Interim Update Week #3 – Coronavirus Active Mitigation & School Modifications Update
The coronavirus threat has now been elevated to a pandemic, and the President has declared a National State of Emergency.Local, national and international governmental and renowned health organizations have been diligently working to provide guidance for the prevention of the spread of the virus, mitigation measures, and best practices for individuals, businesses and organizations to implement to help “flatten the curve” of the spread, in order to give more time for research into vaccine and other mitigation efforts to help reduce the impact of this health risk.
Many parents have asked us if we intend to stay open, in light of the recent declaration and public school closures.It is my intention to stay open to serve our community as long as is safe for our students, staff and families.As a licensed child care center, we are quite familiar with the stringent sanitization, hand washing, personal hygiene, signs and symptoms of illness identification and heightened awareness that are now being elevated in public schools and other group settings.The procedures we are now putting into place are mostly reinforcements of and enhancements to what we do every day.I’ve been working in this industry for 20 years – I am keenly aware of, and fiercely demand that our staff adhere to and implement state-mandated sanitization and disinfection procedures for licensed child care centers.As such, we are equipped with the knowledge, tools, supplies and mindset to provide for a safe, sanitary and healthy environment for our students to learn, and our staff to work.
This evening, I received a communication from the Colorado Office of Early Childhood, setting forth our regulatory agency’s guidance for licensed child care providers during this pandemic.In that messaging, it is patently clear that the Governor and the Office of Early Childhood is recommending that all licensed child care providers remain open unless and until they have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member or a child.Even if a case is reported in a school, the Office of Early Childhood has a tiered remediation approach that does not necessarily involve complete school closure.I support these initiatives and guidance, as I understand the significant impact that school closure would have on our community, the parents who rely upon us, the infrastructure that is supporting the efforts to bring health to those stricken with the virus, and the industries that are supporting the supply of products and services we need to get through this challenging time.
In light of the pervasive nature of the coronavirus, I have been diligently investigating certain additional measures that we can take to protect your children and our staff.I am particularly focused upon sanitization, purification and disinfecting devices and methodologies that are safe for children, do not require solvents and solutions we may not have access to as the supply chain is further disrupted, and are mitigation measures that we can commit to deploying as part of our normal operations going forward.As such, you may have noticed the newly installed UVAIRx photocatalytic oxidation air purification devices in the hallways.These devices will operate 24/7/365 by emitting specially charged ions that blanket the school and break down the cell membrane of bacteria and viruses without causing mutation or other harmful effects.This is just one measure I have taken as part of our comprehensive Crisis Response Plan.
In an effort to provide you with as much information as possible, I would like to share with you a summary of our plan.You will find it at the end of this communication.We are currently in the “Yellow” column, deploying enhanced mitigation measures, supporting our staff, and preparing for how we will continue to serve you and support our staff during possible partial or complete mandated school closure.Please note – the “RED” column is projected measures and responses we may have to take.Responsive actions and procedures will likely evolve as the pandemic and best practices learned and shared by reputable organizations are shared.
Tomorrow morning, you will notice several modifications to our school.
This weekend, your school leadership team and our corporate support center spent many hours preparing the school for the modifications we are implementing within the YELLOW column of our Crisis Response Plan.Tomorrow morning, you will notice that we will begin restricting access to the school to only students, staff and parents of very young children (infant/toddler parents only).When arriving at Primrose, you will notice that we have set up our Wellness Screening station in the vestibule.ALL students and adults entering the school will be required to complete wellness screening (temperature check, signs/symptoms of COVID-19 illness check, recent travel to/exposure to locations/persons known to have COVID.We must demand complete compliance with our screening and limitations procedures.This is for your child’s safety and for the well-being of the staff who are dedicated to serve you in this time of uncertainty.Please note – we are required to keep track of possible exposure to COVID, so your honest compliance is necessary to provide the best chance of mitigation before the virus enters our school doors.If your child has a temperature above 100.4, or is exhibiting other common symptoms of the coronavirus, we will need to exclude your child from attendance unless and until you have received proper clearance from a medical professional.
Occasionally, the temperature reading on the thermometers may show a reading that differs from what you may have taken at home.We are using touch-free thermometers for safety reasons. If you would prefer to carry your own digital thermometer into the vestibule for screening, you are welcome to do so.In the event your reading is substantially different from ours, we will obtain another thermometer from our school to verify the accurate reading.We may require you to exclude your child unless and until an accurate reading may be obtained.
Once your child has been screened, you or our staff member will clock in your child, then children in our EP and older classrooms will be escorted to the classroom.If you have an infant or toddler enrolled in our school, you will be required to also have temperature/symptoms/proximity screening, don protective booties in the vestibule, and then you will be permitted to enter the school to drop off your infant/toddler at the classroom door.For safety/sanitary reasons, we can no longer permit parents to leave child carrier seats on the floor of the school hallway.Please take them with you as you depart.
Please do not bring along any other non-enrolled children or adults with you into the school.If you have a child that is not attending Primrose traveling with you during drop off/pick up, you are welcome to bring that child into the vestibule for adult monitoring while you drop off your infant/toddler child at their classroom door.Only one adult will be permitted to carry infant/toddler children into/out of the school.We are more than happy to help you if you need assistance – please just call the school once you are in the parking lot for assistance.For safety reasons, please do not have your child walk from your car to the vestibule unattended.
Prior to picking up your child at school, we ask that you notify your teacher/classroom through Kinderlime as to your estimated arrival time, so that the teacher may begin to prepare your child and belongings for pick up.Once in the parking lot, please enter the vestibule area for retrieval of your child.A staff member will clock your child out on the ipad in the vestibule.
During the time of this enhanced screening and exposure-limiting precautionary procedure, we will not permit parents to use the key pad access to open the front doors.You are, by regulation, permitted to observe your child during attendance.If you wish to observe your child during school, we are not prohibiting you from doing so.Please advise us that you wish to observe your child, and we will provide you with proper personal protective garments to allow you to enter the school and observe your child.As it is increasingly difficult to obtain protective gear, access may be limited unless and until we can obtain sufficient quantities.
Over the course of the next week or two, we expect to receive delivery of our new naptime sleep sacks, water bottle holders and other items we will be issuing to you as part of the steps we are taking in our plan.Further information will be forthcoming with regard to the partnership we will ask for you to participate in to provide for enhanced procedures at that time.
It is my intention that these enhanced procedures, policies and efforts will serve to protect you, your child and our teachers during this pandemic, so that we can continue to serve you, our community, and enhance the lives of children and families for the betterment of humanity.
I deeply appreciate your grace and confidence during this challenging time.Together, we will get through this stronger and more resilient from this experience.Of that I have no doubt.
Please note, if you would like to share any ideas, ask questions, or provide feedback, we have activated a new email that will be distributed to the proper team lead overseeing that part of the Crisis Response Plan.Please use firstname.lastname@example.org in order to send general communications and receive a more prompt response.
As always, should you wish to speak with me or any of your leadership team directly, I provide the communication methods below.
We are here to serve,
Beth Deasy, Owner, email@example.com, 303.271.1237 ext. 8
Angel Armbrust, Chief Operating Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 303.271.1237 ext. 7,
Crystal Windell, Exec.Director of Service Operations, email@example.com, 303.271.1237 ext. 6