COVID-19 REOPENING-PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

COVID-19 REOPENING-PROCEDURES AND POLICIES

SHOW ‘N TELL SCHOOL REOPENING PRECAUTIONS:
POLICIES AND PRACTICES REGARDING REOPENING SNT IN THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

**Please note that once severe mitigation procedures are removed or relaxed we will reevaluate the changes listed therein to better serve our families and keep our staff safe.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this document is to outline how the Show ‘N Tell Schools intend to:
1. Reopen our centers in compliance with CDC standards
2. Keep our staff and families informed of what is expected of them on a day-to-day basis
3. Establish a network of resources to allow our staff and families to understand these changes for our community
At this time, we ask that parents review all of the information within this packet for reassurance of our policies and practices in order to operate safely and to effectively care for your children. If you have any questions regarding policies or practices please do not hesitate to contact your Director via email.

PART 1: DROP OFF PROCEDURES/MONITORING OF SYMPTOMS
PART 2: CLEANING PROCEDURES
PART 3: DAILY ACTIVITY PRECAUTIONS
PART 4: COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
PART 5: PICKUP PROCEDURES
PART 6: READMITTANCE TO SNT AFTER POSITIVE TEST OF COVID-19

PART 1: DROP OFF PROCEDURES/MONITORING OF SYMPTOMS
A. We have decided that Show ‘N Tell will be following the CDC guidelines of Social Distancing to collect children at drop-off and release children at pick-up at our front entrance. This means parents/adults will be required to wear a mask to the building entrance, maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet from the staff member during the symptom monitoring portion, then drop off their child/supplies to said staff member. At this time, we are asking parents to NOT ENTER THE BUILDING UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. (See PART 5: PICKUP PROCEDURES for more details)
B. Upon arrival the staff member will check the child for any signs of fever over 100.4 degrees and assess the child for any additional symptoms (cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, etc.). At this time our staff reserves the right to deny access to any student if they are exhibiting symptoms.
C. Any supplies the student will need for the day (bottles for infants, lunch, nap time supplies, etc) will be handed to the staff member at drop off. We are asking families to put lunches into labeled, disposable brown or plastic bags to prevent the need for daily transfer of reusable lunch bags. We also ask that you communicate with the staff member if you have a tuition payment to deliver to the office-the staff member will collect the tuition payment at this time.
D. Infants may remain in their car seat at the parent’s discretion for more seamless drop off and pickup. Additionally, any information needed regarding their eating schedule will be transmitted at this time or through the Remind App (see PART 4: COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS for more details).
E. If a child is admitted to the school they will be brought to their classroom and immediately directed to wash their hands (older children) or will have their hands washed with assistance (infants/young toddlers).
F. All staff will also be assessed upon entrance into the building for fever or symptoms related to Covid as described by the CDC.
G. Staff will be required to wear a mask at all times while inside the building and while in close contact with children. While outdoors the staff are to use their discretion regarding the safety of wearing a mask in warm temperatures and within 6 feet of children or other adults. You may see some staff using additional measures of safety such as a face shield if they need additional protection.
H. Children over the age of 2 years, per CDC recommendations, are recommended to wear cloth face masks. Show ‘N Tell staff will not force a child over the age of 2 years to wear a face mask, but recommends parents seriously discuss the option amongst their family and come to a decision regarding wearing of face masks while at SNT.
I. If you decide you would like your child to wear a face mask, you are required to initial the OUTSIDE of the cloth covering of the face mask so it is easily identifiable for staff should the mask be removed by the child for eating/napping/outdoor play.
II. Children will be asked to be able to put on/take off their masks for certain activities like eating/napping/outdoor play. If a child cannot put on/take off their masks by themselves assistance will be provided by a staff member.
III. Children will not be required to wear masks while engaging in exertive play per CDC recommendations.
IV. It is suggested that face masks are washed daily. As such we ask parents to plan appropriately to bring their child’s face masks home for laundering.

