TKA Preschool Guidelines and Protocols June 2020
The TKA Preschool is prepared to open selected centers during Phase 1. The King's Academy Preschool is closely adhering to CDC guidelines as well as recommendations from the Palm Beach County Department of Health, our local licensing authority.
The health and well-being of our families and staff remains our highest priority. Please read our updated procedures below. These procedures are subject to change as we receive new information from our governing authorities and progress into different phases.
Our health and safety measures for staff members are as follows:
All staff members must be tested for COVID-19 and provide a negative test result before returning to work, or after out of town travel.
All staff members will be health screened daily including a temperature check.
All staff members will wash hands upon arrival and regularly throughout the course of the day.
All staff members will wear a face covering.
New, modified hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Modified Drop Off
In order to follow the CDC/DOH guidelines, adults are not permitted to enter the center. Keypads will be inactive. Upon arrival, parents should wait on designated spot to social distance.
Child will be greeted by a staff member and health screened prior to entry. Each child's temperature and overall health appearance will be evaluated. Children may be required to remain at home if their health appears to be compromised. A child running a fever of 100.4 or one who shows any signs of illness will not be admitted to the center. A visual inspection of symptoms may include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing, fatigue, rash, cough, runny nose, or extreme fussiness.
In order to complete the required health screening, the child should stand next to the parent so that a temperature can be easily taken and visual screening completed. Once the child has passed the health screening, the child will use hand sanitizer. Then a staff member will escort your child into building and deliver he or she to the classroom.
To avoid added exposure, guidelines also ask that families designate one adult as drop off and pick up person when feasible.
When child arrives in the classroom, he or she will wash hands and arms up to elbow with soap and water for 20 seconds. This will occur frequently throughout the day. Key times for the extra washing include after nose blowing, sneezing, coughing, after use of bathroom, after outside play and before and after eating.
Children will be expected to utilize a towel from home as their own "special space". This will assist with a visual boundary in order to comply with social distancing practices. Children will use this for circle time and any other activities throughout the day done on the floor. Each child will be given a bin to include their personal water bottle, crayons, scissors, glue stick, and play-doh.
Activities will be prepared on trays for single child use and then washed/sanitized. Multiple activity trays will be prepared so each child enjoys learning and remains engaged. Limited numbers of manipulatives and toys will be available for use at this time.
Classroom Social Distancing Protocols
The purpose of this practice is to reduce risk and will be followed as much as possible without restricting the child's preschool experience.
Use of small groups in and out of the classroom will be used. As per CDC/DOH groups will not be mixed nor interact with one another.
Staff members will remain with the same children throughout the day as guidelines recommend.
Children will have an assigned chair and will be spaced appropriately at tables for activities, snack, and lunch.
Children will use personal towel for their "special space" throughout the day.
Nap mats will be spread apart as per guidelines and children will lay head to toe. Towels, blankets and any coverings will be sent home daily for laundering.
Playground groups will be small and will not mix as per CDC/DOH.
Playground equipment will be cleaned and sanitized in between groups of children.
If a child becomes sick at school, he or she will be placed in an empty classroom or the Director's office. Child will need to be picked up within one hour. A doctor's note must be produced for the child to return to school.
Please call the center as you arrive to pick up your child. Your child will be packed up and delivered to you at the center entrance for sign out.