What changes have been implimented at LSH due to COVID 19?
For our Preschool Programs a large part of our day is now outside. We have expanded and developed outdoor areas in which children can play, learn and grow. Our in-door classrooms have all added air purifiers to ensure a healthier environment at nap time.
Families will pack additional food for snacks throughout the day, as we are not able to serve school-wide snacks at this time. Please pack snack in a brown paper bag with your child’s name on it and keep it separate from your child’s lunch if they are full day.
What will the new drop off and pick up procedures look like?
- Parents will need to sign up for a specific time for drop off and pick up. For example, for a full day child drop off between 8:00-8:10 and pick up 4:30-4:40. At drop off this will allow us to have an educator available to greet you and your child. If you are going to be late or early you will need to contact us through Brightwheel so that we can arrange to have an educator available. Parents may not just show up and enter the building.
- We will be asking families to take their child’s temperature at home in the morning before they come to LSH. Children with a temp of 101.4 or above will need to be excluded from care. The temperature max has been set by the CDC. We are asking parents to take the first reading so that the staff knows that we are accepting a healthy child into our care.
- Parents will drop off in their designated area this will be and outdoor location and will be communicated to you via a Brightwheel message or phone call prior to your child’s first day back.
- We ask that children 3 years of age and up arrive with a mask covering both their mouth and nose and that parents wear a mask and observe a distance of 6 feet from the educators other parents and children while checking in and out. Depending on the age of your child the educator will assist as is appropriate. ALL children who can walk NEED to be standing/walking rather then held by a parent. The educators will NOT take a child from a parent’s arms if the child is able to walk.
- For pick up we will have your child wash their hands and gather their items to be ready for you at the designated area at the end of the day. Please wear a mask at pick up time as well.
What precautions will LSH take throughout the day?
- Frequent Handwashing! At drop off children will go to a handwashing sink or station and throughout our day we will be very mindful or establishing a frequent handwashing routine. We have purchased additional outdoor hand washing stations to make hand washing in all areas readily available.
- Children will be cared for in a chohort of up to 14 with the same children and educators. Groups will be in separate areas and will not intermingle. .
- Educators and administration will increase spacing in areas and help children to limit the number in certain areas. For example, allow no more then three children from the same group in dramatic play area.
- Educators and administration will wear masks/face shield when in close contact with children. Masks must be clean.
- Educators and administration will check their temperature daily.
- Educators will make every effort to ensure the masks are used by children 3 and up during the day. Parents must provide a clean mask for children each day. Children 2 years of age and younger are not permitted to wear masks.
- Good air ventilation indoors and as much time as possible in the outdoor environment will be implemented as good air flow is encouraged by the CDC.
- All tours and perspective families will meet only while social distancing is possible if this is not possible during school hours tours will occure after school hours
Cleaning Classrooms and Materials
- We will reduce the soft materials in the classrooms and select materials based on how easily they can be sterilized.
- Our younger groups will have less materials at a time with more rotation of materials for more frequent cleaning throughout the day.
- All classrooms including our outdoor environments will be disinfected using the regulations outlined by the Health Department daily. Extra time will be used to thoroughly disinfect nightly.
- We currently have enough cleaning supplies in order to disinfect the school environment.
What if my child or another child becomes ill?
- LSH is asking all families to keep their child home if anyone in their home becomes ill with COVID like symptoms (listed below). Once all family members in the home have been cleared of COVID the child may resume care.
- If a child or anyone living in the home contracts COVID the family has a responsibility to contact and inform LSH. LSH will contact the Health Department and any families of children who may have come in contact with the ill child.
What are the Symptoms and Exclusions?
- Any one of the following symptoms require children or teachers to stay home from school and inform us as soon as possible.
- A fever of 100.4 or above
- Shortness of breath
- Stomach cramping
- A family member living within your home has any one of the above symptoms
- If a child or staff member presents with any combination of the symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever of 100.4F or above, cough, shortness of breath, stomach cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fatigue), the child or staff member must self-isolate at home until all of the following are true:
- The child or staff have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
- Other symptoms have greatly improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc.)
- At least 7 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and staff has tested negative for COVID 19.
LSH has a resposibility to the community to report any positive COVID cases to the Health Department and to follow all guidlines given in regards to isolation and possible school closure.
Additional Information about Kawasaki’s Disease as the CDC is investigating reports of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) associated with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), which may present with Kawasaki disease-like features.
