PMS Emergency Operation related to COVID-19

PMS will be open during the Summer following Emergency Child Care rules providing support to our families in needs.

Purpose

This guidance provides recommendations on the procedures, cleaning and disinfection of rooms during Emergency Child Care.

Safety Procedures and Guidance

Staff cannot work, and parents cannot bring their children, if they recently had an illness with fever or cough. They should stay home until 10 days out and 72 hours after resolution of both fever and cough.

Wash hands frequently (e.g., before and after meals, after coming inside, after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Except for diapering or when eating, preparing, or serving food, hand-sanitizing products with 60% alcohol may be used as an alternative method to handwashing. Hand sanitizer must be stored out of reach of children when not in use.

Avoid touching your face.

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away immediately.

Provide easy access to soap and warm water for handwashing for all children and staff.

Drop off and pick up Procedure:

To minimize contact during drop-off and pick-up, parents or allowed adults for drop off or pick up will remain outside of the building.

Infant families will use the emergency door on the corner of the building for drop off and pick off.

Primary I families will use the main door for drop off and pick up

Primary II families will use the exit door in front of Lutheran Lodge or Church office from drop off and pick up.

At drop off Parent will sign a form confirmed that his/her child is free of symptoms like cough, fever, difficult breath.

Parent had to take their kids temperature before arrived to our school and write it next to their sign.

Drop off will be between 8 am to 8:30 am and pick up will be between 3:30 to 4:00 pm (staff will have time to clean the classroom for the next day). Tuition will be adjust to these pick up time. It is a temporary decision during these months!. If for any reason you are late communicate it to your kid’s teachers, so they will open the door for your kid.

During drop off and pick up staff responsible of it and parents will wear mask as they cannot keep 6 feet of distance during that process. Also parent will follow state order during those time about social distance with other families keeping 6 feet of distance.

Kids’ shoes will remind out the classroom in shoes/boots shelf for Toddlers and Primary kids.

School Procedure:

The children will wash their hands after go inside the school, after/before eating time, after/before outside, after visit the bathroom.

If a child or staff member develops a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, isolate them away from others immediately, and send them home as soon as possible. They should stay home until they are symptom-free (no cough or fever and no fever-controlling meds) for at least 10 day and they can return after 72 hours free of symptoms.

Social distancing:

Caregiver-to-child ratios and maximum group sizes must be adjusted to meet requirements for Emergency Child Care. This includes a maximum of 10 children in a center and 16 in home (divided in two group of 8).

One/two teacher will be in the room with 10 or less kids following school ratio.

The group will maintain ratio and consistence in numbers of kids and days (minimum 4 days a weeks from 8 am to 4:00 pm). Tuition will be adjusting to those hours. Some exception will happen with previous authorization of Administration.

Children and staff will go outside regularly and spend as much time they can depend of the weather, Incorporate additional outside time and open windows frequently (working on garden, cleaning outside area or playing during regular outside time)

Daily activities and curriculum should support social distancing:

Sitting kids separate during gathering time limited children space.

Sitting separate during snack and lunch time at the table.

Plan activities that do not require close physical contact between multiple children.

Limit item sharing. If items must be shared, remind children to wash their hands and not to touch their faces after using these items.

Discontinue the use of water or sensory tables.

Minimize time standing in lines and take steps to ensure that distance between the children is maintained.

Eliminate this procedures or activities:

Family stile snack (Parent will provide extra food in a little bag or container inside the kids’ lunch box for snack like a fruit or healthy bar)

Prep food (chopping apples, hummus work, tea work)

Washing dishes tables

Silverwares (glass plate and cup, we will use paper plate and cup during the summer)

Cleaning and Building Maintenance Practices

Follow regular cleaning protocols and use an EPA-registered disinfectant that is active against the coronavirus. General guidance on disinfection may be found here.

Assess whether frequently touched items lend themselves to being cleaned frequently. Consider removing materials from the classroom that are harder to clean (e.g. soft toys and porous materials).

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout the day and at night.

Clean and sanitize all materials at the end of the day.

Clean any machine-washable items on the hottest setting.

Keep a designated bin for separating materials that have been in children’s mouths. When a child is done with a mouthed toy, place it in a bin that is inaccessible to other children, and wash hands.

Clean and sanitize these materials before returning them to the children’s area.

Adjust the HVAC system to allow more fresh air to enter the program space.

It is not a strong recommendation to wear cloth face coverings during the workday, so it is optional for child care workers.

It is unlikely that a young child will be able to effectively wear a cloth face covering in a manner that might contribute to the effective reduction in virus transmission. If requested and provided by a parent/guardian, children in child care may wear a cloth face covering if the child:

  • Is over 2 years old,

  • Able to remove the cloth face covering themselves without assistance, and

  • Able to avoid touching the cloth face covering.

Communication:

Expect to receive frequently emails from the teacher telling about the activities and a general evaluation of the days.

Communicate any question direct to admin@parkrosemontessorischoo.com or texting 503-780-1649

Ready School, Safe learners

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