Your child’s health and safety comes first at Sunshine House. Social and physical distancing is a practice to slow down the spread of disease. It requires the intentional creation of physical space between individuals who may spread contagious and infectious diseases.
Here’s how you can help:
Screen yourself and children daily, prior to coming to school.
Check-in and pick-up at the entryway, wearing a mask. We wear masks to protect you and we appreciate you protecting us and all who we care for, in return. You are welcome to bring your own stylus for using Procare screen.
Maintain social distancing from other families. This may occasionally require you to wait a minute at the gate.
Do not proceed into children’s space.
Please be quick about drop-offs and pickups. We are happy for you to contact us by phone/text/zoom for any longer conversations.
Notify us if your child has taken any fever reducing medications in the prior 24 hours.
If anyone has a temperature of 100.4°F or higher they must be excluded from school.
If your child should show signs of illness, we will isolate them and call you for immediate pick-up. You need to have someone available to do that, within a 30 minute time frame.
Teach effective handwashing…20 seconds and all parts of hands.
Teach children to use a tissue when using the handle to flush the toilet.
Role-play what social distancing looks like by practicing with your child. We have the children extend their arms. Other children should not be within that space.
Teach children to use tissue to wipe their nose and to cough inside their elbow.
Wash your hands when you arrive home.
For now, share items, including toys have to be excluded.
Text us when you are 5 minutes out, before pickups. That will allow us to have your child ready for a speedy exit.
Here’s some of the items we are doing:
Children will remain in groups not to exceed 10.
The same children and teachers will be kept with each group and include children from the same family, to the greatest extent possible.
We are extending the indoor environment to outdoors. Groups of children will play in isolated spaces, though those spaces will be rotated throughout time. We have purchased additional equipment to allow for children to have many choices in each space.
We have arranged developmentally appropriate activities for smaller groups and rearranged furniture and play spaces to maintain 6-feet separation, when possible. We have purchased additional equipment to allow for many choices for indoor learning, in smaller spaces.
We monitor staff and children throughout the day for any signs of possible illness.
We teach and monitor strict handwashing guidelines for all staff and children.
We teach and model social and physical distancing and movement.
We teach children to use tissue to wipe their nose and to cough inside their elbow.
We conduct visual wellness checks of all children upon arrival and ask health questions when concerned.
We frequently sanitize touched surfaces.
We offer more opportunities for individual play and solo activities, such as fine motor activities (i.e., drawing, coloring, cutting, puzzles, and other manipulatives).
We plan activities that do not require close physical contact between multiple children.
We spend about 2/3 of the day out of doors. We will be adjusting that when hot weather comes.
We serve snacks to children vs family-style.
Wash hands for 20 seconds and use paper towels (or single use cloth towels) to dry hands thoroughly.