COVID-19 Updates and Information

An addendum to the Faith Baptist Online Summer Handbook

 

K2–8th-Grade Students

May 26–August 7

From 7:30 AM–5:30 PM Each Day

$200/Week 

 

Whose children can attend FB summer day care?

Although childcare originally included only essential workers (health care workers; emergency personnel; first responders; those providing the vital services such as utilities and a wide range of businesses, such as grocery stores, gas stations, and hardware stores) after the FB administration spoke with the mayor’s office on Friday, May 8, another list of workers were permitted to return to work (florists, some retailers, car dealerships, and golf course employees). They confirmed that childcare could now be provided for any family whose parents are legally permitted to return to work. In addition, the stipulations seemed to apply only to licensed day-care facilities (pre-schools). The FB administration obtained permission from the mayor’s office to care for school-aged children, (K5-8th grade) as well as pre-school children, under the same guidelines and healthy practices once school dismisses for the summer. As other employees are allowed to return to work, their children could be included in this care as well.

How did FB formulate these guideline?

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) worked in collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop these guidelines regarding social and physical distancing for child-care providers with which Faith Baptist Schools will operate in compliance. These current guidelines are to be followed until June 30, 2020. In addition, Faith Baptist has also incorporated any guidelines for the summer that the CDC recommended that were not represented in the information provided by the State of California.

What is social distancing?

Social and physical distancing is a practice recommended by public health officials to slow down the spread of a disease. It requires the intentional creation of physical space between individuals who may spread contagious and infectious diseases. It additionally requires canceling or postponing the number of gatherings and group activities, reducing all group sizes, and maintaining six feet of distance between every individual, as much as possible.

How will FB facilitate social distancing during summer day care?

Faith Baptist will adhere to the following guidelines for social distancing in day care:

  • Children will remain in groups as small as possible to not exceed ratio and capacity requirements listed below. We will keep the same children and teacher or staff member with each group and include children from the same family in the same group, to the greatest extent possible when age appropriate.

  • We will extend the indoor environment to outdoors and bring the class outside as much as possible, weather permitting.

  • Our staff will open windows to ventilate classrooms before and after children arrive.

  • We will arrange developmentally appropriate activities for smaller group activities and rearrange furniture and play spaces to maintain six feet of separation, when possible.

  • We will find creative ways to use yarn, tape, or other materials for children to create their own space.

What is the student-to-worker ratio, and how large will the groups be?

We will adhere to the following staff-to-child ratios and group sizes outlined below for prevention, containment, and mitigation measures.

For example, no K3 school-age group will be larger than 10. In other words, if there are more than 10 children, then the children will be divided into two or three small groups and kept separate from the other group of children each day, to the greatest extent possible. The same children and teacher or staff member will be kept with each group and include children from the same family within the same group, whenever possible when age appropriate.  

Age Group                               Staff-to-Child Ratio             Group Total

2-year-olds:                                                       1:6                                       10

3-year-olds and 4-year-olds:                           1:10                                      10

K5–school-age children:                                 1:10                                      10

What type of screening will be in place for workers and children?

  • Screening procedures have been implemented for all staff and children attending the summer day care.

  • As a daily practice, all staff and children will be asked about any symptoms (primarily fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other signs of illness within the last 24 hours) that they, or someone in their homes, might have.

  • As a daily practice, all staff and children will also be asked if they have had any exposure to another individual with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases.

  • Any child, parent, caregiver, or staff showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be excluded from the property.

  • If you have any concerns regarding COVID-19 or need to report a diagnosis or report contact with someone who has been diagnosed, please call Tina Swift through the school office at (818) 340-6131.

  • All staff members will be asked to take their temperatures before arriving to work or before beginning care of the children.

  • Parents and/or caregivers will also be asked to screen themselves and their children daily, prior to coming to the property. Parents must also notify our staff if their children have taken any fever reducing medications in the prior 24 hours.

