covid-19 protocols

Our school is in a community based on mutual trust. We all must work together to take care of our own and each other’s health. Below are the protocols we are putting in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. When you register your child for a program with The Wooden Button, you are agreeing to abide by these protocols—including updates and modifications if the need arises.

 

1.     Masks/face coverings mandatory for all teachers and children during school, except during snack. Parents and caregivers will also be required to wear masks at drop off and pickup. A mask will be provided to an adult or child who comes to school without one.

2.     Daily, at-home health screen before school

a.     Take child’s temperature, should be less than 100.0°F.

b.     Must be able to answer “no” to the following questions

                                               i.     Have you or your child knowingly been in close or proximate contact in the past 14 days with anyone who has tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 or who has or had symptoms of COVID-19?

                                             ii.     Have you or your child tested positive through a diagnostic test for COVID-19 in the past 14 days?

                                            iii.     Have you or your child experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a temperature of greater than 100.0°F, in the past 14 days?

                                            iv.     Have you or your child traveled internationally or from a state with widespread community transmission of COVID-19 per the New York State Travel Advisory in the past 14 days?

3.     Report health screen on sign-in sheet when you drop off your child.

a.     Next to your child’s name on the roster will be a box titled “Health Check.” There you will write “yes” if you have completed and passed the health check at home.

b.     If for some reason you haven’t done the check at home, the teacher will conduct the health check before your child may be dropped off at school.

c.     The Wooden Button does not need to know the at-home temperature, nor will the school store any personal health-related information, except for the box marked “yes” on the sign-in sheet.

4.     Symptoms of Covid-19 from CDC that preclude attendance:

a.     Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

5.     Return to School. Any individual showing signs of COVID-19 can only return to school when all the following conditions in a, b, or c below are met: 

a.     Received a positive COVID-19 test AND 

                                               i.     Isolated for 10 days AND 

                                             ii.     Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND 

                                            iii.     The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication. OR 

b.     Received a negative COVID-19 test AND

                                               i.     Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND 

                                             ii.     The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication. OR

c.     Never got a COVID-19 test AND 

                                               i.     At least 10 days since symptoms started AND 

                                             ii.     Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND 

                                            iii.     The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication. 

6.     Handwashing

a.     Before snack, each child will wash her or his hands under supervision; the children/teachers first wipe their hands thoroughly with a wet wipe, followed by hand sanitizer.

7.     Snack

a.     Midway through the morning children and teachers sit together for snack, provided by the school (sandwiches, fresh fruits and vegetables, and herbal tea). The teachers will have prepared the food in advance and will serve the individual portions to each child. Parents are welcome to send a snack in their child’s backpack if they would prefer.

b.     Children will be directed not to share food or beverages.

8.     Protocol in case of a positive Covid-19 case in the group.

a.     Any child who screens positive for Covid-19 exposure or symptoms will be required to return home with the caregiver immediately with instructions to contact their health provider for further assessment.

b.     Reporting a positive case

                                               i.     Parents are required to report to director a positive Covid-19 diagnostic test

                                             ii.     The school is required to tell all families if a positive case has been confirmed.

1.     Families of students who are confirmed close contacts of the positive case will receive a letter stating that their child has been in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual; this letter gives clear direction to quarantine for 14 days 

2.     Families of students who are not considered close contacts will receive a letter stating that there was a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the school but that their child is not considered a close contact therefore there is no need to quarantine. 

    1. Two or more confirmed cases within the same class in a 7-day period triggers a class-wide quarantine for 14 days, but other classes may continue. Children may return to school following the 14-day closure after they have met the conditions stated in Return To School (section 5).
    1. Two or more confirmed cases linked in school but in separate classes triggers a school-wide quarantine. Children may return to school following the 14-day closure after they have met the conditions stated in Return To School (section 5).

e.     For a child to return to school following a positive Covid-19 diagnostic test:

                                               i.     Isolated for 10 days AND 

                                             ii.     Presents clearance from a healthcare provider AND 

                                            iii.     The individual has been symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medication

 

If you are ever uncertain about the health of your child and coming to school, please call Iggy to discuss. This might be symptoms related to Covid 19 or other illnesses.

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