Dear Holy Cross Preschool Families,
I hope this letter finds you safe and healthy. The teachers, Preschool Board, and I have been making preparations for the beginning of the school year in September. We are eager to see the children again, hear laughter in our classrooms, and play on our new climber.
We want you to know that the health and safety of our students, families and staff is very important to all of us at Holy Cross Preschool. We have been working with other schools of similar design, researching recommendations from the CDC, DCF, local public health departments and the Badger Bounce Back, and talking with local health professionals as well as church staff regarding the reopening of Holy Cross Preschool. Our desire is to provide an enriching experience for our students while also maintaining the highest standard of health and safety regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.
I have listed below some of the safety measures we will be implementing in the 2020-21 school year. These measures will be in effect at the beginning of the school year, and will be reviewed monthly by the Preschool Board for any changes that may be necessary. Please understand that this list is preliminary and is being published now so that you have an opportunity to review the guidelines we are looking at for the school year. I expect that changes will be necessary prior to the start of school in September.
Parents will drop off their children at either 8:45 or 9:00 am depending on which class they are in. Parents will drive in the preschool drive or park in the north lot and bring their child to the designated door. Mrs. Seidemann will then take their child’s temperature and ask a few health questions. If their temperature is below 100.4, Mrs. Seidemann will then take the child to their teacher who will be waiting with the rest of the class. When all the students of that class have arrived, the teacher will take them to put their things away, go to the bathroom and wash hands.
Teachers bring kids to pick up locations with all their belongings. Parents will come to the preschool drive in their cars with signs at the window designating who they are picking up. The teacher will send the children out to their car one at a time.
We understand that preschoolers will not social distance in the classroom, and we would not expect them to. We will keep the 3K and 4K classes separate from each other throughout the day. They will use separate bathrooms, not be on the playground or in the gym at the same time, and maintain distance while in Chapel.
All staff and adults will wear a mask at all times while on school property. Parents/caregivers will be required to wear a mask when dropping off children at school. Children will also wear masks at all times except during snack. We recognize that wearing masks for 3 and 4 year olds is difficult and that masks will likely fall down from the nose, be fussed with by the student and otherwise not be worn as properly as we would like. However, we feel that any amount of mask wearing is more beneficial than no mask wearing at all. If you are in need of reusable cloth masks for yourself or your child, please let me know right away. We will have disposable masks available if you or your child forget a mask.
Health Screening/Illness Policy
Staff and children alike will receive a health screening upon arrival at the preschool. Mrs. Seidemann will take the children’s temperature upon arrival. Children and staff will also be monitored throughout the day for signs and symptoms of illness. Your child (and staff) may not attend Holy Cross Preschool if any of the following is true:
Fever reading of 100.4 or higher OR a temperature over 99 along with subjective signs such as flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness, chills, shivering, sweating, achiness, headache, not eating or drinking.
Cough unrelated to allergies.
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
If they have been given fever reducing medication in the last 24 hours.
If a household member or caregiver tests positive for COVID-19, your child will be required to stay home from school for 14 days. If a child or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, Holy Cross Preschool will close for a minimum of 14 days. A more comprehensive COVID-19 Illness Policy will be sent to parents as the school year approaches.
We have ordered an Electrostatic Spraying system to sanitize and disinfect the toys, flat surfaces and classrooms. This will be used daily in the classrooms and on the playground in between classes. The classroom toys will be rotated to provide time for extra cleaning of frequently used items. We will also be installing an Air Purifier in each classroom.
We will start the school year with Holy Cross Preschool providing snacks for all students. After the first month of school, the staff will reevaluate snack time and create guidelines for families to contribute snacks. If your child has a birthday during September, please discuss this situation with his/her teacher.
Each class will have their own playground and/or gym time. The playground equipment will be sanitized after each class has been outside. The balls and other toys will be divided into two groups and each class will have their own designated toys to use in the gym. These toys will be sanitized daily.
Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the above points. As you know, this situation is changing on a daily basis and we are adjusting as quickly as we can. I appreciate any input you may have as to the guidelines above. Please feel free to email any questions or comments you may have.
Holy Cross Preschool