COVID-19 Information

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Details On Our Safety Policies And Procedures During Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Kinderoo Children’s Academy will always consider the health and safety of our children and of our staff our first priority. We are committed to providing a high quality and safe environment for our children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are continuously monitoring the latest developments in and around our community. As more information becomes available, we are adapting and making changes to our safety measures and protocols. We are also following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Children and Families (DCF), Marion County’s Health Department and other government organizations.

The COVID-19 outbreak is a global challenge on an unprecedented scale, but Kinderoo Children’s Academy still strives to offer a vibrant, innovative and supportive learning community committed to child-focused exploration and creativity. We aim to meet the significant impacts this crisis has on our children with love, compassion and understanding. In line with safety measures, we are implementing the following protocols and policies in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Social Distancing

  • Masks are not required for students, they are optional. All staff are required to wear face masks when indoors. 
  • Each classroom will have an outdoor space assigned to them, as well as an assigned time outside. Classrooms continue to be encouraged to spend as much time outside as possible. A cleaning staff will be responsible for cleaning the play area after each classroom is done.
  • All personal items for each child will be stored in their cubby, including outdoor gear, nap gear and extra clothing.

Cleaning Procedures

  • Classrooms will be set up to ensure that everything can be easily cleaned. 
  • Toys that cannot be easily cleaned will not be available in the classroom. 
  • Classrooms will clean and disinfect toys before sharing with another classroom.
  • All staff will follow a two-step cleaning process: clean (either with soap and water or a hydrogen peroxide based cleaner) then disinfect.
  • Each classroom will be responsible for cleaning toys that have been mouthed or played with. The teacher will either use soapy water to wipe the toy or the teacher will place it in the wash bin. Cleaning staff will come by to clean toys and return them to the classroom.
  • Heavy traffic items such as doorknobs will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day.
  • For safety reasons, personal toys must remain home.
  • Children and staff will be required to wash hands more often including, but not limited to: upon arrival, before and after handling food, before and after handling medicine, before and after diapering, before and after using the bathroom or helping a child in the bathroom, after coming in contact with bodily fluid, after playing outside.

Sick Children and Staff

  • Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, shortness of breath, persistent dry cough, diarrhea, persistent runny nose, severely sore throat, etc.) will need to return home until they are symptom and fever free for 72 hours without the aid of medication.
  • The school will have a designated isolation area for children to go, should they develop any symptoms or a fever. The child will remain there with a staff member until their parent is able to pick them up. Kinderoo Children’s Academy requests that the pick up time be no more than 30 minutes from the initial phone call.
  • Parents will be directed to contact their child’s physician and follow his/her/their recommendations.
  • If COVID testing is indicated, the parent may go to a testing site as designated by the physician.
  • If testing is indicated, the parent will inform Kinderoo Children’s Academy that the test will occur and will report the results of the test as soon as possible. A doctor’s note, being fever and symptom-free without medication, and/or an official record of a negative COVID-19 test (if the test was required) is necessary in order for the child to return to Kinderoo Children’s Academy.
  • If a member of a classroom tests positive for COVID-19, the classroom may be shut down for up to 10 days while the classroom is cleaned and disinfected.
  • If a child or staff tests positive for COVID-19, they must remain out of the facility for 10 days after the onset of the first symptoms. They may return only if they are fever-free for 72-hours without fever-reducing medication AND have marked improvement in all other symptoms.

IF A CHILD/STAFF HAS A FEVER OR IS SYMPTOMATIC BEFORE ENTERING THE SCHOOL:

  • If the parent contacts Kinderoo Children’s Academy stating that their child has a fever of over 100 degrees or any other persistent symptom possibly related to COVID-19, Kinderoo Children’s Academy will ask the parent to contact their child’s physician and follow the physician’s recommendations. The child must be kept home until he/she/they are fever-free and have markedly reduced symptoms for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • If the physician recommends bringing the child in for a visit or if the child is recommended for COVID-19 testing, Kinderoo Children’s Academy will require the negative test result or a doctor’s note releasing the child to come back to school. If the test is positive, Kinderoo Children’s Academy will require the child to be out of school for at least 10 days from the onset of the symptoms or fever AND fever-free for at least 72 hours without medication. A physician’s note stating that the child may return to school will also be required.
  • If the child is determined to have a fever or shows observable symptoms by the Kinderoo Children’s Academy health screener prior to the child entering school, the parent will be asked to take the child home, call the physician, and follow the physician’s recommendations for testing and/or for care, have the child remain at home fever-free without medication for 72 hours, and bring in a medical release from the physician and/or negative COVID-19 test results. (See above if the child tests positive for COVID-19).

In Case of A Positive Case

  • A positive COVID-19 case will result in the classroom (and the classroom they share a support teacher with) closing for up to 10 days. Since each group of two classrooms are contained to their assigned room and staff, the rest of the school will not need to close.
  • If there are two or more cases throughout the school, the entire school or the specific wing of the school that has the positive cases will close for 10 days.
  • If a child or staff member develops a fever or other symptom, all who have been in contact with that child or staff member will be notified by email. The identity of the symptomatic person will be protected, but those in contact with them will be notified. Follow up notification will be given concerning the classroom’s ability to remain open.

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