COVID-19 PROTOCOLS AT AKIDEMY
We opened our preschool with the desire to provide a safe and inspiring place for children to create connections, experiment, wonder, learn, and grow.
We truly value the families and children in our community and believe that children need stimulating and exciting spaces where they can play and make sense of the world around them, especially now more than ever. We are dedicated to our mission and making a positive impact in children’s and families lives.
As small local business entrepreneurs, these past months have proven to be extremely challenging. We are doing our best to adapt and respond to the current health orders while also providing a fun and relaxed space that children feel safe to explore and discover.
As always, we are committed to maintaining our high standards of health and safety at our program and have we have implemented the following additional precautions as per guidance provided by the Chief Medical Officer:
At the start of class, we will have an educator at the door to greet you. We will ensure that there are no health reasons that your child should not attend class; as per the health declaration provided by AHS. We will complete a quick (contact-less) temperature check of every child at drop off. We will then bring your child into the classroom and get them settled.
We are keeping as few outside adults out of the classroom as possible, but we understand that at the start of the year some children may need a little more help getting settled. In this case, parents can come in briefly but will need to wear a mask, apply sanitizer upon entry and maintain 2 meters physical distancing from others.
At the end of class, we will help children pack their backpacks and bring them to the door as parents are picking up to again reduce the amount of adults collecting in the space.
We also ask that families maintain physical distancing while outside before and after class.
We have renovated our program to make our classroom more Covid-friendly. We have replaced the majority of our classroom shelving with built-in cabinets that allow us to be very strategic about the materials that each class will have access to. This will allow us to ensure that we are sanitizing all toys and equipment that children have access to between classes. We have also re-configured our space to provide a larger classroom for the children to spread out. We have removed the small ‘studio’ space to consolidate the office allowing us to move the office wall back further and reconfigure the children’s bathroom and sinks regaining space to create a larger, brighter and more beautiful classroom.
Our class sizes are low and significantly lower than the 30 people per cohort, including staff that AHS has set as a limit.
Each class will be considered a cohort and within each cohort children are not required to physically distance or wear masks. We will provide individual sensory materials for each child, and ensure no sensory materials are shared. Classes won’t overlap with other classes and all toys, surfaces and structures will be cleaned and disinfected between groups of children.
All staff will assess themselves before their shift for symptoms of COVID-19. They will wear a mask at all times and wash their hands (or use alcohol-based hand rub) when entering and exiting the space.
Children will hand wash frequently; upon arrival, after meeting time, between sensory material play, before snack, after snack, prior to leaving, after toilet use. Children and staff will also follow proper respiratory etiquette (wash hands frequently, sneeze/cough into their elbow, put used tissues in a waste receptacle and wash hands immediately after using tissues). Signs with visual cues will be posted to remind staff and children.
If a child develops symptoms while at preschool, we will provide activities to play in a separate space away from other children and we will notify the parent to come and pick up their child immediately.
Alcohol-based hand rub (with at least 60% alcohol) will be placed at the entrance and exit to the program area for use by staff, directors and the parents doing pick-ups/drop-offs.