Spanish Legacy Preschool
COVID 19 Family Handbook
2020 – 2021 School Year
Screening and Admittance/Pick Up
When arriving at the school, families should park and walk with their child to the front door. Please maintain social distancing when waiting to drop off/pick up your child. All adults are required to wear face masks.
A staff member will take the child’s temperature using a non-contact digital thermometer. If the child’s temperature reads at or above 100.4 or they exhibit other symptoms of COVID-19, they shall not be allowed to enter the school.
No outside visitors (including parents) will be allowed in the school during school hours.
All children will be dismissed from the front door. Dismissal will work similarly to drop off. Staff will hand off children to families in the order that parents arrive. Please wear a mask and maintain physical distancing when waiting for your child.
Staff members will wear face coverings while working. Children are not required to wear face coverings unless the parent wishes them to. If you wish to have your child wear a face covering, please send in two labeled child sized face masks daily. When not being worn, clean face coverings will be stored in a sealed plastic bag in the child’s back pack. When a child needs to remove his/her mask, it will be placed in a paper bag with the child’s name on it until they use it again. At the end of the day, used masks will be sent home in the paper bag to be cleaned. Please note that a child will never be forced to wear a face covering if they are uncomfortable. Children will not be wearing face coverings during meal times or outside on the playground.
Extra Hygiene Measures and Procedures:
- Children and staff will wash their hands at the following times:
- Upon entering the building
- After using the bathroom
- Before and after eating
- After returning inside from the playground
- After sneezing/coughing/blowing nose
- Any other times as needed
Cleaning and Disinfecting:
Frequently throughout the day, high touch surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, counter tops and restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected.
Classrooms will be disinfected at the end of each school day.
Any toys that go into a child’s mouth will be put through a disinfection process
Sick Policy and Potential COVID-19 Closures
We ask that all families and staff let us know of any potential exposure immediately. A potential exposure means being a household contact or having close contact within 6 feet of an individual with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 for at least 10 minutes. The timeframe for having contact with an individual includes the period of 48 hours before the individual became symptomatic.
Positive COVID-19 Cases:
Once a case of COVID-19 (a person with a positive PCR or antigen laboratory result, regardless of symptoms) is identified among the child care program attendees or staff, the Director will notify all families and any other close contacts with the school.
In addition, the school will temporarily close the areas where the COVID-19 case was and disinfect. The school will notify the Sarasota County Health Department.
Return after positive for COVID-19
Cases of COVID-19 should be allowed to return to the facility after meeting the following criteria:
- At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and
- At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use
of fever-reducing medications and
- Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved
Cases of COVID-19 who were never symptomatic, may return after at least 10 days have passed since the date of their positive lab test.
Close contacts to cases of COVID-19 will allowed to return after 14 days have passed from their last date of exposure to the case if they have remained symptom free. For close contacts who develop symptoms within the 14 days, they should seek medical care and testing. If their COVID-19 test is negative, then they may return to school after 14 days have passed since their last exposure to the case and if their symptoms have resolved. If their test is positive, they will be considered a case of COVID-19 and should follow the guidance for cases as stated above.