Health Related Information
New York State Guidelines for Childcare Programs
New York State Guidelines for PreK-12 Schools
AT ST. PHILIP'S - NEW COVID-19 New Procedures
These are the new protocols and guidelines we are following at St. Philip’s.
- When parents arrive at Nursery School, on checking in, they complete an online health questionnaire on the Brightwheel app.
- Drop-off and pick-up are staggered. Ducks (4s) attend from 8:45 to 11:45 am; Blue and Red Rabbits (3s) attend from 9 to 12 pm. However, siblings of different ages may arrive together at any of these times.
- Ducks are dropped off and picked up at the front, red door. Rabbits are dropped off and picked up at the rear staircase door.
- On arrival, parents sign in electronically using Brightwheel.
- Staff take the child’s temperature using non-contact thermometers.
- Children say goodbye at the door. Ducks are be taken to wash their hands upstairs and rabbits wash their hands downstairs.
- Children are in two groups of no more than 15 children each. (This is a change from the summer guidelines of 10). The two groups stay separate throughout the morning. Ducks learn and play using the upstairs space; rabbits learn and play using the downstairs space.
- Both groups have snack upstairs but at different times. (All surfaces are disinfected in-between.) Teachers serve snack; children have separate servings. Whenever possible, children have snack outside.
- Both groups use our outdoor spaces as much as possible, but are in different locations.
- Staff wear masks all morning; children do not wear masks.
- The downstairs art room is used for art and science activities primarily by the rabbits and as needed by the ducks, who can use the upstairs tables for art. the space is disinfected in between groups. disinfected in between. Children have their own art supplies kept in individual bins.
- Children must wash hands before dismissal. Ducks are picked up at the front door, and rabbits at the rear stairwell 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 and disinfects 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.