Health Related Information
New York State Guidelines for Childcare Programs
AT ST. PHILIP'S - NEW COVID-19 New Procedures
These are the new protocols and guidelines we will be following at St. Philip’s.
- Before leaving home, parents should complete an online health questionnaire, either on our Google Form or on Brightwheel.
- Drop-off and pick-up will be staggered. Ducks (4s) will attend from 8:45 to 11:45; Blue Rabbits (3s) will attend from 9 to 12; and Red Rabbits (2s) will attend from 9:15 to 12:15. However, siblings of different ages may arrive together at any of these times.
- All drop-off and pick up will be at the front, red door.
- On arrival, parents will sign in electronically using Brightwheel (a back-up clipboard will also be available).
- Staff will take the child’s temperature using non-contact thermometers.
- Children will say goodbye at the door. Ducks will be taken to wash their hands upstairs and rabbits will wash their hands downstairs.
- Children will be in two (or three) groups of no more than 15 children each. (This is a change from the summer guidelines of 10). The two groups will stay separate throughout the morning. Ducks will learn and play using the upstairs space; rabbits will learn and play using the downstairs space.
- Both groups will have snack upstairs but at different times. (All surfaces will be disinfected in-between.) Teachers will serve snack; children will have separate servings.
- Both groups will use our outdoor spaces as much as possible, but will be in different locations.
- Staff will wear masks and smocks all morning; children will not wear masks.
- The downstairs art room will be used for art and science activities by different groups on alternate days and disinfected in between. Children will have their own art supplies kept in individual bins.
- Because children must wash hands before dismissal, all children will be picked up at the front door. Parents and caregivers will use Brightwheel to sign out.
Toys, equipment and surfaces will be washed as needed and disinfected with spray at the end of every day. Our custodian, Tony Marcellin, also cleans and vacuums every morning before school begins.
Note: We are a private not-for-profit morning preschool not associated with a larger school; we follow the New York State guidelines for Child Care Programs. See the link above.
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As parents ourselves, we understand that families have various positions regarding what they consider normal when it comes to wellness for school. At St. Philip's, we must be concerned about the health of all the children here, as well as the health of the teachers.
In these COVID-19 times, the best thing you can do for your family and your community is keep your sick children at home.
Children often need rest to recover from a bad cold. We will ask you to take them home if they show signs of a serious/communicable illness or condition (including conjunctivitis and head lice). If your child has a fever over 100 on arrival at school, you will be asked to take him/her home. If a child shows symptoms of COVID-19 (fever over 100 or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), you will be called and asked to take her/him home and be tested for COVID-19. (We will keep her/him separated from other children while we wait for your arrival). Children may return when they have a negative test result. In general, physicians recommend that a child stay home for 24 hours after the first dose of antibiotics as well as remain home for 24 hours after a return to normal temperature after a fever.
Thank you very much for understanding and complying with these policies.