LSH has hosted three GoTo Meetings in mid May with parents of LSH. Based on those meeting here are the most FAQ and our response to them.
If I don’t start in June will my spot be saved?
Parents have until July 14th to re-enroll. All families enrolled in 2020 will have their spots saved until July 14th. After July 14th families who are still hesitant to start back have several options 1) Ask to be placed on the interest list for future enrollment. This doesn’t guarantee your child a spot, in order to ensure our financial health as an organization, we will begin to enroll from the community when we re-open. 2) Hold your child’s space by paying tuition starting on July 14th.
Can I change my child’s enrollment from full-time to part-time or add additional days?
As we re-open we can accommodate schedule changes. If you go to part-time from full-time and will eventually need full-time just let us know. We cannot guarantee full-time in the future but will do our best to accommodate families.
Do I have a tuition credit?
If you did not receive a partial refund through Brightwheel for the last seven days in March you will have a seven-day credit to use. We asked families in March to request the refund. If you did not request a refund a credit was given. This credit can be used starting June 1st with the last day to begin using the complete credit (7 days) being July 6th. Families can send their dates in via Brightwheel. LSH administration and educators will also phone all families the end of May beginning of June to check in about enrollment and use of their credit.
Are the Hours of Operation and Care Going to Change?
Hours of operation for the summer months of June-August will change to 7:30 am -5:30 pm M-F. Our half day option will be available from 8:00-12:30 to allow for distancing. We will not serve lunch to half day children but encourage parents to include a healthy snack.
Families will pack additional food for snacks throughout the day, as we are not able to serve school-wide snacks at this time. Please pack snack in a brown paper bag with your child’s name on it and keep it separate from your child’s lunch if they are full day.
What will the new drop off and pick up procedures look like?
- Parents will need to sign up for a specific time for drop off and pick up. For example, for a full day child drop off between 8:00-8:10 and pick up 4:30-4:40. At drop off this will allow us to have an educator available to greet you and your child. If you are going to be late or early you will need to contact us through Brightwheel so that we can arrange to have an educator available. Parents may not just show up and enter the building.
- We will be asking families to take their child’s temperature at home in the morning before they come to LSH. Children with a temp of 101.4 or above will need to be excluded from care. The temperature max has been set by the CDC. We are asking parents to take the first reading so that the staff knows that we are accepting a healthy child into our care.
- Parents will drop off in their designated area this will be and outdoor location and will be communicated to you via a Brightwheel message or phone call prior to your child’s first day back.
- We ask that parents wear a mask and observe a distance of 6 feet from the educators other parents and children while checking in and out. Depending on the age of your child the educator will assist as is appropriate. ALL children who can walk NEED to be standing/walking rather then held by a parent. The educators will NOT take a child from a parent’s arms if the child is able to walk.
- For pick up we will have your child wash their hands and gather their items to be ready for you at the designated area at the end of the day. Please wear a mask at pick up time as well.
What precautions will LSH take throughout the day?
- Frequent Handwashing! At drop off children will go to a handwashing sink or station and throughout our day we will be very mindful or establishing a frequent handwashing routine. We have purchased additional outdoor hand washing stations to make hand washing in all areas readily available.
- Children will be cared for in groups of no more than 10 with the same children and educators. Groups will be in separate areas and will not intermingle. To the best of our ability siblings will be placed in the same group.
- Educators and administration will increase spacing in areas and help children to limit the number in certain areas. For example, allow no more then three children from the same group in dramatic play area.
- Educators and administration will wear masks/face shield when in close contact with children. Masks must be clean.
- Educators and administration will check their temperature daily.
- Children over the age of 3 years old can wear a face shield or mask if requested by parents, and educators will make every effort to ensure the masks are used during the day. Parents must provide a clean mask for children each day. Children 2 years of age and younger are not permitted to wear masks.
- Good air ventilation indoors and as much time as possible in the outdoor environment will be implemented as good air flow is encouraged by the CDC.
- All tours and perspective families will meet at LSH after school hours
Cleaning Classrooms and Materials
- We will reduce the soft materials in the classrooms and select materials based on how easily they can be sterilized.
- Toys and materials will be grouped in ways that allow children to have a basket or bin of their own while still being able to collaborate with their peers.
- Our younger groups will have less materials at a time with more rotation of materials for more frequent cleaning throughout the day.
- Art materials such as pens, crayons, paint brushes will be stored in an individual art box while materials such as paper and paint will be shared.
