Primrose School Building

Primrose School at Moorefield Station

The health and safety of our staff and the children entrusted to our care is our top priority. We are proud to maintain high standards of safety and cleanliness while maintaining a caring and nurturing environment where children can thrive.

Health & Safety Practices in Place

During this time of enhanced concern, we are continuing to stay up-to-date with the latest Virginia State guidelines, licensing requirements, and CDC guidelines regarding the safety and well-being of your family and our staff. With a clear appreciation of the trust you place in them, our school continues to commit to follow Primrose’s stringent health and safety requirements as well as exceed the guidelines from local and state officials.

The Primrose School at Moorefield Station has implemented enhanced procedures to limit the spread of COVID-19 and we will continue to communicate with families and staff to convey our enhanced measures in place within our school.

1. Cleaning/Sanitizing

a. Increased daily sanitization of common spaces, including high touch areas like doorknobs and counter tops

b. Extra sanitizing of all iPads (both teacher and curriculum) between teacher/student use.

c. Sanitizing the front office throughout the day.

d. Sanitizing the all touch screens throughout the day.

e. Sanitizing the staff room and Resource Room throughout the day.

f. Sanitizing faucet handles (sinks in classroom & bathrooms) periodically throughout the day.

h. Daily laundering of crib sheets for infants; for older children, individual cots and blankets are provided for each child and laundered weekly

2. Sanitizing Fogger with Hospital Grade Disinfectant:

a. Every Wednesday night after hours, our cleaners will do an extra cleaning with a fogger that generates a cloud of extremely small droplets of a safe disinfectant liquid. The application of disinfectants and biocides using this method can significantly reduce the number of pathogens both on surfaces and in the air.

b. This disinfectant is environmentally safe and child safe as well.

3. Frequent Hand Washing

a. Frequent hand washing by children and staff, which is embedded in our curriculum and daily staff protocols

b. Students and staff wash hands upon arrival in the classroom.

c. Students and staff wash hands when returning to the classroom after outside time

d. Students and staff wash hands BEFORE and AFTER meal times.

e. Students and staff wash hands after using the restroom

f. Students and staff wash hands after using a tissue and after sneezing or coughing

4. Drop Off and Pick Up

a. Children will be dropped off and picked up outside the building by a staff member.

b. At this time ONLY staff members and children are allowed to enter the building. Parents must drop off and pick up in front of the school- following our procedure.

5. Temperature Checks

a. ALL students and staff will have their temperature checked my management BEFORE they enter the building.

b. Staff will be RECHECKED when returning from their break.

c. Students will be RECHECKED after nap time.

d. No one will be permitted in the building with a fever of 100 degrees. They will be sent home and will be required to stay home until 24 hours fever free without use of fever reducing medication.

e. Any staff or student will be sent home if they have a fever or have any signs of illness. They will be required to stay home until fever free and/or symptom free for 24 hours.

6. Visitors

a. We are limiting visitors inside the school.

b. Tours are limited to 1 person wearing a face covering. Temp checks taken before the visitor comes in the building along with a Health Check and Recent Travel Questionnaire. Tours are restricted to the hallways and will not be permitted into the classrooms.

7. Masks

a. All Virginians aged five and over are required to wear face coverings in indoor public spaces.

8. Social Distancing

a. Social distancing will be practiced to the maximum extent while still allowing for the care of children. We understand that staff need to be in close proximity to children when providing care, but teachers will keep children apart from each other and limit physical proximity as best as they are able given this is a child care setting.

b. Parents will keep 6 feet from all staff members at drop off and pick up unless face coverings are worn.

9. Cookie Friday

a. Cookies will be placed in a Ziploc bag by an office manager wearing gloves.

b. Cookies will be handed out during pick up on Friday afternoon as the child is leaving for the day

10. If a staff or child exhibits SYMPTOMS:

a. The student or staff member reporting or exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 will be kept in a space separate from the classroom. If the individual does not have a cloth face covering, they will be provided one as developmentally appropriate, and based on the condition of the person.

b. The parent/ guardian will be required to come to school to pick up the student.

c. The employee will be asked to go home and seek care and direction from their physician.
d. Information regarding testing facilities will be provided to students and staff who report symptoms related to COVID-19.

If a staff, child or family member exhibits COVID SYMPTONS (outside of school):

a. No one in the family can come to the school until a COVID test is administered to those with symptoms to determine if results are positive or negative. Students may not attend school while a family member exhibits COVID symptoms or when a COVID test is being scheduled or administered to a family member.

b. If positive, regular quarantine and isolation protocols apply.

c. If negative, the student may return to school with a doctor’s note stating test was negative.

d. Remember, a test may only be conducted no less than 5 days from exposure.

11. If a STAFF MEMBER or a STUDENT tests positive for COVID-19:

a. PSMS will notify the Loudoun County Health Department (LCHD) of any reported positive cases.

b. PSMS will notify our parents of any such situation, along with the “next steps” recommended by the LCHD. PSMS, based on consultation with LCHD, could determine that self-quarantining is required among groups of students and staff who are potentially exposed to a positive case. The volume of close contacts of positive cases would determine the extent to which in-person learning/work would be paused, which could include a brief closure of the school while following concentrated cleaning efforts.

c. Please be advised, we continue to pay our teachers and staff during periods of closure due to COVID-19 needs.

12. If a HOUSEHOLD member of a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19:

a. The student or staff member will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the first sign of symptoms (if symptomatic), OR 10 days from a positive COVID test (if asymptomatic), OR until a negative COVID test is concluded and presented to the school administrators of that staff member or student.

13. Travel to and from the Country (before attending school)

a. Any travel outside the country by Families or Staff will require a 3-day waiting period after their return and a Negative COVID Test no earlier than the 4th day after returning to the U.S. for all members of the traveling party before returning to school. Any positive tests for any members will require a full 10-day isolation after their return and a Negative COVID Test.

b. New families arriving from outside the country will require a 3-day waiting period after they arrive and a Negative COVID Test no earlier than the 4th day after arrival for all members of the traveling family before starting to school. Any positive tests for any members will require a full 10-day isolation after their return and a Negative COVID Test.

c. Visitors from outside the country staying with our families will require a 3-day waiting period for our student(s) after visitors arrive and a negative COVID Test no earlier than the 4th day after arrival before returning to school. Any positive tests for any members will require a full 10-day isolation and a Negative COVID Test.

14. If a STAFF MEMBER, STUDENT, or HOUSEHOLD MEMBER is tested for COVID-19:

a. All members of the household must stay absent from school until the staff member, student, or household member receives a NEGATIVE test result.

b.*Unless exposed STAFF MEMBER is fully vaccinated, per new CDC guidelines.

Our Commitment

With a clear appreciation of the trust you place in us, we are committed to following the stringent Primrose health and safety protocols, and ensuring our school meets or exceeds the guidelines from local and state officials.

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