INTERNATIONAL MONTESSORI SCHOOLS SUMMER CAMP HANDBOOK ADDRESSING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
MODE OF TRANSMISSION AND POTENIAL EXPOSURE
- Revised tuition/schedule
- Social Distancing
- Parent Drop off/Pick up/Visitations
- Screening upon arrival
- Cloth Face Coverings or Masks
- Cleaning and Disinfecting
- What happens when a child/staff member becomes sick
- What happens if COVID-19 is confirmed in a sick child/staff member
- Exclusion criteria and return to care guidance
- High risk students
- Reporting Requirements
SOCIAL DISTANCING (within an age-appropriate manner)
- Classes will include the same students and the same teachers, each day, in their assigned room.
- Where possible we will have separate entranceways for each classroom. If we cannot have separate entranceways, drop off/pick up times will be staggered to limit mixing of children.
- If possible, at nap time, children’s naptime mats (or cribs) are spaced out as much as possible and cots will be placed head to toe in order to further reduce the potential for viral spread.
- Lunch tables and chairs will be spaced out as much as possible and there will be no sharing of food.
- Limit direct contact between parents and staff members and adhere to social distancing recommendations – see further information in drop off/pick up policy and guidance on visitors’ section.
- It is important that we still care for the whole child. We will comfort crying, sad, and/or anxious children.
- While encouraging social distancing, we appreciate the challenge social distancing is for children; therefore each group will be treated as an isolated unit.
PARENT DROP OFF/PICK UP/VISITATION
- If a separate entrance for each classroom is not possible, staggered arrival and drop off times will be introduced.
- Ideally parents/person who drops off do not enter the building. If a parent is invited to enter the building for any reason, they must wear a mask and will be screened in the same manner as staff and students.
- No support staff, such as but not limited to, speech therapists and reading specialists, should go into the school.
- No other general visitors will be allowed in the school.
- Hand hygiene stations will be set up at the entrance of the facility, so that children can clean their hands before they enter the class. If a sink with soap and water is not available, hand sanitizer with at least 60%% alcohol content will be available.
- Hand sanitizer will be kept out of the reach of children at all times and used with adult supervision on very young children. If this is the case the adult will apply the hand-sanitizer on the child’s palm and fingers and rubs it on the skin until it is completely absorbed or dries (usually less than 10 seconds).
SCREENING UPON ARRIVAL
- Child’s temperature is taken at home
- Parent/Guardian confirms child does not have any fever, cough, shortness of breath, or trouble breathing
- Parents will confirm their child’s health during school drop-off
- Staff will ask parent/guardian about child’s health while making a visual inspection of children for signs of illness, including flushed cheeks, rapid breathing, fatigue, or fussiness
- Staff member will use a hands-free method to take the child’s temperature
- Staff will supervise hand sanitization before entering the school
CLOTH FACE COVERINGS AND MASKS
- The CDC recommends that all adults and children over two years of age should wear a cloth face covering or mask that covers nose and mouth. However; We understand that this may be unrealistic for young children. We will remain in our small groups so we limit unintentional contamination. Recent communication from Governor Wolf’s Department say that young children do not need to wear face coverings.
- All staff will wear masks within the building with exception to eating and completing activities where children need to see the staff members entire face.
- Any adult entering the building are required to wear a mask.
- We will do our best to accommodate requests from families regarding face masks in accordance with CDC and the state government guidelines.
- We understand that this may be unrealistic for young children.
- We will remain in our small groups so we limit unintentional contamination.
- Recent communication from Governor Wolf’s Department say that young children do not need to wear face coverings.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTING
- Upon entry into the facility, all adults and children must hand wash or use hand-sanitizer (> 60%% alcohol). Hand sanitizer will be kept out of the reach of children at all times and used with adult supervision on very young children. If this is the case the adult will apply the hand-sanitizer on the child’s palm and fingers and rubs it on the skin until it is completely absorbed or dries (usually less than 10 seconds).
