George School Children’s Center COVID 19 Health & Safety Plan
As of June 28, 2021, Pennsylvania has lifted the public mask order. We are encouraging families to consider their overall health, vaccination status, and other important recommendations of the CDC in making their decisions on face coverings to keep our community healthy and safe. George School Children’s Center policy will be that masks are optional for staff and children over age 2. Dept. of Health (DOH) has added COVID-19 to the list of communicable diseases that must be reported. Additionally, masks will not be required for family members at pick up/drop off.
As recommendations continue to evolve, we will continue to stay up to date on the most recent CDC Guidance for Operating Childcare found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html
FACILITY CLEANING, SANITIZING, DISINFECTING, AND VENTILATION
The children’s center is cleaned daily by the Environmental Services Department of George School using EPA-registered cleaning products.
- A routine schedule for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting is in place.
- The schedule delineates staff and ES Department responsibilities.
- The schedule outlines what to clean, the frequency, and the suggested cleaning products.
Staff will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched. This may include toys, doorknobs, sink handles, tabletops, chairs, and playground structures.
Cleaning and sanitizing toys:
- Toys that cannot be sanitized will not be used.
- Toys that have been placed in a child’s mouth or exposed to body secretions or excretions will be set aside until they are cleaned by hand (using gloves) with water and detergent, rinsed, and sanitized, rinsed again, and air-dried. Alternatively, they may be placed in the dishwasher.
- A separate container labeled “soiled toys” will be used in each classroom.
- Toys will not be shared between classrooms unless they are washed and sanitized.
Clean and disinfect bedding:
- Each child’s bedding will be kept in an individual, labeled nap bag.
- Cribs and mats are labeled for each child.
- Sheets and bedding should be laundered weekly or when soiled.
CHILD DROP OFF AND PICK UP POLICIES
- Arrival and departure entrance for the center is restricted to the door at the parking circle.
- We are asking all adults to use hand sanitizer when you enter the downstairs hallway.
- Parents will be asked to maintain a 6-foot distance to limit interactions between groups of adults/children while waiting for the check-in process.
- At this time, staff members will continue to greet children at the door and escort them into the center.
- Infants should be transported in their carriers.
- During afternoon pickup, parents will be asked to ring the bell. A staff member will bring your child to you.
- Please keep your arrival and departure schedule as close to reported times as possible to avoid delays.
- If you take your child out of the program during the day for an appointment or any reason, we are asking that you keep them home the balance of that day.
SOCIAL DISTANCING AND OTHER PROTOCOLS
- Individual classroom teachers will work to create activities that allow for 6 feet of separation among children throughout the day to the maximum extent feasible. This may include conducting learning activities outdoors at varying locations on the campus.
- Meals will be served in the classroom. Families must provide the child’s eating utensils daily.
- Handwashing will continue to be required upon entrance to the program. Children and staff will wash their hands after returning from outside. Staff and children will wash their hands after a diaper change and use of the bathroom. Handwashing is done before and after meals, at other times throughout the day, and with any exposure to bodily fluids.
- Signs, in highly visible locations, are posted to promote everyday protective measures such as handwashing and how to stop the spread of germs.
- Only materials that are washable will be used for play.
SAFETY AND SCREENING PROTOCOLS
Health screening questions on the Sandbox website will continue for all families to identify symptoms, diagnosis, or exposure to COVID-19.
As of March 1, 2021, the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation Relating to Travel is no longer in effect. Travelers should still practice appropriate public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 such as masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene. We will continue to monitor case numbers in our area and the CDC/PA Department of Health guidelines and will advise families if there is a policy change.
Staff and children will not be allowed to enter the program if:
- They have tested positive or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
- They have recently had potential exposure to a person with COVID-19.
The health of staff and children in care will be monitored throughout the day.
Children or staff will be isolated if they demonstrate symptoms during the day. A staff member will remain with the child in an area away from other children. The staff member should remain as far away as safely possible while maintaining supervision. The staff member will wear a face covering. If the child is 2 years old or older, they should also wear a face covering. Parents will be notified to pick them up as soon as possible.
To ensure the health and safety of all children, staff, and families, children or staff will not be permitted back into the facility until:
- Your child (staff member) tests negative for COVID-19 and is otherwise well enough to go back to school OR
- A healthcare provider has evaluated your child (staff member) and documented an alternative diagnosis OR
- All of the following are true without testing: 1) at least 10 days since the start of symptoms AND 2) fever-free off anti-fever medicines for 24 hours AND 3) symptoms are getting better.
Any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the program will be reported to the PA Department of Health, the DHS/PA Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Bureau of Certification, and the George School Student Health Center.
- Staff, families, and George School will be notified via email of any confirmed case of COVID-19 in the program.
- If a child is in care when the test results are confirmed positive, they will be isolated until a responsible party arrives to pick them up.
- GSCC will follow the protocol for a return as outlined above.
GSCC will close impacted areas for 48 hours following a confirmed positive COVID-19 case so the facility can be cleaned and disinfected properly.
- George School’s Department of Environmental Services will be notified for cleaning and disinfection.
- Staff and families will be notified via email of any closure.
- Contact tracing will be conducted to determine which individuals, if any, need to quarantine.
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHILDREN AND STAFF
- Parents of children or staff members at higher risk for severe illness should notify the director of the program. We request documentation from the individual’s physician which outlines recommendations for appropriate safety procedures.
- Unique safety protocols for children with complex needs or other vulnerable individuals will be instituted to the best of our ability under the guidance of their physician and our health consultant.
This information may be amended at any time to reflect changes in regulations, DHS requirements, or CDC guidelines.