PART 2: CLEANING PROCEDURES
A. Show ‘N Tell has always followed strict state and county guidelines regarding sanitizing and disinfecting commonly used surfaces, high-traffic areas of use, small toys, mouthed toys, diaper changing surfaces, high chairs, etc.
B. We will be reiterating the use of soap and water vs. sanitizing agents vs. disinfecting agents with our staff during a staff meeting prior to reopening the center (this meeting will be held on Friday, June 5).
C. In order to have access to cleaning agents that are readily available and keep costs down for the center we will primarily be using bleach solutions for both sanitizing and disinfecting items and surfaces within the center. We have been reassured by our supplier that bleach is in low demand compared to other ready-made products and is easily accessible for the company. As such, a soap and water, a sanitizing, and a disinfecting solution will be made fresh every morning for every classroom for use throughout the day.
D. We will be limiting/eliminating some of the harder to clean items such as fabric toys so as to limit the possibility of germ exposure.
E. We will be following our rotating toy cleaning schedule that is specific to each classroom’s toy availability in addition to toys that have been contaminated by bodily fluids such as saliva.
F. We will be cleaning sippy cups/water bottles used by students on a daily basis and then sending them home for deep cleaning by families each Friday. The only exception to this rule is bottles in our Infant Class-bottles will still be sent home daily for cleaning.
G. Nap mats are already labeled for each child for individual use. Nap mats will continue to be cleaned daily after nap time and blankets will be sent home on Friday to be cleaned by parents. The only exception to this rule is crib sheets used in the Infant Class and Young Toddler Class-these will be cleaned weekly in the center. Children will be placed in head-to-toe napping to prevent the spread of germs.
H. Additional hand washing posters have been placed in all community hand washing stations to encouraged increased hand washing hygiene.

PART 3: DAILY ACTIVITY PRECAUTIONS
A. Multiple changes to our daily routines will be taking place in order to accommodate the necessary additional cleaning as well as exposure mitigation in our center.
I. We encourage, though will not require, parents to feed their children breakfast at home if time permits. This will drastically decrease the cleaning needs in the morning.
II. Children will see an increase in outdoor playtime. We will continue to have academic time in the building but will be putting an emphasis on outdoor time to ensure social distancing can be maintained by staff and students if possible.
III. We will be limiting the mixing of age groups as much as possible-Infants will not combine with other age groups unless walking infants are joining Young Toddlers on the playground for outdoor time (see above). Older Toddlers and Preschoolers will still have limited mixing time during outdoor play as well as during school opening and closing time as necessary for staffing reasons.
IV. For the foreseeable future we will be cancelling the Preschool walking trips to the Paoli Library for Story Time.
V. For the foreseeable future we will be cancelling Yoga Class, field trips, and any large group gatherings such as the End of the Year Party or other school functions.
VI. For the foreseeable future we ask that parents not bring in unnecessary items to SNT, including:
i. Preschool Show ‘N Tell items
ii. Excessive amounts of blankets/other nap items
iii. Bookbags/backpacks
iv. Stuffed animals/other toys from home
VII. Items you may bring to SNT and leave in the building for future use, preferably in your child’s cubby or in a designated class area:
i. Additional articles of clothing including outerwear, shirts, pants/shorts, socks, and outdoor shoes
ii. Sunscreen for application in the afternoon
iii. A nap sheet/blanket/pillow
VIII. When possible, we will be eliminating the rotating of staff into different classrooms unless they are specifically providing assistance with cleaning procedures. We will do our best to maintain normal Monday-Friday schedules for all of our staff where they stay in their designated classroom unless otherwise necessary.
IX. If a child becomes sick during the day, they will be removed from their classroom and brought to the office with staff supervision to avoid possible continued contamination to the classroom. If removal to the office is not possible the child will be removed from the high-traffic area of the classroom to another place within the classroom to avoid possible continued contamination to the classroom. Parents will be notified immediately and asked to come pick up their child immediately (within 30 minutes).

PART 4: COMMUNICATION WITH PARENTS
A. As we will be asking parents to engage in a social distancing/touchless drop-off and pick-up, we will be adjusting our Remind App program to allow for 2-way communication between staff and parents. This will be helpful to:
I. Find out how your child is doing during the day
II. Communicate any special needs for the day, especially in regards to medication distribution and the needs of infants
III. Notify staff of tuition payments being paid to the center at drop-off
IV. Allow staff to communicate when items are needed such as diapers, wipes, food, etc.
V. Allow communication regarding progress of children with Early Intervention support (no EI personnel are permitted into the building while still in the Yellow Phase)
B. Weekly updates regarding any protocol/policy updates or changes will be announced via our email distribution list. If you have additional points of contact to add to this list please let Miss Liz know upon reopening.
C. Zoom conferences with staff will be permitted given at least 24 hours’ notice-these may be necessary for some families to check on your child’s development and reintegration into the school upon reopening, among other things.
D. We continue to encourage parents to email or call the school at your convenience to see how your child is doing while we reestablish a routine within Show ‘N Tell after our extended closure. The best time to reach our staff for a conversation would be during naptime, from 1-3PM daily.
E. Additional resources for parents regarding the policies we are following and the CDC recommendations can be found here:
I. Pennsylvania Keys Website: https://www.pakeys.org/ece-coronavirus-resources/
II. CDC Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html#CleanDisinfect

