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 the state with many mandates and the staff 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, however students are not required per CDC guidelines.

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 the 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.

We all understand that this is going to be a work in progress, but we must try in order to comply, to serve our community.

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 Dining 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 they 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

Face masks or shields are required by all persons entering our facility. Staff are required to wear them throughout the day. Children currently are not required to wear face masks.

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.