PANDEMIC RULES AND REGULATIONS
Queen’s Royal Treasures EDU-FIT Childcare and Preschool remains open
We remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic and have addressed these additional considerations to keep everyone safe:
Implemented social distancing strategies
Intensified cleaning and disinfection efforts
Modified drop off and pick up procedures
Implemented screening procedures upon arrival
Maintained an adequate ratio of staff to children to ensure safety.
Planned and recruited those with childcare experience to ensure we have a roster of substitute caregivers who can fill in if our staff members are sick or stay home to care for sick family members.
When feasible, staff members and older children wear face coverings within the facility. Cloth face coverings will NEVER be put on babies and children under the age of two because of the danger of suffocation.
We are supporting our communities by providing temporary or emergency child care services for the children of essential service providers such as first responders, healthcare workers, transit or food retail workers, and persons who do not have paid leave, cannot work from home, or do not have a family caregiver at home.
Staff and students must follow CDC guidance for administrators of child care programs and K-12 schools.
We must follow state and local child care licensing policies and regulationsexternal icon. We will continue to adhere to the state and local licensing policies unless otherwise notified by our local health department.
Guidance may also be provided by the department of education and/or health department in your state, city, or locality.
Social Distancing Strategies
We are working with our local health officials to determine a set of strategies appropriate for our community’s situation. We continue to use preparedness strategies and utilize the following social distancing strategies:
Our childcare classes include the same group each day and the same childcare providers remain with the same group each day. Children of healthcare workers and other first responders are kept separate as much as possible.
All special events have been postponed until further notice.
We have altered or halted daily group activities that may promote transmission.
Keep each group of children in a separate area/room.
Limit the mixing of children, such as staggering playground times and keeping groups separate for special activities such as art, music, and exercising.
At nap time, ensure that children’s naptime mats (or cribs) are spaced out as much as possible, ideally 6 feet apart. We place children head to toe in order to further reduce the potential for viral spread.
We have staggered arrival and drop off times and/or have staff come outside the facility to pick up the children as they arrive. Our plan for curb side drop off and pick up have limited direct contact between parents and staff members and adhere to social distancing recommendations.
Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Sanitizer has been placed at the entrance of the facility, so that children can clean their hands before they enter. We keep hand sanitizer out of children’s reach and supervise use. We clean sign-in stations between each use.
We have staggered arrival and drop off times and plan to limit direct contact with parents as much as possible.
We greet children outside or at the door as they arrive.
Ideally, we have requested that the same parent or designated person drop off and pick up the child every day. We have asked older people such as grandparents or those with serious underlying medical conditions not pick up children, because they are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Screen Children Upon Arrival
Persons who have a fever of 100.40 (38.00C) or above or other signs of illness are not admitted to the facility. We encourage parents to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick. We screen all our children upon arrival.
We use a temperature gun to protect our workers while conducting temperature screenings while maintaining a distance of 6 feet to eliminate or minimize exposures due to close contact to a child who has symptoms during screening.
Alternative Screening Methods
Reliance on Social Distancing
We ask parents/guardians to take their child’s temperature either before coming to the facility or upon arrival at the facility. Upon their arrival, we stand at least 6 feet away from the parent/guardian and child.
We ask the parent/guardian to confirm that the child does not have fever, shortness of breath or cough.
We make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
We wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when we can’t maintain a distance of 6 feet.
Reliance on Barrier/Partition Controls
We stand inside of our entrance glass door waiting on screening to protect our staff member’s face and mucous membranes from respiratory droplets that may be produced if the child being screened sneezes, coughs, or talks.
We make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
We conduct temperature screening (following steps below)
Perform hand hygiene
Wash our hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, we use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Wear disposable gloves.
Check the child’s temperature, reaching through the entrance door while it’s ajar.
Making sure our face always stays behind the barrier during the screening.
If we perform a temperature check on multiple individuals, we use a clean pair of gloves for each child and that the thermometer has been thoroughly cleaned in between each check.
We clean with an alcohol wipe (or isopropyl alcohol on a cotton swab) between each client.
Reliance on Personal Protective Equipment
When social distancing cannot be implemented during screening, personal protective equipment (PPE) will be used when within 6 feet of a child.
Upon arrival, staff and students wash hands and put on a facemask, eye protection (goggles or disposable face shield that fully covers the front and sides of the face), and a single pair of disposable gloves. A gown will be used if extensive contact with a child is anticipated.
We make a visual inspection upon of arrival and throughout the day of each child for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness, and confirm that the child is not experiencing coughing or shortness of breath.
Take the child’s temperature.
When performing a temperature check on multiple individuals, we ensure you we use a clean pair of gloves for each child and that the thermometer has been thoroughly cleaned in between each check.
After each screening, we remove and discard PPE, and wash hands.
We use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol or wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If hands are visibly soiled, soap and water will be used before using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Clean and Disinfect
Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts:
We routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games. This includes cleaning objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, nap pads, toilet training potties, desks, chairs, cubbies, and playground structures.
All cleaning materials are kept secure and out of reach of children.
Cleaning products are not used near children, and staff ensures that there is adequate ventilation when using these products to prevent children from inhaling toxic fumes.
Clean and Sanitize Toys
Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized are not used.
Toys that children can place in their mouths have been removed until further notice.
Machine washable cloth toys have been removed until further notice.
Children’s books, like other paper-based materials such as mail or envelopes, are not considered a high risk for transmission and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection procedures.
Clean and Disinfect Bedding
Parents must provide bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags) that can be washed. Parents must wash all beddings weekly.
Caring for Infants and Toddlers
We follow safe diaper changing procedures. Procedures are posted in all diaper changing areas. Steps include:
Prepare (includes putting on gloves)
Clean the child
Remove trash (soiled diaper and wipes)
Wash child’s hands
Clean up diapering station
After diapering, we wash hands (even if wearing gloves) and disinfect the diapering area with a fragrance-free bleach that is EPA-registered as a sanitizing or disinfecting solution. When the surface is dirty, it is cleaned with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.