COVID POLICIES & PROCEDURES
The policies and procedures listed below were created with guidance from the North Carolina Dept. Health & Human Services Interim Guidance for Child Care Settings in order to keep our students, families and staff safe and healthy. Due to mandates and licensing requirements, as well as best practices, the policies and procedures listed below are mandatory for all staff, students and families.
Thank you for helping us help you and your family.
The following people MAY NOT ATTEND JPS:
1. Anyone showing any symptoms of COVID-19, or the household members of anyone with the following symptoms:
a. Fever (100.4 or higher)
c. Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
d. New cough
e. New loss of taste or smell
2. Anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and their household members.
3. Anyone awaiting the results of testing for COVID-19, and their household members.
4. Anyone who has had exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This of course includes anyone living in your home.
DROP OFF/PICK UP PROCEDURES
- Parents will be allowed to enter the building for drop off/pick up.
- Anyone entering the building to pick up/drop off will be required to adhere to social distancing recommendations: wear a mask, remain at a 6 ft. distance whenever possible from other adults, and remain in the classroom for less than 15 minutes per day.
- ALL pickup and drop off will be through the front doors only. DO NOT use any exterior doors (those leading straight into the classroom) for drop off/pickup.
- ALL Infants & Toddlers – you will drop off and pick up directly to and from your child’s classroom.
- 2’s & up: Carpool will be offered for 9:00am drop off as well as 3:00pm pick up.
This means you can drop off between 8:50-9:05am and we will screen your child and walk them from your car into the classroom. It will be an option to walk your child in on your own if you choose to do so. Anyone dropping off earlier than 8:50 should park and walk their child in.
- For families registered to begin at 9:00am – the earliest you may drop off is 8:50.
DAILY HEALTH SCREENING
- Everyone entering the building will be screened, using our electronic screening through Jot Form. A text will be sent to your phone each day. Click the link and complete the screening accurately. The teacher/staff member who greets you will ask you to see the green check mark that appears if your child is cleared to attend school.
- The screening asks the following questions:
- Is anyone in your home exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19? Fever of 100.4 or higher/chills, shortness of breath/cough, new loss of taste or smell?
- Has anyone at home tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- Is anyone at home awaiting COVID test results?
- Has your child had close contact with anyone who has COVID-19? *
PREVENTING THE SPREAD/SOCIAL DISTANCING:
- The same group of children and staff members will be kept together throughout the day; there will be no combining of groups. To the degree possible, staff will remain with the same groups from day to day and week to week. This will help reduce potential exposures.
- The group sizes will remain within the ratios we normally adhere to.
- Outdoor play will be staggered according to a schedule, and social distancing will apply to outdoor play.
- During rest time, cots will be placed as far apart as possible.
- No combined indoor group activities will be planned.
- No outside instructors will be allowed in the building. If instructors are hired, the children will participate outside.
- Students will be reminded not to touch their faces and wash their hands often during the day.
- Social distancing will be practiced by staff to the maximum extent while still allowing for the care of children. JPS understands that staff need to be in close proximity to children when providing care, but our staff will limit physical proximity as best as they are able.
- For the safety of our students and staff, all adults at JPS must follow posted signage in regards to policies and procedures.
- All staff will be screened upon entering the building
- Staff are required to wear face coverings indoors
INFECTION CONTROL AND SANITATION PRACTICES:
Washing hands and sanitizing surfaces will continue to take place throughout the day.
- Frequent hand washing – Staff and children are required to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds when entering the classroom, before meals or snacks, after outside time, after going to the bathroom, and prior to leaving for home.
- Students, families, and staff will be reminded to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands and to cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
- JPS staff will follow a schedule for cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day. Surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, light switches, faucet handles, etc. will be routinely cleaned throughout the day.
- Our cleaning service will be cleaning daily, following cleaning and sanitizing standards.
CLEANING OF STUDENT ITEMS AND MATERIALS
- Each child’s bedding for nap will be washed weekly. Teachers will send your child’s sheet and blanket home at the end of each week, you will wash and return on Monday.
- Infant cot sheets are washed daily.
- Toys will be sanitized daily.
- Any toys or materials that are mouthed will be placed in a separate bin that is inaccessible to children. Mouthed toys will be cleaned and sanitized before being returned to the shelves.
HEALTH PROCEDURES FOLLOWING CURRENT MANDATES
- If a child or staff member develops symptoms of COVID-19 (fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, or shortness of breath) while at the facility, they will be separated from the group until they are picked up from the facility. If symptoms persist or worsen, parents/guardians should call their health care provider for further guidance.
- Employees or child’s parents/guardians must inform the facility immediately if the person is diagnosed with COVID-19.
- Please refer to the chart below to understand when a child may return to school after presenting any symptoms of COVID-19.
- If a child, or any household member is diagnosed with COVID-19, the school must be contacted immediately. The Health Dept. will determine the period of time the child and their family members must quarantine, as well as the quarantine period for the class/staff who are considered exposed.
SCHOOL CLOSURES & FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
School closures will be made if it is recommended by the Local Health Department, or if closure is required per state guidelines. JPS will reopen as soon as we are safely able to.
Classroom closures will be made if:
- Any child/teacher in the class tests positive for COVID-19
- Classroom can reopen 14 days from the last day of close contact with the person who tested positive (this is why it’s important to keep your child home if they are unwell!)
- In the event of a classroom closure, parents are still responsible to pay tuition in full. Virtual classes will be offered.
(This applies to school-wide closure only, not a class closure)
It is imperative that we keep our staff employed so that as soon as we are ready to reopen, we are able to do so. In order to keep our staff employed, we will need parents to participate in paying tuition, as follows:
- 1st Month: Virtual classes offered, full tuition:
- For the month in which school closes, parents will be responsible for paying tuition in full, no refunds will be distributed (this is true whether the closure is on the 1st, 15th, 30th or any day of the month in question).
- 2nd Month: Virtual classes, May deposit applied towards tuition, balance is charged.
- In order for us to reopen as quickly as possible, we will need parents to pay tuition in full for the month following the month in which the closure began.
- Your tuition deposit, which is normally applied to May, will be applied to this second month and you will be asked to pay the balance.
- Virtual learning and fun will be available during this two-month period.
- 3rd Month: No payments (and no school)
- If, G-d forbid, the closure extends past these two months, we will stop charging tuition, stop paying our staff, and school will then be closed. Once we are able to reopen, parents will need to re-register, and staff will need to be re-hired
These policies and procedures are subject to change in order to comply with the health and safety requirements set by the Governor and the North Carolina Dept. of Health & Human Services.