Health & Safety Plan Summary for 2021/2022 Academic Year
ST. DANIEL'S PRESCHOOL
20/21 SCHOOL-YEAR - HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN SUMMARY
- OUR GOALS FOR 20/21 SCHOOL-YEAR
- We believe the best setting for preschool classes is in the classroom where students can most effectively develop social and learning skills necessary for their future education. This setting ("In-Classroom Teaching") is our preference as long as a secure, healthy environment can be provided.
- The "In-Classroom Teaching mode may need to change if local COVID-19 transmission rates change, or when information and guidelines are updated. We will stay alert to COVID-19 issues, and be flexible to adjust plans and procedures to assure safety while providing the best early-learning experience possible given COVID-related limitations. We understand this can be difficult for students and their families, and we ask for your patience and understanding.
- We understand that it isn't possible to eliminate the risk of contracting COVID-19 as long as cases of it are in our local communities. Our goal is to minimize transmission of COVID-19 among our students, their families and our staff, while safely providing preschool activities.
- TYPE OF REOPENING
- The primary mode of teaching will be "In-Classroom Teaching".
- If COVID-related events during the school-year cause extended dismissal or closure of preschool, continuing education would be made available to all students by using "On-line Teaching" methods.
- HEALTH AND SAFETY TEAM
- A Health & Safety Coordinator has been added to the Preschool staff. This position provides daily health monitoring, response to student and staff illnesses that occur during the school-day, assist with daily disinfecting and sanitizing procedures, and assist teaching staff as needed.
- We encourage families to consult with their family physician for COVID-19 information, questions, possible exposures or suspected cases, and treatment.
- PROMOTE BEHAVIORS THAT REDUCE SPREAD OF COVID-19
- Students and staff must stay home if sick, or had close contact with a person with COVID-19.
- HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR COVID-19 POSSIBLE AND ACTUAL CASES are attached and must be followed when using the "In-Classroom Teaching" mode. A DAILY COVID-19 "AT HOME" SYMPTOM SCREENING GUIDELINE, which is part of these PROCEDURES, must be used by families each day prior to coming to preschool.
- In addition to Daily At-Home Screening, these PROCEDURES cover (i) arriving at school; (ii) experiencing COVID-like symptoms; (iii) COVID-19 exposure, testing or treatment; and (iv) returning to school after experiencing any of the above.
- Staff will practice, and teach students, safe Hygiene Practices.
- Frequent hand washing and sanitizing.
- Cough/sneeze into tissue, dispose tissue properly, wash/sanitize hands immediately.
- Provide easily accessible trash receptacles throughout preschool area. Staff will assure adequate hygiene supplies are always on-hand.
- CLOTH FACE COVERING REQUIREMENT
- Preschool Staff, and other adults in the preschool area, are required to properly wear a face mask at all times during classroom and other indoor or outdoor activities.
- Preschool Students are required to properly wear face masks at all times during classroom and other indoor or outdoor activities. The only exception is during snack time when the students are seated at tables with a protective barrier.
- Parents students and staff are required to properly wear a face mask during the daily "arrival" and "pick-up" process, which includes from time they exit their car, walking to the entrance, completing the arrival screening, and walking back to their car.
- When we are able to have special outdoor activities that parents and other family members can attend, everyone attending is required to properly wear a face mask for the entire time of the activity.
- Anyone not properly wearing a face mask as described above will be required to leave until they comply with the face mask requirements. [This is no different than businesses putting a sign on their door - - "No Face Mask; No Service".]
- Provide constant reminders for staff, students and families to practice protective measures.
- Post signs at key spots to remind students, staff and parents of good practices. Signs should be age appropriate.
- Periodically send reminders to parents for at-home practices using email or flyers.
- MAINTAIN A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT
- Complete daily cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting according to written procedures. Disinfecting and sanitizing will be done for touchable surfaces and objects frequently during the class-day as students and staff move between learning centers and daily activities, and at the end of each school-day.
- Provide each student with their own 'supplies bin' containing all items they will use in Learning Centers and other activities. These will be stored in a secure location and disinfected frequently. If preschool must be dismissed for an extended time, students will take their 'supplies bin' home so they can participate in "On-line Teaching" activities.
- Eliminate sharing of common items, unless first disinfecting the items to be exchanged. Each student will have their own 'activity bin' for toys only they will use during the class-day. Bins and toys will be disinfected after each class-day.
- Implement 'cohorting'. Each class will be divided into Sections of no more that 6 students. The students will remain in these Sections for no less than a month, and longer if necessary to minimize risk of spreading the virus.
- Each classroom will have three work tables. Two students can work at each table separated by a barrier, in order to maintain proper distancing. The maximum class size will be 18 students, which is determined by number and size of classrooms available to Preschool.
- Snacks will be provided during the class-day.
- Drinks and snacks will be served to each Section in their classroom.
- Drinks and pre-packaged snack will be provided by Preschool, with disposal containers and utensils.
