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COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)


We are continuing to monitor the rapidly evolving public health situation around COVID-19, also known as coronavirus. We have developed the following online resource for your easy reference to our current guidance. This update and all future updates will be available below.


Effective June 1, 2020 and for the foreseeable future, we will be taking extra precautions to ward off Coronavirus. In addition to enhancing our basic policies, we are taking these extra steps to support the health and safety of your children, your family and our staff. Please take note of the following changes to our policies and procedures:


Child & Staff Health & Wellness


  • Staff will adhere to all CDC and VT CDD recommendations and guidance.


  • Children who start to experience symptoms of respiratory illness, including a fever of >100.4 while at child care, will be isolated from other children until they can be picked up.

  • Staff will check their temperature at the beginning of each shift and notify their supervisor if >100.4 as well as self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and notify their supervisor if any develop (fever or respiratory symptoms).


Children and staff will be excluded from in-person activities, if they:


  • Show symptoms of COVID-19, such as a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.


  • Have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days


  • Have a fever (temperature higher than 100.4°F)


  • Have a significant new rash, particularly when other symptoms are present


  • Have large amounts of nasal discharge in the absence of allergy diagnosis


  • Children and staff with a fever greater than 100.4°F, no specific diagnosis, and COVID19 is not suspected by the healthcare provider must remain at home until they have had no fever for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications (e.g., Advil, Tylenol).


  • Staff and children will wash their hands immediately upon entering the program and immediately prior to leaving. Staff will wash/scrub their hands and children’s hands a minimum of hourly (noted by the CDC as the most effective preventive measure).


  • Staff wear face coverings and have access to all required PPE.


  • Children are expected to wear face coverings when developmentally appropriate and children under age 2 are not expected to wear face coverings.


  • All staff have received training and education on COVID-19 symptoms, infection control, workplace disinfection and preventative measures including practices and procedures.


  • Teachers will develop and implement developmentally appropriate health and safety curriculum relevant to current issues (ex. Handwashing, hygiene, germs, healthy bodies…)


  • Until further notice, all program field trips will be suspended.


  • Staff will not share their phone, devices or meals with one another or children.


  • Any students or staff (or those with household members) who have traveled to an area under the CDC’s Travel Health Notice Level 2 or above NOT come to school for a 14-day period from the date of their return. This is not local or national health authority guidance, but we ask that you contact a Director, in advance of travel. We understand that this may pose a significant inconvenience, but please know that we make this request with the wellbeing of our community as our priority.


Drop Off Procedure and Child(ren)/Family Daily Health Screenings


Parents and other family members will not be allowed inside the child care program. It is best to have the same family member drop off and pick up each day. Only one family should come to the entrance at a time to drop off children. Please ring a bell and a staff member will respond promptly. Prior to child drop off person is leaving the site, a trained staff member will provide hand sanitizer, take the temperature of their child(ren) and ask the family member the following questions:

  • Do you live with anyone or have you had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days?


  • Do you or anyone in your household have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath?


  • Do you or your child(ren) have any other signs of communicable illness such as a cold or flu?


If a family member answers YES to any of the Daily Health Check questions or if either child/children or family member fails the temperature check, their child/children may not enter the program. The family should be reminded of health and exclusion policies and it should be documented in the child’s file, as well as any follow up information.


If there are no issues with the Family Health Check, the Staff Member will:


  • Store essential items in child’s cubby


  • Escort the child along with his/her lunch and belongings into the program.


  • Take the child to the nearest handwashing location.


  • Direct/assist and monitor the child in washing their hands upon entering the classroom.


Pick Up Procedure


Please ring the doorbell upon your arrival to pick up your child, a staff member will assist your child with handwashing and bring your child out to you. Only one child pick up person should be at the entrance at a time. Please maintain social distancing while waiting for your child at pick up time.


Healthy Environment


  • We will conduct large group activities outside and separate children into smaller groups that fall within state or local guidelines whenever possible.


  • All equipment will be sanitized in between uses.


  • All classrooms will remain separated to reduce the number of children in one area and to reduce the possibility of viral transmission.


  • Staff will disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, light switches, faucets, toys and games that children play with throughout the day and perform an enhanced deep cleaning every night in all areas, on all touched surfaces in buildings and playgrounds.


  • We will minimize item sharing among children when possible.


  • We will refrain from sensory or water table activities including playdough unless each child is assigned their own container.


  • Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized will not be used.


  • Children will not be permitted to bring toys from home except for one nap time item which will remain with the child’s nap bedding until nap time.


  • We are increasing the amount of outside time while maintaining required smaller group sizes.


  • Classrooms will stagger outdoor time so only one group is out at a time and allow 30 minutes between groups outside to allow for disinfection of playground equipment and toys.


Meal Preparation & Service


To minimize the spread of germs during food service, we have implemented the following practices:


  • Staff will not combine groups or classrooms of children during meals or snack time.


  • Staff will allow for a minimum of 3 feet of space between children during mealtimes (6 feet is preferred).


  • All surfaces will be disinfected before and after meal preparation and feedings using EPA-approved disinfectant products.


  • All staff will wash hands before and after meal preparation, serving and feeding.


  • Staff will guide and direct children to wash hands before each meal or snack.


  • Each child’s meal will be plated and served by staff, instead of served family-style.


  • Children will not share utensils.




Help ensure that we have up-to-date contact information for each family, families will supply the program with up-to-date emergency contact information for their family and child(ren). It is important for families and staff to communicate often and to be transparent with one another. Please voice concerns or questions you have with staff as soon as possible.


  • Staff will use multiple methods to communicate updates with families. Methods may include email, text, website, telephone or social media.


  • It is the family’s responsibility to actively engage and follow up on communications.


  • If the current situation changes and it becomes necessary to update our policies and procedures or close our program temporarily, we will notify families by phone immediately.


  • Families may follow our social media page for late-breaking program updates.


  • Families may email with questions or request daily reports for their child to be emailed each day to limit time spent at pick up and drop off.


  • Families may request a family/teacher conference at any time to discuss goals and development. Teachers will utilize Zoom meetings to schedule at least 2 conferences with families for this school year. Prior to family conferences teachers will email report cards for review.


In the event of a confirmed case


We will follow emergency guidelines as announced by the CDC with support from VT CDD. If updates and closures are announced after business hours, and include the need to close or change our practices we will notify all staff and families immediately by email and social media and by phone, as soon as possible. In the event that we receive reports of a confirmed COVID-19 case (student or staff) OR due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the community at large, we are prepared to initiate “deep cleaning/disinfecting” protocols and temporary closure. If a center must be closed for an extended period, we will provide suggestions for activities and lessons to facilitate and support continued learning at home.