PMS is following recomendations from Early Learning Division and Oregon Health Authority related to Covid-19.

 

Purpose

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

Arrival and Departure 

We will continue have different points of arrival and departure during the Summer as outlined below. Please only have one adult walk your child up to the building for arrival and only one adult walk up to the building at departure. Mask and physical distance are optional during that time. Please, respect family’s decision related to wear or not mask. 

We need to keep this regulation as it will help us maintain a safe distance of 6 feet between families at these busy times. It is recommended that the same adult does pick-up and drop-off each day if possible. We will have a staff member at the entrance doors who will greet your child or say goodbye. Please, we will not be allowing parents inside the building at this time  yet. 

Our staff will take your kid temperature with a noncontact thermometer. Also, they will conduct a Daily Health check.  Sanitation Station will be located near to the entry door with hand sanitizer and staff will apply it to the children before going into the classroom. 

If our staff is completely vaccinated do not need to wear mask any time (optional) but if our staff is unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, he/she must wear mask all the time. But our staff could wear mask if they decided it for personal protection. Mask is optional for our staff. Please, respect staff decision related to wear or nor mask during school hours.

For the Infant Community: Our families will use the Emergency Exit door on the corner of the building for arrival and departure. Please follow posted signs and protocols.

For our Toddler Community: Family will use the back main entryway for drop off. Please follow posted signs and protocols. For pick up continue to follow the current procedure.

For Children’s House:

Sunset Classroom: Our Sunset classroom will use our main entry for drop off and pick up. A teacher will be at the door greeting and helping your child to go in. For Pick up, please follow the current procedure.

Forest Classroom: Our Forest classroom will use the exit door in front of the church office for drop off and pick up. Please follow posted signs and protocols.

After care group (4pm too 5pm): If your child is in aftercare, we will use main entry for pick up following the same procedure as Sunset Classroom. Text the teacher and they will release your child to you.

Wellness Screening 

In order to lower the risk of illness within our community, a Parkrose Montessori staff member will administer a brief daily wellness screening for each child upon arrival. Each morning at arrival, and again in the afternoon at departure, a staff member will sign in/out each child. 

The procedures for signing in/out are listed below: 

  • One guardian will escort their child to their classroom’s designated arrival/departure area. 

  • A staff member will conduct a wellness screening and visually check for any of the symptoms listed under our “COVID-19 Illness Policy and Procedures” section. The staff member will also take your child’s temperature using a contactless thermometer. 

  • When we take your kid temperature, we will write in our Daily Health Check pass or fail instead of the temperature of your kids (privacy policy).

  • A staff member will record, what time your child arrived at school, who dropped them off, and mark that a wellness screening was completed. At departure, a staff member will sign your child out by listing what time they left and who picked them up. 

  • Please remember our goal is to minimize any risk to our community and to create a safe school environment. Thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this recovery process.

Protocol if a Child or Staff Member gets Sick while at Parkrose

Contact tracing and quarantine as we are familiar with, will stop.  "This change in contact tracing and quarantine is based in science and acknowledges that these practices now have very limited if any impact on the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has evolved to become one of the most transmissible viruses known. By the time an exposure is identified, and contact tracing is performed, transmission has already occurred.” This is consistent with our experience at PMS.

If a child exhibits any COVID-like symptoms, they will be taken into the Welcome room (first room in the main enter) to be isolated until a parent or guardian can be called and the child is picked up. A staff member or member of the administration will remain with your child until a parent or guardian arrives. The staff or admin member will wear a mask, use gloves, and maintain as much distance as possible while providing as much care and comfort to your child as possible. 

If a staff member exhibits any COVID-like symptoms, they will be sent home immediately, and a sub or member of the administration will step into the classroom until a substitute can arrive. 

Any child or staff member exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be asked to stay home and seek testing. If you do not seek testing, your child will be asked to stay home for a minimum of 10 days after the onset of symptoms and 24 hours after resolution of both fever and cough, unaided by medications. The reasons for 10 days are for 5 days insolation and 5 days for a well-fitting mask indoors. 

