Covid-19 Daily Health Screening

Must be completed DAILY for each student.  

HEALTH AND SAFETY PROCEDURES AND PROTOCOLS

The St. Thomas’ Preschool and Kindergarten community continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and relies upon national and local agencies to provide guidance and support. We have developed our Health and Safety Precautions and Procedures and Protocols according to the MSDE Office of Childcare regulations and CDC in order to meet safeguards that adhere to health and safety recommendations, as well as take into account developmentally appropriate practices within an early childhood setting. 

 

Please refer to the following topics for additional details regarding our response and preparedness.  Any changes to our procedures and protocols will be immediately communicated to families. 

OVERVIEW/SUMARY

 

1. TEACHER TRAINING -SANITATION AND DISINFECTION COURSE FROM CARE COURSES (MSDE APPROVED - 5 HOUR TRAINING).  ADDITIONAL COVID-19 SPECIFIC TRAINING FROM INSTITUTE FOR CHILDHOOD PREPAREDNESS (9 HOURS OF TRAINING). 

 

2. ALL CHILDREN AND TEACHERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO GO THROUGH A HEALTH SCREENING DAILY, CONSISTING OF TEMPERATURE CHECK AND SYMPTOM SCREENING BEFORE ENTERING BUILDING.

 

3. ACCORDING TO CURRENT REGULATIONS, OUR BUILDING WILL OPEN TO ONLY CHILDREN AND TEACHERS AT THIS TIME.  PARENTS, VISITORS, VOLUNTEERS, AND OTHERS TO ASKED NOT TO ENTER THE BUILDING TO HELP ELIMINATE THE SPREADING OF GERMS. UPDATES WILL BE COMMUNICATED WITH PARENTS.

 

4. CHILDREN AND TEACHERS WILL PRACTICE HAND-WASHING REGULARLY.

 

5. WE WILL CONTINUE OUR STRONG EMPHASIS OF OUTDOOR LEARNING AND LIMITING TIME SPENT INDOORS TO PROMOTE NATURAL SOCAIL DISTANCING - ADHERING TO OUR EXISTING PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY.

 

6. WE WILL ADHERE TO REDUCED RATIOS OF CHILDREN AND TEACHERS IN EACH CLASSROOM TO AVOID CROSS-CONTAMINATION.  

 

7. CLASSROOM TEACHERS ARE THE ONLY ONES PERMITTED TO ENTER THEIR ASSIGNED CLASSROOMS. NO ADULT MIXING OR CHILD MIXING FROM OTHER CLASSROOMS WILL OCCUR TO PREVENT CROSS-CONTAMINATION.  UPDATES WILL BE COMMUNICATED WITH PARENTS.

 

8. UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, CLASSROOMS WILL NOT JOIN IN MIXED PLAY SPACES WITH CHILDREN FROM OTHER CLASSROOMS.

 

9. TEACHERS WILL USE A BLEACH SOLUTION TO SANITIZE CLASSROOMS AND COMMONLY TOUCHED SURFACES, INCLUDING TOYS AND OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS. 

 

10. FABRICS AND LINENS OF ALL KINDS HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM CLASSROOMS. OUR REMOVABLE REST MAT SHEET WILL BE SENT HOME FOR FAMILIES TO WASH NIGHTLY FOR THOSE ATTENDING KID’S WORKSHOP. 

 

12. ALL CHILDREN'S BELONGINGS WILL BE KEPT SEPARATELY FROM THOSE OF OTHER CHILDREN TO PREVENT CROSS-CONTAMINATION. LUNCHBOXES WILL NOT BE MIXED IN REFRIGERATION BUT KEPT COOL WITH ICE PACKS FROM HOME. 

 

13. TEACHER AND CHILDREN WILL FOLLOW MSDE RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES FOR USE OF FACE COVERINGS. 

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St. Thomas' Preschool    |     410-363-1874   |   232 St. Thomas Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117