Wednesday, January 5, 2022
As promised, here are some excerpts from the latest CDC guidelines sent to us from LDOE, including the latest “exclusion” chart. If you notice there will be a 10 day isolation/quarantine period since young children are unable to wear masks correctly and consistently. I have only included the ones that have changed since our last posting. You can view the guidelines in its entirety at this link.
Please remember to try to social distance when in the building as much as possible, and use the single entry and different exit as we have done in the past. If you enter through the gym door, please exit through the door near the aquarium if you drop off/pick up downstairs or the end of the hallway/elevator if you drop off/pick up upstairs.
Thanks once more for adhering to these protocols as we work through this surge.
Friday, August 6, 2021
Additional teacher and staff training. As LDOE continues to provide updated guidance, all staff will continue to receive updated training on the enhanced precautions and preventative measures needed to keep everyone safe and healthy.
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 downstairs will wash hands upon arrival. Children going upstairs will use hand sanitizer before using the stairwell. 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.
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.
Physical distancing. We’ll continue to practice physical 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. 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 48 hours. If you choose to keep your child at home, please call the center and let us know.
Covid Testing. If someone in your home is awaiting Covid test results, please keep your child(ren) at home until you receive the test results. If the test is positive, please see the “How to Respond to Covid-19 Exposure” flow chart located on the website.
Enhanced health screenings. Teachers and children will have their temperature checked at arrival and throughout the 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 email@example.com.
Any time you enter FUMC you will use the America St. Conference Center Entrance upon arrival and the Adult Building Doors to Exit.
Drop off needs to happen by 9 am. You must call/email in advance if you have an appointment and will be arriving late.
Infants - You will take infants to the Infant room using the ramp to proceed to the doorway across from Ory Parish Hall.
Toddlers - Parents will be allowed to walk children to their classrooms. Parents need to remain in the doorway to social distance from any staff, children or other parents. You will then proceed out the glass doors across from the fish aquarium to exit the building.
Twos- All Two Year olds will be taken upstairs by their parents. Please have them use "right side, right hand, right rail" when using the stairs. Parents need to remain in the doorway of classroom to social distance from any staff, children or other parents. You will then proceed to the door at the opposite end of the hallway from the stairwell and use the elevator or church stairwells to return downstairs.
Preschool - if you are a returning family and are comfortable sending your child upstairs alone as we did this past year, you may continue to do that. New parents are welcome to take their child to their classroom, remain in the doorway of classroom to social-distance from any staff, children or other parents. You will then proceed to the door at the opposite end of the hallway from the stairwell and use the elevator or church stairwells to return downstairs.
Pickup - If you pick-up before 4pm, you can use the 930 North Blvd. driveway - you need to call ELC when you are about 5 minutes away so we can have your child ready for you at the door.
Infants and Twos will use the same procedure as Drop Off.
Toddlers and Preschoolers use the door intercoms to let us know you are in the gym if no one is at the door and we will bring your child to you.
Any time you enter FUMC you will use the America St. Conference Center Entrance upon arrival and the Adult Building Entrance to Exit.
Coronavirus Helpful Links
Hand-washing: A Family Activity
Talking to Kids About Coronavirus
Coronavirus and Children
Reducing the Spread of Illness in Childcare
United Way Coronavirus Resources