In compliance with new licensing regulations each class period will be divided into 2 groups with no more than 10 children per group. These groups will be consistent and will be with the same lead teacher for every class. Each preschool period will still have 3 to 4 adults present making the ratio of children to adults around 6:1. School Age program will have 2-3 adults present with a ratio of around 7:1. The structure of the program will be different from before, but the premise of the children's learning and exploration will remain the same. Children will still be leading their play, within the boundaries of our new health restrictions.
We will be practicing a front door drop-off as well as pick-up. We will need you all to practice social distancing on the front porch. Our hope is that families arrive between 9 and 9:15 for mornings and between 1 and 1:15 for afternoon classes. Of course we will not turn anyone away but we will have a protocol to follow if your child is late. It will probably be a simple phone call to inform us that you are at the door and a teacher can come for your child. Staff will be thoroughly disinfecting materials and the environment, even more frequently than usual. We aren’t a fan of the manufactured cleaners so while children are present we plan to use thieves essential oil, alcohol and/or hydrogen peroxide as disinfectants. Our hand washing policy is going to be more thoroughly observed and executed, especially prior to snack. The classroom/materials will be disinfected following each and every class period.
Every child will need to pack their own healthy snack for each school day. Water Bottles will need to stay in cubbies until a better plan is in place. We will also have water stations indoors as well as outdoors with single use cups available for the children to have constant access to water.
Sick Policy: We are not licensed to care for ill children. Therefore, we are not equipped to handle a child if they become ill for a long period. This is not only for their well-being, but for the well-being of all our children, teachers, and parent volunteers. We will require children to be picked up within 30 minutes of parent or guardian being contacted. Any child experiencing the following symptoms at school will be sent home. We also ask that you keep children with these symptoms home until they are symptom free for 24 hours.
Please notify the center if your child becomes infected with a contagious disease. We will notify families if there has been an exposure to serious illness.
COVID-19 MODIFICATION: Attendance with symptoms exhibited while the Corona virus is still a concern is up to the teacher's/director's discretion. If your child has allergies, please have a conversation with one of the directors, PRIOR to a symptomatic day. This will allow us to game plan for something that enables all parties to feel safe within the classroom.
Refunds will not be given for missed school, however in extreme circumstances in connection with Covid-19 (for preschool students) we can discuss credits for future attendance on a case by case basis.