Summary of New Procedures and Protocols
- All teachers and students are screened daily for fevers and other COVID-19 related symptoms prior to entry. Children and staff with a fever in excess of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or exhibiting any symptoms of illness related to COVID-19 are not be allowed to enter the facility.
- Group sizes are limited and there is no combining of groups. Staff members are assigned to and remain with one group.
- Only students and staff members are allowed entry. All tours are now done virtually.
- Sproutlings is operating under shortened hours to ensure that the children stay in their pods.
- Staff members are required to wear a mask. Upon entry, they are given a freshly washed smock which is replaced throughout the day as needed.
- Older children wear face coverings inside the building (with the exceptions of nap time and while eating). Children under the age of 2 are not permitted to wear masks.
- Additional staff members have been assigned to clean high touch surfaces such as door knobs, handrails, bathrooms and light switches. High touch surfaces on the playground are disinfected in between classes.
- All toys are disinfected several times a day. Any mouthed toys are immediately set aside to be cleaned thoroughly with soap and water and a bleach solution. The amount of accessible toys in the classrooms are limited to ensure optimal teacher supervision and sanitation.
- Children have individual supplies such as crayons, pencils, play-dough and scissors that are stored in separate plastic bags for each child.
- The use of toys and materials that cannot be easily cleaned will be prohibited until further notice. This includes water tables, sensory tables, sand boxes and plush toys.
- All teachers and students wear "school shoes" designated specifically to wear in their classrooms. Students change into these shoes when they arrive at their classroom door each day and they change back into their "home shoes" upon dismissal.
- As always, children and staff frequently wash their hands including: when they arrive at the center, before they eat, after they use the bathroom, after their diaper is changed, after they blow their nose, and when returning from outside. Students also wash their hands upon dismissal.
Daily Health Screening
1) Is the child’s temperature 100.4 degrees or higher?
2) Was fever reducing medication administered?
3) Is the child experiencing at least 2 of the following: Chills, shivers, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, congestion/runny nose
4) Is the child experiencing at least 1 of the following: Cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new loss of taste or smell?
5) Was the child in close contact (within 6 feet for at least 10 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
6) Does anyone in the household have symptoms of COVID-19 or has anyone been diagnosed with COVID-19?
7) Has your child traveled to an area of high community transmission? *Please refer to the NJ Travel Advisory list.
Children who meet the exclusion criteria are promptly isolated and excluded from the facility for 10 days from symptom onset, or until they receive an alternate diagnosis from a healthcare provider or a negative COVID-19 test result. Alternate diagnoses require a doctor's note.
Response Procedures for COVID-19 Symptoms or Exposure
- If a child or staff member develops symptoms of COVID-19 while at the facility (e.g. fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath), they will immediately be taken to a room designated specifically for ill children until a parent or caregiver picks them up.
- If a staff member or child contracts or is exposed to COVID-19, they cannot be admitted to a center again until the criteria for lifting transmission based precautions and home isolation have been met.
- If Sproutlings receives notification that a student or staff member has a positive case, the health department as well as all families will be notified immediately. We will follow guidance from the health department on how to proceed.