Building Bright Futures in a Safe Environment
Every Child Deserves an Enjoyable Experience at School
That’s why we’re exceeding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s COVID-19 guidelines to safeguard our school during the coronavirus pandemic. To create the most effective safety protocols, we have consulted with the CDC, Johns Hopkins University and several infectious disease pediatricians. We have also trained our staff members in sanitation and public health safety procedures recommended by top experts.
We want to make it possible for children to be safe while continuing to receive the benefits of attending school. We also want to make sure parents know the extent of our safety plans. We are taking many measures to ensure that the children in our learning community are as safe as they can be while also experiencing a rich childhood.
School Entry Precautions
We have several restrictions on entry into our facilities that apply to everyone, including children and staff members. Anyone that has been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, or traveled internationally or domestically to any area which is the subject of travel restrictions under applicable state and local guidance must remain out of the school for 14-days after the last potential exposure.
After 14-days, individuals may return based upon meeting all the following criteria:
- 10-days have passed since any household member first experienced symptoms
- Any household member that was experiencing symptoms, has shown improvement
- All household members have been fever-free for at least 72-hours without the use of fever-reducing medication
Balancing Social Distancing with Social Development
One of the most important reasons for children attending school in person is the opportunity for social-emotional learning with peers. This is why we are taking extra steps to enable children to enjoy the benefits of social interaction and development while minimizing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. To accomplish this aim, we are doing the following:
- Limiting classroom occupancy as determined by state guidelines
- Maintaining children within one group for the duration of the school term
- Limiting capacity on playgrounds for social distancing
- Ensuring that all seating and playground areas are sanitized before a new group of children use them
- Preventing family-style eating and food-sharing
Helping Children Understand
In addition to taking measures to keep children physically healthy in the midst of COVID-19, we are also working to support children’s emotional health. Our team is drawing on the work of the Fred Rogers Center, the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University as well as our school’s professional associations to support children as they engage with educators in conversations about the changes in the school environment, the wider community and their own daily routines. Children will be given age-appropriate instruction about germs and virus transmission, so they understand why these changes have been made. We have a Conversation and Care Plan for all children, including those at higher risk because of medical conditions.
A Note To Parents
We are parents, too, and we understand the difficulty your family may be experiencing during these times. That’s why we have created a space where children feel safe and parents feel confident when they bring their child to our school. This is a time for communities to stick together and we want our families to know that we are doing all we can to ensure that each child is physically and emotionally safe in our learning community. We have always maintained open lines of communications with parents to address any questions or concerns and we encourage you to reach out to us at any time. Let’s work together to keep our families safe.