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Overview

The virus that causes COVID-19 can infect people of all ages. While the risk of serious illness or loss of life is greatest in those 65 years of age and older, persons in every age group can get COVID-19 and some will have a severe illness. Remember that a child with a mild or even asymptomatic case of COVID-19 can spread that infection to others who may be far more vulnerable. COVID-19 is spread from person to person through contact that is close enough to share droplets generated by coughing, sneezing, speaking and even just breathing. COVID-19 can also be spread by touching objects where contaminated droplets have landed. Because of this easy manner of transmission, an infant, child or young person who is infected with COVID-19 can spread the infection to others they come in close contact with, such as members of their household, teachers, or other caregivers. We have learned that infected persons with mild or even no symptoms can spread COVID-19. These facts are vitally important when considering the reopening of schools, daycares, youth camps and other places that provide care and education for our children.

However, some of the protective measures that are expected from adults, such as wearing cloth face coverings and maintaining distance from one another, are, for a variety of reasons, simply not possible for younger, children and youth to practice in schools, daycares and youth camps. In some cases, the child will be too young to understand and practice these precautions. We cannot, for example, expect a group of toddlers or schoolchildren not to engage in interactive play or share toys.  All of these factors mean that while certain precautions against the spread of COVID-19 can and will be applied to schools, daycares and youth camps, the infection control measures that can be put in place in these settings will differ somewhat from those that are suitable for other social, business and commercial settings. Therefore, as a child care provider who is responsible for providing care or education needs of younger children we are aware of these facts and willing to comply with the infection control measures that will be in place in these settings. We are training students to wear mask except the children who are 18 months old.

It is important for parents or guardians to monitor the health of their child and not send them to the program if they are displaying any symptom of COVID. Parents or guardians should seek COVID testing promptly and report results to the program given the implications for other children, families, and staff.  It takes us all working together to keep our staff and students healthy.

Anyone entering the campus door must wear mask and have temperature taken. All persons except the following are  prohibited from entering the operation: (1) Operation staff; (2) Persons with legal authority to enter, including law enforcement officers, Licensing staff, and Department of Family and Protective Services staff; (3) Professionals providing services to children; (4) Children enrolled at the operation; and Parents of CCMS Students

CCMS parents will enter and proceed to the attendance machine. They will follow the procedure of sanitizing the machine Before use and placing soiled wipe in trash can provided. They will exit the front door by the office.  

All persons must be screened before allowing entry into the facility. The screening  will include taking the temperature of each person upon arrival at the operation each day and denying entry to any person who meets any of the following criteria: (1) Fever or signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat; (2) Contact in the last 14 days with someone who has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, someone who is under investigation for COVID-19, or someone who is ill with a respiratory illness; or (3) International travel within the last 14 days to countries with ongoing community transmission. For updated information on affected countries visit:


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Drop off Procedures   

At the double door entrance.

1. All students will be received at the front entrance by staff members. Parents will be met at the door where student’s temperature and hands are sanitized. Temperatures will be taken mid-day also and as needed.

2. Student will be taken and signed in by staff member. Students will be taken to classroom by receiving staff.

3. Persons who have a fever of 100. or above or other signs of illness will not be admitted to the campus.

4.  6- ft. Markers will be provided outside to practice social distancing.

5.  CCMS parents will have their temperature taken and proceed to the attendance machine following the sanitizing procedures posted.  

6. Before using the machine, you will clean the machine with wipe and place the soiled wipe in the trash can provided. Your exit door will be to your left past my office.  


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Pick-up Procedures

Carpool line with Student Name and classroom or Number

We will use the same double door entrance and have a carpool line where your child is announced and given to their parents. Teachers will have walkie-talkies.  Students In the portables will be announced and parents will drive around and pick them up.


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Social Distancing

We will adhere to the following procedures:

• Keep children in small groups; according to the new guidelines for student ratio (18 months -7; (2-year old- 8); (ages (3-11 – 10) per 1 staff member, including children and teachers in a class room.

