Protocols, Policies, and Procedures
Schools, working together with local health departments, have an important role
in slowing the spread of diseases to help ensure students have safe and healthy
learning environments. Schools serve students, staff, and visitors from
throughout the community. All of these people may have close contact in the
school setting, often sharing spaces, equipment, and supplies. Information
about COVID-19 in children is somewhat limited, but the information that is
available suggests that children with confirmed COVID-19 generally had mild
symptoms. However, a small percentage of children have been reported to have
more severe illness. People who have serious chronic medical conditions are
believed to be at higher risk. Despite lower risk of serious illness among most
children, children with COVID-19-like symptoms should avoid contact with others
who might be at higher risk, such as older
adults and adults with serious chronic medical conditions.
The school's screener will
provide a non-contact forehead thermometer to the parent so they can
take the temperature of their child.
Students who have a fever of 100.40 F
(38.00 C) or
above, or other signs of illness, will not be admitted to the facility.
We encourage parents to be on the alert for signs of illness in their children
and to keep them home when they are sick. An illness report will be
provided. The student must be fever free for 72 hours prior to
returning to school.
A staff member will meet
the child and parent in the parking lot to bring the child into the
school. This will help limit traffic coming in and out of the school.
Parents should call the school when they are outside to pick up their
A staff member will bring children
out of the school to their parents.
This will help with the limit of traffic coming in and out of the
We encourage everyone to take
every day, preventive actions to prevent
the spread of respiratory illness.
Wash hands often with soap and water.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand
sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Remember to supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to
prevent swallowing alcohol.
Clean and disinfect
frequently touched surfaces.
Cover cough and
Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth
face covering when you have to go out in public.
Cloth face coverings should NOT be put on babies and children under age
two because of the danger of suffocation.
If someone becomes sick
If a child becomes sick they will
need to be picked up within 1 hour.
Sick children will wait in the Sick
Bed area in the Main Building.
COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member:
Notify the local Depart of Health.
Notify the NJ
Department of Children and Families.
Notify the parents
of all students in the related classroom.
We will close off areas used by the person who is sick.
We will open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas.
We will wait up to 24 hours or as long as possible before we clean or disinfect
to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and
We will clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as
offices, bathrooms, and common areas. If
more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or
used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection may not
We will require sick children and staff to stay home until cleared
by a doctors.
When sick with COVID-19, children and staff must stay home
We communicate the importance of staying home when sick.
We would communicate with parents if any family members come in contact with
a sick person.
We communicate to staff the importance of being vigilant for symptoms and
staying in touch with facility management if or when they start to feel
We have procedures to ensure children or staff that come to the center sick, or become sick, while at our facility are sent home as
soon as possible.
We will keep sick children and staff separate from well children and staff until
they can be sent home.
Clean and Sanitize Toys
Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized should not be used.
Toys that children have placed in their mouths or that are otherwise
contaminated by body secretions or excretions should be set aside until
they are cleaned. The toys will be cleaned with water
and detergent, rinsed, sanitized, and
rinsed again before being air dried.
will not share toys with other groups of infants or toddlers, unless they are
washed and sanitized before being moved from one group to the other.
We will set aside toys that need to be cleaned. We will have
enough toys so that the toys can be rotated through cleanings.
Clean and Disinfect Bedding
We will only use bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags) that can be
washed. We will keep each child’s bedding separate, and will store in
individually labeled bins, cubbies, or bags. Cots and mats will be
labeled for each child. Bedding that touches a child’s skin will be
cleaned at least weekly, or before use by another child.
Caring for Diapering
Prepare (includes putting on gloves)
Clean the child
Remove trash (soiled diaper and wipes)
Wash child’s hands
Clean up diapering station
staff will wash their hands, even if they were wearing gloves.
They will then clean and disinfect the diapering area. The surface
will first be cleaned with
detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. It will then be
disinfected with a disinfecting solution.
If reusable cloth diapers are used, they should not be rinsed or cleaned in
the facility. The soiled cloth diaper and its contents (without emptying or
rinsing) should be placed in a plastic bag or into a plastic-lined,
hands-free covered diaper pail to give to parents/guardians or laundry
Washing, Feeding, or Holding a Child
It is important to comfort crying, sad, and/or anxious infants and toddlers,
and they often need to be held. To the extent possible, when washing,
feeding, or holding very young children: Child care providers can protect
themselves by wearing an over-large button-down, long sleeved shirt and by
wearing long hair up off the collar in a ponytail or other updo.
Staff members will wash their hands, neck, and anywhere touched
by a child’s secretions.
Staff members will change the child’s clothes if secretions are
on the child’s clothes. They should change the button-down shirt, if
there are secretions on it, and wash their hands again.
will be placed in a plastic bag or washed in a
Infants, toddlers, and their providers should have multiple changes of
clothes on hand in the child care center or home-based child care.
Child care providers should wash their hands before and after handling
infant bottles prepared at home or prepared in the facility. Bottles,
bottle caps, nipples, and other equipment used for bottle-feeding should
be thoroughly cleaned after each use by washing in a dishwasher or by
washing with a bottlebrush, soap, and water.
Healthy Hand Hygiene Behavior
Arrival to the facility and after breaks
Before and after preparing food or drinks
Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children
Before and after administering medication or medical ointment
Before and after diapering
After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom
After coming in contact with bodily fluid
After playing outdoors or in sand
After handling garbage
Supervise children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent ingestion.
Assist children with hand washing, including infants who cannot wash
After assisting children with hand washing, staff should also wash their
Cleaning Surfaces Frequently
Before and after eating
After doing a project