COVID 19 Updates and Protocol 

Page Updated June 26 2021

Changes made on the updated date are in red.

We know that as a parent you are concerned with COVID 19. Because our focus as a quality program is to maintain a high standard for health and safety first we are using this page to answer questions you may have regarding any protocol with the COVID 19 virus. Please come back often to see anything new. We are always adding new ways to prevent the spread of any disease. This page will be specific to COVID 19. Below you will find some of the protocol that we have already implemented. On the left we will add updates to any change in our policies regarding COVID 19.

Drop off and Pick Up

 

We ask that parents remain outside the classroom during drop off and pick up times. 

  • Once you enter the gate, you are in a mandatory mask wearing area if you are NOT immunized. Proof of immunization must be on file in order to be mask free. If you need a mask, please call so that a staff member can meet you before entering our mandatory mask area. 

  • Children should bring a mask to school, daily. We will do our best to encourage mask wearing.

  • Any child with any symptoms related to any illness will be asked to remain at home for at least 72 hours and may return if symptom free without medication. 

  • Children will be required to have a temperature reading prior to entering the classroom.

  • Any adults on file that have permission to pick up a child will be allowed. 

  • Adults that have show any symptoms of illness will not be permitted on property. Please remain at home and arrange for pick up or drop off by an adult with no symptoms. 

  • All visitors MUST wear a mask or visitors that do not regularly visit the center

Cleaning and Sanitizing

 

Our facility is cleaned and sanitized daily. 

  • For younger children, we will remove toys and items if a child puts them in their mouth and they will be sanitized appropriately. 

  • All toys in each classroom are sanitized daily with Hydrogen Peroxide. Regularly use items will be washed with hot water in our dishwasher.

  • Body temperature of every child and staff is taken and logged every day. Anyone with a temperature !00 degrees or higher will not be allowed to remain at the center.

  • Anyone with a symptom of illness will be sent home. We ask that children be picked up as soon as possible. Children will be isolated away from others until they are picked up. 

Health Questionnaire

The following assessment/questionnaire must be reviewed and completed online and found in the parent portal links daily by parent or guardian of each child and family member entering the facility or a center owned vehicle.

If a child answers yes to any of the questions below, they may not enter the facility:

  • Have you had a temperature at or above 100.4degrees or reason to be concerned you may be developing a fever?

  • Have you experienced a new cough that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  • Have you experienced a new shortness of breath that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  • Have you experienced a new sore throat that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  • Have you experienced new muscle aches that you cannot attribute to another health condition or a specific activity, such as physical exercise?

  • Have you experienced any chills that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

  • Have you experienced a new loss of taste or smell?

  • Have you experienced any new nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea?

  • Have you had close contact with someone who is currently sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? (Note: Close contact is defined as within 6 feet or more than 15 consecutive minutes.)

  • Have you received a positive test result for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?

  • Do you currently have or are suspected of having COVID-19?

When a child gets sick

Any child who, while at the facility begins exhibiting any sign or symptom of COVID-19, an upper respiratory illness, or other related symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea will be sent home. It is possible that the child will need to remain at home for 10 to 14 days depending on the outcome of a medical provider consultation and public health guidelines. In accordance with public health guidelines, in order to return to school a child will need to

(1) have no fever, without medication, for 24 hours and provide written proof of a negative COVID-19 test or other official form of COVID-19 free medical clearance from a medical provider, or

(2) choose to stay home for 10 days. 

Students who need to go home due to illness must be picked up within 30 minutes. Please review your emergency contacts and make arrangements with an authorized individual if you are unable to pick-up your child within the 30 minute window.

Positive COVID-19 Test

If a child or member of a child's household tests positive for COVID-19, the family must notify Stepping Stones within 24 hours. The child may not return to the center except as indicated above