Handbook Amendments

Safety Protocols

Newark Methodist Preschool has implemented the following guidelines for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.  These guidelines may change and be revised as additional information becomes available.

At Newark Methodist Preschool we are taking recommended guidance from the state of Delaware and the Office of Child Care Licensing to minimize risk and support the health and safety of our students and of our community.  Every layer of protection is important and helps our school to be a safer place to learn and play.  Minimizing risk to the transmission of COVID-19 is a community effort. The following layers of protection will be followed in every classroom at Newark Methodist Preschool:

  • Screening-All staff and students will be required to answer screening questions daily upon arrival. Anyone who has COVID-19 symptoms including a temperature of 100.4 or higher and/or has been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days will not be permitted to enter the building.  Health observations will take place throughout the day by staff.  If, during the day, any symptoms appear, the student will be separated from the rest of the class.  Parents will be contacted, and the child must be picked up within 30 minutes of being notified.

  • Ventilation- Every classroom is equipped with an Austin Air Healthmate HEPA Air Purifier that will run 24/7.  This purifier contains 4-stage filtration power and true medical-grade HEPA that removes 99.97% of particles larger than 0.3 microns and 95.0% of particles larger than 0.1 micron.  Additionally, classroom windows will be open during the school day to provide greater air flow and increase ventilation.

  • Masks- Masks are optional for students and staff (as of March 4, 2022) Students and staff that wish to wear a mask are permitted and encouraged to do so. This guidance is based on current recommendations from the Department of Health and may change as their guidance and mandates change going forward. Additionally, individuals may be required to temporarily wear masks as conditions for returning to school from isolation or quarantine as recommended by the Department of Health.

  • Social Distancing Strategies- Children’s activities will be set up with social distancing in mind. Students in individual classrooms will be allowed to play and interact with each other.

    • When necessary, circle time will be split so that ½ of the class participates at a time.

    • Children will be spread out during table activities.

    • Children will be encouraged to spread out when possible.

    • Children will remain in their classroom cohort and will not be mixed with children in other classes except for students and staff participating in extended care programs.

    • Teachers will remain with their classroom and only rotate to other classrooms if there is no other alternative.

  • Handwashing- Students and staff are required to wash hands upon entering the classroom and upon leaving. Proper handwashing will be taught and modeled to all students using CDC recommended hand washing procedures throughout the day.  Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol will be used when we do not have access to soap and water (ex. Hallways/playground).  Sanitizer will only be administered by staff and will be kept out of reach of all students. 

  • Cleaning- High-touch surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day using soap and water and disinfecting cleaning solutions.  At the completion of each school day all classrooms and toys will be sprayed using a high-power mister and sanitizing solution.  Bathrooms will be sanitized throughout the school day and at the end of each day.

  • Snacks- No snacks from home are permitted.

    • All snacks will be plated individually.

    • Staff serving snack will wear gloves.

    • Snacks will be served in small groups when there are not enough tables/chairs to space children out.

    • Please talk with your child’s teacher regarding any specific food allergy or needs.

  • COVID-19 Testing- It is highly recommended that students and staff complete weekly COVID-19 testing to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.  Newark Methodist Preschool is currently working with the state of Delaware and Quidel to provide weekly onsite testing. 

  • Extended Care Programs- As family schedules have begun to return to “normal” and more parents have returned to in person work, we recognize the need for our extended care programs.  Extended Care groups will be limited to 12 students.  Weather permitting, before care will take place outside.  After eating lunch in lunch bunch, students will be taken outside to play on the playground for the remaining time.  In the event of inclement weather, students will play with gross motor toys in the large dining room area to allow for more distancing. 

  • Vaccination- All staff at Newark Methodist Preschool are fully vaccinated. We strongly encourage all members of our community to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it is available for your age group.

If a Newark Methodist Preschool child, family member, or employee is confirmed with COVID-19:

  • Notify Stephanie or Jill in the preschool office immediately.

  • Administrative staff will contact the Division of Public Health upon learning of the illness to discuss next steps and cleaning guidance specific to our school.

  • Parents will be notified via Brightwheel of the procedures to follow.

  • Preschool closings and/or classroom quarantines* due to Covid-19 will be announced on Brightwheel and through email communication.

    *Refunds and/or discounts on tuition associated with an unplanned Covid-19 quarantine will not be issued.