Last updated Aug. 17, 2020

Class Opening Plans for September 2020

Virginia is currently in Phase III of Governor Ralph Northam’s Reopening Plans. In the event that the Virginia governor pushes our state back to Phase I, we will have to close the preschool. If we are pushed back to Phase II, we may stay open, although we will have to make some adjustments.

The first day of classes will be Tuesday, September 8, 2020.

Class Re-opening Plans

The Rainbow (4-year-olds) Class will meet five mornings a week. They will meet in rooms B6-B7, which is a double classroom. There will be 14 students and two teachers. Class runs from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Honeybee class (3-year-olds) will be capped at 10 students and have two teachers. They will meet on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. They will meet in classroom B1 and use classroom B2 for any inside large group activities.

The Lamb (2-year-olds) class will meet only once a week on Tuesday mornings. Because these students often have a difficult time separating from their parent or other caregiver, we will start slowly with this group. We will meet on the playground on Tuesday morning with their parent or caregiver for about an hour. Our hope is that these kiddos will get acclimated to the teachers, thus making for an easier transition once we move to the classroom. We will plan to be on the playground only during September and possibly part of October. When we move into the classroom, we will only meet on Tuesdays from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Tuition will be adjusted for this class.

Classroom Routines for All Classes

Outside

Each class will be on the playground and/or the grassy area outside the playground or on the nature trails for at least half of the day. Snacks and lunch will be eaten outside on most days. In addition to the play houses and playset, we will be opening several other play areas. We will be installing an art center for up to four children to use at a time. We plan to install a garden just outside the playground. Other areas are under development. The sandbox cannot be used.

Inside

Our goal in the classroom is to encourage a classroom community where each child feels safe and loved yet there is physical spacing between children. We plan to do most circle-time activities outside so that the students don’t have to be so close to one another.

Each child will have their own art supplies as well as supply of Play-Doh. There will only ever be two children at a table — one on each end of our rectangular-shaped tables. We will use hula-hoops on the carpet to keep children physically distanced from one another yet within conversation distance. There will be different toys in each hoop (for example, Legos, Magna-Tiles, or cars). We will set up centers in the classroom to promote some distance: one child in the kitchen area, one with the dolls, one in the library, one in the science area, two spots for art, and two spots for table toys, as well as having three to six hula hoops. Each teacher will also work with small groups of three to four students at a time on our learning goals.

Classroom windows and doors will be kept open to allow as much fresh air as possible to enter the classroom. In addition, the HVAC system will be adjusted to allow additional fresh air into the classrooms.

Health and Safety

Identification of a particular staff member or student who becomes ill or exposed will be kept completely confidential. Health information that must be shared with the Preschool Director will also be kept confidential. We will share necessary information with our community as outlined by the Virginia Department of Social Services, the Virginia Department of Health, and CDC guidelines. Timely communication with the Preschool Director is absolutely necessary to ensure that we are all kept safe.

  • If a parent or other family member of a student tests positive for COVID-19, the student must quarantine at home for two weeks.
  • If a parent or other family member has symptoms of COVID-19, the family should quarantine for two weeks.
  • If a student, parent, or family member is around someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the family should quarantine for two weeks.
  • If a student, parent, or family member travels on an airplane, there is no need to quarantine. However, if someone they were in close contact with tests positive, the family should quarantine for two weeks.

Symptoms Checks

Upon arrival at preschool, all staff and children will be checked for fever and for symptoms of COVID-19. Parents and staff must disclose if anyone in their household has any symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, sore throat, nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, headaches, body aches, fatigue/malaise, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of taste or smell.

If a child or staff member exhibits any symptoms and/or has a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, they cannot be admitted to the building. Children or staff not admitted to school should consult with a health care provider. The school may also need to consult with the Health Department and Licensing office.

If the preschool identifies symptoms of COVID-19 in a staff member or child at the pre-arrival symptom check, the staff member or child will be asked to remain at home until they are symptom-free for three days before returning to the school.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Start times will be staggered by class. Rainbows will arrive at 9:15 a.m. and be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. (three hours). Honeybees will arrive at 9:30 a.m. and be dismissed at 1:30 p.m. (four hours). The director and lead teacher will meet each car at drop-off. Both will be wearing face masks as well as face shields and gloves. The director will take the child’s temperature and ask health questions, and if all is well, the lead teacher will bring the child into the hallway to wait with their class. Students must wear a cloth face mask during arrival and dismissal and to and from the classroom. It is optional for students to wear masks once in the classroom. Children will be given hand sanitizer and supervised in its use upon arrival into the preschool. Students will line up 3 feet from other students in the hallway.

Handwashing

Students will wash hands before and after snack, after toileting, and when coming in from the playground. If a teacher sees a child with a hand or finger in their mouth or nose, they will take the child to wash their hands. Students will be offered hand sanitizer on the playground.

Staff

Staff will wear cloth face masks, face shields, and smocks during the school day while in the building.

Parents

We will not allow parents into the preschool. If a parent needs to pick up a student, the parent may go to the parish office. The receptionist will call the preschool office on the phone or walkie-talkie, and the director will bring the child up to the parish office.

Snack and Drinks

We request that each child brings a water bottle clearly marked with their name to school to be used for snack time. We will provide additional water (filtered) if necessary. The drinking fountain in the preschool will not be available for use. If a child does not bring a water bottle, a disposable cup will be offered. We will continue to have parents bring snacks from home on their assigned day for the whole class, but they must be pre-packaged.

Cleaning

All high-touch surfaces will be cleaned before school, after school, and during school as needed, including toys, tables, chairs, toy cabinets, door handles, trash can rims, stair railings, and all areas of the bathroom. All toys used during the day will be washed, rinsed, and sanitized after school Floors will be swept and mopped daily. Carpets will be vacuumed daily and sanitized weekly. All cleaners must be kept in locked cabinets when not in use during the day. Each cleaner has been approved for use in a childcare facility by the EPA.

The playground (playset and houses) will be cleaned by “backpack fogger” daily between class use as well as daily before school.