COVID-19 Response

Reopening Information and Guidelines for

Canandaigua Montessori School 2021-2022

This document was created to aid our school community to safely and effectively navigate the new processes set forth by Canandaigua Montessori School in coordination with guidelines from New York State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York State Education Department.  This document should help answer many of your questions about reopening but the contents may need to be adjusted based on the ongoing guidance that we receive from the New York State Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Education Department.

Communication of reopening plans and safety instructions will be made available to staff, parents, and essential visitors via email and our website. Along with verbal reminders, there will be signage throughout the facility to encourage healthy practices (wear a mask, stay 6 ft apart, wash hands, and respiratory hygiene). We will also use social media to encourage these healthy practices starting at home including instructions for handwashing, respiratory hygiene, how to properly put on and take off a mask, and how to discard a mask.  All children 2 years of age and older are required to wear face masks based on the mandate from the Office of Child and Family Services.

We will continue to communicate any changes or reminders to families via email and our website.

Our top priority is to provide a safe and healthy environment for our entire school community to engage, grow and learn in!

Health and Safety Practices

Prior to starting school, families must sign the COVID health screening (OCFS-6040) for their child and any person(s) responsible for dropping off or picking up their child(ren). In addition, each day the person responsible for drop off must review the COVID health screening located next to the sign in sheet and initial next to their Childs name. All visitors that enter the building must sign our visitor log (OCFS-6039) and complete the COVID health screening (OCFS-6040).

All parents/guardians, staff, volunteers, and essential visitors must wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose. Acceptable face coverings include but are not limited to homemade sewn, quick cut, bandanas, or surgical masks.  Masks will be available for all employees, volunteers, parents, children and essential visitors if needed.  Please call before entering building if mask needs to be provided by CMS.

Face coverings should not be placed on: 

• Children younger than 2 years old 

 • Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious

 • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cloth face covering without assistance

Parents/guardians, staff, students, volunteers, essential visitors and visitors are asked to use hand sanitizer or wash hands upon entering school. 

There will be face masks, hand sanitizer and hand washing areas (with soap, warm water and disposable paper towels) available throughout the school to parents/guardians, staff, students, volunteers, essential visitors and visitors.  These supplies will be bought in bulk and checked daily to ensure that there is always an ample supply on hand.

Daily health checks and ongoing observation of signs of illness will be done by staff throughout the day.  If a child becomes ill during the school day, they will be removed from the group and sent home to follow up with their healthcare provider.

Any visitors, guests, contractors or vendors will not be allowed to enter the building without answering a health questionnaire. There will be signage on the door stating this policy. They will also be required to wear a face mask.  To reduce the amount of people in the building, when it is possible, deliveries will be made outside of the building.  Non-essential visitors will be kept to a minimum. A contact log will be kept in order to log visitors and their contact information.

Cleaning logs will be kept daily to ensure cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces, equipment, bathrooms, floors and toys.  We will adhere to hygiene, cleaning and disinfection requirements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH). The logs will be maintained on site and will document date, time, and scope of cleaning and disinfection. We will utilize the Cleaning and Disinfecting Log (OCFS-6041) provided by the Office of Children and Family Services.

A site safety monitor (Elizabeth Busel) will ensure that continued compliance occurs with all aspects of this plan.

Classrooms:

All children ages 2 years and older are required to wear masks. They will be given areas for mask breaks. Masks will not be worn when outside, during snack and lunch, during nap and if the child is using a pacifier.

The staff are required to wear face masks. They will be given areas for mask breaks and lunch (in designated staff break rooms).

Parents are asked to not enter the classroom. Please drop off your child at the doorway and do not to linger in the building.

This year, we will be staggering our drop off and pick up times to allow for less traffic and social distancing. If you are in Mrs. Brugger’s room, school begins at 8:45am and ends at 11:45am (for half day students) or 3:00pm (for full day students). If you are in Mrs. Wadsworth’s room, school begins at 9:00am and ends at 12:00pm (for half day students) or 3:00pm (for full day students). 

