Handbook Amendments

Newark Methodist Preschool has implemented the following guidelines for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  These guidelines may change and be revised as additional information becomes available.

 

Classroom

  • Each classroom will be treated as its own family.

  • School families will not mix throughout the day, to the greatest extent possible.  

  • Students in individual classrooms will be allowed to play and interact with each other. 

 

Social Distancing Strategies

  • Children will remain in their classroom family and will not be mixed with children of other classes.

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

  • A master schedule for shared spaces has been created and will be adhered to throughout the day to limit classes being in shared spaces at the same time (hallways, bathrooms, playground).

  • Parents will drop off/pick up children at their designated drop off area.

  • Children’s activities will be set up with social distancing in mind

    • 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. 

    • Snack will be provided in groups when there are not enough tables/chairs to spread children out. 

 

Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up

  • Parents will  drop off/pick up children in their designated drop off locations.

    • Christina Doughty  M/W & T/TH 2/3s- Drop off at 9:00am at Cokesbury Lobby.  Pick up at 12:15 at Cokesbury Lobby.

    • Jes Robinson T/TH/F 3s  - Drop off at 9:00 at Welcome Center. Pick up at 12:15 at Welcome Center.

    • Mandy Manzella M/W/F Pre-K-  Drop off at 9:00 at Marble Entrance. Pick up at 12:15 at Marble Entrance.

    • Anne Spoor M-F Pre-K- Drop off at 9:15 at Playground.  Pick up at 12:30 at Marble Entrance.

    • Amy Legutko M-F Pre-K- Drop off at 9:15 at Marble Entrance.  Pick up at 12:30 at Playground.    

  • Park in the Welcome Center parking lot and walk your child to their designated  entrance.  While waiting, all adults dropping off are required to wear masks and social distance from other students/families. 

  • Newark Methodist Preschool must follow Delaware Office of Child Care Licensing  regulations with respect to screening those who will be permitted to enter the building;

    • As per state regulations, parents are not allowed to enter the building at this time. 

  • At drop off and pick up, a staff member will record the arrival/departure time of each student.  The staff member will also record student temperature and parent confirmation of screening questions (see below).

 

Children & Staff Health Screenings Upon Arrival

  • Staff will have their temperatures taken upon arrival.  

  • Staff are responsible to self-certify their health each day based on Office of Child Care Licensing required screening questions.

  • All children will have their temperatures taken upon arrival by a staff member who will be wearing gloves, mask, and face shield.  Temperatures will be taken using a touchless thermometer.

    • If a staff member or child  is noted to have body temperature at or above 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, a discussion must be had with the staff member or parent to determine if there is an underlying cause. The staff member or child may be admitted to the child care, but increased monitoring throughout the day must follow to ensure the temperature does not increase or additional symptoms do not develop. 

       

    • If a staff member or child is noted to have a body temperature at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, they must be sent home. 

  • Parents will certify the health of their child and answer required screening questions about their child everyday at drop off.  

  • Students/Staff will not be permitted to stay at school if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (including; fever, cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, headache/congestion/runny nose with no known underlying cause (such as seasonal or chronic allergies), fatigue or new loss of smell or taste) unless symptoms have a known and documented cause.  

  • If a staff member or child has a body temperature at or above 100.4 or is otherwise symptomatic and considered at risk for COVID-19 exposure, the staff member or child may not be admitted to the building and should be advised to consult a health care professional for further guidance, and/or obtain a COVID-19 test.  The staff member or child should not return until a health care provider has provided a return to work/child care document.​

    • If a COVID-19 test was taken and a positive result was returned, the staff member or student should isolate at home.  At least 10 days must have passed since symptoms first appeared, including at least one day (24 hours) since recovery where staff or students have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication and improvement in symptoms has occurred, e.g. cough, shortness of breath, before being permitted to return to work or child care.