- Healthcare providers and public health professionals: Please visit Information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers and the CDC Health Alert Network for more information on MIS-C associated with COVID-19.
- Parents and caregivers: Please visit CDC’s Caring for Children page for additional information.
The condition causes inflammation in the blood vessels, and the symptoms can be severe. In addition to several days of fever, children with Kawasaki disease may develop symptoms such as rash, swollen neck glands, swollen hands and feet, and red eyes, lips and tongue.
Early on, Kawasaki disease can affect the function of the heart muscle or the heart valves. If it is recognized and treated early, children can begin to feel better in a few days with a low likelihood of long-term heart issues.
- Kawasaki disease is not contagious. It does not spread among family members or children in child care centers.
- Kawasaki disease occurs more frequently in children of Asian or Pacific Island ancestry. However, it can affect people in all racial and ethnic groups.
- The cause of Kawasaki disease is not known, but it is thought to be a reaction by the body's immune system.
Kawasaki Disease begins with a fever above 102 degrees F that lasts for at least five days. Other signs and symptoms may include:
- Rash anywhere on the body but more severe in the diaper area.
- Red, bloodshot eyes without pus, drainage, or crusting.
- Swelling and tenderness of a gland (lymph node) on one side of the neck.
- Swollen hands and feet with redness on the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.
- Very red, swollen, and cracked lips; strawberry-like tongue with rough, red spots.
- Significant irritability and fussiness.
- Peeling fingers and toes (typically 2 to 3 weeks after the beginning of fever).
Note: The following key signs and symptoms may not be present at the same time. In some very young infants, only a few of these actually develop. Other non-specific symptoms may also be present, such as vomiting, diarrhea, stomachache, cough, runny nose, headache, or pain or swelling of the joints.
What else can families do to help to keep our LSH community healthy?
- Schedule your child’s bath time for immediately after school.
- Dress your child in clean clothes each day they attend school. Bring plenty of back up clothing in zip lock baggies.
- Disinfect lunch boxes daily. If possible, pack lunch in a non-porous container such as a brown paper bag. Pack extra food for snacks and pack any dishes or silverware needed.
- If your child brings a lovie to school, disinfect it each day after school or bring them one to keep at school and one for home, we will give it to you at the end of their week along with any nap mat bedding.
- Apply sunscreen to your child within 30 minutes of dropping off at school. This will help teachers know when to reapply.
- Commit to social distancing as a family.
- Per the health department, we need to be able to get in touch with a parent or guardian within 30 minutes in case of emergency pick up. Your phone number must be up to date with the school.
- For the time being we are requesting that parents drop off and pick up each day. If you need to assign a different, consistent, pick up person, it should be someone who lives in your home. We will reevaluate this policy at the end of July.
- Other daily information or changes should be sent through Brightwheel to the educators.
- Parents will not enter the building, so more in-depth communication between teachers and parents will happen through Brightwheel, GoTo Meetings, and notes.
Face Covering for Enrolled Children 2 Years of Age and Older
In accordance with new regulations 1/20/2021 Little Sunshine House will adhere to California Department of Public Health, Long Beach County Health Care Agency, and CDC recommendations in preventing the spread of COVID-19. This includes guidelines for face coverings for children.
Children will be required and encouraged to wear masks/face coverings:
- At arrival and dismissal
- When children are inside the classroom working in close proximity of their peers
○ Appropriate and consistent use of masks is most important when students, teachers, and staff are indoors, and when social distancing of at least 6 feet is difficult to implement or maintain.
Children will not be required to wear mask/face coverings:
- During meal time
- If they have trouble breathing, are unconscious, or incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance
- If they have a medical or mental health condition or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face covering
- When playing outdoors and engaging in physical activity such as running, jumping, climbing etc.
- Note: Children will be strongly encouraged to wear masks when working in close proximity to their peers and not able to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from another person both indoor and outdoors.
We understand that some families may have different views and beliefs regarding children wearing face coverings, and believe it is important that each person finds a style that is the most comfortable for them. Children are more likely to respond in a positive and effective manner if they are allowed to have some control in the process. Some suggestions include encouraging children to select their own mask or decorate their mask with their design of choice. Parents can help support mask wearing by practicing at home, showing their children pictures of other children with masks on, role modeling and explaining the reasons for wearing masks in a developmentally appropriate manner. We thank you for your commitment and support to help keep the LSH staff, children and families safe as possible as we continue with our daily operations.