow highlights

 

To all preschool families and staff:

Thank you for strictly following this policy which has been developed to protect the health of everyone (staff and students) at the preschool and their families.

 

 

Cleaning and Sanitizing

Our classrooms will be thoroughly disinfected at the close of the day with sanitizing professional foggers using EPA-approved disinfectants.  Teachers will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect classrooms throughout the day as needed, including wiping down all frequently touched areas several times a day focusing on toys, games, and other objects and surfaces that are frequently used.  Professional cleaning staff will be maintaining all hallways, restrooms and common areas as well as the classrooms in the evenings.

 

 

Arrival and Dismissal

Mandatory carline will be in place for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents should use hand sanitizer on their child before the staff member reaches your car. A staff member will take your child’s temperature with a touchless thermometer.  A staff member will then bring your child to the classroom, and children will wash their hands immediately upon arrival in the classroom.  At the end of the day, we will bring your child to your car for dismissal. 

 

Parents needing to drop off a student late or pick up a student early should pull up as in carline, exit the car to ring the doorbell located near the entrance, and return to their car.  A staff member will come out to their car to assist them.

Face Coverings

 

All teachers and staff will wear face coverings daily. Although it is not a preschool requirement for students to wear face coverings, CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children 3 and older who can reliably wear a face mask should do so. This means they can wear it without frequently touching or removing it. 

 

See: How to wear a mask and CDC on masks

 

Temperature

Checks

Parents should check their child’s temperature before school each morning prior to arriving on campus. Every student and staff member's temperature will also be taken before entering the school building upon arrival daily. Individuals with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher (even with no other COVID symptoms) will be sent home. (Please refer to the Health Risk Mitigation Policy below for further details.)

 

Handwashing

All students and staff members will be required to wash their hands upon arriving and frequently throughout the day, including when returning from outside play and before eating.

 

Well Checks

We will look for signs of illness in students upon arrival at the time of the temperature check.  Regular wellness checks will be conducted throughout the day. The parents of unwell children will be notified immediately and asked to pick up their child right away to help stop the spread of illness. As a precautionary measure and to limit the risk of contagion, unwell children may be isolated with a caregiver, and children two and older may be asked to wear a mask until their parent arrives.  Please also refer to our Health Risk Mitigation Policy below.

 

Classroom Supplies

All art supplies will be individualized for children in their own box so nothing is shared (scissors, crayons, playdough, etc.).  We will not use sensory tables, large pillows or stuffed animals, and other materials that are difficult to clean. Please look for future communication from your child’s teacher regarding an individual supply list for your child’s class.

 

Public Spaces

 

 

 

All public water fountains will be closed.  Gathering areas throughout campus will be closed.  

Visitors

We enjoy classroom parties and celebrations and have enjoyed the involvement of parents in the classroom over the years. However, all visits by parents and friends of students and staff are suspended until further notice. This includes student birthdays and our traditional holiday celebrations and festivities.

 

Social Distancing Strategies

 

Children and teachers will not change from one group to another. Students will remain with their classmates only.  Resource teachers will come to each classroom so that children are not using rooms that are used by other classes throughout the day. In accordance with guidance from the Florida Department of Health and Florida Department of Children and Families, we are not currently offering early care or after care in order to eliminate students changing from one group to another

 

Children will still be allowed the chance to play outside everyday (if not raining).  There will only be one class at a time on either of the playgrounds.  Any playground toys that are used by children will be sanitized on a frequent and regular basis.  The jungle gyms will be sanitized at the end of the day. 

 

HEALTH RISK MITIGATION POLICY

This policy applies to all students, teachers and staff of Deermeadows Preschool.  Because COVID-19 symptoms are common to many other illnesses, we ask all of our families and staff to follow this guide for each scenario below.  We recognize that there may be inconvenience so we thank you for your cooperation.     

COVID-19 symptoms include:

 

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

 

For an up to date list of symptoms from the CDC, click here: Symptoms

We understand that the required time away in the event of each scenario outlined below may be an inconvenience but is critical for the health of everyone at the school.

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Scenario 1:    Someone at the preschool has any symptom above (at the preschool or away from the preschool).   He/She may return when:

  1. Fever free without fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours

AND

  1. Symptoms resolved

AND

  1. One of the following:
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

OR

  • The preschool is provided a note from his/her healthcare provider stating that the symptoms of illness are due to a non-COVID-19 diagnosis (e.g. strep throat, allergies, ear infection, etc.).

OR

  • The individual obtains a negative COVID-19 test and provides the preschool with a copy of the results. 

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Scenario 2:      A preschool child or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.  He/she may return when:

If Symptomatic:

  1. He/she has been fever free without fever-reducing medication for at least 24 hours

AND

  1. Other symptoms on the above list have improved

AND

  1. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

OR If Asymptomatic:

When at least 10 days have elapsed since the date the first positive diagnostic COVID-19 test was taken.  See more information from the CDC by clicking here: When to return after COVID

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Scenario 3:  Someone in the preschool child’s or staff’s household is ill.

 

He/she may return to the preschool when the household member no longer exhibits any symptoms listed above.   This policy has been established in an abundance of caution to protect the health of everyone at the preschool. If the household member who is ill is determined or assumed to be COVID-19 positive, please follow the guidelines from the CDC explained in Scenario 4.

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Scenario 4: A preschooler or preschool staff member has been exposed to someone outside the preschool who has tested positive or is assumed positive for COVID-19.

We will require that children and staff stay home from school for the recommended quarantine period by the CDC and Health Department .  See Quarantine Guidance.

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How will the preschool respond if someone at the school is diagnosed with COVID-19?

 

If a child or staff member at Deermeadows Preschool is diagnosed with COVID-19, we request that they notify the Preschool.  We will follow guidance from the state and local health departments. We anticipate that this will include, at a minimum, closing down the room where that child/teacher attended, notifying parents, and requiring a quarantine period as dictated by authorities for all exposed students and staff members.  The identity of the person who tested positive will be kept confidential.

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What about traveling?

Health authorities have indicated that traveling both within the United States and abroad can increase your risk of exposure. We’re following the CDC’s guidance that can be found here: Travel Guidance

If you, your child or anyone in your household has returned from international travel, your child must wait 14 days after the conclusion of any such travel before entering our school. The CDC Travel Advisory list is updated regularly. Please plan to check the CDC website for updated travel guidance before returning to school.

Additionally, there may be state and local travel restrictions, such as mandated quarantines upon arrival in Florida from certain states. Plan to keep checking for updates as you travel.

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Will I be required to pay full tuition if my child has to be out for 14 days in the event someone in his/her classroom is diagnosed with COVID-19?

 

In the event a classroom is closed for 14 days due to COVID-19 exposure, we will transition to remote learning to the extent possible as we were able to do effectively in March, April and May 2020.  At this time, there will be no modifications to tuition.  Tuition at Deermeadows covers the continuity of learning, both on campus and off campus.  We are fortunate to have the resources to provide a robust remote learning experience, and we are committed to improving this process in the event a remote environment is again required.  For classroom and/or campus closures lasting more than 60 days, we will examine extending credits where a remote environment substantially restricts available educational opportunities. Such credits will be determined on a case-by-case basis by our Leadership Team.