- All classrooms including our outdoor environments will be disinfected using the regulations outlined by the Health Department daily. Extra time will be used to thoroughly disinfect nightly.
- We currently have enough cleaning supplies in order to disinfect the school environment.
What if my child or another child becomes ill?
- LSH is asking all families to keep their child home if anyone in their home becomes ill with COVID like symptoms (listed below). Once all family members in the home have been cleared of COVID the child may resume care.
- If a child contracts COVID the family has a responsibility to contact and inform LSH. LSH will contact the Health Department and any families of children who may have come in contact with the ill child.
What are the Symptoms and Exclusions?
- Any one of the following symptoms require children or teachers to stay home from school and inform us as soon as possible.
- A fever of 100.4 or above
- Shortness of breath
- Stomach cramping
- A family member living within your home has any one of the above symptoms
- If a child or staff member presents with any combination of the symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever of 100.4F or above, cough, shortness of breath, stomach cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fatigue), the child or staff member must self-isolate at home until all of the following are true:
- The child or staff have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
- Other symptoms have greatly improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc.)
- At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
At this time, the Health Department is advising us to consider anyone who presents with multiple COVID-19 symptoms (listed above) to be a presumed positive. If the child or staff are present at the center when presenting with multiple symptoms, LSH will close for 24 hours for deep cleaning, disinfecting, and social distancing.
Additional Information about Kawasaki’s Disease as the CDC is investigating reports of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which may present with Kawasaki disease-like features.
- Healthcare providers and public health professionals: Please visit Information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers and the CDC Health Alert Network for more information on MIS-C associated with COVID-19.
- Parents and caregivers: Please visit CDC’s Caring for Children page for additional information.
The condition causes inflammation in the blood vessels, and the symptoms can be severe. In addition to several days of fever, children with Kawasaki disease may develop symptoms such as rash, swollen neck glands, swollen hands and feet, and red eyes, lips and tongue.
Early on, Kawasaki disease can affect the function of the heart muscle or the heart valves. If it is recognized and treated early, children can begin to feel better in a few days with a low likelihood of long-term heart issues.
- Kawasaki disease is not contagious. It does not spread among family members or children in child care centers.
- Kawasaki disease occurs more frequently in children of Asian or Pacific Island ancestry. However, it can affect people in all racial and ethnic groups.
- The cause of Kawasaki disease is not known, but it is thought to be a reaction by the body's immune system.
Kawasaki Disease begins with a fever above 102 degrees F that lasts for at least five days. Other signs and symptoms may include:
- Rash anywhere on the body but more severe in the diaper area.
- Red, bloodshot eyes without pus, drainage, or crusting.
- Swelling and tenderness of a gland (lymph node) on one side of the neck.
- Swollen hands and feet with redness on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
- Very red, swollen, and cracked lips; strawberry-like tongue with rough, red spots.
- Significant irritability and fussiness.
- Peeling fingers and toes (typically 2 to 3 weeks after the beginning of fever).
Note: The following key signs and symptoms may not be present at the same time. In some very young infants, only a few of these actually develop. Other non-specific symptoms may also be present, such as vomiting, diarrhea, stomachache, cough, runny nose, headache, or pain or swelling of the joints.
What else can families do to help to keep our LSH community healthy?
- Schedule your child’s bath time for immediately after school.
- Dress your child in clean clothes each day they attend school. Bring plenty of back up clothing in zip lock baggies.
- Disinfect lunch boxes daily. If possible, pack lunch in a non-porous container such as a brown paper bag. Pack extra food for snacks and pack any dishes or silverware needed.
- If your child brings a lovie to school, disinfect it each day after school or bring them one to keep at school and one for home, we will give it to you at the end of their week along with any nap mat bedding.
- Apply sunscreen to your child within 30 minutes of dropping off at school. This will help teachers know when to reapply.
- Commit to social distancing as a family.
- Per the health department, we need to be able to get in touch with a parent or guardian within 30 minutes in case of emergency pick up. Your phone number must be up to date with the school.
- For the time being we are requesting that parents drop off and pick up each day. If you need to assign a different, consistent, pick up person, it should be someone who lives in your home. We will reevaluate this policy at the end of July.
- Other daily information or changes should be sent through Brightwheel to the educators.
- Parents will not enter the building, so more in-depth communication between teachers and parents will happen through Brightwheel, GoTo Meetings, and notes.