Coronavirus | COVID-19
At Foundations for the Future, health and safety is our top priority, especially during this time. We continue to follow all required regulations, in addition to our own modifications, to improve the health and safety of our environment. We are closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): CDC Childcare and K-12 Guidance to guide our decisions.
Please see our detailed blog that covers PPE/mask policies, social distancing policies, and how Foundations is reducing close contact group sizes.
Health, Safety and Prevention Procedures
- We have put a new air sanitizer unit in the common area of each building, scientifically shown to kill viruses like SARS (similar in size and type to coronavirus).
- We are using EPA approved chemicals and sanitizing throughout the day, from door handles and other hard surfaces, to toys and furnishings..
- We have reduced as many touch points as possible. Our administrative team is checking in families so they do not need to use the touch screen. We prop open doors where feasible and safe so you do not need to touch door handles.
- We are sanitizing outdoor play equipment, and indoor play equipment in the gym, after each group of children.
- We operate our classes in groups of twenty five or less (total teachers and students). The average group size is ten.
- Open Gym time will not combine different groups of the same age. Each group will have separate open gym times, but still on their same gym day. The gym touchpoints and equipment will be sanitized in between groups.
- We are using both buildings, even though we do not necessarily need to with reduced attendance, because we want to space our interactions out even more.
- We are shortening teacher shifts so that we can eliminate breaks from the schedule, so that we do not have to bring in a different teacher to interact with the children during a teacher’s scheduled break.
- All students, parents, and staff have their temperature taken at the front desk with a no-touch thermal forehead scanner, at drop-off as well as when adults picking up arrive. We are excluding anyone with a temperature over 100.4. We are additionally excluding any child or staff with coughing or shortness of breath. They must be absent for a minimum of seven days in addition to fever free for the last three days of the seven days. If they have a fever in the last three days of the seven days, it extends their absence time an additional day for each day of fever.
- Drop off and pick up of students will occur at the door of the child’s classroom. Parents and siblings of students are not allowed to enter the classroom.
- Staff and children are participating in extra hand washing throughout the day, above our already high standards.
- Snacks and meals are being plated out of reach of the children, and then served to the table, instead of family style dining, where the items are available on the table for children to serve themselves.
- Toys have been removed from the childcare lobby.
- Cloth toys have been removed from the classrooms.
How is Foundations Minimizing “Close Contact?”
For the purpose of assessing if someone has been exposed to COVID-19, the health department is defining “close contact” as being within six feet of someone for more than 15 minutes. In order to minimize the number of people that would be quarantined if a case of COVID-19 were to arise in our school, we are minimizing the number of people each person comes in close contact with. For students, they will come in close contact with their classroom teacher and the students in their classroom, which will typically be a total group size of 12-15 individuals. We will continue to sanitize between groups using common areas like the gym, even though the CDC has stated that “Transmission of coronavirus occurs much more commonly through respiratory droplets than through objects and surfaces, like doorknobs, countertops, keyboards, toys, etc.”