• Keep the small groups together throughout the day; do not combine groups. Maintain the same groups from day to day.

• Practice social distancing with outside visitors. ( delivery person etc.) keeping a distance of six feet and not sharing items (pens, paper, phones, and the like). If this is not possible, wash hands immediately following the interaction and sanitize shared items.

• We will not hold large group activities under any circumstances.

• Limit the use of water tables and sensory tables, and have children wash their hands immediately after using these play stations.

• Minimize time standing in lines, keeping children at safe distances apart from each other.

• Plan activities that do not require close physical contact between multiple children.

• Increase the distance between children during table work.

• Incorporate additional outside time and open windows frequently.

• Adjust the HVAC system to allow for more fresh air to enter the program space.

• Provide meals and snacks in each classroom to avoid congregating in large groups.


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Hygiene Practices

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures: The following will be done in addition to existing cleaning protocols in place.

Cleaning products should not be used near children, and staff should ensure that there is adequate ventilation when using these products to prevent children from inhaling toxic fumes.

A schedule for regular cleaning and disinfecting is in place.

Routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games.

Clean objects/surfaces not ordinarily cleaned daily such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, nap pads, toilet training potties, desks, chairs, cubbies, and playground structures. Use the cleaners typically used at your facility.

Adjust the HVAC system to allow for more fresh air to enter the program space.

All bathrooms should be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day, at a minimum bathroom should be cleaned and disinfected three times per day.  

If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for concentration, application method, and contact time for all cleaning and disinfection products.

Disposable wipes twill be provided so that commonly used surfaces such as keyboards, desks, and remote controls can be wiped down before use. If wipes are not available, a mixture of bleach and water.

All cleaning materials should be kept secure and out of reach of children.

Clean and sanitize toys:

Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized should not be used.

Toys that children have placed in their mouths or that are otherwise contaminated by body secretions or excretions should be set aside until they are cleaned and disinfected by hand by a person wearing gloves. Clean with water and detergent, rinse, sanitize with an EPA-registered disinfectant, rinse again, and air-dry.  We will be mindful of items more likely to be placed in a child’s mouth, like play food, dishes, and utensils.

Machine washable cloth toys should be used by one individual at a time or should not be used at all. These toys should be laundered before being used by another child.

We will not share toys with other groups of infants or toddlers, unless they are washed and sanitized before being moved from one group to the other.

We will set aside toys that need to be cleaned. Place in a dish pan with soapy water or put in a separate container marked for “soiled toys.” Keep dish pan and water out of reach from children.  Washing with soapy water is the ideal method for cleaning. Try to have enough toys so that the toys can be rotated through cleanings.

Children’s books and other paper materials will be rotated if used by one group in a cohort. They should not be used by any other cohort or group for at least 36 hours.


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Clean and disinfect bedding

Use bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets, sleeping bags) that can be washed.

Keep each child’s bedding separate, and consider storing in individually labeled bins, cubbies, or bags. Cots and mats should be labeled for each child.

Bedding that touches a child’s skin should be cleaned weekly or before use by another c

Closely supervise children to ensure that they do not ingest alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Child care facilities must provide children with soap and water to wash hands; adults may use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, preferably with at least 60 percent alcohol, but this substance is very toxic to children.


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Caring for infants and toddlers

Diapering:

When diapering a child, wash your hands and wash the child’s hands before you begin, and wear gloves. Follow safe diaper changing procedures. Procedures should be posted in all diaper changing areas. Steps include: - Prepare (includes putting on gloves) - Clean the child - Remove trash (soiled diaper and wipes) - Replace diaper - Wash child’s hands - Clean up diapering station - Wash hands

After diapering, wash your hands (even if you were wearing gloves) and disinfect the diapering area with a fragrance-free bleach that is EPA-registered as a sanitizing or disinfecting solution. If other products are used for sanitizing or disinfecting, they should also be fragrance-free and EPA-registered. If the surface is dirty, it should be cleaned with detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

If reusable cloth diapers or training panties are used, they should not be rinsed or cleaned in the facility. The soiled cloth diaper and its contents (without emptying or rinsing) should be placed in a plastic bag or into a plastic-lined, hands-free covered diaper pail to give to parents/guardians or laundry service.


