COVID-19 UPDATES 

Given the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, we want to assure you that we are monitoring the situation closely, and safety is a priority to us. In addition to the already maintained hygiene practices and cleaning procedures, we are taking extra precautions to support the health and safety of our children, families and staff. 

 

Please take note of the following additions to our policies and procedures:

 

Ann Kids Times of Operation:

 

We changed our business hours to 7:30 AM - 6 PM Monday through Friday to allow our staff to deep clean and disinfect all the rooms on daily basis.

 

Check-In and Pick-Up Procedures:

 

  • Families are greeted at the entrance to the playgrounds where Ann Kids staff member takes the temperature of each child with a contactless thermometer and performs a visual check of the child’s well-being. Children with temperature of a 100 degrees and above or any signs of illness described in our handbook are not be admitted.

  • Family members must wear masks and keep distance of at least 6ft during both the drop off and the pick up.

  • Ann Kids recommends the same parent or designated person to drop off and pick up the child every day. If possible, individuals with serious underlying medical conditions should not pick up children

  • Hand hygiene/hand washing stations are set up at the entrance of the facility to allow children and staff clean their hands before entering the facility.

  • Parents and other family members are not allowed inside the child care program and all communication with teachers and administrators is conducted outside.

  • Check-in is from 7:30am till 9am. Before or after that children are not admitted unless a waiver has been granted for a special accommodation due to a unique situation.

  • Children are required to clean their hands immediately upon arrival.

  • To ensure a contactless pick-up, we ask families to pick-up children between 4:00pm and 6pm, from the outside playgrounds at both locations.

Screening Procedure:

 

  • Ann Kids administration does not allow staff and children to enter the childcare facility if:
    •    They have tested positive for or are showing COVID-19 symptoms.
    •    They have recently had potential exposure with a person with COVID-19. A potential exposure means being in a household or having close contact within6 feet of an individual with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case for at least 15 minutes during the case’s infectious period.

     

  • Persons with COVID-19 are considered infectious from 2 days before onset of symptom until the end. 
    •    Ann Kids administration monitor staff and child health throughout the day.
    •    A child or a staff member that develops fever, chills, shortness of breath, new cough, or new loss of taste or smell during the day is immediately isolated and sent  home as soon as possible.
    •    While waiting for a sick child to be picked up, have a caregiver stay with the child in a place isolated from others. If the child has symptoms of COVID-19, the caregiver should remain as far away as safely possible from the child (preferably 6 feet) while maintaining supervision. The caregiver should wear a cloth face covering. If the child is over the age of 2 and can tolerate a face covering, the child should also wear a cloth face covering.

Maintaining Healthy Environment:

 

  • Both Ann Kids facilities posted signs in highly visible locations that promote everyday protective measures and describe how to stop the spread of COVID-19 such as by properly washing hands and properly wearing a cloth face covering

  • All the classrooms remain separated, and within the classroom’s children are separated into smaller groups for contactless educational activities.

  • No floating teachers shifts are incorporated until the further notice.

  • During the nap time, children’s mats (cribs) are spaced out as much as possible, aiming to 6 feet apart. Children are placed head to toe during the nap time in order to further reduce the potential for viral spread.

  • Ann Kids Staff continuously disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, light switches, faucets, toys and games that children play with, and touched toys will go into a separate bins.

  • All cleaning materials are kept secure and out of reach of children per regulations.

  • Cleaning products are not used near children, and staff ensures that there is adequate ventilation when using these products to prevent children from inhaling toxic fumes.

  • Ann Kids maintenance team performs an enhanced deep cleaning every night in all areas on all touched surfaces.

Cleaning Toys:

 

  • Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized are not be used.

  • Cleaning procedure includes using water and detergent, rinsing thoroughly, sanitize with an EPA-registered disinfectant, rinsing thoroughly again, and air-dry. 

  • Machine washable cloth toys are used by one individual at a time and are laundered before being used by another child.

  • Toys are not shared with other groups of infants or toddlers, unless they are washed and sanitized.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Bedding:

 

  • All bedding is washed on a weekly basis. Each child’s bedding is kept in the individually labeled cubby. Cots and mats are labeled for each child.

Wearing Masks:

 

  • All the children age 2 and older are required to wear masks inside the facility. Children will not be wearing masks outside (on the playground) if teachers will help children maintain social distancing. Children will be wearing masks outside if it is not possible to maintain social distancing

  • All adults are wearing face coverage/masks both inside and outside the facility.

  • Ann Kids is providing reusable masks made of dual-layer soft cotton-blend jersey material that makes it comfortable and breathable to all the children in the facility. Masks are machine washed and sanitized daily. Children are allowed to bring their own masks from home with the condition to clean them daily.

 

Face masks are not required:

  • for anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance;

  • children 2 years of age or younger;

  • anyone who cannot tolerate a cloth face covering due to developmental, medical or behavioral reasons: in this case Ann Kids Administration might not be able to provide services to the family due to inability of maintaining safety standards.  

 

Utilizing Outdoor Space:

 

  • Ann Kids administration set up outdoor tents and additional equipment to move most of the daily educational activities outside.

  • Summer camp trips are cancelled for the summer 2020. Instead, entertainers will visit to Ann Kids programs twice a week for outdoors shows while maintain social distancing.

