Carelot News and Information

March 11, 2020

Covid-19 Information

Dear Carelot Families and Staff,

It is my belief that being proactive is much better that having to be reactive. Collectively we can make a difference and keep each other safe and healthy. Education is the key!!!!!!

With that said, it is important that good public health practices are conducted to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. The same steps which prevent other respiratory viruses, such as the flu, from spreading can also prevent COVID-19 from spreading. It is important to follow these steps as a matter of standard practice:

· Handwashing! It is our policy that handwashing is of utmost importance in a child care setting. This includes that when you enter the center or program, the first thing you do is wash your hands and your child’s hands. Please continue to reinforce proper handwashing techniques at home.

· We will continue to follow our handwashing policies. Please ash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Be sure adequate supplies are readily available in bathrooms and other wash areas

· We will continue to educate the children and staff on proper hygiene by reminding children and staff to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

· We will continue to remind the children to cover their mouths and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not hands) when coughing or sneezing – please reinforce this practice at home.

· We will continue to enforce our health care policies and close contact with anyone who may exhibit symptoms of illness.

· We will continue to follow our existing protocols for staff and/or children presenting as ill or who may have been exposed to a contagious disease, including exclusion policies

· We will continue to clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces according to product directions and program policy.

If we all work together with these preventive measures, we can work towards our goal is to prevent this virus and keep all viruses/contagious diseases under control.

If you would like further information on this topic, please visit:

DPH: https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Public-Health-Preparedness/Main-Page/2019-Novel-Coronavirus

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/prevention/Pages/Germ-Prevention-Strategies.aspx

Sincerely,

Holly A. Bevilacqua, COO

Carelot Children’s Center

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Carelot Children's Center, Inc

Providing Early Care and Educatiom in Waterford, East Lyme. Brooklyn, Danielson, Chaplin, New London and Griswold.