Mountain Breeze Preschool COVID-19 Policies
Please know that we are a five star licenced preschool and we follow directions and guidance from NC Division of Child Development and Early Education. We have regular contact with the local health department as well as the WNC health nurse for daycare centers and preschools as well as our licensing director. The guidelines change as we find out more information, so we will adjust our policies as needed. The guidelines that we follow are here.
Drop-off and Pick up:
To minimize exposure, parents and visitors are not allowed to enter the preschool or playground. We are asking parents to stay in their cars and wait for a teacher to approach your car to get your child in the car or out. This worked very well during summer camp. This does not leave space and time for socialization with other parents or teachers, but if you need to check in, we can set up a time to talk.
When you arrive at school, you can drive up to the gate at the playground. If there are cars in front of you, please do not get out of the car, or let your children out of the car, please wait patiently.
A teacher will sanitize, then meet you at your car. Please have you and your child remain in the car. The teacher will ask you questions about health and exposure. Then she will take your child’s temperature with a touchless thermometer. If everything looks good, then the teacher will help your child out of the car. They will then give them some hand sanitizer and they will head into the preschool playground.
If your child has been exposed to covid, has fever, is experiencing symptoms, or is generally unwell, we will ask them to remain in the car and return home.
When to keep your child at home, illness, quarantine, and returning to school:
When to stay home:
You can not bring your child to school if, your child is experiencing or has experienced in the last 24 hours:
- Fever (temperature 99.5 or above) or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Congestion or runny nose
- Loss of taste or smell
- Nausea or vomiting
- Muscle and body ache
- Sore throat
If they have been exposed to anyone that has Covid-19
*please do not give your child fever reducing medicine before school
*We can not allow children to come to Mountain Breeze School with these symptoms. For example, if your child has some of these symptoms and you tell us it is because of allergies, we will have to be precautious and ask them not to attend.
*If your child is out sick, please let us know why.
- If your child has any of the above symptoms they can NOT return to school unless they have a negative COVID-19 test OR they have been without symptoms for 10 days. We must follow these guidelines as a licensed facility, you can find this information on page 5 of the guidelines. I realize that children may have fevers and coughs that are not COVID-19, but these are the times that we live and the precautions we need to take.
- If a child or a teacher at Mountain Breeze School tests positive for COVID-19 we will most likely have to close and quarantine for 14 days.
- Every morning we will ask you if your child has been exposed to COVID-19, please let us know if a family member or someone that has been in contact with your child has tested positive. Your child will need to quarantine and will not be able to attend school, if your child does not have a positive test, we may not have to close the school and quarantine. In this situation, since it is not direct exposure, it will be up to the health department if we need to close.
I know this is different and difficult, but please remember that all the teachers at Mountain Breeze School are increasing their risk by being here, and we all want to stay healthy for ourselves and our families and at the same time have fun and keep your families safe too.
Parents or visitors will not be permitted into the preschool or playground area during pick up or drop off. If your child is attending Mountain Breeze for the first time.
All teachers will wear face coverings throughout the day when they can not be six feet away from someone else. At this point it is not required that children wear facemasks, but if you would like your child to wear a facemask, we will support that.
We have a lot of cleaning policies. We have switched from sanitizer to disinfectant on all of the surfaces.
We will wipe down all touched surfaces at the end of the day with disinfectant.
We will have toys for each day of the week for inside and outside. We will keep inside and outside toys in plastic buckets. We will put out new ones each morning and collect them at the end of the day and put them away for the week. We will be cleaning and disinfecting.
We will continue to wash hands at all the suggested times during the day that are detailed in the handbook. If we are outside, we will use hand sanitizer in lieu of washing hands. If we are indoors, we will use safe handwashing techniques.
We will be conscious of social distancing but we know that social distancing with preschoolers is not feasible. As teachers we feel for long term mental development we need to have contact with children in our care. We will hug your children, hold their hand, and console them when they need consoling. We will be wearing a mask and sanitizing. We will have activities set up for kids inside and outside. Children tend to gather together in groups of two to three children. Children will have contact with each other while at preschool. We will deter large groupings of children. We will attempt not to have small groups of children to gather for long periods of time, but please realize that there will be contact between your child and other children.
Snacks and Meals:
We will serve snacks and lunch already plated, so there will not be any family style eating. We will position children, so they are not facing each other while they are eating.
We will increase the amount of time we spend outside, we already spend over three hour outside. I have been advised by the health department several times to try to increase the amount of time outside to minimize exposure. We love being outside, so we are happy about this. Please make sure your children are dressed for the chilly mornings.
Assumption of Risk:
We will require a signed assumption of risk form. I know this all seems heavy and scary. These are uncertain times and we are also wary. We want to do the best to keep your children physically safe and enrich them mentally and spiritually as well.