KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE AND HEALTHY

While maintaining our commitment to high quality early childhood learning and full-service childcare, we are adding precautions to keep our community of children, staff and families safe and healthy. These measures meet or exceed recommendations by the CDC and requirements of the State of Maryland. 

 

1. Minimizing contact 

  • Our already small class sizes will be even smaller, our teacher ratio even greater, to allow for close supervision of hygiene throughout the day: 

    • Nine two-year-olds with three teachers

    • Nine three-year-olds with two teachers

    • Ten four-year-olds with two teachers

  • Each class will be staffed by the same team of adults all day—no beginning or end of day shift changes.

  • Each class will serve as a play pod: outside of school, we recommend families socialize only with children in their pod.

  • No visitors will be permitted in the building.

  • Drop-off and pick-up times will be staggered, and will happen outside, or in the vestibule or on the back porch in bad weather.

2. Keeping surfaces and air clean 

  • We have obtained ample supplies of gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, soap and water and all other supplies/PPEs recommended by the CDC.

  • All toys that cannot be quickly cleaned in soap and water have been removed. 

  • All toys will be cleaned twice daily, and any toys mouthed by children will be cleaned immediately after use. 

  • We will maintain our existing schedule of daily whole-school professional cleaning, with an intensified level of cleaning and disinfection each Friday, including electrostatic disinfection of toys and classroom surfaces.  

  • Before school opens in September, the HVAC return and supply grills throughout the building will be wiped clean with non-toxic cleaners, the evaporator coils will be sprayed with coil cleaner to reduce soil and dust, and all air filters will be changed.  

  • AERUS Air Scrubbers are being installed in the air returns throughout the building to continuously purify the air as it passes through the system, reducing exposure to bacteria and viruses. 

  • Before school opens in September, the water system will be flushed and water tested to ensure purity.

  • To eliminate the preparation of food inside our building, parents will be asked to pack a water bottle and lunch for their child each day as well as a morning and afternoon snack. Water bottles and lunch bags will be sent home nightly for cleaning. 

3. Masks 

  • Staff will wear masks all day except when eating or drinking. Staff will leave the classroom by turns to eat. 

  • Families are required to provide masks for their children. Children will be encouraged, but not required, to wear masks.

  • Parents must wear masks while dropping off or picking up their children.

4. Monitoring and trusting our community 

  • Each day, everyone entering the building will have their temperature checked, and staff and parents will respond to a list of questions about symptoms and possible exposure.

  • Staff and families are required to report any symptoms or possible exposure to the school. Our community’s health and safety depend upon trust.