OPERATIONS UNDER AN EMERGENCY CHILD CARE LICENSE

We are operating under an Emergency Child Care License to continue providing child care to our families during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are operating under guidance and oversight by the Office of Childcare, Oregon Early Learning Division, and the Oregon Health Authority. Our regulations and policies are subject to change in order to stay responsive to any developments which would effect the health of our families and staff.

 

Temporary Emergency Childcare License Policy Changes

 

1. Drop-Off and Pick-Up

    

 •  Parents and guardians stay outside, except at SE Richmond where, if only one staff member is  present, a parent or guardian may enter the coat room one at a time.

  • All adults must wear face masks while on site. Masks must be properly fitting, and cover mouth and nose completely.

  • All individuals must maintain physical distance of at least 6 ft from individuals outside of their family while on site. 

  • Hand washing or sanitizing immediately inside entrance. Hand sanitizer with between 60% - 95% alcohol is provided at the entrance, and children wash hands immediately upon entering their classroom.

  • Individual, sanitized pens are available if needed

 

2. Daily Health Check

 

  • Staff will take the temperature of anyone who enters our facilities. No one with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be allowed entry. Staff must self screen before coming to work, or immediately upon arrival.

  • Anyone who enters our facilities will attest to being symptom-free and to have had no exposure to anyone with COVID-19 or presumptive COVID-19

 

3. Group Sizes and Stable Groups

 

  • We provide stable teaching teams to limit exposure at our schools, we also maintain stable classroom groups at our NE center. Children and staff do not co-mingle between classrooms. 

  • Group sizes were increased in Multnomah County to “pre-COVID-19” sizes, however; we will continue to limit our group sizes to the following: SE Richmond - 15 children, NE Irvington - Infants: 6, Younger Toddlers: 8, Older Toddlers: 10, Preschoolers: 15

  • Staff physically distance themselves (6 ft) from adults and children outside of their stable pod.

  • At NE Irvington, float staff who provide teachers with breaks in their classrooms wear a clean shirt over their clothes that is removed after leaving. They wash their hands immediately upon entry. 

  • At NE Irvington, only one stable group may be on the playground at a time, classrooms utilize our 3 outdoor spaces to keep separate outdoor times. 

 

4. Personal Protective Equipment for Adults and Children

 

  • All adults on the premises must wear a face covering that properly fits, covers mouth and nose, and follows CDC guidelines. Exemptions can only be made if the individual has a medical condition or disability, as documented by their doctor's order, which prevents them from wearing a face covering.

  • Children between two years of age and Kindergarten may wear a face covering if their parent or guardian requests, and if the child is able to remove the face covering without assistance. Children may not wear face covering while at rest.

  • If a child removes a face covering, or demonstrate a need to remove the face covering, staff must guide the child in removal or effectively wearing it. It must be stored with the child's belongings when not in use, and staff not touch mask if possible, and must wash their hands before and after if they come in contact with it. Children must wash hands anytime the face covering is touched. Hand sanitizer may be used as an alternative. Children must be properly supervised when using hand sanitizer, and if must be stored out of reach when not in use. 

  • Face covering must be washed daily or a new one worn daily. When not being worn, they must be stored in a plastic bag in a secure place that is not accessible to others. 

  • Children under the age of 2 must never wear a face shield or covering. 

  • Face coverings must be changed after a daily health check if the adult interacted with a sick individual.

  • Adults who complete daily health checks must wear a clean, outer layer of clothing during checks. 

  • In our infant classroom in NE teachers wear clean outer layer coverings when feeding children.

  • If a child or staff is displaying COVID-19 symptoms, prior to their exclusion, they must be isolated from other individuals, and kept within a minimum of 6 ft. from other individuals. 

  • Clothing must be changed after being soiled by bodily fluids.

 

5. Daily Activities

 

  • “Imagination Yoga” and other enrichment activities are paused

  • Multi-child sensory tables and trays are paused

  • Field trips are paused

  • Children have increased distance during nap times and, when possible, during meal times

  • Children must wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer between changing activities.

