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COVID-19 Updates

Haygood Weekday Children’s Ministries is committed to providing a safe, happy, healthy place for our children, families, and teachers to thrive. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our programs in order to ensure the health and safety of everyone.

First, we have made the difficult decision to not have our Preschool Summer Camp in 2020. As we look to welcoming back our Preschool children in August, please be on the lookout in July for more information about what our classes will look like at that time. We are excited to see our Preschool families when it reopens in August!

Second, as of June 29, our full-day Child Development Center will reopen with new procedures and protocols set in place to ensure everyone’s safety. Please see below for a list of what to expect as we reopen.

 

Temporary Hours

Haygood CDC and Hut will re-open on Monday, June 29 with restricted hours of 8:30 am-3:30 pm.

 

Drop Off and Pick Up

  •  Due to COVID-19, we are limiting access to adults inside the building. All drop-off and pick-up will temporarily take place outside of the building. We will have Haygood CDC employees in place to conduct the drop-off process.
  • Drop-off will be from 8:30-9:30 using the car pull lane for Infants through Pre-K. Please remain in your vehicle and we will meet you at your car. (Please, no walk-p drop-offs at this time) All individuals in the car will have to get their temperature checked prior to drop-off.
  •  Please remember all parents/ guardians are required to wear a mask during drop-off and pick-up. For CDC drop-off and pick-up, please start the line by entering the parking lot and look for posted signs. The line will go from the parking and then exit from the top of the parking lot to enter the roundabout. Red Hut drop-off and pick-up is at the Hut. Blue Hut pick-up and drop-off is at the Hut playground. Green and Orange Hut walk-up drop-off and pick-up is located at the plaza. Please look for posted signs. If you are doing an early pick-up or late drop-off, please contact the CDC emergency number at 404-750-3444. For more details on the carpool lane entrance, please review the carpool map at the very bottom of this email.
  •  Drop-off Health Screening Questionnaire: Please review the health screening questionnaire below prior to drop-off. You will be asked questions from this screening at drop-off.

 

Haygood CDC Daily Health Check

In order to protect the welfare of all students, teachers, and staff of Haygood Child Development Center and prevent the spread of Covid-19, we ask that you please answer each question truthfully.

  • Have you or a member of your household had a fever over 100.4 in the last 14 days or a cough?
  • Have you or a member of your household had any unexplained muscle or body aches, the new loss of taste or smell, Nausea or vomiting.
  • Have you or a member of your household had shortness of breath or difficulty breathing or a cough in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or any member of your household been around anyone with these symptoms in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or a member of your household experienced persistent pain or pressure in the chest in the last 14 days?
  • Have you or a member of your household been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 14 days?
  • In the last 14 days, have you or a member of your household traveled to or been in close physical contact with anyone who has traveled to the following locations: Brazil, China, Iran, European Countries, United Kingdom, Ireland.

New Temperature Policy

Please be advised, the new temperature policy of 100.4 or greater applies to members of the entire household. If one child runs a temperature of 100.4 or greater while at home or at school, all siblings are required to stay at home and follow the steps on the new temporary policy prior to returning to school.

Our class ratios will be reduced to no more than eight (8) children in our infant through Pre-K classes, with two adults. For our Hut classes, our maximum number of children will be fourteen (14) children with two adults. Due to the fact we are just about doubling the number of classes we have as well as the large number of staff we will need to have to ensure these low ratios, we will have to alter our Center’s hours as we navigate how to best care for fewer children in each classroom. I would like to be very clear with this point: We are committing to the change in these hours in July, and possibly longer, but do not intend to have these hours become permanent. When we reopen on June 29, our hours of operation will be 8:30 AM- 3:30 PM. We understand that this is not ideal for our families, and we apologize that we will not be open during our full hours right when we reopen. As you know, we are working through reopening while erring on the side of safety. We thank you so much for supporting Haygood as we navigate these new safety protocols.

