Prior to reopening, administrators will need to establish a number of new policies and procedures. The CDC is recommending that all children be screened each day before being allowed to enter the facility. Your program will need to determine the best way to conduct those screenings. You will also need to have the protective gear and equipment on hand to meet new requirements.
There is much to consider before opening to the public. Use local, state, and national recommendations to create these new policies and procedures. Here is a link to the CDC recommendations. You will also need to consult your local health department for additional recommendations specific to your region.
Your planning should address:
- How you will respond when a child becomes ill while in your program
- How you will respond when an adult becomes ill while in your program
- Staffing to cover teachers who become ill
- Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing measures
- Appropriate social distancing
- Changes to daily routines
- Changes to teacher ratios
- How you will enforce new policies
Use a variety of methods (in writing, in person and electronic) to share new procedures and policies with families. Be sure to do so well in advance of reopening so that families have time to prepare themselves and their children for the changes in routine.
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