Meal Preparation & Service:

 

  • Ann Kids follows the usual cleaning procedure with disinfecting all surfaces before meal preparation and feedings using CDC or EPA approved products.

  • We eliminated all contact with kitchen crew: prepared food is left outside the door by the kitchen staff and teachers serve the food on the individual plates to the children. We are not hosting any family style meals to the children at the moment.

  • We updated classroom routine to add more shifts to the meals so that less children eat at the same time and can keep distance while eating.

  • We require every family to bring their child’s own labeled water thermos, and staff members will refill it throughout the day.

 

Staff Health & Wellness:

 

  • Staff get their temperature checked upon arrival. Teachers with temperature of a 100 degrees and above or any signs of illness described in our handbook will be sent home.

  • Staff wear uniforms and masks, that are left at work to be machine-washed and sanitized daily.

  • Staff received additional training on infection control and workplace disinfection.

  • Staff wash their hands immediately upon entering the program and continuously throughout the day.

  • Staff are asked not to leave the facility during their break time during the workday.

Dealing with Confirmed Positive Covid-19  Cases and Exposure to Covid-19

 

  • If the child is in care when the test results are confirmed positive, the child will be in an isolated until the appropriate party arrives to pick them up

  • If there is a confirmed positive COVID-19 case at Ann Kids facility, the facility is closed for a period of 48 hours for cleaning and disinfection.

  • If there is a confirmed positive COVID-19 case at Ann Kids facility all families and staff member will be immediately informed via e-mails, text messages and internal communication system Kindertales about the outbreak. The guidance will be provided. An outbreak is defined as a single positive COVID-19 case.

  • If there is a confirmed positive COVID-19, Ann Kids administration immediately reports it to the  Department of Health (DOH) and to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS).

Exposure to a person who tests positive for COVID-19:


Exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of the individual who tests positive for COVID-19 for a period of 15 minutes or more. It also means coming into direct contact with droplets from a COVID-19 positive individual. Persons who test positive are considered infectious 48 hours before the onset of symptoms. Persons testing positive but do not have symptoms are considered infectious 2 days after exposure (if known) or starting 2 days before test date (if exposure is unknown).

If a staff person, household member, or a child is exposed to an individual who tests positive for COVID-19:

 

  • This person is asked to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days based on the CDC guidance.

  • Ann Kids immediately inform families of enrolled children when there is a suspected outbreak of a communicable disease or an outbreak of an unusual illness that represents a public health emergency via digitals forms of communications (e-mails, social media, text messages, printed announcements) 

Discontinuing  self-quarantine at home:


1) Symptom-Based Strategy


Individuals with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

 

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery defined as resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough,shortness of breath); and,

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

 

2) Test-Based Strategy


Individuals who have COVID-19, have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

  • Resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and

  • Improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath), and

  • Negative COVID-19 test results from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected 24hours or more apart (total of two negative specimens).

 

For Persons Who Tested Positive but have NOT had COVID-19 Symptoms in Home Isolation:


1) Time-Based Strategy


Persons with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

 

  • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test assuming they have not subsequently developed symptoms since their positive test.


If they develop symptoms, then the symptom-based or test-based strategy should be used.


2) Test-Based Strategy


Persons with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 who have not had any symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

  • Negative COVID-19 results from at least two consecutive respiratory specimens collected 24 hours or more apart (total of two negative specimens)

  • The symptom-based, time-based, and test-based strategies may result in different time frames for discontinuation of isolation post-recovery. Any individual who becomes ill should contact their medical provider for advice or testing. For any individual who has been exposed to COVID-19 as described above, or who tests positive for COVID-19, follow the information outlined above.

REPORTING to DHS and DOH:


In a case of outbreak that required reporting to healthcare authorities Ann Kids contact the following numbers: 1-877-PA-HEALTH or 1-877- 724-3258.
When reporting to DHS, Ann Kids administration staff provides:

 

  • The name of the facility

  • The address of the facility including the county

  • The number of cases

  • Identification if the positive case is a staff person, household member (of a GCCH or FCCH), child, or family member.

Tuition and Documents Acceptance:

 

  • Ann Kids administration accepts all payments and documents from the families during children’s drop-off (7:30am - 9am) or pick-up (4pm – 6pm). Tuition is accepted only on Fridays. Designated staff member will be outside with the families to collect the payments.

 

Communication with the Families:

 

  • Administration is in the office for emergencies only. There will be no office hours or in-person parent meetings. Family members can speak to the administrators through the email, over zoom meetings, or outside during drop-off (7:30am - 9am) or pick-up (4pm – 6pm). Communication with the teachers is through the email or zoom meetings only.

  • Parents must wear masks and maintain social distance when interacting with Ann Kids staff.

  • Only virtual program tours will be given until further notice to reduce the number of visitors in the building.

  • All the paperwork will be posted on our website or emailed to the families to fill out.

  • If the current situation changes and it becomes necessary to update our procedures or close our program temporarily, we will notify key family contact by email.

  • Follow our social media page for program updates and announcements: www.facebook.com/AnnKidsCenter

 

 

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we implement these new procedures. There may be updates due to the constantly changing situation. Our goal is to minimize disruption while at the same time keeping you, your family, and our staff healthy and well.

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