One area that has taken up pretty much all our thoughts since we closed has been preparedness planning. For your convenience, I have bulleted some highlights of our plans.

 

New Safety Protocols:

  •  We will have smaller classes, as covered earlier.
  • Masks will be provided for everyone over the age of 3. Please note we are using the word ” provided.” We understand that this will be difficult for our three-year-olds and will also use common sense with what is best for our children.
  • Teachers and administrators must remain symptom-free and will have daily temperature screenings and will be required to wear masks & shoe covers at all times.
  • We will have temperature checks at the door for all adults & children.
  • 14 days prior to starting back, we will ask all of our children to check their daily temperature and record it on a form provided by us, to ensure that they have not had a fever or any other symptoms related to COVID-19.
  • We will limit access to the building – drop off and pick up will be at the Lobby door. Hut classes will have a separate drop off and pick up locations, which will be communicated separately before our opening.
  • There will be no shared amenities (classes will not overlap in any common areas and the playground will be cleaned between classes).
  • Touch-Free soap and hand dispensers will be available throughout the building.
  • We will have daily electromagnetic spray surface cleaning, in addition to our nightly cleaning company expanding their regular services (please note their entire staff has been screened for COVID and has daily temperature checks as well).
  • More time will be given for teachers to clean classrooms before and after use.
  • In case of illness for children, teachers, or family members, we have new procedures set in place. Our new sick policy and daily schedules will be communicated out next week.

 

Administering Medication

Haygood will still use the same policy with administering medication. If your child has medication for the day, please inform us at drop-off so we can provide you with a medication authorization form. As always, we will not be able to administer medication without a signed form.

 

Sick Children

In accordance with the Center for Disease and Control, we are temporarily amending our sick policy for children with a temperature. During check-in, if a child or any member in the car has a temperature of >100.4 the student will not be allowed to join the school for the day. While at school, if a child has a fever of >100.4 they will be separated from their class and a parent/ guardian will be required to pick them up immediately. The student will be required to remain home for 72 hrs. Upon returning to school, if the student’s temperature is still >100.4 they will be required to stay home for an additional 10 days.

 

Wearing a Mask

For anyone outside of a profession that requires wearing a mask, we all can understand how unfamiliar and foreign these past few months have felt. At school, your children ages three and up will wear a mask for several parts of the day with breaks in between for lunch and rest time for infants-Pre-K. Our teachers and staff will use positive reassurance and encouragement to help our kiddos feel comfortable wearing their masks. As a community, we all can assist with the “new normal.” Here are some easy ways your family can help get your kiddos prepared for this transition.

  • Family Mask Day– Encourage all members of your family ages three and up to wear a mask throughout the day. Have family conversations with your mask on to allow your child to know that someone wearing masks is not something to fear.
  • Be a Superhero– Encourage your kiddo to be a superhero for a day and a mask is part of their “super” uniform. What’s their superpower, you ask? Stopping germs in their tracks!
  • Inside Out– Take turns wearing a mask while members of your family try and guess your emotions. This fun game will allow your kiddo to see that although someone is wearing a mask, you are still able to see if they are sad, excited, happy, or being silly.

 

Communication:

  • With drop-off and pick-up taking place outside, a Haygood administrator will check your child in and out of Tadpoles each day.
  • Please enter any notes for your child, including the infant feeding schedule for the day/week in Tadpoles.
  • You will still receive pictures, videos, and other notifications from your child’s teachers via Tadpoles.
  • If you have questions or concerns about your child at the CDC or the Hut throughout the day, please contact the CDC emergency phone at 404-750-3444 and an administrator will be able to assist you. If you have a specific question for your child’s teacher, you can also text it to the CDC emergency phone.
  • If you are doing an early pick-up, please contact the CDC emergency number at 404-750-3444 so an administrator can get your child from their classroom.
  • Pick-up 3:00 pm-3:30 pm.
  • All outside providers such as speech therapy or tutoring will temporarily be suspended until further notice.

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