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Handbook for Parents

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    Athens First UMC Weekday Preschool Policies during COVID-19

    Athens First UMC Weekday Preschool is committed to providing the safest environment for our children, families and staff by following these COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC. These procedures will stay in place for an undetermined amount of time and may be revised using recommendations of the CDC and American Academy of Pediatrics.

    • Parents are to check their child’s (children’s) temperature each morning before leaving home.
    • Staff will need to sign in and report their temperatures upon arrival into our preschool every morning.
    • A child with the following symptoms should not attend school and may need to seek medical care. Signs of illness can include but are not limited to:
      • Fever of 100.4 or above
      • Chills
      • Shortness of breath or rapid breathing
      • Cough
      • Fatigue
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Headache
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Sore throat
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Nausea or vomiting
      • Diarrhea
      • Rash
    • A staff member with the symptoms listed above should stay home and may need to seek medical care.
    • If a child or household contact has a positive COVID-19 test (viral nucleic acid or antigen test collected by swab) the child will need to remain home in self quarantine for 2 weeks. Notification of school is MANDATORY.
    • If a staff member or household contact has a positive COVID-19 test (viral nucleic acid or antigen test collected by swab), the staff member will need to remain home in self isolation for 2 weeks. Notification of the school is MANDATORY.
    • Serologic testing for COVID-19 (blood test) help determine if the individual being tested was previously infected, even if asymptomatic, and should/will not be used to make decisions about entrance to or exclusion from school.
    • If there is a case of COVID-19 in our school, parents will be notified immediately by email, and the school will be closed for 2-5 days. This gives the school time to work with local health officials to determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended dismissal duration is needed to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19. The school will also use this time to thoroughly clean and disinfect the entire school.
    • If a parent needs to come inside the school, hand sanitizer must be applied upon entrance to the building and masks must be worn to limit exposure to the children and staff.
    • Currently, we plan on keeping classes self-contained. By limiting exposure to other classes during the day, our goal is to contain the spread of germs from class to class. This means that one class at a time will use the playground or large gym/music room/chapel.
    • A staff member or child will need to stay away from school for 14 days upon return from international travel or a presumed hotspot in the United States. A staff member or student that travels outside of Georgia will need to notify the school so it can be determined if they can return to school upon return.
    • We are committed to keeping in touch with parents. Teachers will use a variety of methods to reach out to parents: Bloom app, Group Me App, emails, or texting groups.
    • To help ensure a cleaner and safer environment for the children, classes will use pencil boxes. These items will hold their personal items that no one else will use. We will also ask for a change of clothing and a jacket to be sent into the class.
    • Healthy habits such as covering cough/sneezes, washing hands, using hand sanitizer, disinfecting toys and high-touch surfaces will be practiced every day by the staff.
    • Each child will be required to wash their hands upon entering the classroom in the morning, before eating, after toileting, and after playing outside.
    • Children are not required to wear masks, but it is optional for children over the age of 2. Teachers and staff will wear masks, possibly with a face shield with the comfort and safety of the children in mind. Outdoor school activities (visiting the hope garden on church property, etc.) may not require a mask.
    • Parents can help support our guidelines by practicing healthy habits, informing us of any illness, and keeping sick children at home.
    • Holiday celebrations will take place in the classroom. Teachers will facilitate these celebrations.
    • Carpool will be mandatory for children ages 2 through Bridges. A check-in system will be in place at Washington Street for our Caterpillars, Butterflies, and Honeybees.