Springbok Academy Reopening Policies and Procedures – June 2020

 

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 14 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 doctor’s note 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

*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 continue to 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 doctors release 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 meal times 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.  At these times masks will be hung on a clothesline with a clothespin labeled with the individual child’s name during outdoor play. 

  • 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.

 

If a child becomes sick at school

  • If a child becomes sick at school, they will be removed from their classroom and isolated in the designated isolation room until a parent can pick up.

  • The director or assistant director will stay with the sick child until he/she can be picked up.

  • The isolation room and the areas the child had been in contact with will be cleaned and sanitized following all the CDC and licensing guidelines.

Sanitizing, Handwashing & Safety

  • Teachers will be required to wear gloves and masks (provided) for drop off

  • Teachers will wear masks throughout the day

  • 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 door knobs should be sanitized in preparation for the afternoon.

  • If a child’s clothes become soiled during the day they will be changed immediately. We will NOT borrow clothes from a friend so it is imperative children have at least one, if not two sets of clothing in their cubby at all times.

  • Playground toys will be sanitized after each class before the next class comes out, and 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.

  • Mixed groups will be avoided at nap time, lunch time and playground times, keeping each class grouping separate during all aspects of the day as much as possible.

  • Nap mats will need to be brought to school by each family when Springbok reopens and will remain on site and be laundered at school until further notice. 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.

  • Bathrooms will be cleaned and sanitized at some point during the morning routine, during naptime and then will be cleaned at night by the cleaning crew.

Drop Off & Pick-Ups

  • Drop offs and pick-ups will be done in the parking lot until further notice.

  • A teacher will meet you at the car and ask the parents the questions on the Health Assessment each day. Please arrive with enough time to do this each day & PROVIDE YOUR OWN PEN FOR SIGNATURE.

  • Each child will have their temperature taken upon arrival. A temperature of 100 degrees or higher means a child may not come that day and will have to follow the rules for exclusion before returning.

  • Teachers who are assisting with drop offs and pick-ups will wear gloves and a mask.

  • Please leave backpacks, toys and car seats in your car. You can send a bag in with ESSENTIAL ITEMS ONLY (change of clothes, diapers, meds, etc.).

Classrooms

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

  • Each class will nap in their own room each day and nap mats will be placed at appropriate distances from each other.

  • Each class will eat separately in the lunchroom at their own table. Each table and chair will be sanitized by designated employees before and after use.

  • As a class finishes lunches, children will sit by the lunchroom wall waiting for the remainder of their friends to finish on socially distanced floor decals.

  • Theme books will be pulled each week for teacher use only. They will be kept and returned to the designated cubby area in the front classroom. 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.

  • No cloth toys of any type may be used

  • No dress-up clothing may be used

  • 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

*Limiting sensory items. Springbok will provide an individual can of playdough for each child’s use. These will be labeled with the child’s name.

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

  • Water bottles will not be used until further notice and paper cups will be labeled and used each day then disposed of at the end of each day.

 

Operating Hours, Tours, New Enrollment

  • Springbok Academy hours for this summer will be 7:30-5:30.

  • Springbok will be scheduling either virtual tours or taking appointments for tours after 5:30. This will ensure there is no contact from outside sources with our students and will allow for sanitizing to be completed after a tour has left.

  • An employee and the Director or Assistant Director will remain onsite to clean and sanitize the building thoroughly afterwards.

 

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

Springbok will be closed for 3 days if there is a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 for a child or a staff member. This initial short-term dismissal allows time for the local health officials to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19 situation impacting the school. This allows the local health officials to help Springbok determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended dismissal duration is needed to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19.

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