coronavirus health and safety measures
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.
Effective Monday, July 27th, masks or cloth face coverings will be worn by our staff in all areas of our building. Staff will also be required to wear masks or cloth face coverings while outside on Kinderberry Hill property supervising children. Families will be required to wear cloth face coverings when entering our buildings for drop off and pick up.
We have installed an ionization system to help purify the air, kill viruses and bacteria, control allergens, and help prevent the spread of viruses.
Families will have access to our vestibule, office and lobby area only. We will greet families upon arrival arrive,take your child’s temperature and escort them back to the classroom. We ask that you follow social distancing guidelines when waiting for your child. The same procedure will apply to picking up your child.
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.
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.
All staff routinely practice our stringent health and safety practices, as well as additional COVID-19 measures.
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.
We have adjusted group sizes to accommodate recommended guidelines and implemented practices to guide social distancing when possible.
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.
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.
Our outdoor play structures are utilized by one class at a time and sanitized up to two times per day. Our outdoor classrooms are also utilized by one class at a time.
We have canceled field trips and special guests until further notice. Only children and staff are allowed in our classrooms. We have suspended our enrichment program specialists, photographers, and other visitors to our classrooms.
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.
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.
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