Meadowlane Christian ††††School
†5810 S. Meadowlane Rd., Spokane, Washington 99224
Meadowlane Christian School
Covid-19 Mitigation Plan August 12, 2020
The purpose of this Plan is to ensure the safety of all students, staff, and families.† With the spread of the coronavirus or COVID-19, Meadowlane Christian School must remain vigilant in mitigating the outbreak to protect the health of everyone concerned.
Before school opens, the facility will be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and sanitized.† The staff will continue daily cleaning to be determined based on disinfection procedures put in place.
The Director is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Plan and set a good example by following the Plan at all times.† This will involve practicing good hygiene and school-wide safety and prevention practices.† The Director will ask for and monitor the same behavior from all employees.
As of August 12, 2020: This Plan is based on the information available from CDC and Washington State Department of Health and may be changed and amended based on further details.
Meadowlane Christian School will use email, texting, and the Remind app. of methods of communicating school closures and other information.† In the event of extended shutdown, we encourage parents and teachers to utilize email to keep in touch.† Also, teachers will put together homework to engage students and families in a combination of work pick up and remote learning platforms.
Meadowlane Christian School reserves the right to close the school at any time that such actions are needed to minimize the transmission of disease.† Tuition that has already been collected will not be refunded.† This is to preserve the integrity and longevity of the program and retain essential staff.† Such closures may be deemed appropriate even if there are not any confirmed cases of the disease in the school.†
At times, primarily due to weather or widespread health-related challenges, often accompanied by official directives from governmental agencies, Meadowlane Christian School must close its programs until the danger is gone or the administrative guidelines no longer exist.† When this occurs, Meadowlane Christian School will implement home learning protocols appropriate for every level of its learning programs so that students can continue to progress through school.† Consequently, Meadowlane Christian School will not refund tuition already paid unless it is prepaid tuition, when its programs are closed due to these circumstances, and families will be individually contacted regarding subsequent tuition payments.† It will be the expectation that families will continue with us through the time of home learning protocols, paying tuition as it is due and allowing for the smooth continuation of the learning experience through home learning and then back to school when allowed.
A copy of the Mitigation Plan will be given to staff and families to review.†
Staff will be trained in following these guidelines and the Mitigation Plan.
Staff will explain and model safety, age-appropriate distancing, handwashing, and hygiene procedures to students in an age-appropriate manner.
Signage and Information
Signs will be posted for families to read at every entrance to the building.† Everyone entering the building must read them.† They give clear and precise information on COVID-19, its symptoms, when not to enter the building, risk factors, information on our daily health checks, and other conditions of exclusion of students.
Information regarding this Plan and resources related to COVID-19 will be available to all families and employees.
Additional signage will be posted throughout the building, including handwashing procedural illustrations in each classroom and restrooms.†
Informational links and information are at the end of this Mitigation letter.
Parents keep your child(ren) home if they display any of these symptoms: fever, congestion, cough, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, or diarrhea.
No child may return the facility within 72 hours after the last fever.
Families review and follow CDC information and guidance.† www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
Any attendees who have come from out-of-state or have recently traveled out-of-state will need to affirm with staff that the child has abided by the 14-day quarantine.
We expect families to report any known exposures to COVID-19 positive individuals to the school.† This will be kept confidential.
Any child with a fever of †>100.4 will be sent home and asked not to come back until the fever is gone for 72 hours. We suggest taking the childís temperature before coming to school to be sure they donít have a temperature higher than 100.4.
If a child becomes ill while at school s/he will be appropriately isolated until they can be picked up.
Timely pick-up of ill children is required.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Children will be picked up at the door by a staff member wearing a face covering.
Staff in charge of a group will sign in and sign out the student each day.
No visitors will be allowed in the building.† If a parent needs to enter the building, they will need to call the office, wear a face covering, and will be screened.
The 3-day, 4-year old class (Mrs. C) will be dropped off and picked up at the doors that lead into the classroom from outside.† 8:30 am to 8:45 am. Please donít come any earlier than 8:30 am.
The 2-day and 3-day 3-year old children will be with Mrs. Lorenz.† The children will be dropped off and picked up at the doors that lead into the class from outside.† 9:00 am to 9:15 am.
The kindergarten class will be picked up at the front entry doors at 8:30 am to 8:40 am.† Please call the school if you are later than 8:40 am.† 327-4441
The 5-day 4-year old class will be dropped off at the front entry doors from 8:15 am to 8:25.† Please call the school if you are later than 8:25 am.† 327-4441
Children will be screened at the doors before entering the building.† Parents, please take childrenís temperature at home, so theyíre no surprises at school when their temperature is taken.
