Welcome to our program! We understand times are stressful, but we want your experience to be an exceptional one. As you prepare to transition your little one into the center, there are a few things that will help to make your transition as smooth as possible.
We feel it is important to make you aware of the risk associated with child care at this time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that older adults and those who have or have members in their household with compromised immune systems, respiratory problems, hypertension, diabetes, heart problems, chronic kidney disease, or cancer are at greater risk for more serious complications associated with COVID-19. Please make sure you sign the waiver stating that you understand this risk and include it in the paperwork you turn in.
We are happy to have you join our center and look forward to creating a strong partnership with your family. This handbook is to help guide in an emergency pandemic. This handbook is very fluid and may be adjusted based on the pandemic and emergency needs of the center. This handbook was written to help guide families and staff with open communication. Little Lights Foundational Learning Center will adjust this handbook as needed due to State and Federal guidelines. We will follow all rules, regulations and requirements as well as recommendations of the CDC, local, state and federal government for the health and safety of students, families and staff.
Monitor Symptoms of COVID-19
Parents will utilize curbside service to drop off and pick up their children. We are asking that you call or text the center when you arrive for curbside service. Someone will meet you at your car and take your child’s temperature. If your child’s temperature is under 100.4 degrees, they will be able to attend for that day and be escorted into the center to wash their hands by a staff member. If your child’s temperature is 100.4 degrees or higher they will not be allowed to attend for that day. Parents will be asked questions during curbside drop off such as:
Parents will not be allowed to enter the building for drop off or pick up due to the heightened risk with COVID-19. If parents need to speak with the Director, they can call or setup a virtual appointment. If parents would like to enter the building to see their child’s classroom, they must wash their hands and wear a face mask. We ask that no parent touch anything or any other students during this time. We ask that when in the building that parents respect the personal space of students and staff by standing at least 6 feet away.
Communication with staff should be done via email or phone to allow social distancing. We will make teachers available to keep all families updated and to answer and address all the needs of the students in our care.
Students should arrive in clean clothing. Students should bring any items needed in a clear Ziploc bag only. All items will be sent home at the end of the week for proper washing. This includes nap time items, changes of clothing and all other student items that need cleaning. Student cubbies and bins will be sanitized daily by staff and a deep cleaning every Friday.
Illness Policy and Monitoring
Students will have their temperatures checked daily. Once will be within 10-minutes of arriving then randomly throughout the day. Any student with a fever of more than 100 must remain out of school for 72 hours after the fever has broken without fever reducing medications. We will not allow a doctor’s note for returning before the 72 hours.
Any student showing concerning signs of a respiratory issue such as: excessive coughing, tugging in the chest, wheezing, shortness of breath, etc.. Will be sent home and may not return for 7 days plus 3 additional healthy days and must be cleared by a medical professional.
Students with a cough and a fever will be required to be seen by a medical professional within 24 hours. Student must remain out of school for 7 days, plus an additional healthy 3 days. Parents will be required to contact the Director within 24 hours to inform the school what the illness may be. If a doctor has cleared your child to attend sooner, the medical professional MUST in writing state your child’s name, diagnoses (if any) and return date. The note also needs to reflect that your child does NOT have COVID-19 and is able to return to childcare without placing anyone else at risk. If your child or anyone in your household was in direct contact with a person positive for COVID-19, families must inform Little Lights FLC via email only ASAP. The child will be required to stay home for 14 days.
Little Lights FLC will take every precaution for your child to stay healthy and safe! Consistent hand washing and cleaning of the center will be performed often during the day. Students will be required to wash their hands additional times of the day. This may cause a child’s hands to become more raw than normal. We ask that you use lotion on your child’s hands nightly to help keep the child’s hands from becoming overly raw.
We need your help in keeping students and staff healthy. It is the responsibility of the parents to be open and honest with staff about any illnesses the child or parent may be experiencing. If we find that this is not the case, students will be asked to not attend school.
We ask that all families practice social distancing. Students should not be going out into public with parents. Playgrounds and group gatherings must be avoided for your child to be able to attend. Any violation in this matter will require the child to be placed on a leave of school until the pandemic is over.
During a time of a pandemic, Little Lights FLC will only care for the allowed students in accordance with the state, federal and local government list of Essential and Critical Infrastructure Workforce as listed in the Executive Order.
Closing of the Center
If a child has a cough and a fever, we must close the center for 24-hours for proper cleaning and sanitizing of the center in accordance to the Wayne County Health Department. If the medical team of a child or the parent has been informed that they may have COVID-19, the center will be shut down for 24 hours for proper cleaning and sanitization. If the child or parent is being tested for COVID-19, the center will close and remain closed until the results of the test are complete. If the test is negative, the center will reopen after cleaning and sanitizing the center. If the test is positive, the center will be closed for 14 days.
Tuition Payments During a Pandemic
Payment of care is taken on a weekly/circumstance bases depending on the situation and pandemic. Payment is expected each week of enrollment. The Director will keep all families updated if anything changes.