George School Children’s Center COVID 19 Health & Safety Plan
Staff and Visitors:
- Any person entering the building is required to wear a face mask.
- Staff must wear face coverings indoors; they must also wear face coverings outside where staff is unable to maintain the 6-foot social distance.
- Visitors are currently excluded from the program.
- Children 2 years old and older are required to wear a face covering indoors with exceptions for eating and sleeping.
- If a child is outdoors and able to consistently maintain a social distance of 6-feet from individuals who are not part of their household, they do not need to wear a mask.
- If a parent or guardian has been unable to place a face covering safely on the child’s face, they should not do so.
- If a child 2 years old or older is unable to remove a face covering without assistance, the child is not required to wear one.
- At the present time, George School is asking that we continue to wear masks outdoors. If that changes and children can consistently maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from individuals who are not a part of their household, they may not need to wear a mask.
Note: The Department of Health recognizes that getting younger children to be comfortable wearing face coverings and to keep them on may create some difficulties. Under these circumstances, licensed childcare programs may consider prioritizing the wearing of face coverings to times when it is difficult for the child to maintain a social distance of at least 6-feet from others who are not a part of their household (e.g. when standing in line at school).
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.
- Masks are mandatory. 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 health screening and check-in process.
- Parents will not be permitted to enter the childcare facility. Children will be greeted and escorted into the center by staff members.
- 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.
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.
- Classroom groups management will be established to limit cross-group interactions at bathrooms, in the hallways and outdoor play areas. Classroom groups will not co-mingle.
- Childcare staff will remain with the same group each day.
- 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.
- To make outdoor play consistent with the CDC considerations, staff will schedule the use of playground areas to prevent co-mingling. High use equipment areas will be wiped down by staff before returning indoors.
- Only materials that are washable will be used for play. The sharing of materials among children will be limited. Each child will have their own crayons and playdough.
- Children moving to the bathroom and within the hallways will be staggered to maintain classroom groupings.
SAFETY AND SCREENING PROTOCOLS
Health screenings will be conducted daily for any person entering the building including staff, family members, and children 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.