COVID-19

ECDC’s COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

revised 4.1.22

The ECDC Administrative Team has been diligently researching and developing the COVID-19 policies and procedures. We have consulted with Saint Mary’s College, the University of Notre Dame, the local health department, our accreditation body, NAEYC, our licensing body, OECSEL, and early childhood campus programs across the country. We have also incorporated information from the CDC. These practices focus on the safety of children and employees first and foremost. ECDC’s plan is subject to change based on our evolving understanding of COVID-19 and its impact, as well as licensing requirements/recommendations and ND/SMC requirements/recommendations. Check this website often for the latest information.  The content found below overrides the ECDC Family Handbook until further notice.

At ECDC, all employees are required to be vaccinated unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.  All college students are required to be vaccinated.

ECDC Program Hours for the 2021-22 School Year – 7:00-5:30

Beginning on Monday, August 23rd, ECDC’s hours of operation will be adjusted to 7:00am – 5:30pm.

Breakfast will be served from 7:30am – 8:30am in preschool classrooms and 7:30am-8:15am in kindergarten.

Masks for Children

Masks are optional for all children enrolled at ECDC.  Masks are highly recommended indoors for children 2 & up. This may become a requirement in the future if COVID-19 cases increase. If you would like your child to wear a mask, please provide 3 clean masks labeled with your child’s first and last name each day. The teachers will gently encourage children to wear the masks throughout the day with the exception of outside time, meals, and rest time.

Some resources on masks:
https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/docs/Wearing-Masks_Story.pdf
https://challengingbehavior.cbcs.usf.edu/docs/Wearing-Masks_Tipsheet.pdf

 

Arrival and Departure Routines for Children

  1. All parents are required to wear masks when dropping off/picking up children at ECDC.
  2. Parents have assigned, staggered drop off/pick up times.
  3. Parents complete the online health questionnaire for each child prior to drop off at ECDC.
  4. Parents and children will use hand sanitizer when they enter the building.
  5. Parents never enter the classroom/play space – drop off/pick up at the classroom/playground/GMR door only.
  6. Parents will be asked to make the drop off/pick up as quick as possible to limit congestion in the hallways.
  7. All morning children arrive between 7:00-9:00 – all morning children arrive by 9am.  (Half day, afternoon children will arrive between 11:45-12:00 or 12:45-1:00).
  8. All afternoon children are picked up between 3:30-5:30 (Half day, morning children will be picked up between 11:30-11:45 or 12:30-12:45).

ECDC-ND Arrival

  1. Children in the 2’s, 3’s, 3/4’s will check in at the front desk.  Children in the 4’s, 4/5‘s, kindergarten will check in in the gathering area. (Families with multiple children can check in all children at one station).
  2. ECDC staff member will confirm the parent completed the health questionnaire, checking to make sure temperature is below 100.4 and that they did not answer yes to any of the COVID-19 questions. Health assessment results are kept confidential.
  3. ECDC staff member will do a quick visual health check of the child, repeating temp check if needed.
  4. ECDC staff member will sign the child in on the classroom sign in/out sheet.
  5. Parents will take the child to their locker and then drop off at the classroom door, but not enter the room, and then quickly exit the building.

ECDC-ND Departure

  1. Teachers will have children put items to go home in their lockers prior to pick up times.
  2. Parent goes to the classroom door but does not enter the room.
    a. If picking up during outside time, parents will check the end of the day schedule to see which outdoor space the class is using and go to the corresponding door.
    b. A teacher will be stationed near the door to greet parents and call children over; parent does not enter play space.
  3. Teacher will sign the child out on the classroom sign in/out sheet.
  4. Parent will get child’s items from locker and quickly then exit the building.

ECDC-SMC Arrival

  1. Parents with children in the 3’s and 4/5’s will park in the playground parking lot.  Parents with children in the 3/4‘s and 4’s will park in the science lot.
  2. Parents will walk their child to their classroom door, but not enter the room.
  3. Teacher will confirm the parent completed the health questionnaire, checking to make sure temperature is below 100.4 and that they did not answer yes to any of the COVID-19 questions. Health assessment results are kept confidential.
  4. Teacher will do a quick visual health check of the child, repeating temp check if needed.
  5. Teacher will sign the child in on the classroom sign in/out sheet.
  6. Parent will take their child’s belongings to their locker and then quickly exit the building.

