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Coronavirus

The Village Early Learning Center continues to closely monitor the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus). Our school is prepared for a wide variety of scenarios – focusing on the health and safety of our entire Village family and how we can best support actions of the community.

Our Health and Safety Plan guides our decision-making process in all matters of health and safety, and our administrative team is in ongoing communication as we receive updated information from federal, state, and local officials.

Available information about the spread of the coronavirus is changing rapidly, and we are closely watching the responses of government agencies, such as Hillsborough County Public Schools, the Florida Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

What you can do:

  • Practice frequent and effective hand washing, using soap and water and washing for at least twenty seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of illness, including the coronavirus, and keep your children home if they are ill. Our families may use a vacation credit, as outlined in our Family Handbook, for this purpose.
  • Learn and follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • If you are traveling outside of the US, taking a cruise, or taking interstate or international air transportation, be prepared to self-quarantine (stay home from work and childcare) for fourteen days following your return.
  • We urge all members of our community to avoid hoarding or over-stocking supplies. Please buy what you need and leave the rest for others.

 

What we are doing:

  • Per our NAEYC accreditation, we follow stringent health and sanitation procedures in our school. In addition to our normal practices, we are increasing the frequency of sanitization of frequently touched surfaces, such as door handles, bathrooms, interior walls, toys and learning materials, etc.
  • Restricted building entry. Only the following personnel may enter the building:
    • Healthy children (scheduled to attend)
    • Healthy staff (scheduled to work)
    • Emergency personnel on official business
    • Child Care Licensing personnel on official business
  • Temperature checks, health and travel questionnaire, and visual health checks for all staff and students entering the building.
  • Visual reminders for our staff and families about infection mitigation procedures, such as effective hand-washing techniques, have been placed throughout the school.
  • Teachers and staff wear masks or face coverings throughout the day. Children in grades K-5 are required to bring masks and wear them inside when social distancing is not possible. Children in Preschool and Pre-K / VPK classrooms learn about mask use and care as part of the curriculum.
  • Children and staff are assigned to one of multiple entrances, each with a hand-washing station, temperature checks, and health screenings. This keeps queuing at a minimum and enables better separation of groups.
  • Large social and community gatherings, scheduled for the near future, have been canceled or postponed.
  • Tours are temporarily limited to currently available openings and are conducted either virtually or after hours (by appointment only).
  • With careful consideration of the needs of our students, staff, family members, and the local community, we are remaining open for normal hours in order to provide childcare for our families so they can continue to work.
  • Our primary method of communication with families is through messaging within the Brightwheel app, and we will continue to post updates on villageelc.com and social media.

Protocols for drop off and pick up of students:

  • Please wear a mask or face covering when you come to drop off and pick up your child
  • Upon arrival, approach the outdoor hand washing sink first. A staff member will come out to greet you. If other families are waiting, all families must stay a minimum of six feet apart.
    • When dropping off, please help your child wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water for 20 seconds at the outdoor sink.
    • Keep a distance of at least six feet from the receiving staff member.
    • The receiving staff member will wash their own hands, check the child’s temperature, perform a visual assessment of the child, and ask you a few questions related to recent travel and contact with individuals who may be or may have recently been ill.
    • The receiving staff member will accept any items that are necessary for your child’s care and will walk with the child into the building, delivering them to their classroom.
  • At pick up, approach the front doors and wait for a staff member. We will bring your child to you outside of the front doors.
  • In the event of inclement weather, drop off and pick up will take place inside the first set of double doors.

 

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