Early Education in a pandemic is, by necessity, extremely different than what we are used to in our daily operations.
However, what will not change is our mission and commitment to spark creativity, joy and a love of learning in each child.
Protecting the health and safety of our school community remains the top priority at The Children’s Workshop. We will be opening under new, restricted regulations that are designed to meet or exceed the childcare recommendations put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state specific safety protocols. Taking every precaution to prevent potential exposure, or the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases, every decision we make prioritizes the health and safety of our staff and the children we care for.
HEALTH & SAFETY
Click here for guidance from the CDC on symptoms, testing, prevention and more.
In response to the COVID-19 health pandemic, TCW has implemented the following protocols:
Health and Temperature Screenings
Before entering the school building, a trained TCW staff member will check everyone for fever of 100.4 F or above with a no-touch, infrared thermometer. They will also screen for other signs of illness using the COVID-19 Screening Tool provided by the RI Department of Human Services (DHS) and RI Department of Health (DOH). A visual inspection of each child will be conducted for signs of illness, including flushed cheeks, rapid breathing, difficulty breathing, fatigue or extreme fussiness.
Parents/guardians must remain until the COVID-19 screening procedure is completed and the child is cleared for entry into the school building.
Children and adults who have a fever of 100.4 F or above, or other signs of illness, will not be permitted in the school building. Parents/guardians should consult with their child’s pediatrician for further guidance.
“Curbside” Drop-off & Pick-up
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our principal objective is to facilitate safe drop-off and pick-up procedures, designed to minimize viral transmission. All families and staff are required to abide by the TCW Drop-off and Pick-up Policies to ensure that we remain in compliance with CDC recommendations and updated DHS regulations during these times.
High risk people, such as those 65+ years of age or adults with serious underlying conditions should not pick up children. If possible, we ask that you designate one parent, or authorized caregiver, to always drop-off and pick-up your child(ren). Staff will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times during drop-off, pick-up and while completing the health screening and temperature checks.
Children who are cleared for entry into the school building will be walked to their classroom by a trained staff member (infants will be carried).
At this time, parents and other family members are discouraged from entering the building. Only TCW staff, and certain pre-approved essential service providers, will be allowed in classrooms after successfully clearing the Health and Temperature Screenings. All vendors and deliveries will not be allowed past the school front lobby.
All teachers and TCW school staff will wear cloth face coverings. As it is not mandated by state, local or licensing authorities, TCW will not require children to wear masks while in our care. However, if you decide to send one in, we will do our best to encourage your child to wear it.
Potential or Confirmed Exposure
Anyone with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their household must remain out of our schools for 14 days. Confirmed cases must receive medical clearance to return.
CLEANING, DISINFECTING & SANITIZING
The Children’s Workshop understands that frequent and thorough handwashing is a primary means of infection control and has always enforced a strong handwashing policy.
Regular cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing is also vitally important to maintaining the health and safety of our students, their families and our staff. Our guiding principles for cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing are:
- Normal routine cleaning with soap and water will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure.
- Disinfection using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 can also help reduce the risk of viral transmission.
- Frequent disinfection of surfaces and objects touched by multiple people is crucial.
- When EPA-approved disinfectants are not available, alternative disinfectants can be used (for example, 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions).
The Children’s Workshop follows NAEYC accreditation standards, CFOC national standards and CDC recommendations for the cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection of educational facilities for children. Click here to review our cleaning policies with additions for COVID-19, sanitizing toys and disinfecting bedding.
We are working closely with the CDC and state and local health departments to respond as quickly as possible to their latest guidance and will continue to update our families as soon as possible via our parent communication app, Kaymbu.
It is important for TCW staff and our families to communicate often and be transparent with one another. Please voice concerns or questions you have with your school director as soon as possible.
Every classroom will have a designated “classroom crew”. These groups are stable in that the same group of children are with the same provider(s) each day, minimizing contact and the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Please click here for guidance on travel from the CDC.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We understand that these are very uncertain times, and have therefore collected a list of FAQs for our TCW families.