Preschool Health and Safety Plan

Updated Preschool Health and Safety Plan 3/1/2021:

Identification of a “pandemic coordinator” and/or “pandemic team” with defined roles and
responsibilities for health and safety preparedness and response planning

  • All staff will be involved in the health and safety of the school.
  • Director and/or Asst. Director will be in contact with the St. Paul’s Covid-19 Taskforce Team if required.
  • The St. Paul’s Covid-19 Taskforce will serve as support for the preschool.

Steps to protect students and staff at higher risk for severe illness

  • All staff and students will be required to remain at home when showing signs of illness.
  • Limit or cancel all non-essential travel as necessary or quarantine on return. Travel to other states may require quarantine if the state of travel is on the Governor’s list (https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.asp x)

Processes for monitoring students and staff for symptoms and history of exposure

  • Staff and students will undergo routine, daily health checks including temperature screening, symptom screening and history of exposure to individuals with COVID-19 or symptoms of illness (fever, cough) on arrival to the building.

Steps to take in relation to isolation or quarantine when a staff member, student or visitor
becomes sick or demonstrates a history of exposure.

Guidelines for when an isolated or quarantined staff member, student, or visitor may return to
school:

State Symptom Flow Chart

  • Should a child develop COVID-like symptoms (fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, diarrhea)
    during their time at school they will be isolated in an adjoining room and family contacted to pick up the child within 30 to 40 minutes of being notified. Staff caring for the child will maintain a distance of >6 feet as much as is feasible and will give extra attention to hand washing and mask wearing. If available, the person caring for the sick child should also wear eye protection.
  • Fever, cough and trouble breathing are the most common symptoms of COVID-19 so children/staff with any of these symptoms should stay home. Additionally, if the child/staff has or more of: chills, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue or runny nose should also stay home.

State Symptom Screening List

  • Children and staff should not come to school if they have symptoms. Children and staff
    should be evaluated by a doctor when necessary and COVID-19 testing performed at
    the doctor’s discretion. If COVID-19 testing is sent, the child/staff member should remain
    at home until test results are available.
  • If tested and the test is positive, the child/staff member will need to stay home for 10
    days from the date of the test.
  • If tested and the test is negative, the child/staff may return to school when there has
    been no fever (without the use of a fever-reducing medication) for >24 hours and all
    symptoms have improved.
  • If no test is performed, the child/staff may return to school when there has been no fever
    (without the use of a fever-reducing medication) for >24 hours, all symptoms have
    improved and it has been >10 days from the onset of symptoms.
  • If a household member has symptoms, has a pending test or has a positive test, the
    child/staff member should not attend school.
  • If a household member has a positive test, the child/staff member should be tested
    themselves as soon as possible. It would help the preschool assess risk if the child is tested within 1-2 days.
  • Since signs and symptoms of COVID-19 overlap with those of many other viruses and early
    childhood illnesses, we are asking even children/staff with mild symptoms to stay home until the above criteria are met (no fever (without the use of a fever-reducing medication) for >24 hours and all symptoms have improved).
  • Children/staff with a household member/contact with a pending test should stay home until the test result is known – a positive result will initiate the 10-day quarantine period; a negative test will allow the child/staff to return to school.
  • Areas used by a sick person will be closed off for the remainder of the school day and not used
    before cleaning and disinfection has occurred.
  • Notify St. Paul’s Covid-19 Taskforce Team, staff, and families of exposure or confirmed case
    within 1 business day.

Guidelines for hygiene practices for students and staff which include the manner and frequency
of hand-washing and other best practices and on the use of face coverings by all staff and
students.

  • Students and staff will wash their hands on arrival to the classroom using either soap and water
    or alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes will
    be encouraged among students and staff.
  • Face coverings are required for all students and staff. Extra masks will be available in the event
    that the mask becomes soiled or is forgotten. Masks should fit well and consistently be worn
    over both the nose and mouth.
  • We will maintain adequate supplies, and carefully monitor inventory, to support healthy hygiene behaviors, including soap, face coverings, personal protective equipment, hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, paper towels, tissues, and no-touch trash cans. (See Pennsylvania COVID-19 PPE & Supplies Business-2-Business (B2B) Interchange Directory.) Avoid methyl alcohol.
  • There will be signs posted on how to stop the spread of COVID-19, such as properly washing
    hands, promote everyday protective measures, and properly wear a face covering.

