COVID-19 UPDATES

With the ever-changing environment we are currently living in, and the unknowns of Covid-19, all policies, procedures and schedules are subject to change.

We are following all CDC and Alameda County Guidelines for COVID 19 including sick policies, daily cleaning, health screening, COVID testing, and vaccinations.

Drop off and Pick Up Procedures 

We are setting up the following procedures in order to limit the risk of exposure to and minimize the spread of Covid-19. Families, including guardians, siblings, parents, and caretakers will not be allowed in the preschool during school hours to minimize contact and gathering. The preschool will only be open to teaching staff and essential building staff. 

Drop Off and Pick Up

Please fill out the online daily health screening before drop off. https://www.theganalameda.com/signin

  • The teachers will be outside during drop off and pickup. Drop off is from 9:00am-9:15am only at the door. A teacher will be there to check in your child and bring him/her to his/her classroom.  If for some reason you need to come to school later for drop off or earlier for pickup, please call ahead of time and when you arrive at school, ring the doorbell and wait for a staff member to meet you at the main entrance.

  • All  adults must wear masks and practice social distancing during pick up and drop-off.


  • Parents will be required to fill out/answer a questionnaire inquiring about their children’s and family’s health over the weekend.​​​


SICK POLICY 

  • Please take a temperature check at home prior to bringing your child to The Gan


  • Keep your child home if they are showing any signs of symptoms or sickness including: fever, runny nose, cough, fatigue, muscle aches, vomiting, or diarrhea. Any child with a temperature of 100 or above will be sent home for a minimum of 72 hours.  


  • Children must be symptom free for 72 hours before returning to school (without the aid of a fever reducing medication). In some cases, a note from your child’s doctor will be required for your child to return.


  • If your child has an excessive runny nose, cough, or sneeze, we will ask you to pick up your child and keep them home for 72 hours. In some cases, a note from your child’s doctor will be required for your child to return.


  • If your child shows symptoms while at school, you will need to pick up your child within 30 minutes. 


  • If you have multiple children, and one child has a fever or symptoms at drop off, your other child will not be able to attend. 


  • If you, your spouse or other members of your family have a temperature or are sick, we respectfully request that you keep your child home.​

  • NEW CLASSROOM REGULATIONS

Mask Policy 

  • All staff will be wearing masks as required by CDC and local health guidelines.

  • The CDC has recommended that no child under 2 should wear a mask. 

  • If your child is two-years-old or older and you want your child to wear a mask, we will do our best for him/her to keep it on. Parents must provide that mask. We will not provide masks for children. 

  • Any cloth mask will be acceptable (Here are

    some ideas for making a simple

    sew/no sew mask). 


  • Children will not sleep with mask covers and nap mats will be placed 6 feet apart.

Classroom policies

  • In an effort to limit exposure, we have a few new regulations



    • Class structure



      • Class size is limited to 10 children


      • Children and teachers must remain in the same group throughout the day


Materials in the classroom

  • If anything in the classroom is exposed to bodily fluids and cannot be easily cleaned with a sanitizing spray, it will be removed.

  • There will be a limited number of toys and materials in the classroom in general to reduce the risk of contact contamination.

  • We will follow strict sanitizing procedures at the end of each day and take extra precaution with any materials that have come into contact with children’s saliva, mucus or any other bodily fluid.  

  • We will be cleaning the preschool daily.

  • The bathroom will be wiped down and disinfected between each use. 



Hand Washing Policy

  • Our hand washing policies follow the strict guidelines and rules.


  • We will continue to follow those guidelines with increased frequency of washing and pay special attention to situations and times that we may need to implement even more frequent handwashing.  



What to bring

We will be limiting what students can bring from home. 

  • Students should not bring food or drink from home. Bring a fitted crib sheet in a non-porous bag. 


  • No toys, or “lovies”  will be allowed until further notice. 


  • Please bring an extra pair of clean socks daily (packed separately in their bag) for your child to wear in the classroom.  No shoes will be permitted in the classroom to help keep our classrooms clean and free of outside germs. 


  • Please bring a container of Lysol or Clorox disinfecting wipes on your child’s first day of preschool. 



Closure Policy

Due to new regulations, if we experience an exposure or presumed exposure, we must close our center for a minimum of 24 hours. If this happens, staff will do our best to notify you of any school closures as soon as possible to allow for you to make alternate arrangements for your family.


More information regarding policies in event of closure can be found in the COVID information booklet in the application process. 



Travel 

We are following the state travel guidelines which can be found here: 

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Travel-Advisory.aspx

During this time, if your family/child participates in any travel within or outside the United States, your child may not return to school for 14 days while you monitor your health prior to readmittance to our center. We highly advise not traveling outside of the United States at this time. Please see Coronavirus and Travel in the United States for additional information. 


WAIVER

Alameda Jewish Preschool is asking families and staff to sign a waiver stating they are at the school of their own free will and understand the potential risk involved with being at the preschool and agree to follow the current regulations.

Waiver must be signed by parents before the first day back at preschool. 

As stated above, all these regulations may change and we are strictly following the California and Alameda County guidelines for all of the above. Some useful links can be found here:

https://covid-19.acgov.org/schools

https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/cdss-programs/community-care-licensing/child-care-licensing/covid-19-child-care-resources

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Child-Care-Guidance.aspx

https://www.childcarelaw.org/2020/03/questions-and-answers-about-the-impact-of-the-coronavirus-on-family-child-care-in-california/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=68506950-cd36-48d2-9b1a-9f311d2dca5d


 https://covid19.ca.gov/vaccines/


 https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Child-Care-Guidance.aspx