      • A health care provider or the Division of Public Health can provide a letter stating that the individual has been released from monitoring to the patient.​

    • If a COVID-19 test is performed with a negative result, the individual should consult their health care provider to determine if the situation warrants continuation of isolation.  The student or staff member must provide the preschool with a return to work/childcare document by the health care provider to allow the student or staff member to return to child care in this situation​.  Note that a negative test is relevant for the point in time at which the test was taken. It does not mean the staff or student will not develop COVID-19 in the future. 

  • If at any time a doctor confirms the cause of the staff member or child’s fever or other symptoms is not COVID-19 and provides written documentation of approval for them to return to work or school, then the staff member or child will be permitted to return 72 hours after symptoms have resolved.

  • If a staff member or child has been in close contact (ex. within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, they will be required to stay at home for 14 days from the time they were exposed to confirmed COVID-19.  If a COVID-19 test is performed with a negative result, the individual must still remain at home until the end of the 14-day period to see if symptoms develop.  

 

Health Observations Throughout the Day

  • Teachers will observe children throughout the day for COVID-19 symptoms.

  • If, during the day, any of the following symptoms appear, the child 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.

    • Symptoms include;

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher

  • Dry cough

  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Headache/congestion/runny nose (with no underlying cause)

  • Fatigue

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Sore Throat

  • Muscle Aches

 

Masks

  • Anyone over the age of 12 is required to wear a mask to enter the building.  

  • Staff members are required to wear masks at all times inside.

    • Masks can be removed during outside play if social distancing measures are taken.

  • Parents are required to wear masks at drop off and pick up.

  • Newark Methodist Preschool will follow Division of Public Health guidance regarding face coverings for children; 

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      All children in kindergarten or above must wear face coverings at all times while inside preschool centers except for meals or when doing do would inhibit the child's health.  If outside the preschool, face coverings must be worn by children kindergarten and above is social distancing cannot be maintained.  ​ 

    • All children 2 years of age through pre-kindergarten are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings if they can do so reliably in compliance with CDC guidance on how to wear cloth face coverings while inside preschool centers, except for meals or when doing so would inhibit the child's health and outside, if social distancing cannot be maintained.

    • It is strongly recommended that children wear face coverings, if doing so will not either pose a health risk to them, encourage unnecessary touching of the face, create behavioral challenges, or if they cannot safely put on and take off the face covering. 

    • If you plan to send your child to school with a face mask;

      • send in 1 extra mask daily in a clear ziplock bag labeled, “clean”

      • send in 1 empty ziplock bag labeled, “dirty” for used masks

      • practice and reinforce appropriate face mask etiquette at home frequently

 

Change of clothes

  • Students are required to have 2 sets of extra clothes available each day.

 

Hand Washing

  • Students and staff are required to wash hands upon entering the classroom and upon leaving. 

  • Proper hand washing will be taught and modeled to all students using CDC recommended hand washing procedures throughout the day using warm running water and rubbing with soap for at least 20 seconds. 

  •  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

 

Toys and Sanitation

  • Toys that have gone in a child’s mouth or been coughed or sneezed on will be removed immediately for cleaning and sanitizing.

  • Toys can be shared with children in their own classroom.

  • Toys will not be shared with other classrooms unless they have been cleaned and sanitized.

  • Fabric and plush toys will not be used.

  • Children cannot bring toys from home.

  • Sand or other sensory materials cannot be used.

  • Individual play-dough can be used.

  • Individual supplies will be provided as needed

  • Staff will clean all toys each day following CDC recommendations.

  • All hard surfaces will be cleaned twice a day and as needed.

  • All frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, faucets, ect) will be sanitized frequently throughout the day.

 

Snacks

  • All snacks will be plated individually.

  • Staff serving snacks will wear gloves.

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

  • No snacks from home are permitted.

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


 

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

  • Notify Stephanie or Debbie immediately.

  • Administrative staff will contact the Division of Public Health upon learning of the illness at 1-888-295-5156 or hspcontact@delaware.gov to discuss next steps and cleaning guidance specific to our school.

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

Call Us: 1-302-368-1754 / Fax: 1-302-368-8705  /  syerkes@newark-umc.org  /  Newark United Methodist Church  69 East Main Street  Newark, DE 19711

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