Health and Safety
Information for Espin Preschool Learning Center Families and Staff
Espin Preschool has reopened our doors and we are taking tremendous responsibility for ensuring the well-being of children in a fun learning environment. We understand and share the continued concerns about COVID-19 and its effects on all of us. Please see the following measures we are taking to ensure our families and staff to keep us safe in our center.
We appreciate and are grateful for the trust you continue to place on Espin Preschool. We will get through this by working together and following a consistent routine on doing what's right.
We are following the guidance and directives from our state and local government and our local health department to make any decisions about our school including whether to remain open, how to move forward and how to continue to keep our children and staff safe.
HOW ARE WE KEEPING YOU SAFE?
Please see below on what we implement to our policies and procedures to help keep our center clean, healthy and safe!
DROP OFF AND PICK UP PROCEDURES
Espin Preschool Learning Center will be screening staff and children for fever and other COVID-19 symptoms prior to entry to our center each day. Children and staff with a fever in excess of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or exhibiting other symptoms of COVID-19, shall not be allowed to enter our facility, nor will persons that have exposure to others known to have COVID-19 during the preceding 14 days. Staff or children that have a fever of 100.4 or above or other signs of illness will not be admitted into the center. We encourage our parents to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick.
Our screening will take place outdoors in front of our center and will be sheltered to allow utilization during inclement weather.
Staff will be behind a protective face shield or barrier with cloth masks during the screening process. Staff will make a visual inspection of the child or signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing, fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
PRACTICING SOCIAL DISTANCING
We will practice social distancing in the classroom throughout the day. Your children will remain in the classroom or on the playground with their teachers and classmates. Different classes will not interact with one another, and all visitors will be postponed until further notice.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
Espin Preschool will continue to teach and reinforce healthy hygiene practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Centers shall increase the frequency of cleaning toys, equipment and surfaces, especially doorknobs, light switches, counter-tops, and restrooms. If groups are moving from one area to another in shifts, cleaning measures will be completed prior to the new group entering the area. Toys and items that are not easily cleaned or disinfected (soft or plush toys) will not be utilized in the center, though such items brought from home may be utilized if they are not shared, and returned home with the child each day for washing. Toys that children have placed in their mouths or are contaminated will be set aside until they are cleaned. On a daily basis, Espin will clean and then disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often. This includes our restrooms, desks, counter-tops, doorknobs, etc.
FOOD PREP PROCEDURES
Teachers will be required to continue wearing gloves while preparing or helping children with snack and lunch time. The teachers will serve children individually from their own packed lunch boxes.
Staff shall be required to wear cloth masks while working. When feasible, children shall be ENCOURAGED to wear cloth face coverings within the center. Cloth face coverings will NOT be put on children during meal times and nap or sleep periods.
What should I do if my child is sick or a family member has been diagnosed with covid-19
For the safety of children, families and staff at Espin, anyone who is ill must stay home. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with COVID-19, immediately let us know. Please follow the CDC’s recommendations if you’re not feeling well and/or diagnosed with COVID-19.
If you have any questions about our center or policy and regulations, please do not hesitate to contact us at 908-688-8250 and ask to speak with the director or assistant director.