PART 5: PICKUP PROCEDURES
A. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE SHOW N TELL SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSING AT 5:30 PM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE TO ACCOMMODATE APPROPRIATE TIME FOR PROPER CLEANING PRACTICES WITHIN OUR CENTER.
B. As mentioned in PART 1, we have decided that Show ‘N Tell will be following the CDC guidelines of Social Distancing to collect children at drop-off and release children at pick-up at our front entrance. Pickup procedures will be as follows:
I. Parents will call the school approximately 5 minutes before arrival to notify staff of pickup. Please tell the teacher answering the phone your name, the name of the child/children you are picking up, and the classroom they are in.
II. A staff member will collect your child and his/her items that will be sent home for the day.
III. A parent will be required to wear a mask to the building entrance, maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet from the staff member, then collect their child and any supplies from said staff member. At this time, we are asking parents to NOT ENTER THE BUILDING UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.
IV. Daily reports/sheets will be sent home via the Remind App as usual.

PART 6: READMITTANCE TO SNT AFTER POSITIVE TEST OF COVID-19
A. If a child or staff member is exposed to COVID-19, those details should be shared with the Director as soon as possible.
B. If a staff member or child tests positive for COVID-19, the following CDC website will give details regarding how to connect with your physician, healthy practices to follow, etc: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html
C. In order to be readmitted to SNT, a child or staff member must abide by one of the following practices:
1. If a person is not tested to determine if they are still positive, the person can return to SNT after these three things have happened:
i. No fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
ii. Other symptoms have improved (for example, when cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
iii. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
2. If a person is tested to determine if they are still contagious, they can return after these three things have happened:
i. No longer have a fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
ii. Other symptoms have improved (for example, when cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
iii. Person received two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
D. Constant open communication between staff and families is necessary in order to ascertain when a staff member or child will be able to gain readmittance to SNT after testing positive for COVID-19.
E. If a staff member or child tests positive for COVID-19, any classroom that is affected will need to be properly disinfected immediately in order to resume operations and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
I. If a staff member or child tests positive the Director will inform the parents to pick up their child immediately from that classroom.
II. Extensive disinfecting procedures will take place by an outside cleaning company, Bio-One Chester County, as quickly as possible so there will be no lapse in child care for families
III. CDC guidelines will be followed to ensure proper cleaning of the classrooms/affected areas in order to readmit students
F. CDC Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fprepare%2Fdisinfecting-building-facility.html

PART 7: OUT OF STATE TRAVEL
A. Per the recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Health related to out-of-state travel, any employee traveling to a state that is “declared with a high number of COVID-19 cases” will be required to quarantine for a 14-day period upon their return. Any employee that travels to one of these states willingly must adhere to this policy and use their Paid Time Off (if available) for said quarantine. Unfortunately, no COVID-19 testing at the time of return (even if it is a negative COVID-19 test) will permit a staff member to return to work earlier than the 14-day recommended quarantine period.
PART 6 (ADDENDUM): READMITTANCE TO SNT
B. If a staff member displays symptoms that are indicative of or related to COVID-19, they are to immediately let the Director/Assistant Director know, self-isolate, and contact their health care provider for guidance.
I. If the health care provider recommends the staff member obtain a COVID-19 test, the staff member will be required to do so and is encouraged to obtain a rapid-result test if financially feasible. If the test is positive the staff member will be instructed to stay out of school following health care provider/health department recommendations and will only be readmitted following at-home-isolation procedures as described by the Department of Health and the Department of Human Services. An employee must discuss their symptoms with the Director/Assistant Director for guidance regarding when they may discontinue self-isolation.
II. If the health care provider does not recommend the staff member obtain a COVID-19 test, the staff member will obtain a letter regarding readmission to work from said health care provider in addition to following at-home-isolation procedures until symptoms subside.
III. In either case A or B, a staff member that is absent from work due to suspicion of COVID-19 exposure will be required to use their Paid Time Off (if available).

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