Health and Safety Protocols

Safety

Montclare is ensuring thoroughly planned protocols to create a safe space for our students to learn and our faculty and staff to work.

HEALTH SCREENING 

Those who come to the door will be asked a few simple health questions such as: 

– Has the individual or any household member had contact with anyone who received a positive COVID-19 test result?

– Has the individual or any household member shown any signs of COVID–19, including but not limited to:

  • Fever at or greater than 100.00 degrees (F)
  • Lethargy
  • Drainage from eyes or nose
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain, or diarrhea

- Has the individual or any household member been told to quarantine or is the individual or any household member waiting on a COVID-19 test result?

DAILY HEALTH CHECKS

Daily health checks have always been part of our daily sign-in procedures. Teachers and staff will do a quick visual scan of each child as they enter the classroom. Please notify your child’s teacher if there are any new bumps, scrapes, or injuries. If your child shows or develops any of the symptoms listed above, we will ask that your child be picked up from school. We expect that all children in attendance be able to fully participate in our program activities. Thank you for your cooperation.

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP

Drop off will take place at the classroom. Each classroom will have a designated arrival time. Each family will be required to complete an online health screening before arrival. Pick up will be at the school front door. Teachers will escort children to the lobby and dismiss each child to their designated grown up. If possible, we ask that parents identify a consistent guardian or authorized person/caregiver for drop-off and pick-up.

MASKS

As of June 21, 2022, the NYCDOHMH has announced that masks are optional for childcare settings. In accordance with our practice, we have followed the recommendations of the NYCDOHMH, and masks are optional for faculty, staff, and children. Children, faculty, and staff are welcome to wear masks in school. Please inform your child's teacher if you would like them to wear a mask or if you prefer that they are not masked at this time. We are happy to follow your decision.

ENHANCED CLEANING AND SANITIZING PROTOCOLS

Prior to school opening and nightly thereafter, cleaning will be completed using EPA approved disinfecting products.

Teachers and school staff will be cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day, paying attention to high-touch areas. Only one group of children will be permitted to use the playground at a time.

FAQ

What will you do to ensure your school and staff are safe?

We perform pre-opening procedures to include deep cleaning and disinfecting as well as a full inspection of the premises for any maintenance needs. As stated above, our janitorial providers will continue cleaning procedures that include disinfecting with EPA approved products.

Our staff is trained on the latest health and safety procedures to reflect the most recent guidance from the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as from local, state, and federal authorities. These procedures include enhanced cleaning throughout the day, guidance on strategies for protecting themselves and the children in their care from the spreading of pathogens.

If there are cases of COVID-19 at the school, what will you do?

If there is a case of COVID-19 within our school, we will notify local health officials and follow their guidance.

Excluding Children Who Test Positive for COVID-19 or Have Symptoms;

Children who test positive for COVID-19, or have COVID-19 symptoms but were not tested, may return to the program when all of the following are met:

  • It is after Day 10 (where Day 1 is the day after symptoms began or, if they have no symptoms, the day after their test date).
  • Their symptoms have improved.
  • They have not had a fever for the prior 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medication.

Children who have COVID-19 symptoms, test negative for COVID-19 (if using at-home tests, they must have two negative tests, taken at least 24-hours apart) and are not currently excluded due to a recent close contact (see the following section) can return to the program if they have not had a fever in the past 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine.

Excluding Children Who Were Close Contacts of Someone With COVID-19;

If your child has not been fully vaccinated (14 days after the second vaccine), OR it has been more that 90 days since they have had COVID, they will need to quarantine.

Fully vaccinated children do not need to quarantine, proof of vaccination must be provided in order to avoid the quarantine for close contact.

For those who will need to quarantine the NYCDOH guidelines are:

Children ages 2 to 5 who are close contacts may return to the childcare program when all of the following are met:

  • It is after Day 5 (where Day 1 is the day after their last close contact).
  • They have no COVID-19 symptoms.
  • They test negative for COVID-19 on Day 5 or later (if using at-home tests, they must take two tests at least 24 hours apart on days 4 and 5 or later).

Children ages 2 to 5 who do not meet these criteria may return to the program after Day 10 after their last close contact.

What will attachment/phase-in look like this fall?

Each age group will follow a general Phase-In Schedule. Children will gradually increase the length of time in the classroom, if they are comfortable. For our two’s program, the first day of Phase-In is a short visit with the parent/caregiver in the classroom. After this initial visit, Phase-In continues with a good-bye at the classroom.

For our threes and fours, children say good-bye to their parent/caregiver at the classroom and gradually lengthen their school day accordingly to their Phase-In schedule.

***Until the child’s Phase-In is complete, the parent/caregiver must be available and close by in case they are needed.