  • Anyone who has a temperature of 100.4°F/38°C or higher will be excluded from the property.

  • In addition, as a daily practice, the staff will also take the children’s temperature each morning by using a no-touch thermometer. The no-touch thermometer will be wiped with an alcohol wipe after each use.

  • The staff will use a thermometer requiring a touch-method (under the tongue or arm, on the forehead, etc.), only when a fever is suspected. These thermometers would then be properly cleaned and disinfected after each use.

  • Both staff and children will be monitored throughout the day for any signs of possible illness.

  • If a staff member or a child exhibits signs of illness, he would be isolated from the general room population, and the caregiver of the child would be notified immediately to come pick up the child.

  • The staff will enforce strict handwashing guidelines for themselves and the children they supervise.

  • Signs have been posted in restrooms and near sinks that convey proper handwashing techniques.

What to expect during drop-off and pick-up times?

  • Summer day care will be open from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM each weekday from May 26–August 7, with the exception of July 3, a holiday.

  • Both a visual wellness check and screening questions of all children should be expected upon arrival. (See screening above.)

  • All children should be taken directly to their assigned classroom upon arrival for sign in.

  • Only one parent/caregiver should leave the car when dropping off and picking up a child.

  • Ideally, the same parent or designated person should drop off and pick up the child every day. If possible, older people such as grandparents or those with serious underlying medical conditions should not pick up children, because they are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

  • Caregivers/parents should pick their children up at the door (and not enter the classroom) and allow for social and physical distancing if other parents are picking their children up at the same time.

  • Caregivers/parents should wash their own hands and assist in washing the hands of their children before drop-off, prior to coming for pick up, and when they get home.

  • Caregivers/parents should bring their own pens when signing children in and out and when answering health screening questions when they sign their child in.

  • Hand sanitizers, out of the reach of children, will be made available near all entry doors.

  • All caregivers/parents entering the property should wear a mask.

  • Since we will not be operating a combined day care this summer, children should be dropped off and picked up at their assigned rooms. The day care workers will call each family with their day care room assignments.

 

What can I expect from the daily schedule and types of activities in day care this summer?

  • Faith Baptist has implemented procedures to frequently clean all touched surfaces.

  • Faith Baptist has multiple toys and manipulatives accessible that are easy to clean and sanitize throughout the day.

  • The amount of sharing will be limited.

  • Opportunities for more individual play and solo activities will be offered. (i.e., drawing, coloring, cutting, puzzles, and other manipulatives).

  • The schedule will include a daily Bible story, craft time, movie time, as well as activities and games that do not require close physical contact between multiple children.

  • The schedule will stagger indoor and outdoor play and will be adjusted to reduce the number of children in the same area. The staff will organize outdoor games that incorporate social distancing.

  • Toys in the kindergarten and preschool will be separated to be cleaned and wiped after use.

  • Although, we are not currently using the pool during summer day care, we are continuing to stay updated on the guidelines. As more research and information is published, perhaps more activities will be permitted.

 

How will we handle lunch and snacks?

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  • The staff will utilize more tables to spread children out to ensure adequate spacing of children.

  • The children will practice proper handwashing before and after eating.

  • To further ensure the safety of each child, we are requesting that caregivers/parents pack their child’s lunch, snacks, and beverages each day and that they mark the lunch bag with their child’s name. Lunch will not be prepared or sold on campus.

  • As much as possible, pack lunches in disposable paper bags and send disposable plastic utensils. All food should be sent in a sealed container to avoid contamination.

  • All eating surfaces will be disinfected before and after meals.

  • Students will not be permitted to share food or drinks.

  • Parents and caregivers are encouraged to regularly brush their child’s teeth at home; however, children should not brush their teeth while at school.

  • Although the water fountains will be disinfected after each use, we want to encourage staff and children to bring their own water to minimize use and touching of water fountains.

 

What precautions will be taken for restroom use?

