Mitigating risk, supporting directors, and offering care to critical care workers
In addition to fever checks, enhanced illness policies, rigid cleaning measures described below, Wonderschool is performing daily check-ins with our director community, including meeting via webinar to discuss questions, concerns, observations, and to provide support. We also have a hotline in place for more immediate or complex issues.
We continue to monitor official sources of information and guide our program directors during this unprecedented crisis. In addition, we are providing program directors CDC recommendations for cleaning, hygiene and health best practices specific to COVID-19.
Update: Local and state authorities are beginning to implement ‘shelter in place’ measures. During these measures health workers, police, firefighters and many others are still in need of safe child care. You can find detailed information about the restrictions in place and available Wonderschool programs in your area inside this blog post.
Contact us directly if you are struggling to find child care during this crisis.
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The practices listed below have been initiated at every Wonderschool childcare program. Everyone’s continued good health and safety is always our number one goal.
To limit new people entering programs during this time, Wonderschool is providing resources and support to both providers and parents on conducting virtual tours (rather than in-person tours).
No child, parent, teacher, or director is allowed to enter the program if he or she has a fever or is exhibiting symptoms of any illness. Directors run regular daily fever checks to ensure safety and are required to send home any child or staff member that is running a fever.
Enhanced Illness policies as per CDC and local health department guidelines
Children and teachers are required to stay home when ill and should be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medicine prior to returning to your program.
Rigid Cleanliness Policies
Sterilization – Programs must sterilize table tops, counters, shelving, shared surfaces at the end of each day, between meals. Directors and teachers must wash and sterilize toys that go into children’s mouths before the next child uses toys.
Hand Washing – Directors, teachers, children, and parents must wash hands frequently. Washing hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds is the best method to avoid contracting the virus. If soap and water are not available, programs use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol.
When to wash hands:
Personal hygiene – Children, parents, teachers and directors are asked to cough into their elbows or a tissue and then wash hands immediately. Coughing into your hands puts germs on your hands, which spread very easily). Children are directed to keep hands out of the eyes, nose, mouth – the most common point of entry for germs.
All directors and parents are given the latest information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
CDC fact sheets:
If you, a member of your family, or a child in your care displays any of the symptoms of novel coronavirus you should seek advice from your medical provider regarding immediate medical treatment and notify the parents immediately. Symptoms of the novel coronavirus include the following:
How the virus is transmitted
The virus is spread like other respiratory illnesses such as the flu. Human coronavirus is most commonly spread to others from an infected person through the following:
As the Novel Coronavirus is new, how it spreads and how long it takes for people to become sick is still to be determined.
Prevent the spread of the virus by doing these things:
The Center of Disease Control (CDC) recommends the following measures to prevent the further spread of the virus:
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