KEEPING OUR COMMUNITY SAFE AND HEALTHY

While maintaining our commitment to high quality early childhood learning and full-service childcare, we have added 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.

 

We are proud to report that since our re-opening day September 1, 2020 there have been zero instances of Covid among our staff and students

How have we done this?

 

1. Minimizing contact 

  • Our already small class sizes are smaller than required by the State of Maryland, our teacher ratio even greater, to allow for close supervision of hygiene throughout the day: 

    • Six or seven two-year-olds with two teachers

    • Nine or ten three-year-olds with two teachers

    • Nine or ten four-year-olds with two teachers

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

  • Each age level (2's, 3's, 4's)  serves as a play pod: outside of school, we recommend families socialize only with children in their pod.

  • No visitors are permitted in the building.

  • Drop-off and pick-up times are staggered, and, except in severe weather, happen outside.

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 are cleaned twice daily, and any toys mouthed by children are cleaned immediately after use. 

  • We have maintained 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.  

  • The HVAC return and supply grills throughout the building are wiped clean periodically with non-toxic cleaners, the evaporator coils are sprayed with coil cleaner to reduce soil and dust, and all air filters are changed regularly.  

  • AERUS Air Scrubbers are  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. 

  • The water system has been flushed and water has been tested to ensure purity.

  • To eliminate the preparation of food inside our building, parents are 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 are sent home nightly for cleaning. All nap items are sent home for thorough laundering on Fridays. 

3. Masks 

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

  • Families provide masks for their children. All children wear a mask all day, except when eating, drinking or napping. Even our 2s do this with no problems!

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

4. Monitoring and trusting our community 

  • Each day, everyone entering the building has their temperature checked, and staff and parents 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 this trust.