COVID Preparedness & Response Plan Sunny Days Preschool is committed to protecting the health of our children, our families, and our community. Sunny Days Preschool will follow the recommendations & requirements of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in our response to COVID-19. We will keep the health and safety of our community in mind while also supporting our students’ social and emotional well-being. Please note that any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk to COVID-19 and while we will do everything we can to minimize risk, there is no guarantee of absence of exposure. Families are required to follow all protocols to help minimize risk. Sunny Days Preschool will follow best practices using the following protocols: Monitor for Symptoms of COVID 19 Parents will assess children before coming to school for any visual signs of illness (flushed cheeks, fatigue, cough, runny nose, irritability). Parents will do a temperature check, if needed, before coming to school. Children will be assessed for visual signs of illness when entering and throughout the school day. Temperature checks will be done, if needed. Families are required to report if they or anyone in their household: Have received positive COVID-19 results; Have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 and/or Have experienced symptoms such as persistent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, change in smell or taste, diarrhea, and/or vomiting. Practice Social Distancing Consistent groups will be maintained. To aid in establishing a “pod” of consistent groups in the classroom & to have space to clean between groups of children, classes will meet on consecutive days. Each parent/child pair will wait & enter the preschool one at a time. Only the student enrolled in the class may walk beyond the entryway into the classroom. Only one adult & one child will be allowed in the entryway of the preschool at a time. The same adult will drop off & pick up as much as possible to limit the amount of people in the preschool to a consistent group. Parents are asked not to congregate with each other at drop-off & pick-up time & to maintain a 6 foot distance from other families. Clear partitions (“sneeze guards”) will be used between children when eating at tables. Ensure Proper Hygiene (including cleaning and regular disinfecting) Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned daily & toys and learning materials will be sanitized between groups of children. Windows will be opened regularly and the classroom will be aired out as much as possible. Each child will sanitize hands immediately upon entry into the classroom & will wash many times throughout the day (after using restroom, before snack, after blowing or wiping nose). Children will change into washable “Inside Shoes” upon entering classroom. These “Inside Shoes” will be sprayed with disinfectant weekly. Use of Safety Equipment & Face Coverings Teacher(s) and students will wear a cloth face covering during indoor class time. All parents (or designated adult) are required to wear a cloth face mask if entering when dropping off or picking up children. Masks are not required while outside by adults or children. Partnering & Communicating with Families Families are asked to partner with school by limiting their exposure to large gatherings as much as possible and continuing the recommended health precautions when not in school (such as face coverings in indoor gatherings, hand washing, and social distancing). If a student, family member, or teacher tests positive for COVID-19, it will be reported to our entire group, as well as the Macomb County Health Department and our state licensing department (LARA). If a student or teacher tests positive for COVID, classes will be cancelled and all families will be required to quarantine for 14 days. If an adult or child test positive for COVID they must stay home for 14 days and be fever free for at least 72 hours (3 days) with improved cough, returning with a doctor’s note. Enhanced Illness Policy As a precaution, if a student is not feeling well OR any member of the family is ill for any reason, the student should not attend preschool that day. Parents are asked to veer on the side of caution and when in doubt, refrain from attending preschool. Parents will assess their child’s health before leaving home every morning to be sure the child is well enough to drive to preschool. Children with a temperature of 100 or more degrees, for any reason, will not be allowed in preschool. Children with nasal discharge or cough should not come to preschool. If a child or teacher visits a healthcare provider and another cause is identified for the symptoms, the individual may return to care once symptoms improve and they have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers. If another cause is not identified, the individual should be tested for COVID-19. If a child is having symptoms and a Covid test is not done, the child should stay home until: - Has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers AND - Symptoms have improved AND -At least ten days have passed since the start of symptoms. If a parent or child has been in contact with someone who has COVID, the child may not come to preschool & the family needs to quarantine for 14 days. Families will promptly notify school if anyone in the family has come in contact with someone with COVID. If a child develops symptoms during class hours: If a child develops symptoms while in school they will be moved away from the other children and parents will be called for prompt pick-up. If the teacher develops symptoms during class hours: If Teacher develops sudden symptoms typical of COVID-19, class will immediately be cancelled and families will be contacted for prompt pick-up. Emergency substitute will be called, if necessary. Please Note: It is recommended that children be up to date with current vaccination schedules to protect from vaccine-preventable infectious diseases, including influenza.