After much research and consideration, the WCPS Advisory Board has approved this Health Policy for the 2021-22 school year. The policy is based on the CDC and TN Department of Health's recommendations during the current Covid pandemic and will be reviewed frequently. This policy may change as the risk to our community's health changes.
PROCEDURES AND PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
I. Parents will take their child’s temperature each day before attending preschool. Students will have their temperature checked mid-day by their teachers.
II. Parents and non-essential visitors including, tours, volunteers, etc. will not enter the building during this time unless previously arranged and approved by WCPS office or in the case of an emergency.
III. Therapist may schedule time with students after presenting permission form on company letterhead that has been signed by a parent and by providing a copy of their vaccination card. Therapists will follow all WCPS guidelines in effect, sign-in and sign-out in the Visitors Log in the lobby, wear a Visitors Badge, and always wear a mask. Therapists can change to a face shield once in place with the student and while observing distancing guidelines. Therapists will inform WCPS of Covid exposure and / or positive Covid test
IV. Only teachers and students for a specific class are allowed to enter the classroom.
V. No shared indoor spaces will be accessed by students.
VI. At this time Enrichments will take place in classroom pods. (No mixing of classrooms) or by video in classroom.
VII. All adults, regardless of vaccination status, and children in the 2s program and older, will be required to wear masks, including at drop off and pick up:
VIII. Nap mats will be spaced as far apart as possible. Students will rest head to feet.
IX. During poor weather, classrooms will not mix during gym play.
X. Age-group classes may over-lap when outside only during playground play.
XI. Increased sanitization of the entire preschool will be continued.
XII. ANY person who exhibits suspected Covid symptoms will be asked to see a physician in person or via telehealth and/or get tested for Covid. All positive Covid diagnoses must be shared with preschool office.
XIII. If a student or teacher is exposed to a positive case of Covid (household or non-household member), they must follow guidelines below and all parents in that class will be notified via email. The other classroom families will decide whether to send their child the next day. A classroom will not be quarantined unless a positive case of COVID is confirmed in the classroom.
Please keep in mind that if a staff member, student, or someone in the home of a staff member or student tests positive for COVID-19, we must contact the local health department and follow their recommendations which may include closing the preschool. At minimum, we may close the specific affected classroom for a quarantine period.
DROP OFF AND PICK UP
To limit contact and prevent contamination of school spaces we are implementing the
following Drop-off and Pick-Up procedures:
I. Parents are asked to check their child out for any signs of illness or rashes and to take their temperature before bringing them to school.
II. No parents will enter the building (except for Infant & Toddler A parents). Students will be dropped off at their assigned door to be greeted by WCPS staff member.
III. All adults and children in the 2s program and older should be wearing masks upon arrival.
IV. Parents are to adhere to their specific Drop-off and Pick-up times and allow spacing between families.
Families will receive class-specific information from their child’s teachers.
The following protocols apply to all classes:
I. Students will wash their hands upon arrival.
II. Parents should provide an extra mask per day for their child. Masks will be stored in individual, labeled pouches when not in use.
III. Student bedding/rest time loveys will be sent home to be laundered weekly.
IV. No personal toys, dolls, or stuffed animals from home.
V. Personal items will remain on hooks outside the classroom.
VI. Increased hygiene exercises taught to students (handwashing, coughing, sneezing, touching faces, etc.)
VII. Classroom toys and materials should be disinfected frequently during the day and fully sanitized at the end of the day.
I. Families must report any positive test results for COVID-19 within their family or a person with whom they have had extended contact. Exposed children MAY NOT attend and should be quarantined per CDC guidelines.
II. Parents will provide an extra mask per day for their child.
RESUMING STANDARD SCHEDULES/PROCEDURES
I. Extended Day and Breakfast Club will take place. As these programs involve students from different classrooms (within same age group), they will be required to remain in masks when these programs are inside the building.
II. The above listed policies and procedures may be adjusted to adhere to changes in local government or health department guidelines.