Washing, feeding, or holding a child:

It is important to comfort crying, sad, or anxious toddlers, and they often need to be held. To the extent possible, when washing, feeding, or holding very young children, child care providers can protect themselves by wearing an over-large button-down, long sleeved shirt and by wearing long hair up off the collar in a ponytail or other updo. Consider limiting the amount and type of jewelry that you wear so that the disease cannot be transmitted that way.

Caregiver should wash their hands, neck, and anywhere touched by a child’s secretions.

Caregiver should change the child’s clothes if secretions are on the child’s clothes. They should change their clothing, if there are secretions on it, and wash their hands again.

Contaminated clothes should be placed in a plastic bag or washed in a washing machine.

Caregivers and toddlers, should have multiple changes of clothes on hand in the facility. Children should not be allowed to wear other children’s clothing.


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Healthy Hand Hygiene

All children, staff, and volunteers should engage in hand hygiene at the following times:

Arrival to the facility and after breaks

Before and after preparing food or drinks

Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children

Before and after administering medication or medical ointment

Before and after diapering.

After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom

After coming in contact with bodily fluid

After handling animals or cleaning up animal waste

After playing outdoors or in sand

After handling garbage

Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not readily available.

Supervise children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent ingestion.

Assist children with handwashing, who cannot wash hands alone.

After assisting children with handwashing, staff should also wash their hands.

Posters describing handwashing steps near sinks. Developmentally appropriate posters in multiple languages.


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Transportation

Close seating on buses makes person-to-person transmission of respiratory viruses more likely. Those providing transportation to child care centers should practice social distancing while on the bus.

We will maximize space between riders (for example, one rider per seat in every other row).  If siblings are riding, they may share a seat.

Keeping windows open might reduce virus transmission.

Cleaning and disinfecting buses: Open the windows after runs and let the buses thoroughly air out.

Buses should be cleaned after each use.

Handrails can then be disinfected with an EPA-approved safer disinfectant.

Windows must be kept open to prevent buildup of chemicals that could cause eye and respiratory problems.

These recommendations should be followed by any third-party transportation services child care centers utilize


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Staff Policies and Practices

Staff upon arrival temperature will be taken and documented. Hands will be washed or sanitized.   Masked at all times. Gloves and long sleeves.

support staff who are symptomatic, particularly high-risk individuals, are to stay at home.

Staff will maintain at least 6- feet of separation  

It is important that staff is vigilant in making sure if they are feeling ill to make it known to the director and if at the facility go home as soon as possible.

All staff must take required Health and safety training related to COVID- 19 through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.


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Actions to Consider if a Child, Staff, or Parent Develops COVID-19 or Similar Symptoms

If a child or staff member develops symptoms of COVID-19 (fever of 100. or higher, cough, or shortness of breath) while at the facility, immediately separate the individual from all others until the ill individual can leave the facility. If symptoms persist or worsen, the individual or caregiver should call his or her health care provider or parent for further guidance. Facility management must advise the employee or child’s parent or caregiver to inform the facility immediately if the individual is diagnosed with COVIDI-19.


If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member we will:

• Contact and report to the health Department. The health department will advise on re-opening procedures.

• Contact Child Care Licensing to report the presence of COVID-19

• Close off areas used by the person who is sick.

• Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas.

• Wait up to 24 hours or as long as possible before you clean or disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting.

• Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas.

• If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.

• Continue routine cleaning and disinfection.


If we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 within our facility we will close at least temporarily (for example, for 14 days, or longer) as advised by the health department. The duration might depend on staffing levels, outbreak levels in the community, and severity of illness in infected individual. Symptom-free children and staff should not attend or work at another facility, which would potentially expose others. Facilities should undergo a thorough cleaning and disinfecting and to continue to monitor for ill individuals.

