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 during this time. 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.
  • Visual reminders for our staff and families about infection mitigation procedures, such as effective hand-washing techniques, have been placed throughout the school.
  • Large social and community gatherings, scheduled for the near future, have been canceled or postponed.
  • We have suspended tours of our facility until March 30, 2020. After that, tours will be temporarily limited to available openings (Summer VPK and School-Age Summer Camp 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.

 

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