Health and Safety
Our plan for the fall opening 2021 is as follows (with the understanding that as things evolve in our community regarding COVID-19, this may be altered and communicated with parents via email in addition to the addendum to the Parent Handbook):
- To mitigate additional contact between families within the classroom setting, a “kiss and ride” drop off and pick up will be instituted
- All Playground equipment will be cleaned and disinfected before school begins each day
- All handrails, door knobs, light switches will be cleaned and disinfected before school begins, mid-morning, and evening
- Materials and toys used in the classroom will be cleaned and disinfected daily
- Students in the 3s class and transitional classes will not be required to wear face coverings; however, are welcome to do so if he/she can independently put on and take off the face covering. Students in the pre-kindergarten classes will be required to wear a face covering while at school. We have additional coverings here at the school to use if needed.
- Preschool Staff will wear shield w/ fabric covering at bottom of the shield to keep enclosed but allow for facial expressions for modeling behavior and phonetic visual of letters/sounds.
- Preschool Staff will continue to wear gloves for food prep and distribution, any toileting needs, when there is a need for first aid in the classroom or on the playground, etc.
- we recognize that it is not developmentally appropriate to expect 3-5 yr olds to stay 3-6 feet apart at all times nor is it safe to have the teacher that far away from the students.
- Minimize the other risk factors by having teachers in PPE,
- 1/3 of our morning class outside, weather permitting, please dress appropriately, boots are welcome for outside, please send sneakers for indoors
- Utilizing more small group activities during the day
- Rearranging the table space to create safe spacing but still playing together
- Signage, via pictures, are on the walls, floors, tables to help mark where to stand/sit/play to keep physical distancing in mind
- Reduce the amount of “difficult to disinfect” materials/toys
- Each child will have their own supplies rather than community use;
Continue the practice of handwashing before/after snack, after toileting, after craftwork, before/after outdoor time, etc.
The Commonwealth of Virginia and the Fairfax County Health Department require that health forms with current immunizations be submitted to us at the beginning of each school year.
All preschoolers must be “potty trained” before entering our program.
We recognize during this Pandemic that we can’t fully avoid COVID-19 but we are managing and reducing risk wherever possible as stated above. Please see the links below for a message from our Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Arlington and Waiver