Interim Update Week #2 – Coronavirus Preparedness & Planning
I want to provide this update to you, so that you are aware of measures we are taking to remain vigilant in our preparedness and precautions as the COVID-19 virus has been identified in Colorado.
This past week, we enacted our Crisis Management Team, and established priorities and procedures we will take to help provide preventative measures to protect your children, our staff and the school.You may have noticed that we have upgraded our sanitization procedures, and have put into action many of the strategies and procedures enumerated in my February 28th communication.
What’s Coming Next:
An engineer is scheduled to visit the school next week so that we can ensure proper installation and coverage for the PCO air purification systems we will install.We have asked for accelerated installation, so that we can begin to receive the benefits of these non-chemical, 24/7 running systems that are in use in preschools, hospitals, laboratories and by NASA to provide for natural yet highly effective pathogen suppression including viruses (most recently proven effective for SARS and MRSA), bacteria, VOCs, mold and other contaminants.
We are purchasing scrubs and rubber shoes for our infant staff to wear while working at Primrose.Staff will be asked to change into scrubs and “Croc-style” shoes on site, so that we can ensure proper laundering and sanitization of apparel.
Additional thermometers, shoe covers, sanitizing/disinfecting wipes and solutions and other preventive care items have been ordered and are expected to be delivered early next week.Due to the pandemic nature of this crisis, many items are backordered, so we are working with limited supplies and availability.
We have partnered with our nurse consultant from the Children’s Hospital of Colorado and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to apprise officials of our plan, and obtain updated guidance and recommendations relevant to child care facilities and schools.
We are in daily communication with Primrose Schools corporate center, which has staff working closely with the CDC in Atlanta and staff pediatricians who are providing us with guidance and best practices.
We have begun to stock additional items that we feel may become limited in supply and are essential to our ongoing operation, including sanitizer/disinfectant products, bleach, paper products, and ready-to-eat foods.
What You Can Do to Help:
Please use the thermometer stationed at the front desk Wellness Station to check your child’s temperature before you drop your child off in class.If above 100.4, please do not permit your child to remain in school unless and until you have clear medical proof of non-infection with COVID-19.Teachers will be checking temperatures in the classrooms during the day to also monitor the wellness of all of the children at school.
If you have a respiratory illness or fever above 100.4, please do not enter the school.If you require help in getting your child to/from class, we will be happy to assist you.Just call the school at 303.322.7200 and we will escort your child to the proper classroom.
Prior to entering our infant classrooms, please put on clean shoe covers provided to pick up/drop off your child.
Please help us share information with your children on the importance of regular and thorough hand washing, sneezing/coughing into sleeves/tissues, and other child-appropriate discussions regarding safe wellness measures.
If your child is sick and/or you are choosing to keep your child home, please advise us of the reason/symptoms, as we are in communication with our health advisors and school nurse consultant, and have a duty to report any possible outbreaks of COVID-19 and certain other communicable diseases and illness.
There are everyday actions you can take to stay healthy and help keep all of our students, families and staff healthy, including:
•Do not bring your child to school if he/she has respiratory distress symptoms and/or fever higher than 100.4.
•Seek immediate medical care and testing if flu-like symptoms are present in your child or other family members.
•If diagnosed with Coronavirus (COVID-19), notify us immediately, as we are required to notify the public health authorities, and keep all children at home until cleared by a doctor to return to school
•Use our provided sanitizing solution and wipes after you use the front door, keypads or public restrooms.
•Use our provided footwear covers and other provided resources to prevent the spread of illness in the school.
•Wash your hands thoroughly, and encourage your child to do the same prior to entering the school, and following toileting/diapering/or any sneezing/coughing episodes.
•Consider a backup childcare plan in the event schools and/or other services you are enrolled in are required to close.
One public school district in the Seattle area has elected to close for up to 14 days due to a number of employees who had been exposed to COVID-19.While we do not anticipate a mandatory closure of our school, it is possible that some interruption in service may eventually be mandated by state authorities.If that occurs, please know that we will work with you to share our resources and provide for equitable financial remedies.
We appreciate the confidence and trust you place in us.We are ever vigilant and working strenuously to provide uninterrupted and safe care and education for your children.We have many parents who work in related industries that may be able to provide us with additional insights, resources or strategies.Should you wish to share any information or ideas, please reach out to me by any of the contact means below.
I will be providing you with regular updates via KinderLime.Thank you for taking the time to review this communication, and for collaborating with us to keep all of the children and staff healthy and secure.
Beth Deasy, Owner, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303.271.1237 ext. 8
Angel Armbrust, Chief Operating Officer, email@example.com, 303.271.1237 ext. 7
Crystal Windell, Exec.Director of Service Operations, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303.271.1237 ext. 6