COVID-19

The health and safety of our students and staff continues to be our top priority at Trinity Preschool. We've put together a list of precautions that we will be taking in order to open safely and in person this September. This list includes guidelines issued under the Phase III by VDSS on June 30th. We anticipate additions and adaptations to the list as we learn more from the CDC and local health departments so please consider this a preview. 

 

  • We will take temperatures and check symptoms for staff and children upon entry each day and ask if medications were used to lower the child’s temperature and if there are any household members with COVID-19. We will conduct regular health checks of staff and children to look for symptoms of sickness or fever.  

  • Assign students to different entrances to the building so we can reduce wait times at drop off and pick up and maintain social distancing. Arrival times may be staggered to allow for temperature screening at the door. Parents, caregivers and volunteers will likely not be permitted to enter the building under Phase III.  

  • Practice frequent hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and require handwashing upon arriving at the program, when entering the classroom, before meals or snacks, after outside time, after going to the bathroom, and prior to leaving for home. Help young children to ensure they are doing it effectively. If soap and water are not readily available, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Limit capacity to 12 individuals per classroom, including staff for children under the age of 4 years old. Children 4 and over will likely continue to operate under a 1:8 ratio in order to maintain social distancing  

  • Keep the same small group of children together throughout the day; avoid combining groups (e.g., at opening and closing). To the degree possible, we will maintain the same groups from day to day. This will help reduce potential exposures and may prevent the entire program from shutting down if exposure does occur. 

  • Teachers are planning for more time outdoors weather permitting. We can move activities like circle time, group meeting and chapel time outdoors.  

  • Limit shared teaching materials to those that can be easily cleaned and disinfected at the end of the day or more often as needed.  

  • Cloth face coverings may be required for staff and children over the age of 2  to wear when feasible while indoors, especially when children are in close contact.   

Again, this is not a complete or final list of precautions we will incorporate into our daily programming but we hope it is helpful as you consider your plans for the fall. 

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