If you seek testing and receive a negative result, your child may return to school 24 hours after the resolution of symptoms without medication. 

If your family has COVID, your child will stay home for 5 days for each subsequent illness in the family and then 5 days for their potential onset of illness.  If they get COVID in the middle of the cycle, we will adjust return dates accordingly. 

If there is a classroom exposure, the classroom will be notified that there was a COVID positive case in the class and that you should monitor your child for the next 7 days for any signs and symptoms.  All students (other than the student who has tested positive) will remain in school.

Parkrose Montessori will report any confirmed or presumptive cases of COVID-19 to the local Public Health Authority and seek guidance from those authorities regarding cleaning. Parkrose Montessori retains the right to close the building to ensure adequate cleaning is done or if we have too many staff excluded for isolation that affect operations and staffing ratios.

Parkrose Montessori School will communicate: 

  • With families, if their child has been in close contact with someone at school who then tested positive for COVID-19 

  • With staff, if they have been in close contact with someone at school who has tested positive for COVID-19 

  • With the entire school community if a classroom community has been closed temporarily due to COVID-19 exposure 

PMS have Covid 19 kits test for our kids, families, and community. If you need any home test kit, contact PMS administration with your request and we will provide it too you.

Face Coverings  

Mask is not mandatory inside or outside when staffs are working with the kids. We have based this change on masks guideline with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Department of Education Early Learning Division (ELD) which is consistent with the CDC. We will also be following updated regulations from the Governor’s Office as they are released. 

  • Staff in our program won’t have to wear mask during pick up and drop off as it is optional at this moment.

  • If staff is not fully vaccinated, he/she must wear mask all the time at the school.

  • Any adult who works with multiple stable groups of children (a “floater”) is required to wear a mask or a face covering, specifically while conducting or performing floater duties.

  • As it is unlikely that a young child will be able to effectively wear a face covering in a way that helps to mitigate the transmission of the virus, it is the recommendation of OHA and ELD that children are not required to wear face coverings. If it is requested by a parent or guardian, a child may wear a face covering in a childcare setting if the child: 

Is over 2 years old.
Is able to remove the face covering without assistance
Is able to avoid touching the face covering

Is able to replace the face covering when visibly soiled and each day 

                 It is optional and please respect the family decision related to his/her kid wear o not mask at school

Sanitation

Parkrose Montessori will be following the Cleaning and Sanitation Guidelines as outlined by the Early Learning Division. In addition to following those guidelines, Parkrose’s efforts will also include: 

  • Ensuring bathrooms and other common areas are cleaned more frequently during the school day.

  • Routinely cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched, including classroom materials using an EPA approved cleaner (assistants will clean materials between each use) 

  • Machine washable cloth materials will continue to be used by one individual at a time and will be laundered before being used by another child 

  • Children’s book, like other paper-based materials such as mail or envelopes, are not considered high risk for transmission and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection procedures 

  • Each child’s bedding will be kept separate and will be stored in individually labeled bins 

  • Cots and mats will be labeled for each child 

For more information about our COVID-19 sanitation procedures, please contact our admin team.

Physical Distancing Strategies 

Parkrose Montessori does not expect that young children will adhere to distancing guidelines from other children or adults while at school. Young children learn by engaging with their environment and their peers. Following new regulations, we do not have to keep physical distancing during school time.

Hand Hygiene.

Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of infections from one person to the next. All children and staff will engage in hand hygiene at the following times: 

  • Arrival to the classroom and after breaks 

  • Before and after each work choice 

  • Before and after eating or handling food 

  • After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom 

  • After coming in contact with bodily fluid, including after sneezing and coughing 

  • After playing outdoors 

  • After handling garbage 

  • Before touching your eyes, nose, or mouth 

Please see the CDC’s recommendations for How and When to Wash Your Hands. 

 

For any times when hand washing is not feasible, Parkrose Montessori will provide alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer can quickly reduce the number of germs on hands in many situations. 

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.

 

Communication:

Expect to receive frequent 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

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