ECDC-SMC Departure

  1. Teachers will have children put items to go home in their lockers prior to pick up times.
  2. Parent goes to the classroom door but does not enter the room.
       a. If picking up during outside time, parents will go to the playground door/gate.
       b. A teacher will be stationed near the door to greet parents and call children over; parent does not enter play space.
  3. Teacher will sign the child out on the classroom sign in/out sheet.
  4. Parent will get child’s items from locker and quickly exit the building.

 

Ill Child Policy

The health and well-being of our families and staff are our highest priorities. In the interest of limiting the opportunity for transmission, we are taking the following precautionary measures based on St. Joseph County Health Department, CDC, Indiana Licensing, and ND/SMC guidance:

If your child or a member of your household has any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 your child must be excluded from ECDC. If there is a positive case in the home, any other children who attend ECDC will be asked to quarantine for 5 days and wear a mask for an additional 5 days.

Symptoms of COVID-19 include: new onset cough or shortness of breath, fever of 100.4 or higher, fatigue, muscle or body aches/chills, headache, congestion or runny nose, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, stomachache or vomiting, diarrhea, or other unusual symptoms.

* If a person has a new symptom (for example, new loss of smell only) with no other diagnosis to explain it, they should stay home and talk to their health care provider about testing for COVID-19, even if it is the only symptom they are experiencing.

  • For an individual who receives a positive COVID-19 test result – stay home at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared AND until fever free without medication for 24 hours AND symptoms have improved.
  • For an individual with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 without a lab test or medical evaluation – stay home at least 7 days since symptoms first appeared AND until fever free without medication for 24 hours AND symptoms have improved.
  • For an individual with other diagnoses (e.g., strep throat) that explain the symptoms, or when the healthcare provider says symptoms are connected to a pre-existing condition – stay home until symptoms have improved, follow specific return guidance from the health care provider and ECDC’s regular ill child policy, and submit a doctor’s note upon return to ECDC.

* If your child has symptoms during their daily health check, they will not be able to attend ECDC that day.

* If your child becomes sick at school, he/she will be isolated from the group and kept comfortable until picked up. The ill child and one ECDC staff member caring for her/him will wear a disposable facemask until the child is picked up. An ill child must be picked up within 30 minutes of notification. If you are unable to pick up your child within 30 minutes, please be sure there is an alternative person available who is listed on your child’s emergency form who can pick up your child in the 30 minute period.

* If your child cannot attend school due to COVID-19 symptoms/diagnosis, parents are still responsible for ECDC tuition.

 

Parent Provided Supplies

  • Parents provide the following for their child: 
    1. For children enrolled in the afternoon – SMALL crib size blanket (30″x40″) & SMALL crib size pillow (12″x16″) if child uses one – blanket and pillow will be sent home weekly to be laundered.
    2. 4 x 6 family photo that ECDC will laminate for easy cleaning
    3. Art supplies – 1 box of crayons (no larger than 24-count), 1 8-count box of washable markers, and 1 bottle of washable school glue (preferably Elmers)
    4. 1 small lovey (optional) – a small stuffed animal to be used at rest time or for comfort. 
    5. Several complete sets of extra clothing so a child’s clothes can be changed easily if body secretions get on clothing. 
    6. We are encouraging all children to wear masks. Please provide 3 clean masks labeled with your child’s first and last name each day.
    7. Reusable, filled water bottle that has a flip down straw labeled with the child’s name.
              a. Parents are responsible for daily cleaning of the water bottle and sending it filled with water (milk, juice, etc. is not permitted) to ECDC daily with their child.

If there is exposure or a confirmed case of COVID-19

  • If there is a positive COVID case reported at ECDC, we will no longer need to contact trace/quarantine anyone. We will continue to let the families in the classroom know if there is a positive case so they can be watchful for symptoms.

Other

  • All parents and visitors will wear facemasks regardless of vaccination status
  • Hand Sanitizer will be used by all when entering the ECDC programs – It is located near front door
  • Increased handwashing for children and adults
  • Disinfecting frequently touched surfaces regularly
  • Toys are washed/disinfected regularly
  • Deep cleaning at night
  • All staff will be vaccinated and boosted unless they have a medical or religious exemption.