Current Guidelines – March 30, 2020
AT KINDERBERRY HILL, WE CONTINUE TO FOLLOW GUIDELINES PUT IN PLACE BY MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH.
We want to thank you all again for your continued support during this time of disruption. Our priority is to maintain a safe and healthy environment as well as a sense of normalcy for your children.
We are now asking you to refrain from entering our schools for two weeks if you have recently returned from NYC as per the CDC guidelines. Additionally, please keep us informed of any travel so we can determine if it qualifies under any Level 3 travel areas. We thank you for your understanding.
After reviewing the guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Health, we are confident our current practices meet and or exceeded the recommendations put in place. We are taking the temperatures of children each morning and throughout the day if we deem necessary. We will continue to foster a healthy classroom and school environment through the following:
We have also set up the following guidelines for our Kinderberry Hill classrooms:
CHILDREN’S NAPTIME ITEMS & FABRIC TOYS IN THE CLASSROOM
- If children’s belongings are not coming in contact with other children’s belongings, no additional deep cleaning is being recommended at this time.
- We will store children’s blankets in lockers so that no additional protocol is needed. If blankets are stacked with cots, they will be washed daily.
- Stacked cots will be sanitized daily.
- If someone has a runny nose or cold (symptoms that do not warrant exclusion), we will be more vigilant with cleaning.
- We have minimized the fabric toys in the classrooms and wash them at least every other day.
- We continue to be vigilant with mouthed toy separation and sanitizing.
All Kinderberry Hill locations will be open during regular scheduled hours.
We are an essential service for our families, and we welcome children to join our schools as long as they have not been exposed, are symptom-free and there are no restrictions from the health department. We are also working closely with the CDC, commissioner of health, and state and local health departments to respond as quickly as possible to the latest guidance. We will be monitoring the situation closely. Thank You!
To ensure that our school remains a safe place during this time of heightened health concern, we are implementing new guidelines when dropping off and picking up your children at Kinderberry Hill Child Development Centers.
- All children will be dropped off and picked up at the classroom door. This is to limit the number of adults in and out of the classroom.
- Children’s temperatures will be monitored throughout the day. Your child will not be allowed to enter the building if showing signs of illness, which include;
- a fever of 100.4 F (new CDC guidelines for this present time)
- shortness of breath
- We are encouraging all families to take the temperature of your child, and yourself, before arriving at our school each day.
- For families contracting special services in our schools (speech or OT), please re-arrange those appointments to be held in your home instead.
- If you are notified that your child has any symptoms of illness, please pick up your child immediately.
- Please ensure that your child is fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medicine before returning to school.
- Families who may be using an older grandparent or relative for drop off or pick up, please consider the 70+ guidelines.
- We will continue our enhanced efforts to sanitize and clean all high touch areas within our schools.
- We are encouraging our staff to practice social distancing both in and outside of work.
- We have stopped use of playrooms.
- Enrichment classes, spring conferences, and in-house field trips are on hold at this time.
- Only one classroom is allowed on the playground at a time.
- We will follow the rule of groups of 10 or less whenever we can.
- Our teachers are role modeling and reviewing hand washing procedures and curriculum and assisting children with handwashing as needed.
- Whenever possible, building maintenance will be completed on nights and weekends, unless there is an emergency.
- We will continue to monitor and update the CDC travel advisory levels.
- Please consider social distancing and limiting events such as birthday parties with other families enrolled in our program.
Child Illness Exclusion Policy
To protect your child, other children, and our teaching staff from illness, we will continue to enforce our established guidelines of excluding ill children and appreciate your support in upholding these important policies.
- If you are returning from international travel from the CDC’s Level 3 areas, a cruise, or any area where the virus is widespread, please do not enter the school for at least two weeks upon your return.
- Please notify us if you have any upcoming travel to an area where the virus is widespread and do not enter the school for at least two weeks upon your return.
Suspected or Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus
- You will be notified as quickly as possible, either by phone, e-mail, or through our parent communication app if our center is required to temporarily close. Please be sure that we have your current and preferred method of contact on file. Also, please be sure that we can reach you through your preferred method of contact at any time of the day.
- We will follow all guidelines as outlined by the CDC, local government, and health officials.
- If our school would be required to temporarily close, you would not be charged tuition during that period of time.
- For suggestions on how to talk to your children about the coronavirus, visit this resource from The Fred Rogers Center
- For suggestions on books to read with your family about germs, try Germs Are Not For Sharing, A Germs Journey, or Wash, Wash, Wash!
- For tips on better handwashing, watch Daniel Tiger Washes His Hands
- For more information and resources on COVID-19, please visit CDC.gov.
- For the latest update from Governor and Lt. Govenor’s latest update to child care providers, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
We will continue to keep you updated with this rapidly changing situation. Thank you for your support.