Coronavirus Update

Friday, September  4, 2020
 

Here’s a summary of what we're doing to keep our teachers and families safe in the center:

 

  • Protective equipment. All teachers will wear masks. Infant, toddler and two's teachers will also wear smocks in the classroom (laundering @ the end of every day).  Infants and toddlers should have multiple changes of clothes in the center.

 

  • Handwashing, regular disinfecting. Children will wash hands upon arrival.  Teachers and children will be washing hands every 2 hours, at a minimum.  Disinfecting surfaces, doorknobs, sink handles, light switches, toys, etc. will happen on an hourly basis.

 

  • Continued closure of family-style dining. We’ve stopped our family-style dining practice to reduce the spread of germs at mealtime.  Teachers will be serving all food in the classrooms.

 

  • Water fountains.  Water fountains will be covered and water will be available to children through the use of dispensers and one-time use paper cups.

 

  • Nap time adjustments. Children will continue to rest in alternating head-to-toe positions and be situated 6 feet apart whenever possible.  Bedding (along with any personal items) will continue to be sent home weekly for laundering.

 

  • Social distancing. We’ll continue to practice social distancing as much as possible. To minimize potential exposure, children will continue to keep distance from children and staff in other classrooms.  This includes outdoor play time.  Children will remain in stagnant groups.   We will utilize the gym and/or the Ory Parish Hall since outdoor time will be limited. All spaces will be cleaned between groups. Children and staff must pass singly through all entry and exit points.

 

  • Stay home if sick. If your child has had a fever or trouble breathing, we ask that they stay home until they’ve been symptom-free without medication for at least 72 hours. If you choose to keep your child at home, just call your center and let us know. 

 

  • Enhanced health screenings. Teachers and children will have their temperature checked at arrival and again mid-day.  If you have any information about your child's health (new bruise, scratch, etc. )to share with a teacher, please send an email to elc@firstmethodist.org.

 

  • Drop off needs to happen by 9am - breakfast is served at 9am and we don't have the manpower to monitor the door past this time

    • Parents of infants needing to hand off a child must wear a face mask.

    • Toddler and older children need to walk up to the door alone, parents need to stay behind the orange tape line.  Please be sure your child is ready to exit the car when you arrive (completely dressed, not eating, shoes on, etc.)

    • Due to increased traffic at drop-off/pickup, we ask that you enter the driveway slowly and please refrain from using cell phones

    • If possible, please pull all the way to the "pull up to here" sign when dropping off and/or picking up.

    • Children need to enter doorways single file, so there will be an X where children will stand to wait their turn to enter building

 

  • Pickup -  Call the center to let us know you are on your way and the staff will bring children to the orange line. If we don't get a call and someone drives up behind you that did call, you may be asked to drive around the building to avoid causing a traffic jam.

    • Anyone who picks up before 4:00, please continue the present protocol to pick up using the 930 North Blvd. entrance.

    • If you are in Room 101 (2 year old Room 1), 103 (Toddler 3), and Infant Room, you will continue to use the present protocol at the 930 North Blvd entrance whether you pick up before or after 4:00 since your child's room is closest to the North Blvd entrance.

    • If your child is in any of the other classes and you pick up between 4:00 - 5:30, you will begin picking up n the gym, and you will no longer need to call the office.  The following procedures will be in place:

      • You will park in the America Street Parking Lot.​

      • You will need a mask to enter the building through the double glass doors near the America St. Conference Center.  Please use the hand sanitizing machine for your  hands upon entering.

      • Please walk to the intercom system at the ELC entrance in the Gym and buzz to give your child's name.

      • Please use the markers to maintain safe distancing while waiting for your child.  

      • Once you receive your child, please follow the signage to exit out the Adult Building back to the America Street Parking Lot to maintain one way in/one way out.  

  • TRAVEL:  Please discuss all travel plans with Director.

 

If the current situation changes and it becomes necessary to update our procedures, we will notify you.  Thanks again for your patience and understanding as we implement these procedures while the number of children increases.  Our goal is to minimize disruption, while at the same time keeping you, your family and our staff healthy as well.

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