Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Center
Pandemic Response Plan
Reopened on June 1st, 2020
This plan is aimed at the responsible, practical, and safe reopening of Trinity’s ECC.
The goal of this plan is to inform the community of the steps Trinity ECC is taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Because information about the virus changes rapidly, and because we cannot plan for all scenarios, this plan is subject to regular review and change as new data becomes available. In other words, Trinity leadership will actively monitor and respond to incidents and issues if they arise.
Center Guidelines and Policies
Beginning Summer 2020
After reviewing all state and local guidelines for open childcare centers, and in cooperation with infectious disease experts and health officials, we are implementing the following safety precautions effective immediately:
In the event that a child or staff member contracts COVID 19
If a child or staff member tests positive for COVID-19 and they were inside the facility during the incubation period, the childcare center will shut down. The childcare center will be thoroughly disinfected and will reopen after Trinity’s Senior Leadership approves it.
Limited Parental Access
Parents are strongly advised to not come into the Center building at all. All drop-offs and pick-ups should be done without entering the building. See below for further Drop-Off and Pick-Up instructions. If, in the case of an emergency, a parent enters the Center, their shoes must be removed, hand sanitizer used, and a mask that covers the nose and mouth must be worn.
Daily Child Health Assessments
BEFORE a parent leaves at drop-off, the child’s temperature will be taken by a staff member. Any child with a fever at or above 100.0 will NOT be allowed into the Center. In addition, you will be asked daily if the child has been in contact with anyone that has COVID-19. If anyone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, your child will NOT be allowed to attend childcare during the quarantine period and the Center will require a doctor’s note in order for your child to return. See Health Screening Assessments below.
Limitation of Movement/Social Distancing
Children and staff movement will be restricted throughout the day. Gym use at this time is prohibited, but will be periodically reassessed. Outdoor activity, including walks and play, is highly encouraged but groups will stay separated. Social distancing from children is difficult, but staff will do their best.
Increased Hygiene & Sanitation
All rooms are equipped with the necessary supplies to maintain a clean environment and staff have been instructed on how and when to use these. Increased hand washing will be encouraged. There is an increased number of hand sanitizer dispensers located throughout the building. We recommend increased washing of outside gear at home. We will be washing onsite blankets and other necessary items routinely.
Masks and gloves are available for all employees, but are not required. We understand that wearing a mask with small children could be difficult and may be unsettling. It is up to the employee should they choose to wear protective gear.
Employees are asked to follow social distancing recommendations outside of work hours. Each staff member’s temperature will be taken at the beginning of their shift. Staff will go through a screening checklist before the start of their workdays. All staff will enter and exit through the same door, leaving shoes and coats in the garage. Staff will be asked to wear “work shoes” or “work socks.” These items are to stay at the Center and are to be worn only in the Center (socks will be washed onsite). The staff have undergone additional training of COVID-19, disinfecting, proper handwashing, and temperature reading.
We ask for you to remain flexible as there are very few certainties during this unpresented time. The only guarantee we can provide is that we will love your child(ren) as we always have. They will be taught about Jesus’ love and forgiveness daily and they will be given a safe place to play and explore God’s creation.
- A professional cleaning where every square inch of the ITH and Explorer classroom was disinfected;
- All furniture, doors, walls, curtains, floors, blinds and windows have been cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized;
- Cleaning of all toys and child used items;
- New blinds, light fixtures, painting, and organizing of school items;
- An updated phone system installed;
- IT and electrical updates throughout the ITH;
- Staff training on COVID-19 and screening practices.
The health and safety of your child, your family and our employees is very important to all of us here. In an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19, employees and parents will be required to review the health screening questions below each day upon arrival to the program. If one cannot agree with any statement, they will be asked to return home until they are symptom and fever free for at least 24 hours.
- Daily Health Screening Child Checklist
- Daily Employee Health Screening
- Adult Visitor Health Screening
- Non-childcare employees; people employed by Trinity (background check complete)
See Resource tab below for further information.
(CDC and DCF recommendations)
Drop Off & Pick Up
- At the Childcare House, enter the half circle driveway where the orange flag is located;
- Pull your vehicle up to the yellow flag and park; if a family is ahead of you please line up single file;
- To limit direct contact between families as much as possible we are asking that only ONE FAMILY AT A TIME come to the front door for drop off and pick up.
- Please be mindful of other people’s time and limit your conversation with the teacher to essentials only. As always, you may call if you have more to discuss.
- Parents are strongly advised to not come into the Center building at all;
- If, in the case of an emergency, you must enter the Center, your shoes must be removed, hand sanitizer used, and a mask that covers the nose and mouth must be worn.
- If there is a vehicle in front of you, please wait until they drive away, pull your vehicle up to the yellow flag and then you may approach the front door.
- Children will be screened upon arrival:
- Temperature will be taken to ensure child does not have fever
- Parents will be asked the following:
- if child has had a temperature of 100.0 in the past 48 hours,
- if medication has been used to reduce a fever,
- if the child has had shortness of breath or a cough,
- if the child has knowingly been exposed to someone with COVID-19
- and if the family is following the “Safer-at-Home” orders
- A visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness will be conducted;
- Practice “social distancing” (6 feet) at all times;
- We will limit non-essential visitors (including volunteers or non-childcare Trinity staff).
PDF Version– ALL families must read, sign and return this form before care is received.
The safety and wellbeing of all children, staff and the families at Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Center continues to be of utmost importance to us. We commit to taking all precautions toward keeping children and staff safe and healthy, including during the current time of the COVID-19 outbreak. The following additional sick child policy will help TLECC to do this.
Children will be monitored for signs or symptoms of COVID-19 daily. Children will be asked to stay home or return home if any of the following applies:
- Has a fever of 100.0 or higher;
- Has had a fever of 100.0 or higher or other potential signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection and/or COVID-19, such as shortness of breath or persistent dry cough, or sore throat within the last 48 hours;
- In the previous 14 days has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19; is under investigation for COVID-19; or is ill with a respiratory illness;
- In the previous 14 days has travelled internationally to countries OR domestically to states or
countries with widespread, sustained community transmission. Has come in contact with others who currently have COVID-19.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- Children with signs/symptoms of COVID-19 or who have been exposed to others with COVID-19 will be asked to stay home (see below for further details)
- Children who develop signs/symptoms of COVID-19 while at the program will be immediately separated from others and the program staff will contract the family member and/or emergency contact to pick the child up
- We encourage families to practice frequent handwashing at home
- TLECC will practice handwashing upon arrival to the program, before meals and snacks, after outdoor play, after using the bathroom, prior to going home, after nose blowing or assisting a child with blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing, and whenever necessary
- Cover cough and sneezes with tissues, throw tissues in the trash, and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water is not readily available)
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least daily, including tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks
If an enrolled child or employee tests positive for COVID-19:
- TLECC will follow instructions from our local public health authorities. Please be advised that we will consider either a short-term (less than 1 week) or long-term (two weeks or more) closure to allow for slowing the spread of the virus and for sufficient cleaning and disinfection.
- We will post and notify families of any illnesses and confirmed staff or child cases of COVID-19
Returning to a child care facility after suspected COVID-19 symptoms:
- Please note that childcare requires a temperature of >100.0°
- See Sick Child Policy_Communicable Diseases_Aug 2020