  • Proper handwashing will be monitored after a child goes to the restroom.

  • The sink and toilet handles will be sanitized before and after each child’s use.

  • Children should use a tissue when using the handle to flush the toilet.

  • Children should wash their hands for 20 seconds and use a single-use paper towel or hand dryer to dry their hands thoroughly.

 

Can personal play items be brought to school?

  • All personal items should be labeled and kept in a separate bag to ensure personal items are separate from others. This would include lunch bags.

  • During this time, personal toys should be kept at home until further notice.

 

Will the preschool and kindergarten children be napping in the afternoon?

  • An afternoon nap is part of the schedule for the preschool and kindergarten students.

  • Cots will be spaced six feet apart from each other, arranged with the head of each bed alternately, in opposite directions, to lessen the possible spread of illness between children from coughing or sneezing.

  • Cots will be labeled with the children’s names so that they use the same cot each day.

  • Bedding brought to school should be minimal and should be bagged with the child’s name on it.

 

Will my child be required to wear a mask?

 

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the California Department of Education (CDE) do not address this topic at all in their guidelines for caring for children of essential workers. The administration of Faith Baptist posed this question to the mayor’s office but was not given a definitive answer. We have been advised to follow the county, state, or federal guidelines, whichever policy contains the strictest measures to err on the side of safety.

 

The CDC contains this information concerning children and masks:

  • Teach and reinforce use of cloth face coverings. Face coverings may be challenging for students (especially younger students) to wear in all-day settings such as school. Face coverings should be worn by staff and students (particularly older students) as feasible, and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult. Individuals should be frequently reminded not to touch the face covering and to wash their hands frequently. Information should be provided to staff, students, and students’ families on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.

  • Note: Cloth face coverings should not be placed on: children younger than 2 years old, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, and anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance.

  • Cloth face coverings are meant to protect other people in case the wearer is unknowingly infected but does not have symptoms. Cloth face coverings are not surgical masks, respirators, or other medical personal protective equipment.

  • With this information in mind, students who attend the summer day care should wear a cloth face covering.

 

How to do I contact the office staff?

  • In order to minimize risk and to avoid crowded offices, parents are encouraged to contact the office staff by calling the school office or by emailing them at administration@myfbs.org.

 

What strategies are being used to clean the spaces used by the summer day care?

  • We are following a routine schedule for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting certain identified items and surfaces before and after each use, daily, and weekly.

  • We are using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19.

  • Frequently disinfected surfaces and objects include tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

  • In addition, each weekend, all day care classroom surfaces will be disinfected with an electrostatic sprayer. 

 

What are some strategies that we will use to train children for social distancing and healthy hygiene?

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  • Use carpet squares, tape, mats, or other visuals for spacing.

  • Model social distancing for your children when interacting with others.

  • Role-play what social distancing looks like by demonstrating the recommended distance.

  • Give frequent verbal reminders to children.

  • Create and develop a scripted story around social distancing, as well as handwashing, proper etiquette for sneezes, coughs, etc.

  • Teach, model, and reinforce healthy habits and social skills.

  • Explain to children why it’s not healthy to share drinks or food, particularly when sick.

  • Practice frequent handwashing by teaching a popular child-friendly song or counting to 20 (handwashing should last 20 seconds).

  • Teach children to use tissue to wipe their nose and to cough inside their elbow.

  • Model and practice handwashing before and after eating, after coughing or sneezing, after playing outside, and after using the restroom.

 

All staff and parents/caregivers should review the important guidance related to disease prevention and social and physical distancing:

https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Infection-Prevention-in-Childcare-Programs-Guidance.pdf

 

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID-19/cdph-guidance-gatherings-covid19-transmission-prevention-03-16-2020.pdf

Note:

The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging and fluid situation. Federal, state and local orders and guidance may change frequently; therefore, we may need to alter policies and procedures for the summer day care as we receive updated information.

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