Preschool COVID-19 Information & Policies

Based on the paramount need for safety for our school community, we have made well-informed plans for the 2020-21 school year. Our intention is to reopen the preschool in mid-August. We are staying current with new information, and we are in regular contact with local agencies including the Health Department and the San Mateo Foster City School District. Providing a high-quality educational experience for our students remains the core of our PJCC’s values and priorities. We are resolute in our commitment to provide a meaningful, creative, warm and welcoming environment for our preschoolers.

We will continue to have the children spend time outside on our beautiful playgrounds and turf fields, and our teachers will continue to receive ongoing professional development to enhance their skills. There are many ways our school will be required to change—you have our word that our commitment to your child’s safe and high-quality experience remains unwavering.

Detailed information about our new Health and Safety Protocols is available below. This includes information regarding a required daily health screening for all staff members and all children, specific protocols regarding staggered drop-off and pick-up procedures, detailed cleaning procedures for the classroom environment, a revised illness policy, and much more. Please explore each section below and read carefully to learn more about these areas.

Health & Safety Protocols in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

Teacher Arrival and Absences

  • Upon arrival, a daily health screening, including temperature check, will be administered to all teachers and preschool staff.
  • Teachers and staff will wear a cloth mask throughout the day that goes home daily to be washed; disposable masks will be available if a teacher forgets a mask.
  • When a teacher is absent for an unplanned reason, any health symptoms will be collected and documented. These will be kept confidential except when needed for community health protection, and even then, will be kept as confidential as possible.
Drop Off

  • A set drop-off time will be assigned based on your child’s schedule.
  • Upon arrival, a daily health screening, including temperature check, will be required for everyone in the car (children and adults). This daily health check will occur before a child is permitted to exit their vehicle.
  • Adults are expected to wear a mask covering their mouth and nose during drop off. If any children age 7+ are present, they must also wear a mask.
  • Children will not be permitted into Preschool if anyone in the vehicle has a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above or has symptoms visible to screener or disclosed by parent/guardian (trouble breathing, coughing, diarrhea, sore throat, runny nose, congestion and/or inability to control nasal or oral secretions that is new and unexplained).
  • It is at the discretion of the school administration whether children may enter the school and we will err on the side of caution regarding any potential symptoms observed.
  • If a child or family member presents with symptoms that may be related to COVID-19, school personnel may require testing before allowing re-entry into the preschool.
  • Screeners will be PJCC staff members and PJCC Preschool administration who will be present during drop-off daily. Screeners will wear masks and face shields and use hand sanitizer between each screening. All personnel will wear masks.
  • Children may not be dropped off asleep.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) will remove child from the car only after the screening has occurred and the child has been cleared to enter.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s)/caregiver(s) are not permitted to enter into the PJCC Preschool at any time. Only preschoolers, teachers and staff may enter the Preschool.
Pick Up

  • A set pick-up time will be assigned based on your child’s schedule.
  • Children will be brought from the classroom to the South Road Gate at the assigned pick-up time.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) should pull-up along South Road and only exit their car with mask on when directed by staff to secure child in the car.
  • All classroom items will accompany the child.
  • Gloves and/or hand sanitizer will be used by the staff assisting with dismissal.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) are not permitted inside the Preschool at any time.
  • Because of time limitations and social distancing guidelines, teachers will not be able to have conversations about children at pick-up.
General Classroom Policies

  • Children will remain in the same classroom with the same group of children throughout the day.
  • Physical distancing:
    • Will be strictly enforced between classroom groups—groups will not be mixed for any activities.
    • Will be maintained as much as is possible and practical within each consistent classroom group.
  • Classes will not share outdoor time in the same space with another class.
  • Teachers will not move between classrooms and there will be at least two teachers assigned to each classroom.
  • Substitutes will only be used if necessary and every effort will be made to use a consistent substitute when required.
  • Specialists (P.E., Music / Jewish Education)
    • Activities will take place outside as much as possible. Activities will take place in the classroom only when weather prohibits outside instruction.
    • Specialist teachers will maintain a distance of 15 feet (minimum) from all preschoolers and classroom teachers.
  • We recognize that children require warmth and close contact with caregivers and do not naturally physically distance. Best efforts will be made to maintain physical distancing practices as much as is practical.
Classroom Materials

  • Toys in the classroom will be limited to items that can be easily disinfected. Sensory materials like dress up clothes and other soft items will not be available at this time.
  • Toys will be adequately disinfected between uses by each child, especially when placed in the mouth.
  • Properly proportioned bleach-water solution will be used to disinfect; solution to be mixed each day. Only teachers and staff will have access to cleaning solutions.
  • Hard surfaces (tables, counters, door handles) will be sanitized throughout the day by teachers and staff.
  • Sharing of toys will be limited as much as possible.
  • Teachers will offer more opportunities for individual play and solo activities, such as fine motor activities (i.e., drawing, coloring, cutting, puzzles, and other manipulatives).
  • Children will have individual containers for their art materials, sensory, playdough, trays, etc.
  • Teachers will plan activities that do not require close physical contact between multiple children.
Nap/Rest Time

  • Bedding must be limited to a sheet and blanket or a roll-up nap pad. A small lovey or stuffed animal may be permitted but must remain with the bedding at all times.
  • All bedding must be individually stored and sealed in a large, labeled plastic bag.
  • Bedding will be sent home at the end of every week and must be thoroughly cleaned and laundered before returning to school the next week.
  • Cots will be placed at least 6 feet apart and children will be placed head-to-toe to further reduce the potential for viral spread.
  • Cots will be sanitized after each use.

