Springbok Academy Covid-19 Policies and Procedures – August 2021

 

Exclusion from care/work

A child or an employee will be excluded from being at Springbok Academy under the following conditions:

  • If someone in a household tested positive for Coronavirus, the remaining household members are ordered by the county to isolate at home for a period of 10 days. Members of the household cannot go to work, school, or any other community function.

  • If anyone in the household is experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus, then the children may not be in care for at least 72 hours, and when return must have a negative Covid test releasing them to school.

Below are the symptoms we are referring to:

*Cough

*Headache

*Fever

*Sore throat

*Shortness of breath

*Loss of taste or smell

*Chills

*Diarrhea

*Vomiting

*Repeated shaking with chills

 *Muscle pain

*Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit

AND have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19

AND/OR have visited one of the countries/areas identified as high risk.

We will send children/staff home if they have a fever of 100 or higher; signs or symptoms of respiratory infection (shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, low grade fever); one instance of diarrhea or vomiting, and they may not return for 72 hours and MUST have a cleared Covid test upon return to school.

Mask Policy

  • All children 2 years and older are required to wear masks at Springbok Academy.  Mask are provided by the parents.  A clean mask must be worn every day. 

  • Masks will be worn upon arrival and entering the building.  Mask will be worn all day long except when eating and sleeping.  At mealtimes and  nap time a child’s mask will be placed in their cubby.  Due to the extreme heat and humidity masks will be removed during outside play times. 

  • If a child’s mask gets soiled during the day, Springbok will provide either a disposable paper mask or a Springbok labeled cloth mask for the      child for the remainder of the day.  Any Springbok masks need to be returned at drop off for us to launder and so they remain on site.

 

Sanitizing, Handwashing & Safety

  • Teachers will be asked to wear mask regardless of their vaccination status.

  • Handwashing is required for anyone entering the building and will continue to be used as always, frequently throughout the day

  • Extra sanitizing and cleaning will be happening within the classrooms throughout the day and especially during the naptime period. This time  is when morning toys/supplies and surfaces including tables, walls and doorknobs should be sanitized in preparation for the afternoon.

  • Playground toys will be sanitized at the end of each day.

  •  Although excited to see the children, we will limit hugs and touching as much as possible. This does go against the natural instincts of Early       Childhood Providers and will be hard. We will be helping children understand and maintain social distancing concepts to the extent that is not   detrimental to the children’s wellbeing.

  • We will work to minimize mixed groups nap time, lunch time and playground times, keeping each class grouping separate during the day as         much as possible.

  • Nap mats & water bottles will need to be brought to school by each family at the beginning of each week and will be taken home at the end of     each week for cleaning. Each nap mat must be kept in a Ziploc bag when not in use. This bag is to be labeled with the child’s name. If a child       does not have a cloth nap mat, Springbok will provide a plastic mat for use that day. This plastic mat will be sanitized before and after use.

 

Classrooms

  • Class sizes will remain at or below ratios and Springbok will be limiting class sizes to 10 or below whenever possible.

  •  Theme books will be pulled each week for teacher use only. They will be kept and returned to the designated cubby area in library. Each class      should keep a set of books for their group only. If/when you change out books please place used books in the designated return box.                      These used books will remain out of circulation for a minimum of 36 hours.

  • Each room will be provided a “dirty toys” bucket. If any toy is placed in a child’s mouth, then that toy is to be immediately removed and placed into the “dirty toy” bucket to be cleaned and sanitized later in the day. This is in addition to the regular cleaning and sanitizing done at the middle and end of each day.

  • Teachers have developed a plan for room set ups and lesson planning keeping in mind the following:

*Activities that enable the children and the teacher to be spaced appropriately when working at a table.

*Limiting the number of children in playgroups.

*Reinforcing social distancing as much as possible

*Extra hand washing times

*Sanitizing paint brushes/markers/crayons between uses

  • Teachers are striving to return students to familiar structures and routines with class schedules and lesson plans.

 

Operating Hours, Tours, New Enrollment

  • Springbok Academy hours will be 7:00-6:00.

  • Springbok will be scheduling tours or taking appointments for tours between 9-11 or between 2-4 to avoid most of our parents and continue to help limit both their exposure and yours. Anyone touring will be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status.

 

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 at Springbok Academy

  • Springbok will notify families and staff of the exposure.

  • Springbok will report the confirmed case to the local health department and follow their specific guidelines.

  • Springbok will report the confirmed case to Child Care Licensing.

  • Springbok will report the confirmed case to the state Department of Public Health.

  • Determine the date of symptom onset for the child/staff member.

  • Determine if the child/staff member attended/worked at the program while symptomatic or during the 2 days before symptoms began.

  • Identify what days the child/staff member attended/worked during that time.

  •  Determine who had close contact with the child/staff member at the program during those days.

Possible Additional Facility Closure Due to Exposure

If there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 for a child or a staff member Springbok will close according to guidelines and recommendations of all local health officials.

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