Due to the current pandemic, Lakin Preschool will institute guidelines for fall 2020 – spring 2021 in order to prevent the transmission of coronavirus. This information sheet outlines several of our new policies and procedures.
Please be alert for any sign of sickness in your child and keep them home if they display any symptoms of illness or run a temperature. Children who appear sick or have a fever of 100.4 or greater will not be admitted to the facility. Please take your child’s temperature prior to the school day, and fill out our daily health assessment sheet. Please keep your child home if they are sick.
Drop Off & Pick Up Procedure
Children will be met at the front door of the school by a staff member and escorted to their classroom (until 9:15 a.m.). At the end of your child’s day, s/he will be escorted to the door according to your sign out time. Please remain six feet away when dropping off and picking up your child. You will be given a form to hand in with your child daily concerning any symptoms. Your child’s temperature will be taken daily upon arrival.
Hand hygiene stations will be set up at the entrance of the facility, so that children can clean their hands as they enter. Hand sanitizer will be kept out of children’s reach and its use will be supervised. Disinfectant wipes will be utilized for other cleaning purposes. Children will wash their hands and use hand sanitizer throughout the day.
Social Distancing Strategies
Children, with a maximum of 12 per class, will remain with the same group and child care providers each day. Every class will have a separate room, and playground and gross motor play times will be staggered. For our weekly Shabbat, each class will stay in their rooms. Children whose parents opt in for ‘stay and play’ will be together.
We are doing everything possible to minimize the risk within Lakin, including replacing singing with chanting; staggering playground times; enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures; eliminating outside visitors to the building; and installing personal space desk dividers in the classrooms. Each child will be given his own supplies to use and keep in his or her basket. There will be no sharing of supplies or toys until cleaned. We will be encouraging the students to keep their hands to themselves. The Temple has purchased an electrostatic sprayer and will spray the school every day after we leave. This device is recommended by the CDC that is a combination of air and electrodes and it kills covid germs.
All staff members will use a face covering while at Lakin. All children should wear a face covering within the facility. The children can take these off outside and in the Social Hall. Cloth face coverings should NOT be put on babies and children under age two because of the danger of suffocation.
LPS follows strict standards for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection of educational facilities for children. We routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched and mouthed, especially toys and games. We will also clean objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, nap pads, toilet training potties, desks, chairs, cubbies, and playground structures. Toys that cannot be washed will not be utilized. We will provide a bin with bleach and water to routinely wash all toys.
We have a list of substitute teachers with child care experience to ensure someone can fill in if a staff member is sick or must miss a day of school.
Prepare for Your Return
This return will be different than anything we have ever experienced. There are children who may find it difficult to get back to their routine with the changes and guidelines, and separation from home and parents. All these are natural reactions and will hopefully pass quickly. In preparation for returning to school, we have put together a number of suggestions to begin preparations:
- Talk to your children and get them ready (Who will their teacher be? Which friends will be in their group?)
- Remind them of hygiene practices that include avoiding touch and hand washing and maintaining some distance between friends.
- Give the children important information, but don’t overshare.
- Help your children return to their daily schedule: sleep, getting up, eating and getting out of the house.
- Early preparation allows you to lower stress levels. Remember that separation must be done at the front door, prepare the children for this, confirm that you trust them and their teachers to take good care of them. It is possible that in the early days your child will express anger, sadness and frustration. It is important to avoid judgment, express a message of optimism and allow the teaching team to comfort, assist and support both of you.
- Pick up routine: When you arrive to pick up your child, indicate to them that you have returned as promised. This strengthens their trust in you. Talk to them about their experience during the day.