Our Coronavirus/COVID-19 Strategy

Continuing to carry out our educational mission during this crisis will only be possible if everyone involved is confident that all appropriate measures are being taken to protect their health and well-being.  Our staff and the parents of our students are well aware of our longstanding commitment to a clean and hygienic learning environment.

As we continue to monitor COVID-19, we will adhere to the following guidelines set forth by DECAL’s child services, the CDC, and the Department of Health:

  • Temperature checks twice a day for anyone who enters the building. Any person with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed in the building  and should remain home for at least 48 hours.
  • If your child is not feeling well for any reason, please refrain from sending him/her to school.
  • Handmade cotton masks will be available for every staff member and student.  Please notify the school as soon as possible when you plan to attend so a handmade cotton mask can be available for your child.  
  • Parents will be asked to refrain from entering the building in order to minimize the number of people in the building.
  • Classroom size will be limited to 10 people (including the teacher).
  • Students’ lunch will be served in the classrooms instead of community lunch in the cafe.
  • Students will nap in their classrooms instead of one large nap room.
  • Napping students will be spread apart.
  • Students will enjoy playground time with their class instead of large group playground.
  • Students will be released from their classrooms during carpool instead of congregating in the cafe.
  • All classrooms, carpets, and common areas have been deep cleaned and sanitized and will continue to be cleaned on an ongoing basis.
  • We will follow strict hand washing and sanitation policies.
  • Nap linens are washed daily.
  • Classrooms and common areas are cleaned hourly.

It turns out that the design of the school and the practices we have always had in place has made it easier for us to adapt to the social distancing guidelines. However, since the pandemic has started, we have taken even greater precautions to further ensure everyone’s safety.

  • Our school was built with multiple HVAC systems, rather than one centralized heating and cooling system.  This greatly reduces the chances of airborne germs traveling between classrooms.
  • We have strict handwashing and sanitation policies.
  • We have the ability to serve meals in our classrooms rather than in common areas.
  • We have deep cleaned and sanitized all classrooms, carpets, and common areas.
  • We frequently (several times a day) clean the classrooms and all common areas.

To better educate ourselves, we have spent countless hours speaking with experts in fields ranging from finance to infectious disease to environmental cleaning.

We will continue to communicate regularly with the families of our students about our extensive coronavirus plan. To stay informed about the latest developments, we monitor the latest announcements and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, child care licensing authorities, public health departments, and other state and local government bodies.

We encourage everyone to consult reliable sources to avoid rumors and misinformation.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention / CDC Links:

Children do not appear to be at high risk but can carry COVID-19
COVID-19 situation summary
Cleaning and disinfecting procedures
The importance of handwashing