- Students and staff will wash hands just prior to snack time. Trash will be disposed in proper containers. Hands will be sanitized after disposing of trash.
- Playgrounds and Hallways
- Indoor play area will be closed.
- Outside playground can be used occasionally, but limited to one Section at a time. Playground equipment will be disinfected before each use.
- Moving thru hallways will be staggered as much as possible, with the goal of not having more than one Section in hallways at the same time. Staff and students will be required to wear face covering when in the hallway.
- Large Gatherings
- There will be no singing in classrooms, until further notice.
- All indoor Programs (Christmas, Closing, parades, etc.) are cancelled.
- There will be no Field Trips.
- MAINTAIN HEALTHY OPERATIONS
- Use outdoor activities as much as possible to (a) provide variety, (b) reduce playground time, and (c) enhance learning experiences.
- Nature walks
- Scavenger hunts
- Power walking, skipping, jumping
- Chalk drawing
- Preschool area closed to all visitors during the school day.
- Implement a communication system to provide timely COVID-19 information to Preschool families; such a notification of exposures or illnesses, and changes in preschool class schedules, restrictions, and dismissals or closures.
- PREPARE FOR WHEN SOMEONE GETS SICK
- Follow CDC Recommendations and good hygiene practices.
- Student or staff becoming ill with COVID-19-like symptoms during the school day will be isolated in an area that is remote from preschool activity.
- A student's contact person will be notified and asked to pick-up the student, and to seek treatment from their healthcare provider.
- Assistance will be provided for a staff member to travel home, as needed.
- Contact Local Health Official/Advisor or Healthcare Professional for assistance in responding to COVID-19 related illnesses, exposures, or cases and determining next steps for the preschool in response to an in-school occurrence.
- HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR COVID-19 POSSIBLE AND ACTUAL CASES - - See p 4.
- DAILY COVID-19 "AT HOME" SCREENING GUIDELINE - - See p 5.
ST. DANIEL'S PRESCHOOL
HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR COVID-19 POSSIBLE AND ACTUAL CASES
1. DAILY AT-HOME SCREENING
- The attached DAILY COVID-19 "AT HOME" SYMPTOM SCREENING GUIDELINE is to be used each school-day by parents prior to attending preschool that day.
- Instructions are included in the Screening Guideline.
- For illnesses that are not COVID-19 related, refer to the "Childcare and Illnesses: Should Your Child Stay Home?" handout that is in the Preschool Folder provided to all parents.
- TO CONTACT PRESCHOOL STAFF OR THE H&S COORDINATOR REGARDING A STUDENT'S HEALTH; LEAVE A MESSAGE ON THE "CLASS DOJO".
2. ARRIVING AT SCHOOL
- Student's temperature is measured and parent confirms that student is not taking fever-reducing medications.
- If temperature is 100 degrees or higher, student will not be able to attend school that day.
- Parent initials their student's attendance record, confirming "At Home Screening" was completed for that day.
3. STUDENT ABSENT DUE TO "COVID-19-LIKE" SYMPTOMS
- Parent must immediately notify H&S Coordinator (1) if student is being tested for COVID-19, or (2) has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
- If there is no COVID-19 test or diagnosis, the student can return to school - - When clinically cleared by their doctor with a doctor's note stating that the student is fully recovered and can safely return to school; - OR - Is fever-free for 72 hours without fever-reducing medication.
4. STUDENT BEING TESTED FOR COVID-19 DUE TO SYMPTOMS OR POSSIBLE EXPOSURE
- Student is to stay home until test results are known.
- If student tests positive for, or is diagnosed with, COVID-19, parents must immediately notify the H&S Coordinator.
- Student can return to school - - When clinically cleared by their doctor with a doctor's note stating that the student has fully recovered and can safely return to school.
- If student tests negative for COVID-19, parents must provide written documentation of the negative test result to the H&S Coordinator when returning to school.
- Student can return to school - - When clinically cleared by their doctor with a doctor's note stating that the student can safely return to school.
5. STUDENT ABSENT DUE TO POSSIBLE, OR KNOWN, EXPOSURE TO COVID-19
- Student should stay home until guidance is obtained from your healthcare provider or PA Department of Health.
- If guidance received is to self-quarantine for 14 days, notify H&S Coordinator.
- Student should stay home from preschool for 14 days.
- Student can return to preschool if no illness occurs during quarantine period.
- If illness occurs, follow procedures described in Item #3 and #4.
- If a student must be quarantined for 14 days, monthly tuition for that month will be 50% of the normal monthly payment for that student.
- If guidance does not include self-quarantine and the student is symptom-free, student can return to school when cleared by their healthcare provider or PA Department of Health with a note to confirm this clearance.
ST. DANIEL'S PRESCHOOL
DAILY COVID-19 "AT HOME" SYMPTOM SCREENING GUIDELINE - - 10/30/20
"AT HOME" SYMPTOM SCREENING CHECKLIST
GROUP A SYMPTOMS - - (one or more)
GROUP B SYMPTOMS - - (two or more)