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Longships Complex

170 Township Line Road, Building B

Hillsborough, NJ  08844


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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.

Pick Up:

  • Parents should call the school when they are outside to pick up their child. 

  • 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 school. 

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 sneezes.

  • 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. 

  • If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member:

  1. Notify the local Depart of Health. 

  2. Notify the NJ Department of Children and Families. 

  3. Notify the parents of all students in the related classroom. 

  4. We will close off areas used by the person who is sick.

  5. We will open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas.

  6. 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 disinfecting.

  7. 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 necessary.

  8. 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 sick.

  • 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. 

  • We 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

  • When diapering a child, staff will wash their hands and wash the child’s hands.  Staff will follow safe diaper changing procedures. Procedures are posted in all diaper changing areas. Steps include:

  1. Prepare (includes putting on gloves)

  2. Clean the child

  3. Remove trash (soiled diaper and wipes)

  4. Replace diaper

  5. Wash child’s hands

  6. Clean up diapering station

  7. Wash hands

  • After diapering, 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 service.

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.

  1. Staff members will wash their hands, neck, and anywhere touched by a child’s secretions.

  2. 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.

  3. Contaminated clothes will be placed in a plastic bag or washed in a washing machine.

  4. Infants, toddlers, and their providers should have multiple changes of clothes on hand in the child care center or home-based child care.

  5. 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

  • All children and staff should engage in hand hygiene at the following times:

  1. Arrival to the facility and after breaks

  2. Before and after preparing food or drinks

  3. Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children

  4. Before and after administering medication or medical ointment

  5. Before and after diapering

  6. After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom

  7. After coming in contact with bodily fluid

  8. After playing outdoors or in sand

  9. After handling garbage

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not readily available.

  1. Supervise children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent ingestion.

  2. Assist children with hand washing, including infants who cannot wash hands alone.

  3. After assisting children with hand washing, staff should also wash their hands

Cleaning Surfaces Frequently

  • All surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day.

  1. Before and after eating

  2. After Centers

  3. After doing a project

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