Physical distance guidelines will be followed during the drop-off and pick-up, in which parents will be asked to keep social-distancing between other families while waiting to be checked into school.†
Each child will be screened at the door, and a temperature check will occur.† The screening check will be recorded every day the child is at school.† Staff will also be screened; the temperature will be taken and logged every day or other times during the day if a fever is suspected.
Note: These logs and other required record keeping are essential.† They will be maintained at all times.
Group Size and Outside Time
Group size will be no more than 14 children with no mixing of groups (classes).
Each group will have its separate entry and exit point, as well as its separate room.
Activities will be outside when possible.
Outside areas that we share will be on a staggered schedule with complete and thorough sanitizing of equipment between groups.
Activities that require the projection of voice and physical exertion must only take place outdoors with a minimum of 10 feet between each person understanding the limitations of physical distancing with young children.†
Physical distancing will be practiced, modeled, and encouraged in an age-appropriate manner.† Staff will model and instruct as needed.
There will be no field-trips.
Chapel will be recorded from the pastor and played in the class.
Staff members will have pre-shift screenings, and this we will record and save for tracking.†
No staff member may report to work if showing symptoms of COVID-19
The same staff member(s) will remain with that group throughout the day except for providing administrative supervision, staff breaks, absentee coverage, or food delivery.
In these instances, staff must wash hands following CDC guidance before entering a new group, as well as disinfect any items they may carry (pen, clipboard, tablet, computer).
Staff must wash hands frequently using soap and water, including before and after food preparation, assisting children with eating, and helping with restroom duties.
If soap and water are not available in an area supply of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will be used.
Face coverings need to be worn by all employees except for eating and/or playing a musical instrument.† In these specific instances, the physical distancing of at least 6 feet is required.
Staff will be instructed not to touch the face covering and take it home for daily washing.†
Any staff member showing signs of illness will be isolated until their departure.
The school will report to families any known exposures to COVID-19 positive individuals while respecting the privacy of the individual.†
††††††††††† *Employees who have symptoms should notify their supervisor and stay home.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported-ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.† People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
∑ Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
∑ Muscle pain
∑ Sore throat
∑ New loss of taste or smell
This list is not all possible symptoms.† Other less common symptoms have been reported, including gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
∑ Sick employees should follow the CDC-recommended steps.†
Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers.
∑ Employees who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should notify their supervisor and follow CDC recommended precautions.
Working with Children
Children will be monitored at all times.
There will be regular and frequent handwashing with soap and water for children.† If hand sanitizer is used, staff must monitor its usage.
Age-appropriate face covering for students.† Children 5 and over will wear face coverings.
Staff will model and encourage age-appropriate physical distancing.
The sharing of materials will be minimized.† If items are shared, they are to be disinfected between uses, and staff and students are to wash their hands before and after usage.
Used materials will be kept separate until they are sanitized.
Any shared items or materials will be cleaned between uses.
An adequate supply of materials will be maintained.
Snacks will be brought into school in a throw-away bag with your studentís name on it.†
Cleaning and Disinfecting
All surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected regularly, and a log will be maintained showing the items, staff member initials, and time of cleaning.
Areas/items to be cleaned include Tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, sinks, faucets, windows, pencil boxes, and toys.
Adequate cleaning and disinfecting supplies will be maintained.
†Cleaning and disinfecting protocols
Extensive use of disinfection products will be used when children are not present, and the facility aired out before children return.
If disinfection occurs while children are present, staff will wipe the area again with water to remove any residue.
Encouraged Best Practices
Any person in a high-risk population is encouraged to stay home, not work in preschool settings, and avoid entering for drop off or pick-up.
Washington State Department of Health† https://www.doh.wa.gov/
When to Keep Your Child Home From School† https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/work-play/Pages/When-to-Keep-Your-Child-Home-from-Child-Care.aspx
Talking With Children About Coronavirus https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/talking-with-children.html
When and How To Wash Your Hands https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html
Meet the Helpers https://www.meetthehelpers.org/meet-the-helpers-coronavirus/
Pledge to Follow the Mitigation Plan
By signing below, I agree to abide by all the terms and guidelines outlined in this Mitigation Plan.
I understand the importance of following this Plan as it relates to the overall safety of all children and staff.