Social distancing of 3 feet will be practiced for students when feasible.

Proper hand washing and respiratory hygiene will be taught to students and practiced. Alcohol based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol will also be available where handwashing is not available/practical.

Children and staff will wash hands:

  • Upon arrival in classroom
  • Between all program activities
  • After using restroom or helping a student with toileting
  • Before and after eating 
  • After being outside/playing in playroom
  • Before leaving the last activity of the day

Daily health checks and ongoing observation for signs of illness will be done by staff throughout the day.  If a child becomes ill during the school day, they will be removed from the group and sent home to follow up with their healthcare provider.

No toys from home (except for show and tell items on their designated day that will not be touched by other individuals). 

While eating, students will be in designated area spaced six feet apart when feasible. 

We will continue to do show and tell but show items will not be handled by others.

Students may bring in rest items- small blanket, small pillow and small stuffed animal that need to fit in a bag in/on their cubbie.  A draw string bag would be preferable.

Daily cleaning and disinfecting of equipment and toys will occur using products identified by EPA as effective against COVID-19.

High touch areas (e.g. doorknobs, common areas, bathroom) will be cleaned frequently throughout the day.

Cleaning logs will be kept in each classroom and completed by classroom teacher.

Screening and Illness Processes– 

If a child shows symptoms of COVID-19, they should stay home and follow up with their healthcare provider before returning to school.

If a child becomes ill during the school day, they will be removed from the group and sent home immediately to follow up with their healthcare provider before returning to school.

In the event that a parent/guardian of a child must be isolated because they have tested positive for, or exhibited symptoms of COVID-19, the parent/guardian must not enter the school for any reason, including picking up their child.

  • If a parent/guardian –who is a member of the same household as the child –is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or has been tested and is positive for the virus, the parent will need to utilize an emergency contact authorized by them to come pick up the child. As a “close contact,” the child must not return to school for the duration of the quarantine.
  •   If a parent/guardian–who is a member of the same household as the child –is being quarantined as a precautionary measure, without symptoms or a positive test, staff should walk out and retrieve the child (during drop off) and walk out and deliver the child (at pick up) to the parent at the boundary of, or outside, the premises. As a “contact of a contact” the child may return to the school during the duration of the quarantine.
  • If a child or any of their household members become symptomatic for COVID-19 and/or tests positive, the child must quarantine and may not return or attend the school until after quarantine is complete.

If there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the school the protocol will be as follows:

-Contact state and local health department-follow guidance and recommendations from them. 

-Contact individuals that may have come into close contact with this person (maintaining confidentiality of person).  Close contact means any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes. We would contact you via email and phone calls. We will follow guidance from local health department on next steps for these individuals. 

-Close off affected areas. Open outside doors. We will wait 24 hours to clean and disinfect common areas and all areas that were affected.  We will clean areas first with soap and water and then disinfect with bleach and water solution(1/3 cup of bleach to gallon of water). Areas will reopen after these steps are complete and following Department of Health guidance.

-Person that tested positive would need to follow the local health departments guidelines before returning to school. 

Staff:

Staff must limit the sharing of objects and discourage touching of shared surfaces; or, when in contact with shared objects or frequently touched areas, wear gloves; or, sanitize or wash hands before and after contact.  

Staff will be provided with education on:

  • signs of COVID-19 to perform health checks throughout the day
  • hand and respiratory hygiene
  • proper way to wear mask, take on/off mask, clean and properly dispose of mask 
  • taking temperature of person using contactless thermometer and proper ppe
  • cleaning and disinfecting of all areas of the school including classroom, common areas, bathrooms, kitchen and how to document using OCFS 6041

Staff will help educate and encourage children on proper hand washing and respiratory hygiene.  

If staff becomes ill, they will immediately be removed from class and will follow up with their health practitioner before returning to school.