COVID-19 Response Home > About Us > COVID-19 Response Expressive Beginnings Child Care has implemented the following procedures to comply with the CDC guidance for child care centers related to COVID-19 and to keep our children, teachers and families as healthy as possible: Each group of children is assigned to a classroom, where they will remain with the same group of children and teachers each day. Teachers will work consistently with the same group of students, as much as possible, to minimize the number of teachers in each classroom. All special events, including community events, in-house field trips and extra programs (yoga, music, dance), have been cancelled. Only one group of children is allowed on the playground at one time, and frequently touched playground surfaces are wiped down between groups. The use of all common rooms, including family rooms, large motor rooms, gym and art studio, has been discontinued. Dedicated “in” and “out” doors will make traffic through the buildings safer. Staff will be provided with disposable surgical masks that they must wear when working in the classrooms. Staff who have been out of work must be cleared through the Heritage Christian COVID-19 hotline before they can return to work. Modified drop-off and pick-up procedures Parents must wear masks during drop-off and pick-up, and staff must wear masks at all times when in classrooms to reduce the risk of transmission. Outside doors to the centers will be propped open during prime drop-off and pick-up times. Hand sanitizer is provided to be used before entering the access code in the vestibule. Hand sanitizer is provided at the front desk of each center, and parents must sanitize their hands when they enter the building. Children’s hands are washed as soon as they enter their classrooms. Six-foot marks have been placed at the front desks of all centers to indicate to parents where they should stand if more than one family arrives at once. The use of touchscreen kiosks for signing in/out was discontinued in March. Teachers or front desk staff now sign children in and out of the program to minimize spread of the coronavirus. Parents will be asked to leave children with staff at the front desk rather than taking them into their classrooms. If parents are not comfortable with this, we will ask that they walk their child to the classroom but leave them at the doorway with their teacher rather than entering the classroom. New screening procedures upon arrival When they enter the building, each child’s temperature will be taken using a touchless thermometer either by their parent or a staff member wearing a surgical mask and gloves. This will be done along with a daily health check, which will include confirmation of no cough, shortness of breath or contact with anyone who has been diagnosed as COVID positive. Children with a temperature of 100.0 or higher are unable to attend. Staff temperatures are also being taken and documented twice daily, both at work and at home. Staff with a temperature above 100.0, shortness of breath or a cough will not be allowed to work until cleared with a note from their doctor. Intensified cleaning and disinfection Cleaning schedules have been modified to include additional cleaning procedures. Frequently touched surfaces including but not limited to door handles, the chair backs, table tops and sink faucets are disinfected throughout the day at a minimum of every hour and between uses. We have removed soft items from the classrooms, including puppets, stuffed animals and pillows. Toys will not be shared between groups of children. Bedding for cots is kept in cubbies for each child and laundered weekly. Cribs are designated for individual infants and crib sheets are laundered weekly. If a crib is shared by more than one infant (two part-time infants), crib sheets are changed and laundered between infants. Washing, Feeding or Holding a Child It is important to comfort crying, sad, and/or anxious infants and toddlers. Child care providers will wear provided smock and wear long hair up off the collar and will wash their hands, neck and anywhere touched by a child’s secretions. They will change their smock/shirt, if there are secretions on it, and wash their hands again. When possible, teachers will utilize blankets or burp cloths as a barrier when holding children for an extended period of time. Child care providers will change the child’s clothes if secretions are on the child’s clothes. Contaminated clothes will be placed in a plastic bag or washed in a washing machine. Infants, toddlers and their providers should have multiple changes of clothes on hand in the child care center. Child care providers will wash their hands before and after handling infant bottles, whether prepared at home or 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 with a bottlebrush, soap and water.