CA continues to be committed to providing the best care possible for your children! In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are constantly adjusting the extent of that care and the precautions we take to ensure the safety of staff and children. We still strive to make care as accessible as possible to families throughout the entire community.
2020-2021 Childcare Fall Program with Distance Learning Support
In support of the requirement for distance learning, CA SAS will allow each student to bring their electronic device – laptop/Chromebook/Ipad – for school and educational purposes only. Children will also need to bring a headset to wear while they are online as not to disturb other students during their scheduled class meeting times.
We ask that families provide the CA Director at their location with their child’s schedule for classes. We will remind students of their class schedules and make sure they have access to the location’s WiFi. For students who need to access teacher office hours and additional support, we will also track any times provided to us and remind students to log on.
We have assured HCPSS that we will not interfere with their established and approved plan for teacher instruction. Students will be directed to the appropriate school instructor to assist with academic work, but we will not be instructing on any teacher’s behalf. Children will also have the opportunity to work on their homework during program hours.
In addition to supervised distance learning, we will work around the scheduled classroom times of the group to provide recreation-based activities. Staff will be making sure the most recent Maryland State Department of Education and CDC guidelines regarding health/safety and social distancing are observed at all times. Per CDC recommendations, the use of shared objects (e.g. gym or physical education equipment, art supplies, toys, games) will be limited when possible or cleaned between use. Children will have their temperatures checked, wear masks and wash their hands prior to entering the program each day. Children will not share games, equipment or art/craft supplies during the program.
CA will continue to provide a morning and afternoon snack. In addition, free breakfast and lunch are available for the participants in the SAS childcare program. Children also have the option to bring their lunch (no nuts/nut products permitted). We highly recommend each child bring a water bottle. Water bottles can be refilled on premises, but disposable cups will not be provided, and water fountains are closed.
CA adheres to all guidance provided to child care programs from The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). For families, this includes:
-Parent drop off and pick up outside of the program (no parents/guardians will be permitted into the program with children for any reason). Parents and children must wear masks covering their noses and mouths during pick up and drop.
-Families will have to complete both a symptoms questionnaire and a temperature check before their child is permitted into the program each day. Temperatures of participants must be taken in the presence of CA staff and recorded. Temperature checks will be also conducted mid-day for any child participating in the full day program.
-Children and staff are required to wear masks/approved face coverings that cover their nose and mouth for the duration of the program. There will be no exceptions to this requirement.
-Children will be required to maintain the six feet of social distance for the duration of the program day.
-Handwashing will occur upon arrival, before and after snacks/meals, upon return from outside and any other time during the program that bodily fluids may be present.
–All cleaning and disinfecting will occur per the current CDC recommendations. This includes frequent cleaning of all high contact areas used by children: before the start and at the end of each program, after children use an area, including bathroom door and faucet handles, and transition to another, before and after snack, after outdoor play and anytime bodily fluids are present.
The following options are available:
- Full day – 7am to 6pm
- Mornings only – 7am to noon
- Afternoons only – 1pm to 6pm
Full Program (most affordable option): For your convenience, we are offering an opportunity to register your child for care on September 8, 2020, through January 28, 2021. Fees will be assessed in five monthly payments on the third of each month
- Full day (7am to 6pm) – $825.60 per month
- Mornings only (7am to noon) – $412.80 per month
- Afternoons only (1pm to 6pm) – $412.80 per month
Please note: morning and afternoon times may be adjusted based on distance learning times.
While the full program is the most cost-effective option, CA is offering flexible weekly and daily enrollment options as well.
- Full Day – $215 per week
- Morning or Afternoon – $108 per week
- Full Day – $50 per day
- Morning or Afternoon – $30 per day
Childcare staff must monitor children for signs and symptoms of acute illness and notify a child’s parent or guardian upon observing signs or symptoms of acute illness. Staff must provide temporary isolation for the affected child in a suitably equipped separate area within sight and hearing of an adult. Staff may not admit a child to care or allow a child to remain in care when the child is exhibiting symptoms of acute illness. A child may not be readmitted to care for an absence of three days or more, due to an illness, without a written statement from their physician stating that the child is not contagious and may return to a regular schedule.
A child may be excluded from care if:
- The child’s illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities that the facility routinely offers for healthy children or mildly ill children.
- The child is displaying any of the signs and symptoms that require an evaluation from a health care provider as indicated by the child’s age and condition. In this situation, the parent is notified of the need for immediate emergent or urgent issues.
- The illness requires more care than the childcare staff is able to provide without compromising the needs of the other children in the group.
- The child exhibits an acute change in behavior. Examples may include lethargy, a lack of responsiveness, irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing, or a quickly spreading rash.
- The child has a fever at or above 100.4 degrees F, taken orally or a temporal scan.
- The child has diarrhea. The child will not be readmitted to care until diarrhea-free for 24 hours.
- The child is vomiting. The child will not be readmitted to care until vomiting has ceased for 24 hours.
- The child has impetigo/scabies. The child will not be readmitted until treatment has started, as verified by a healthcare professional.
- The child has Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease.
- Symptoms indicating a probable case of COVID-19:
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
Sick children and staff will be required to stay home. Sick staff will be sent home immediately and sick children are required to be picked up by a parent or emergency contact within 30 minutes.
- Communicate to parents the importance of keeping children home when they are sick.
- Communicate to staff the importance of being vigilant for symptoms and staying in touch with facility management if or when they start to feel sick.
- Establish procedures to ensure children and staff who come to the childcare center sick or become sick while at your facility are sent home as soon as possible.
- Keep sick children and staff separate from well children and staff until they can be sent home.
- Sick staff members should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation. Physicians notes will be required for children to return to care and staff to return to work.
- Have a plan if someone is or becomes sick.
- Plan to have an isolation room or area (such as a cot in a corner of the classroom) that can be used to isolate a sick child.
- Be ready to follow CDC guidance on how to disinfect your building or facility if someone is sick.
- If a sick child has been isolated in your facility, clean and disinfect surfaces in your isolation room or area after the sick child has gone home.
- If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member:
- CA will contact the Howard County Health Dept. for guidance on next steps.
- Close off areas used by the person who is sick.
- Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas.
- Wait up to 24 hours or as long as possible before you clean or disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting.
- Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas.
- If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary. Continue routine cleaning and disinfection.
Should it be necessary to contact a parent regarding illness or injury, it is the parent’s responsibility to arrange to pick up the child within 30 minutes of notification.