Saint Andrew's Preschool will be opening for summer school on Monday, June 1st, and will run through August 7th. We will be following all of the guidelines set forth by San Mateo County Health Department, the CDC, and State Licensing.
On Thursday, May 28th and Friday, May 29th the staff and I will be training on all of the new policies and procedures, and setting up our classroom spaces.
On Wednesday, May 27th we will be having a drive by graduation parade for all of our children going on to Kindergarten or Transitional Kindergarten. It will take place in our parking lot at 11:00 am.
New Policies and Procedures
As we open on June 1, the school will look very different. With the new state guidelines related to Covid-19, we need to update our standard operating policies and procedures. Please read the updates below and initial each one. There will be no exceptions made for any of these policies. You will need to return this form before your child can attend school. Please note that these policies and procedures can change and update at any time due to new state regulations.
_____ Modified Operating Hours: 8:00 AM-5:30 PM ( This is so we can get all classrooms ready for the beginning and end of the day). Please allow yourself extra time for drop off and pick-up due to new requirements.
_____ Temperature Checks: Upon arriving at the center, I will greet you in a designated area. I will take your child’s temperature with a no-touch thermometer if your child’s temperature is above 100.4/38c or higher they must be excluded from the facility. Children must be fever-free for three full days without the use of medication (CDC Guidelines). There will be a head-to-toe health check for cough, running nose, shortness of breath, and other symptoms that are in our current handbook. Once your child is cleared to be at school, we will sign them in using your Procare code. Staff members will also be doing mid-day temperature checks. A staff member for your child’s class will take your child to their classroom.
_____Late Arrivals: All children must be in their classroom by 9:15 AM.
_____Health Policy: Children and adults presenting any signs of illness must remain home. If a child were to become ill at school, they would be isolated from the group, and a phone call will be placed immediately. Sick children must be pick-up within thirty minutes from the phone call, and may not return to school for three full days without the aid of medication.
•When a child is presenting a cough, fever, or shortness of breath, parents should seek medical advice and notify Saint Andrew’s Preschool immediately. The child can return after three full days of symptom-free And at least one week from the onset of such symptoms. In some cases, a doctor’s note may be requested. •If a parent, child, or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19, an exposure notice will be sent to all families in the facility. We will then work in collaboration •with the San Mateo County Health Department regarding the next steps and current CDC recommendations.
_____ Pick-up Procedures: You can pick your child up the same way they will be dropped off. We will sign your child out using your Procare code, and your child will be brought to you by their teacher. Please refrain from picking your child up during nap time as the front office person may be in ratio. Any changes to pick please please arrange with the director.
_____ Mask: We are asking all staff to wear a mask or face covering and smock while at the center. We recommend all children three years and up also bring a mask to school. Parents will be responsible for providing the mask and taking them home daily to be washed. We will talk to the children about the importance of wearing masks and will encourage them to wear them to the best of our ability. Children will not be expected to wear masks during meal and rest time.
_____ Social Distancing: We will be implementing social distancing in the classrooms to the best of our ability. The teachers may rearrange the classrooms for this to be implemented.
_____ Classroom Age Groups and Ratios: (due to new state directives around ratios and group sizes, your child may be in a different classroom and with another teacher):
• 2 Years old -1:5 (Group size not to exceed 10) • 3-4Years old – 1:10 (Group size not to exceed 10)
_____ Meals & Snacks:
•All families will need to supply their child with lunch and a morning and afternoon snack items for the day. Please bring in a paper bag and put it in their tote bag. •All families need to bring a water bottle(reusable) for their child and bring it home each night for cleaning. PLEASE LABEL YOUR CHILD’S BOTTLE WITH FIRST AND LAST NAME. •All children and staff will wash their hands before and after meals. •All tables and chairs will be sanitized both before and after meals.
_____ Personal Items:
•All personal items should be kept in their tote provided by the center as part of our PPE. •All personal items should be labeled. •No personal toys will be allowed during this time. Children may bring a small stuffed animal for nap time, but it must fit in their tote or nap bin. •Saint Andrew’s will provide cots, sheets, and blankets for nap time that will be laundered daily.