• If the infected individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 spent 10 minutes or less in close contact with those in the child care facility, the facility may consider closing for two– five days to do a thorough cleaning and disinfecting and continue to monitor for ill individuals.

• For any of these circumstances, facility management should consider notifying parents of other children at the facility of the situation and the facility’s response, as well as communicating any updates regularly with parents.  


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Returning to a Childcare Facility after COVID-19 or Similar Symptoms

• If individuals have fever, cough, or shortness of breath and have not been around anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they should stay home until 72 hours after the fever is gone and symptoms subside. If the individual’s symptoms worsen, the individual should contact a health care provider to determine whether testing for COVID-19 is recommended.

 • If staff members or parents believe that they or the child has had close contact to someone with COVID-19 but are not currently sick, they should monitor their health and the child’s health for fever, cough, and shortness of breath during the 14 days after the last day they were in close contact with the individual with COVID-19. They should not go to work or school and should avoid public places for 14 days.

 • If a staff member or child is diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual must not enter the facility for at least seven days after the onset of the first symptoms. The individual may return under any of the following conditions: If the individual had a fever, entry to the facility is permitted three days after the fever ends and an improvement in the initial symptoms is observed (for example, when a cough and/or shortness of breath are not exhibited). If the individual did not have a fever, entry to the facility is permitted three days after an improvement in the initial symptoms is observed (for example, a cough and/or shortness of breath).

All persons except the following is prohibited from entering the operation: (1) Operation staff; (2) Persons with legal authority to enter, including law enforcement officers, Licensing staff, and Department of Family and Protective Services staff; (3) Professionals providing services to children; (4) Children enrolled at the operation; and (5) Parents who have children enrolled and present at the operation.

All persons must be screened before allowing entry into the facility. The screening  will include taking the temperature of each person upon arrival at the operation each day and denying entry to any person who meets any of the following criteria: (1) Fever or signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat; (2) Contact in the last 14 days with someone who has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, someone who is under investigation for COVID-19, or someone who is ill with a respiratory illness; or (3) International travel within the last 14 days to countries with ongoing community transmission.  updated information on affected countries visit:

 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notice


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Food Preparation and Meal Service

If meals are served in the cafeteria only one class at a time practicing social distancing.  Area will be cleaned and sanitized after use before another class can used the area. If meals are served in the classrooms, they will not be served family- style but plated for each student.

Food preparation should not be done by the same staff who diaper children.

Sinks used for food preparation should not be used for any other purposes.

Caregivers should ensure children wash hands prior to and immediately after eating.

Caregivers should wash their hands before preparing food and after helping children to eat.

Facilities should follow all other applicable federal, state, and local regulations and guidanceexternal icon related to safe preparation of food.  


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Screening and Entrance Into the Building


All persons except the following  are prohibited from entering the operation: (1) Operation staff; (2) Persons with legal authority to enter, including law enforcement officers, Licensing staff, and Department of Family and Protective Services staff; (3) Professionals providing services to children; (4) Children enrolled at the operation; and (5) Only Parents who have children enrolled in CCMS.


All persons must be screened before allowed entry into the facility. The screening will include taking the temperature of each person upon arrival at the operation each day and denying entry to any person who meets any of the following criteria:

(1) Fever or signs or symptoms of a respiratory infection, such as cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat; (2) Contact in the last 14 days with someone who has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, someone who is under investigation for COVID-19, or someone who is ill with a respiratory illness; or (3) International travel within the last 14 days to countries with ongoing community transmission.


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COVID-19 POLICES AND PROCEDURES


Overview

Drop off Procedures

Pick-up Procedures

Social Distancing

Hygiene Practices

Clean and Disinfect Bedding

Caring for Infants and Toddlers

Diapering   l  Washing, feeding, or holding a child


Healthy Hand Hygiene

Transportation

Staff Policies and Practices

Actions to Consider if a Child, Staff, or Parent Develops COVID-19 or Similar Symptoms

Returning to a Child Care Facility after COVID-19 or Similar Symptoms

Food Preparation and Meal Service

Screening and Entrance Into the Building