ACM 2020 Covid Safety Plan
ACM seeks to develop a set of guidelines that limits the risk of spreading COVID 19 while recognizing that social distancing is not practicable in a childcare setting, particularly with very young children. Current research suggests that ultraviolet light, ventilation, and mask-wearing are all effective at reducing spread, which occurs primarily through respiratory droplets.
All parents are asked to sign a safety pledge and agree to do your part to minimize risk of COVID exposure outside of school during your child’s time at ACM.
Our academic program will occur outside to maximize the benefit of ultraviolet light and ventilation. Appropriate fans will be installed near seating and work tables for comfort and airflow. Additional shade sails and roofing/canvas will be installed to maximize comfortable play space so children can spread out during their activities. Outdoor hand washing stations will be installed to facilitate frequent handwashing.
Program will take place outside unless temperatures exceed 90 degrees or excessive rain accompanied by thunder and lightning. Rain day program plans will be followed during inclement weather and will also include appropriate indoor activities, games. While indoors, additional ventilation measures will be in place and children will be required to wear masks and space out seating.
Wipe-down and disinfecting of surfaces will occur frequently at regular intervals throughout the day using approved disinfectants. Bathrooms will be disinfected after each use. Small manipulatives will be soaked in bleach solution or sprayed with hydrogen peroxide as appropriate to the material at the end of each day. Recirculating water features will be chlorinated with an appropriate commercial product and monitored throughout the day.
Staff will regularly wear masks throughout the day and wash hands frequently. Single-use gloves will be used if students need assistance with toileting, snacks, or other personal items.
Students will be screened daily for symptoms including fever, shortness of breath, coughing. Students may not attend if they have any of these symptoms or a temperature about 99.5. Students will be monitored throughout the day. Any student exhibiting symptoms will be isolated in our sick area and parents will be notified. Any sick student must be picked up within the hour. Students will wear masks during group activities and sit 6 feet apart during meal times. Students must take all personal items home each day. Water bottles must go home each afternoon and be washed. Primary students must be able to toilet, manage snack and meal items, and dress and manage their own shoes to minimize close contact with staff.
- No outside items will be permitted into the building with the exception of:
a. lunches in paper sacks with name and date written on it,
b. spare clothing in a sealed ziplock type bag (enough for the week, on the first day of each week),
- Cot sheets will be used instead of nap mats. These sheets will be washed daily.
- All parents will sanitize their child’s hands before handing them off to the responsible greeter. Sign a medicine waiver weekly for sanitizer.
- We ask all parents and authorized pick up adults to advise us when they will be travelling with the following information:
a) When you will be going
b) Where you will be going
c) How long you will be gone
d) Destinations will be compared to Covid-19 hotspots
- Everyone must stay home when sick. This includes:
d) Tuition will not be suspended when your child is home sick if you want your child’s spot kept open for them.
- We will not be sure from day to day what number of staff may be unable to work due to illness. We must maintain proper child teacher ratios. If your child’s age group does not have a proper ratio when you arrive, we may have to turn you away for the day. We will work hard to keep you posted in the evening when we know a teacher will be out sick.
We have always had many of these rules; we want to bring them to your attention with the understanding that they must now be followed strictly.
We appreciate you doing your part to keep everyone healthy and strong.
The Centers for Disease Control recommendations are found here: https://www.cdc.gov/
Prevention & Treatment
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.
For information specific to healthcare, see CDC’s Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings.
These are everyday habits that can help prevent the spread of several viruses. CDC does have specific guidance for travelers.