Procedures for cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and ventilating learning spaces and any other
areas used by students (i.e. restrooms, and hallways)

  • We will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects within the school at least
    daily, including door handles, sink handles, and drinking fountains.
  • Ventilation systems will be kept operating properly and windows will be opened when weather
    allows increasing circulation of outdoor air.

Protocols for distancing student seating and other social distancing practices learning space
occupancy that allows for 6 feet of separation among students and staff throughout the day to
the maximum extent feasible

  • The same group of students will stay with the same staff based on age and developmental level
    of students.
  • Restrict interactions between groups of students, i.e. playground and hallways.
  • Establish distances (CDC recommends 6 feet) between student desks/seating and other social distancing practices to the maximum extent feasible and appropriate.
  • No field trips or enrichment programs will be offered at this time.
  • Hold classes in gyms or outdoor spaces when possible.

Procedures for serving meals in classrooms

  • Snacks will be distributed by staff wearing gloves.
  • Social distancing should continue to be observed during snack time to the maximum extent
    feasible.
  • Children will be encouraged not to share food.
  • Children and staff will wash hands prior to and after snack.

Schedules for training all faculty and staff on the implementation of the Health and Safety
Plan before providing services to students

  • Disseminate and update health and safety documents prior to school start.

Methods of limiting the number of individuals in classrooms and other learning spaces, and
interactions between groups of students.

  • Four year old students will use the south tower only and three year olds will use the north tower.
  • Use common areas at separate times after being disinfected.

Procedures to limit the sharing of materials among students

  •  Clean and disinfect shared items between uses.
  • Keep each student’s belongings separated from others’ and in individually labeled cubbies.
  • No playdough, stuffed/plush toys or dress-up clothing.
  • Each student will be provided with their own basket of crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks,
    which will be only used by them.

Processes for identifying and restricting non-essential visitors and volunteers

  • Large group activities such as field trips, inter-group events, and extracurricular activities will not be held at this time.
  • No nonessential visitors, volunteers, or activities that involve other groups.

Protocols for adjusting transportation schedules and practices to create social
distance between students

  • Each class will use a different door for arrival and drop-off.
  • Staff person will man arrival locations to greet and screen.

System for ensuring ongoing communication with families around the elements of the local
Health and Safety Plan including ways that families can practice safe hygiene in the home

  • Post Health and Safety Plan on school website.
  • Provide regular update information on the school website and in parent flyers/letters.
  • Encourage caregivers and families to practice and reinforce good prevention habits at home and within their families.

This policy was approved and adopted on _August 24, 2020_by the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Congregational Council. Updated December 2020. Updated March 2021.

_______________________Tristan Ericson, Council President

_______________________Deb Becker, Preschool Director

_______________________Rev. Stanley Reep, Pastor

Appendix

A. Website to check for states on PA’s travel list:
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

B. PA State Symptom Flowchart

https://www.education.pa.gov/Documents/K12/Safe%20Schools/COVID/GuidanceDocuments/COVID-19%20Symptomatic%20K 12%20Student%20or%20Staff%20Process%2 0Flow.pdf

C. PA State Symptom Screening List:
https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/Scho
olReopeningGuidance/ReopeningPreKto12/PublicHealthGuidance/Pages/default.aspx#s
creening

Example School Symptom Screening Tool

Complete Daily Prior to School/Work*
Employee or Student Name:
Assigned Class/Group:
Temperature:
Are you/is the student taking any medication to treat or reduce a fever such as Ibuprofen (i.e. Advil,
Motrin) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol)?
Are you/is the student experiencing any of the following?

Group A – 1 or more symptoms

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • New olfactory disorder
  • New taste disorder

Group B – 2 or more symptoms

  • Fever (measured or subjective)
  • Chills
  • Rigors
  • Myalgia (muscle aches and pains)
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion or runny nose

Stay home if, you or the student:

  • Have one or more symptoms in Group A OR
  • Have two or more symptoms in Group B OR
  • Are taking fever reducing medication.

*May be utilized as a screening tool for both at home and on-site screening practices.

Sources: COVID-19: K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs (www.cdc.gov › schools-childcare ›
schools-faq and
https://www.education.pa.gov/Schools/safeschools/emergencyplanning/COVID-19/SchoolReopeningGuidance/K12/Pages/HealthSafetyConsiderations.aspx; (Modified by the St Paul’s Lutheran COVID-19 Taskforce for applicability to Preschool activities at St. Paul’s.)