coronavirus health and safety measures

Onsite School Nurse

Our onsite school nurses lead our wellness efforts which includes keeping our school community as healthy as possible by ensuring our immunization policy, the Covid 19 Decision Tree for child care programs, and Kinderberry Hill’s exclusion guidelines are followed. Families regularly communicate with our nurses about their child’s health, immunization schedule, sudden illnesses, and medication administration. While our nurses do not diagnose, they provide guidance, potential action steps, and peace-of-mind.

Protective Equipment

Children under age five are not required to wear masks unless it is required to meet the policies set forth by local health authorities, however, if a parent requests that their child wear a mask, we would be happy to accommodate the request.

Touchless Check-In and Check-Out

We are now offering touchless check-in for drop-off and pick-up. This allows for more social distancing between families in the mornings and evenings.

Installation of Ionization Systems

We have installed an ionization system to help purify the air, kill viruses and bacteria, control allergens, and help prevent the spread of viruses.

Drop-off and Pick-up

Families are able to drop off and pick up their child at the classroom door. This allows families to have brief conversations with teachers and staff. We ask that families limit their time inside of our schools and remain socially distanced during high traffic times of the day.

On-Site Health Screening and Temperature Checks

Children’s hands are washed and their temperatures are taken upon arrival to our classrooms each day. Throughout the day, we conduct regular health checks of children and staff. We will not be able to provide care for a child if either you, your child, or someone who resides in your household has a temperature of 100.4˚F or higher, or other symptoms outlined by the CDC.

Increased Handwashing

When dropping off or picking up your child, we ask that you use hand sanitizer conveniently located in our school’s entryway. Our nurses and teachers role model and regularly oversee handwashing procedures throughout the day.

Health & Safety Training

All staff routinely practice our stringent health and safety practices, as well as additional COVID-19 measures.

Increased Sanitizing

We have enhanced our efforts to sanitize our classrooms, toys, playground equipment, and all other high-touch areas. We have removed most fabric items and other difficult-to-sanitize items from our classrooms.

Reduced Class Size and Social Distancing

We have adjusted group sizes to accommodate recommended guidelines and implemented practices to guide social distancing when possible.

Food Preparation and Meal Service

Employees preparing food in the kitchen wear a cloth face covering. We have eliminated family-style dining to limit the spread of germs. Teachers who plate the food and serve it to children wear a cloth face covering. Children are seated together for meals but spaced adequately apart.

Naptime Adjustment

Children’s cots will be placed up to six feet apart whenever possible and will be positioned alternating head-to-toe or toe-to-toe.

Community Spaces

Indoor playrooms, Ateliers, and outdoor classrooms are utilized by one group at a time. Cleaning or sanitizing takes place between groups.

Enrichment Programs and Special Guests

To limit the amount of exposure to our school community, only staff and children have access to our classrooms. We have suspended in-person enrichment classes, discontinued field trips, and are not allowing special guests within our schools.

Stringent Compliance with CDC Travel

All staff and families must notify us prior to entering our school if they have had any recent travel to any state outside of the state in which they reside. Depending on where they have traveled and the current CDC travel health notices, we may tell them that they and their children must not enter the school for at least two weeks upon their return.

Stay Home If Ill

To protect all children and staff from illness, we will continue to enforce our established guidelines of excluding children for illness as well as our guidelines for COVID-19. We are following exclusions in accordance with the Minnesota Department of Health’s Decision Tree for people with COVID-19 Symptoms in Child Care Programs.

Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.

–Helen Keller