 

6. Cleaning, Hand Washing and Hygiene

 

  • All surfaces and materials are cleaned and sanitized according to current guidelines 

  • Staff and children wash hands for at least 20 seconds (hand sanitizer with alcohol content between 60-95% is allowed when at asterisk appears): 

         - Before and after eating, preparing food, and or bottle preparation.

         - Before and after administering medication.

         - After toileting or assisting with toileting.

         - Before and after diapering.

         - After wiping a nose, coughing, or sneezing.*

         - After coming in from outside.*

         - Upon entering and leaving the child care facility.*

         - If staff are moving between stable groups.*

         - After sharing toys and materials.*

7.  Requirements for Food and Nutrition

  • Children are not allowed to serve themselves from communal platters of food. One staff member plates children's food individually at SE, and at NE children bring food from home.

  • Children are closely supervised during meal times to ensure food is not shared or touched by others, and that children have adequate space. 

  • Breastfeeding parents, or those whose children have special feeding needs are allowed to enter the program for the purposes of feeding.

8. Responding to Possible and Confirmed Cases of COVID-19

Decisions about closures are made in conjunction with the Early Learning Division and the Oregon Health Authority.

  • If an enrolled child has particular health needs or susceptibility to disease, including COVID-19, Sweet Day will make a care plan with the parent/guardians for the child. All staff engaged with the child must understand the plan.

  • Sweet Day cannot refuse to enroll a child based on a belief that the child is more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 due to a child's or parent's occupation, race, ethnicity, geographic location, disability, or pre-existing health condition.

  • We will notify the Office of Childcare, ERDC, and the Oregon Health Authority if anyone who has entered the facility is diagnosed with COVID-19. 

  • Communicate to all families and individuals who have been in the facility within the past 14 days of the confirmed case. 

  • In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the facility, all children and staff in the stable cohort, and anyone who came in contact with the group are quarantined at home for 14 days. 

  • Decisions about closures must be made in conjunction with the Early Learning Division and the Health Authority.

 

9. Exclusion Guidelines 

If you are bringing your child to Sweet Day it is because everyone in your home is healthy and symptom free, with no known exposure to COVID-19.

 

Staff will take a child's temperature upon arrival, and may ask questions regarding their health, and the health of your household. Sweet Day has the authority to not allow a child into the facility for any reason. Parents and guardians will not enter the facility unless authorized to do so, or in case of emergency. 

 

No child may be admitted into our care with any of the following symptoms:

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Fever over 100.4 degrees taken temporally or in the ear

  • Sever/Persistent Cough

  • Unusual yellow color to skin or eyes

  • Skin or eye lesion or rash that are severe, weeping, or pus-filled

  • Stiff neck and headache with one or more of the other symptoms listed

  • Difficulty breathing or abnormal wheezing

  • Complaints of severe pain

 

1. If a child or member of their household has been exposed to someone with a current presumptive case or positive case of COVID-19, they must quarantine for 14 days from the last time they had contact with the person. A negative COVID-19 test, or a note from a doctor may not override this policy.

 

2. If a child has an illness with fever, cough, or shortness of breath they must be excluded from care for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and 24 hours after symptoms resolve. If they test negative for COVID-19, they can return 24 hours after symptoms resolve. They can also return to care with documentation from a medical professional saying they can return to care (e.g. diagnosed with something else).

 

3. If a child has symptoms of diarrhea, vomiting, headache, sore throat, or rash, they may return 24 hours after symptoms resolve or with documentation from a medical professional saying they can return to care.

 

*Important definitions*

"Fever" means a 100.4 Fahrenheit degree fever or above.

"Exposure" means contact (less than 6 feet) for longer than 15 minutes with a COVID-19 case.

"Presumptive Case" means a person who was exposed to a positive COVID-19 case and has developed symptoms.

"Quarantine" means you stay away from other people when you may become sick, even if you have no symptoms.

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