- Be ready to follow CDC guidance on how to disinfect your building or facility if someone is sick.
- Follow recommended respiratory etiquette with the aim being to avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth, or face.
- Meticulous hand washing practices will be adopted https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/pdf/wash-your-hands-poster-english-508.pdf
- Reduce items in classrooms
- No Shared Items i.e. plush toys/cushions/blankets
- Limit Items from Home Bedding should be laundered weekly and kept separate from other children’s. Small lovey/pillows/blankets are for naptime use. Items need to be placed in a large named sealable bag
- Cleaning and disinfecting outdoor areas
- Playgrounds generally require normal routine cleaning, but do not require disinfection. High touch surfaces made of plastic or metal, such as grab bars and railings will be cleaned routinely.
- Bedding should be laundered weekly and kept separate from other children’s.
- Small lovey/pillows/blankets are for naptime use.
- Items need to be placed in a large named sealable bag
- Playgrounds generally require normal routine cleaning, but do not require disinfection.
- High touch surfaces made of plastic or metal, such as grab bars and railings will be cleaned routinely.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CHILD/STAFF MEMBER BECOMES SICK
- An isolation area (such as a cot in a corner of the classroom) will be used to isolate a sick child.
- Parents need to pick up their child, immediately, once they have been informed they are sick.
- Outside doors and windows will be open, when appropriate and feasible, to increase air circulation in the area.
- The isolation area and surfaces they may have been in contact with will cleaned and disinfected after they have gone home - see further information on ‘cleaning and disinfecting section’ in this handbook.
WHAT HAPPENS IF COVID-19 IS CONFIRMED IN A CHILD/STAFF MEMBER
- If confirmed, immediately, the unit of students and staff members will be dismissed. Children can return to school once the area then children are in has been properly disinfected and the ‘return to school’ criteria has been met. (See below)
- Outside doors and windows will be open to increase air circulation in the area.
- All areas used by the sick person will be cleaned and disinfected after a 24-hour period. This allows time for respiratory droplets to settle.
EXCLUSION CRITERIA AND RETURN TO SCHOOL GUIDANCE
RETURN TO SCHOOL GUIDANCE
CDC Guidance for returning for those who have been tested for suspected COVID-19
- You no longer have a fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
- Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
- You received two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart.
CDC Guidance for returning for those who have NOT been tested for suspected COVID-19
- You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) AND
- Other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved) AND
- At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
Healthy Hand Hygiene Behavior
- All children, staff, and volunteers should engage in hand hygiene at the following times: Arrival to the facility and after breaks Before and after preparing food or drinks Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children Before and after administering medication or medical ointment Before and after diapering After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom After coming in contact with bodily fluid After handling animals or cleaning up animal waste After playing outdoors or in sand After handling garbage
- Parents can help children adjust to these routines by having children wash hands at home throughout the day.
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60%% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not readily available.
- Supervise children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent ingestion. With Infants and toddlers’ adults need to make sure all sanitizer is rubbed in and hands have dried.
- Assist children with handwashing, including infants who cannot wash hands alone. o After assisting children with handwashing, staff should also wash their hands.
- Arrival to the facility and after breaks
- Before and after preparing food or drinks
- Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children
- Before and after administering medication or medical ointment
- Before and after diapering
- After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom
- After coming in contact with bodily fluid
- After handling animals or cleaning up animal waste
- After playing outdoors or in sand
- After handling garbage
HIGH RISK STUDENT
- If any student has serious underlying medical conditions they may be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. To protect those at higher risk, it’s important that everyone practices healthy hygiene behaviors.
- Information about COVID-19 in children is somewhat limited, but the information that is available suggests that many children have mild symptoms. However, a small percentage of children have been reported to have more severe illness. If your child has underlying health conditions such as asthma an asthma action plan can be implemented - however, please talk to your HealthCare Professional to assess if it is suitable for your child to attend school