Super Cub Health and Safety Plan
Gerner Family Early Education Center
Safety is our TOP Priority
Health and safety for all students and staff is our number one priority at Gerner during a normal school year, but even more so during the COVID-19 pandemic. A team has been working countless hours to design a health and safety plan specific to our building based on the Park Hill School District Health and Safety Precautions shared on the school district website. Please keep in mind that our plan could change as we receive additional guidance. We will notify all families if we make major changes. Thank you for your trust, patience, and flexibility as we navigate this school year.
The following information is a summary of the essential elements of our plan.
Coordinator of Early Education Programs
Basic Building Procedures
All students and staff must wear a mask upon entering the building. Masks must be worn at all times except when eating, drinking, resting, or playing outside during recess.
For the safety of our students and staff, visitors will not be allowed in the building. Only school district employees are allowed to enter Gerner Family Early Education Center. Unfortunately this means no classroom visitors - even on the first day.
Exposure to COVID-19
If students or staff members feel healthy but have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19, they need to stay home and monitor their health until 14 days after their last exposure. Families should notify the the school nurse of the exposure.
We cannot distribute any outside food or beverages to our students. This means we will not have birthday treats from outside the school. If families or teacher would like to purchase treat for their students, please work through our Nutrition Services Department.
Health Guidelines for Students and Staff
Students and staff who are feeling sick must stay home. Parents will self-assess students for COVID-19 symptoms daily. Staff will self-assess for COVID-19 symptoms daily. Staff and students should stay home if they have a fever of 100.4 F or greater. All member of our Park Hill family will follow these guidelines to screen for symptoms of COVID-19, and must stay home if ill.
- Sore throat
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle pain
- Lack of appetite
- Loss of taste or smell
5 Pillars of Prevention
- Hand Hygiene
- Physical Distancing
- Cleaning and Disinfecting
- Stable Groups
- All learning spaces will have hand sanitizer. Custodians will refill sanitizers as needed nightly.
- All students will be directed to wash their hands or use sanitizer when entering the building or reentering the classrooms, before meals, before entering group spaces for centers or large groups, after art and sensory experiences, and after recess.
- Teachers will also develop hand hygiene routines specific to their classroom schedule.
We will take steps to promote physical distancing, although we cannot keep everyone six feet apart.
- Common Spaces: We will stagger the use of common spaces, including the multi-purpose room, playground, and larger spaces. Teachers will promote games and activities at recess so students can play while keeping their distance. Physical contact will be avoided when possible.
- Visitors: Few people will be allowed in the front office. When possible, visitors will be asked to use the camera doorbell.
- Centers: We will limit the number of children participating in activities at centers and interest areas.
- Meals: Students will be spread out at tables during snack and lunch. Teachers may be on a rotation schedule for eating snack.
- Large Group: Students will be spread out during large group learning time.
- Furniture: Tables, shelves, and work centers have been spread apart to create natural distances to support a flow of learning. We have ordered plexiglass to put on teacher desks, on student tables, and in front offices.
- Schedules and Transitions: We have adjusted recess, lunch, arrival and dismissal schedules to allow for more cleaning and disinfection as well as to avoid congestion.
- Hallways: Sit spots will placed throughout the hallway to indicate appropriate social distancing while waiting to use restrooms, and during arrival/dismissal. Teachers will also encourage students to maintain social distance while in line using phrases like, "airplane arms."
- All students and staff are required to wear masks when in the building. Masks must be worn at all times except when eating, drinking, resting, or playing outside during recess. If the teacher needs to see a students' mouth to provide instruction, a clear mask is preferred or the plexiglass divider will be used.
- Staff and students will be trained regarding the correct handling of masks and will be taught about what to do when they are not wearing their mask.
- Students and staff without a mask will be provided with a reusable mask if needed.
- Some staff will receive masks with clear windows or face shields to help those who need to see mouths when someone is speaking.
- Please start working with your children on wearing masks before school begins.
- We have put extra cleaning supplies (disinfecting wipes or a spray bottle/rag) in each learning space (including the cafeteria, playground, and rooms for small groups). All staff will use these supplies to help disinfect and clean high touched locations throughout the day.
- Our custodial staff will be disinfecting the playground, recess spaces, and classroom cubbies after use by classrooms.
- Teachers will have separate supplies for each student. For shared supplies, the teacher will have a process for separating the supplies that have been used from the clean supplies.
- We will try to ensure that students remain with their cohort group throughout the entire day.
- Students will arrive, dismiss, play at recess, eat lunch, and interact during instruction time with their cohort groups. Cohort groups have been assigned so that they are working with a consistent adult.
Health Room and Quarantine Room
Our school nurse will use all of the recommended health guidelines if a child is sent to the health room with Covid-19 symptoms. The following is a list of extra precautions we have in place for the health room.
- frequent hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, gloves
- masks will be worn by our nurse, students, and staff
- proper PPE will be worn based on the individual's health needs
- cots, chairs, and other surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected between staff/student visits and throughout the day as needed
- custodial staff will clean and disinfect as part of their regular cleaning routine
- a designated quarantine room has been established for students/staff who may have Covid-19 symptoms
- Please send a reusable water bottle to school with your child.
- Please talk with your child about the importance of wearing a mask and have your child practice wearing a mask for longer periods of time.
- Please be patient with us as we navigate through a very different school year.
- Please contact us if you have questions or if your child is struggling.
- If your student is directly exposed to someone with COVID, the school nurse will contact you. No news is good news!
- To keep students healthy, it is suggested that masks are washed daily.
- For more detailed information. Please refer to the Health and Safety Precautions on our district website: HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS