COVID-19

Protocols

To protect children and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Children's Center have implemented social distancing strategies, intensified cleaning and disinfection efforts, modified drop-off and pick-up procedures, and implemented screening procedures upon children arriving at the Center. 

Social Distancing strategies:

  • Ensuring children's naptime mats are spread out as much as possible (six feet apart), children head to toe to reduce potential spread.
  • Keep teachers in one room, rather than going between rooms as much as possible during busy morning hours.
  • Canceled holiday performances.

Parent Drop-Off and Pick-Up

  • Hand hygiene stations were set up at the entrance so children could clean hands before they entered.
  • Parents are greeted at the door, rather than being allowed inside to take children to their classrooms. Staff members wash or sanitize hands between taking each child to the classroom. Children are be picked up at the front door. 
  • Staff screen (and asked parents) for signs of illness (fever, shortness of breath, cough) in children and staff.
  • Children and staff temperatures sill be taken upon arrival during periods of high infection rates. Those with a temperature of 100 degrees or above are not admitted to the facility.
  • Those welcoming and accepting students into the center wear face coverings when infection rates are increased.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

  • Hand soap is easily accessible, and hand sanitizer is available in each classroom. 
  • We routinely clean, sanitize and disinfect frequently-used toys and games.
  • We routinely clean, sanitize and disinfect doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, tables, nap mats, toilets, chairs, cubbies, playground equipment, and bikes.
  • Toys such as stuffed animals, dress-up clothing and other toys that can't be sanitized will not be used when cases in the community are frequent. 
  • Blankets are washed weekly with bleach, and are not shared with other children. Sleeping mats are sanitized daily.

Diapering

  • Staff members wash hands and put on gloves before and after changing diapers.
  • Children and staff will wash their hands before and after eating snacks and meals.

Lunch and Snacks

        Staff leave space between all children at lunch and snack               tables whenever possible.

  • Staff who prepare and serve snacks will wash hands thoroughly before preparing and serving food to children. 
  • Food preparation will not be done by staff who diaper children.
  • Staff will wash hands before and after helping children to eat.
  • Staff will follow state and local regulations related to health and sanitation.

If a Child or Staff Member Becomes Sick

  • Parents who have children with COVID-19 symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be asked to complete the "COVID-19 Reporting Form" found at  https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?WesternWyomingCC&layout  Forms will be routed to the Dean of Students and Children's Center Director. Parents may contact the Dean of Students at 307-382-1644.
  • A child who is sick will have to wait for parents in an isolation area near the Director's office.
  • The classroom and isolation area will be cleaned and disinfected after the child leaves. 
  • All areas used by sick staff or child will be closed off until sanitized and disinfected by a person wearing gloves and face covering.
  • Windows will be opened to allow circulation in the classroom.
  • Substitute teachers will be utilized to cover for staff who become ill.
  • If a person tests positive, we will follow the direction of the County Health Department, and a determination will be made regarding attendance, and any closure of the Center. 

 

 

 

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