Trinity Lutheran Early Childhood Center

Reopened on June 1st, 2020

Monday – Friday   |   7:30 am – 5:30 pm


Center Guidelines and Policies

Summer 2020

COVID 19 Safety Guidelines for Trinity Childcare Center (pdf)


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. 

Safety Equipment 

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. 

Staff Expectations

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. 

Flexibility

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 72 hours

See Resource tab below for further information.

(CDC and DCF recommendations)

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Drop Off

  • As of June 1st the drop off time will be from 7:30 am to 9:00 am 
    • If drop off is after 9:00 am a phone call needs to occur: (262) 649-1970;
  • At the Infant and Toddler 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
  • Please wait outside the Infant & Toddler House inside your vehicle and a Trinity employee will come out to assist you;
  • Once the Trinity employee arrives please take your child out of the vehicle for a screening assessment;
  • 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;
  • Parents are strongly advised to not come into the Center building at all; 
    • 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.
  • We will limit non-essential visitors (including volunteers or non-childcare Trinity staff).

Pick Up

  • As of June 1st the pick up time will be from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
    • If pick up is before 4:00 pm a phone call needs to occur: (262) 649-1970;
  • At the Infant and Toddler 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 fill;
  • Please wait outside the Infant & Toddler House inside your vehicle and a Trinity employee will bring your child out to you;
  • Practice “social distancing” (6 feet) at all times;
  • Parents are strongly advised to not come into the Center building at all; 
    • 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.

PDF VersionALL 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 hand washing 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:

  • We will follow instructions from our local public health authorities after notifying them of a positive COVID-19 case. 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

If a staff member or child has symptoms of COVID-19 or is in close contact of someone with COVID-19, they can return to the child care facility if the following conditions are met:

  • If an individual has a fever, cough, or shortness of breath and has not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they should stay home and away from others until 72 hours after the fever is gone and symptoms get better. If the person’s symptoms worsen, they should contact their healthcare provider to determine if they should be tested for COVID-19.
  • If an individual is diagnosed with COVID-19, they must remain out of the facility for a minimum of 7 days after the onset of first symptoms. They may return after meeting the following conditions:
    • If the individual is not using a COVID-19 test, and they had a fever: 3 days after the fever ends AND there is an improvement in their initial symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)
    • If the individual is not using a COVID-19 test and they did not have a fever: 3 days after they see an improvement in their initial symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)
    • If the individual is using a COVID-19 test, they must no longer have a fever (without the use medicine that reduces fevers) AND have improvement of other symptoms (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND receive two negative tests in a row, 24 hours apart.
  • If an individual believes they had close contact with someone with COVID-19 but are not currently sick, they should monitor their health for fever, cough, and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day they were in close contact with the sick person. They should not go to work or school and should avoid public places for 14 days.

Our Center will reopen on Monday June 1st, 2020. Contracts are due by May 22nd, 2020. 

TLECC is open from 7:30 am till 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.

  • A schedule contract is required upon enrollment for the specified number of days per week your child will attend.
  • A minimum of two days per week is required for enrollment.
  • TLECC does not offer half day care.
  • A fixed weekly schedule is required. 

Click here to download a Schedule Contract for Summer 2020.




Forms that need to be returned

  • Sick Child Policy Amendment: COVID-19

    ALL families must read, sign and return this form before care is received. 

    See above for details.

  • Schedule Contract Summer 2020

    Our Center will reopen on Monday June 1st, 2020. Contracts are due by May 22nd, 2020. 

    TLECC is open from 7:30 am till 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.

    See above for details.



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