The health and safety of our children, families and staff are our first priority.
Due to ongoing pandemic, Little Panda Preschool is taking extreme precautions to keep our community safe. We are following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and public health officials of the State of California and the City of San Francisco in addition to added protocols of our own. Due to new discoveries of COVID-19 and other factors, our protocols may change to keep everyone around us safe. We ask for our families to be patient with us and follow our protocols. It is up to us to keep our community safe and stop the cases from rising.
Student Group Plan Little Panda Preschool recognizes how vulnerable our children are to COVID-19 and effects it may have if they were to be infected. To minimize contact and stop the potential spread of the virus, we have now separated the children and teachers into groups. These groups consist of a few students led by a teacher. The groups will also have a designated area for them to perform their daily activities away from the other groups.
Social Distancing The Little Panda Preschool Teachers are the only adults allowed in the school. Drop-off and pick-up will happen in a designated area where families must follow social distancing guidelines and stay 6 feet apart. All children and adults are required to wear a mask with the only exception being children under 2 years old. Students will be dropped off and picked up in groups. Each group has a predetermined drop-off and pick-up time.
Health Checks We ask that parents check their child/children's temperature before coming to school. If your child has any symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing, a fever, shortness of breath or having trouble breathing, loss of taste and/or smell, muscle or body aches, sore throat, congestion, nausea and/or vomiting, diarrhea, and chills. During drop-off, our staff will conduct a health screening, which includes asking if the child/children or family members they like with have exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19, a visual assessment of the child/children, and taking the child/children's temperature. If the child/children have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher and/or are showing other symptoms, they will be sent home and will not be allowed to enter the school. If a child shows any symptoms throughout the day, they will be sent to quarantine away from their group and all other children in a room with a staff member where they will wait to be picked up. To learn about other symptoms, risks, and other information about COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Face Coverings Everyone including parents, teachers, and students above the age of 2 must wear a mask. Students will not be required to wear a mask during meal time and nap time.
Hand Hygiene Hand Hygiene includes washing hands with soap and water for at least Healthy Hand Hygiene Behavior 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 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
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, including infants who cannot wash hands alone. After assisting children with handwashing, staff should also wash their hands. Place posters describing handwashing steps near sinks.
Ventilation To maintain and increase ventilation, we try to bring students to our outdoor area as much as we can. However, to keep everyone safe, we will only allow them to go with their designated groups at designated times. In between groups, the staff will sanitize and disinfect all areas, especially high contact ones. When indoors, windows will be open to increase ventilation. We will also equip each classroom with air purifiers.
Weekly Health Survey All Little Panda Preschool staff, parents, and students will be required to partake in a weekly health survey that will include questions about family members health conditions, family travel plans, and visitors from another area coming to visit.
Nap Children will nap in the outdoor area with their designated groups to increase ventilation when the weather and air quality allows this. Nap mats will be separated as much as possible and children will be alternating head to toe to help stop potential spread and sharing of bodily fluids. All nap mats will be disinfected and sanitized after each use. The student's personal items will be placed in individual plastic bags and stored separately.
Food Little Panda Preschool will not provide breakfast and lunch for students to minimize contact and stop potential spread of COVID-19. Students will need to bring their own lunch. All food must be placed in a sealable lunch bag or container with the student's name on it. Utensils, plates, napkins, and water bottles will also need to be brought from home and placed in the lunch bag. Little Panda Preschool will provide snacks and milk twice a day using paper cups and paper trays, which are single use and will be disposed after use. Since the students are not wearing masks during meal times, they will be required to social distance as they eat.
Curriculum Our curriculum is designed to give students more support in emotional development, for example, we teach them to resolve problems that my arise by asking questions, observing their surroundings, expressing their feelings, and finding a positive solution. We have updated our curriculum to help our students understand and study COVID-19, practice and learn health and hygiene habits, and help stop the spread or the virus.
Disinfecting and Cleaning Toys After a student plays with a toy/toys or touches any materials and/ or surfaces such as trays and tables, the toy/toys, all materials, and surfaces used in the activity will be disinfected and wiped down before another student can use or play with it. During outdoor activity time, only one designated group will be allowed to partake in the activity at a time. After the group finishes with their activity, all surfaces, materials, and toys used or touched will be disinfected and wiped down.
Employee Training Before the staff or new hires go back to work, they will be trained to learn coping and resilience, workplace guidance, proper hygiene, how to reinforce proper hygiene with students, and intensified cleaning and disinfection efforts.