Revised August 5, 2020

Updates Due to the COVID-19 Virus

Thank you all for your continual prayers and thoughts for the staff and myself, our families and the larger community as we face this Pandemic head on.

Many changes have been made to ensure a new system is set in place to care for the children in childcare during this time. The order has come from Community Care License and The Public Health Department with many mandates and the staff and I here at Eastlake Children’s Center plan to follow them as close as possible giving ourselves grace as we learn these new skills and how to function in our new normal.

Hours of Operation

Our current hours of operation are 6:30AM – 5:30PM

Drop Off and Pick Up

The preschool entrance will be used for entering ONLY. Families will be instructed to leave the facility after drop off or pick up through alternate doors. We will have spaces marked outside the facility where families will need to stand to wait for entrance into the school.

The office staff will greet everyone at the front door. They will take everyone’s temperature before entering the facility. Everyone entering the facility will need to wear a mask. 

Each child will need to be electronically signed in on the tablets located at the front office hallway. The adult who brought the child will escort them to their classroom. The staff assigned to the classroom will open doors. After each child is handed off to their teacher each child will wash their hands before starting any activity. The adult will exit down hallway and out the alternate door. We will repeat this system until all children have arrived and are safely in the building.

The same person dropping off the child must be the one picking up that day. If this cannot be arranged, the office staff person will go retrieve the child from their classroom and walk them to the front door.

Extra Clothing

Parents will be directed to bring in extra clothes for their children in case of an accident if they have not provided already. We will ask them to bring the extra clothes in a clear zip lock bag and that is what the soiled clothes will return to them in. We will also instruct parents not to bring any back packs or toys from home, and make sure children are dressed appropriately for weather. We would however request that each child bring their own water bottle marked with their name on it.

Classroom Sizes

Each classroom will have the same group of children for the duration of the day with 2-3 staff every day. As we gain knowledge on how to remain in compliance with the new order, we will merge classes together upon new guidelines set forth by CDC & CCL.

Classroom Design

Each classroom grouping will have 2 rooms that they will be able to utilize throughout the day. Our plan is to use the furniture in the room to create more centers, so children can explore, play and learn. We will implement mandated rotation of center play, so children have an opportunity to explore each station. Our plan is to clean and sanitize between children moving from place to place. The children will also do hand washing in between each station.

Meal Service

The cook will remain in the kitchen the entire day except when delivering food. The cook will push carts carrying food to the classroom doors. The meals will be prepared and placed on the children’s plates; the teachers while wearing gloves will hand each prepared plate to each child. No Family Style Dinning currently. The two teachers will serve the children and if anything extra is needed, one of the teachers will notify office staff and they will radio down to the cook who will put the extra supplies on the cart in the hallway. When mealtime is over, the teacher will push the cart back outside the classroom and down to the kitchen doorway, so the cook can then clean sanitize and prepare for the next meal. This system will be repeated throughout the day until all meals and snacks have been served. The children will be seated two to a table one on each end. The teacher will serve each child the prepared plate. The teacher will check in with the children making sure that have all that they need.

Bathroom Time

Each classroom will be assigned a specific bathroom. During bathroom time children will sit on a blue X as they wait for a turn to use the bathroom. The teacher will call for office assistance if she needs help in this area. The teacher will wipe down the hand rail and the faucets after each use with disinfectant. The teacher will be washing her hands in between each duty of service.

Nap Time

Each class will nap in their assigned classroom. All mats will be placed 10 feet away from each other. Your child may bring a personal blanket that will stay at school. The blanket will need to have your child’s name on it. In order to keep items from coming and going, we will not send blankets home at the end of the week. We will launder all items at school.

Outside Play

Classrooms will go outside on a rotation. Each class will be given 45 minutes to play outside so classrooms can visit the playground more times throughout the day.

Face Masks

Classrooms will go outside on a rotation. Each class will be given 45 minutes to play outside so classrooms can visit the playground more times throughout the day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC} require wearing a face mask in public settings where other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. CDC requires the wearing of face masks to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Face masks or shields are required by all persons entering our facility which includes children. Staff are required to wear them throughout the day. Children between two and kindergarten are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings.

In addition to using PPE, please remember to:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer may be used with 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. All students under the age of 6 will use hand sanitizer under adult supervision.
  • Students will wash their hands frequently in the following situations:
    • Upon arrival to school
    • After using the restroom
    • If hands are visibly dirty
    • Before eating
  • Cough and sneeze etiquette
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow

Health Guidelines

To ensure a healthy environment we will enforce the following: A daily inspection will be given upon each child’s arrival as well as we will be taking temperatures at the door.

If your child has any of the following they must stay home:

Your child will be sent home if symptoms of illness appear. They will be isolated in our designated sick room and you will be contacted to have your child picked up from our center within 15 minutes. Your child will not be able to return to school until 72 hours fever free and symptoms are no longer present.

Guidance if Exposed

If Covid-19 is diagnosed in either a student or employee, the following will occur:

  • Health officials will be immediately notified to determine the course of action to be taken by the director at ECC
  • Close off area used by the person who is sick if 48 hours or less of being on campus
  • Wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting all areas used by the person sick to allow droplets to settle
  • If more than 7 days have passed since the person is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection are not necessary
  • Public health officials may require the cohort/classroom to quarantine 14 days depending on exposure and scenario.
  • Parents/Guardians may be asked to pick up their child at any time if exposure has occurred.
  • Any decision about our school dismissal or cancellation will be made in coordination with the Public health department, Community Care License, and ECC

Facilities Cleaning

The following cleaning steps are to be taken to disinfect workplace surfaces, classrooms, and areas used throughout the day to protect employees and students to reduce the risk of spread of infection. Employees are required to continuously clean and disinfect based on the following frequency to maintain our safety standard:

WorkspacesClassrooms, OfficesAt the end of each use/day
Common AreasPlayground Equipment, Common AreasAt the end of each use/day; between groups
General Used ObjectsRestrooms, handles, light switches, sinks, doorbellAt least 5 times a day
Electronic Equipment/AppliancesTelephones, keyboards, microwaves, copy machineAt the end of each use/day and/or between use

General Disinfection Measures Protocol

General measures should be followed regularly using disinfectant approved by EPA.

Deep Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol

Deep cleaning is required when an active employee or student is identified as positive for Covid-19 based on testing results.

Staff Training

  • The Preschool will conduct school training to include;
    Disinfection methods, comprehensive cleaning training
  • Employees will understand the safety requirements, procedures, and local protocols to ensure everyone stay safe and prevent the spread of the virus

Communication Methods

To stay updated on the most up-to-date information:

  • Parents and employees need to check their email often
  • Follow our social media platforms; Facebook & Instagram
  • Visit this website

Being prepared is vitally important to avoid exposure to illness from Covid-19. Your health and
safety is our top priority.