St. Paul’s Lutheran Preschool Covid Mitigation Plan 2021-2022
Developed from CDC guidance, FCHD guidance, and FCPS practices. As recommended, St. Paul’s is implementing layered prevention strategies.
- Staff must be fully vaccinated.
Promoting consistent and Correct Mask Use
- Everyone 2 and older is required to wear a mask indoors.
- Parents must wear masks during drop off and pick up of their children.
- Staff will be instructed in correct mask use (per CDC) and will instruct students in correct mask use.
Physical Distance & Cohorting
St. Paul’s program is not consistent with physical distancing at all times. “When it is not possible to maintain physical distance in ECE settings, it is especially important to layer multiple prevention strategies, such as cohorting, masking indoors, improved ventilation, handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and regular cleaning to reduce transmission risk.” To compensate for lack of physical distancing, we are layering the following strategies:
- Masking indoors, except when eating, for children over the age of 2.
- Cohorting will be practiced during the school, meaning classes will not meet together unless they can remain 6 feet apart.
- Physical distancing when eating (snack, lunch)
- Washing hands or using hand sanitizer when entering a new classroom
- Teaching students to cover coughs and sneezes, and to wash/sanitize after touching nose or mouth
- Improving ventilation with open windows
- Daily sanitation of toys
Windows will be open – at least a little bit (depending on weather).
- Students will be taught to wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) will be used when soap and water aren’t practical. Hand sanitizer will be dispensed by teachers, and the bottles are to be kept “up, away, and out of sight of young children.”
- Students will wash hands or sanitize
- When arriving at school
- Before and after eating
- After using the bathroom
- After touching nose, mouth, or facemask
- After going to the playground
- After using a shared sensory table
Staying Home When Sick and Getting Tested
- Per FCHD guidance, St. Paul’s reserves the right to deny entrance or send home anyone – student, staff or parent – who exhibits signs or symptoms of Covid, especially
- Fever (temperature 100.4 or higher)
- Sore throat
- New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing
- Diarrhea, vomiting, or stomachache
- New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
- Any student showing any symptoms associated with COVID-19 or signs of a respiratory illness (i.e., coughing, wheezing, runny nose, shortness of breath, lethargy, etc.) will be sent home immediately. Sick children will be kept in a separate room with an adult until the parents arrive. That room will be disinfected after each use.
- Students with a runny nose, cough and/or a fever will be required to be seen by a medical professional within 24 hours. The student must remain out of school until cleared by a medical professional. Parents will be required to contact the school within 24 hours to inform the school what the illness might be. When cleared by a medical professional to attend school, a note must be given to the Director from the medical professional stating, “That the child ___ (Name) ________ was seen and medically cleared to attend school without placing another child or adult at risk.” This does not mean that the child can automatically return to school; the return must be cleared with the school office, first.
- Those who have Covid-19 can be around others after
- 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
- 72 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications [CDC says 24 hours, but we require 72 hours for all student fevers during the pandemic] and
- Other symptoms of Covid-19 are improving
- After close contact with a person who has suspected or confirmed Covid-19, unvaccinated individuals (students) must stay home from school for 14 days. Close contact is defined as within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
- People who are fully vaccinated and do not have Covid-19 symptoms do not need to quarantine or get tested after an exposure to someone with Covid-19.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
- Tables and chairs will be cleaned and disinfected at the start of each school day, before and after food is served, periodically throughout the day, and at the end of the school day.
- Toys will be disinfected at the end of the school day. Toys used will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected weekly.
- Any toy that comes in contact with body fluids (e.g., sneezed upon, put in a child’s mouth), will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before another child is allowed to play with it.