  • Snacks and meals must be provided by the family based on the school’s nut-free, Kashrut-style guidelines. PJCC Preschool will not provide meals or snacks.
  • Children should have at least two snacks and one lunch packed each day.
  • Children will be assigned a seat for snack and lunch and will sit in this spot consistently each day.
  • All food must be packed in one reusable or disposable lunch box/bag.
  • Children must carry their lunch box independently to, from, and within the classroom. Please send your child with containers they can manage independently as much as possible.
  • Refrigeration and re-heating with microwaves will not be available.
Gatherings/Classroom Celebrations

  • There will be no multi-class or whole school gatherings, either formally or informally at this time.
  • All special activities/holiday celebrations will continue to take place, but instead they will be held in your child’s classroom.
  • Parent(s)/guardian(s) will not be allowed to be physically present for these events and we will make every effort (when appropriate) to invite you to participate virtually.
  • Birthday celebrations will be coordinated by the classroom teachers. No food or items from home will be permitted on school grounds for distribution.
Handwashing, Cleaning, and Sanitizing Procedures

  • All PJCC staff working on campus attend mandatory training regarding COVID-19 prevention and safety protocols, and the cleaning staff are receiving advanced cleaning protocol training.
  • Children and teachers will wash hands upon arrival to the classroom, between activities, after returning from outdoor play, before and after eating, before and after diaper changing/using the bathroom.
  • The classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized throughout the day using products and protocols that meet CDC and EPA guidelines.
  • Staff and children will practice frequent and proper handwashing. Hand sanitizer with alcohol percentage of 70% of greater will be used when handwashing is not available.
  • Classroom materials will be disinfected between each child’s use. Doorknobs, light switches, handles, (high-touch places and spaces) will be disinfected at least three times per day, including at the beginning and end of the day and during naptime. Surfaces, such as countertops and tables, will be cleaned and disinfected after each use and will be left wet after disinfecting to accommodate the disinfectant’s stated dwell or contact time.
  • HVAC filters that help reduce micro-particulate-contamination have been installed and a rigorous replacement schedule will be followed.
  • Classroom electronics (iPads) will be disinfected regularly throughout the day
  • Teachers will have fresh bleach solutions prepared daily.
  • Toilet handles and sink handles/faucet will be disinfected between each use.
  • Teachers and children should have changes of clothes in labeled, sealed plastic bags.
  • Cots will be disinfected after use and allowed to dry before stacking.
Masks and Protective Gear

  • Masks must be worn by teachers and staff at all time.
  • Parents may choose to have their child wear a mask, but it is not required. Children may only wear masks if they demonstrate appropriate usage and are able to avoid touching the mask throughout the day. Masks will be required to be removed when a child is eating or drinking. Masks must be laundered daily before being brought back to school.
  • Gloves will be worn during diaper changes, assisting in the bathroom, and when touching and serving food. Staff will follow safety and sanitation procedures including washing hands and changing gloves between uses.
General Health Policy

  • If a child develops a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), shortness of breath, a new cough or rash during the day, the child will be immediately removed from the classroom and moved to a designated isolation room.
  • The parent(s)/guardian(s) will be notified; if either parent/guardian does not answer immediately, the emergency contact will be called.
  • A person authorized to pick up the child must always be within 1 hour’s drive of the preschool.
  • Anyone (staff member or child) with a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above must be isolated for a minimum of seven days after symptom onset as well as 72 hours after their fever resolves without fever-reducing medication. For example, if the fever and symptoms resolve on day seven, the staff member or child can return on day 10.
  • Any child who is sent home due to standard communicable diseases must have a doctor’s note clearing the child to return to school before they are allowed back in the Preschool.
  • If a child has any communicable disease, you must notify the office so an exposure notice can be sent to the classroom while respecting the privacy of the affected person.
COVID-19: Testing, Reporting, and Notification

  • Preschoolers, teachers and staff members are required to get tested if they develop one or more COVID-19 symptoms or if one of their household members or non-household close contacts tests positive for COVID-19.
  • Parents/guardians and teachers/staff are required to notify the Preschool Administration immediately if they test positive, or a household member of close contact tests positive.
  • Positive test result:
    • If the School Administration is notified of positive test of preschooler, teacher, or staff member (or a household member of a preschooler/teacher/staff):
      • We will notify the San Mateo County Department of Public Health and follow any directives given by them.
      • We will notify the school community of the positive test, while maintaining confidentiality as required by state and federal laws.
      • All preschoolers and teachers from the stable group affected will be required to get tested and to self-quarantine for at home for 14 days.
      • We will initiate an additional deep-cleaning protocol of any areas affected.
      • Tuition will not be refunded or prorated when a preschooler is self-quarantined for any reason.
    • Documentation of a negative test must be provided to the school administration for any preschoolers, teacher or staff who test positive prior to their return.
  • Negative test result:
    • Symptomatic preschoolers, teachers, or staff who test negative should remain home until at least 72 hours after resolution of fever (if any) and improvement in other symptoms.
    • Asymptomatic individuals, who have a household contact with a positive test must self-quarantine at home until 14 days after the COVID-19 positive person completes their self-quarantine AND can document negative test results.
    • Asymptomatic individuals who have a non-household close contact with a positive test should self-quarantine at home for a total of 14 days from the date of exposure even if they remain asymptomatic.
  • The school community will only be notified of confirmed positive tests for a preschooler, teacher, staff member or a member of their household.
  • In the event that the PJCC Preschool campus must close temporarily for any reason (power outage, natural disaster, COVID-19, etc.) for less than 30 days, tuition will be paid per the contract terms. In the event a closure continues past 30 days, tuition billing will be halted until the preschool re-opens. Tuition may be prorated based on when the 30-day period ends.
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