Keeping Our Campus & Community Safe

SCP's response to COVID-19 | Last updated 10.5.2020

*** Per the guidelines of the Pierce County Health Department***

Anyone with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their household must remain out of our school for 14 days, and confirmed cases must receive medical clearance to return.

If your child has been directly exposed (for 15 minutes or more)
to someone who tests positive for Covid-19,
from last exposure date, even if they test negative for the virus.
My child has some symptoms,  should I keep them home?

Keep your child home if:
* The have a green or white runny nose.
* They have a fever of 100 degrees fahrenheit or higher, or a temperature AND sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache or just not feeling good - they must be fever free for 72 hours before returning to school. 
* They are unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, confused or cranky.
* Vomiting, they cannot return until 24 hours after last episode
* They have a sore throat WITH fever and swollen glands.
* They have an eye infection.
* They have diarrhea: 2 or more watery stools in 24 hours.
* They have a body rash, especially with a fever or itching, lice or nits.

My child or someone in our household is exhibiting symptoms of Covid 19. What should I do? 
 Anyone with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their household must remain out of our school for 14 days, and, confirmed cases must receive medical clearance to return.

If exhibiting symptoms, but have not had direct contact to someone with COVID-19 and receive a negative test result, your child is welcome back to school after symptoms have cleared.

If someone in your household is awaiting test results for COVID-19, your child must remain out of school until that person receives a negative test result.

If someone in your household has been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19, your child must remain out of the school until the child has a negative test result or the household member receives a negative test.

We are taking our own precautionary measures on top of the recommendations of the Tacoma Pierce County Health Department to help keep our school safe.

(Household includes anyone residing in the home of the child, and/or consistent caregiver for the child. ie nannies, grandparents etc)

If your child becomes ill at school, we’ll call you immediately, and ask that they be picked up as soon as possible. They will be moved to a secure room with a single staff member.

In general, if you suspect that your child is getting ill or is contagious, keep them at home and consult with your doctor. We’ll welcome your child back into our school once they are symptom free or have a doctor’s note stating that the child can return to school.

Thank you for being patient with us. We are all in this together and we are all trying to continue to do what is best.

Looking for a quick introduction into some of protocols? Click the link. Fun for the whole family!

General Guidance 
The health and safety of every person in our school is our primary concern and we are taking every precaution to prevent potential exposure or spread of COVID-19 within our school. We are actively partnering with local health departments and closely following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with our State Licensor.

How are we making decisions regarding your health and safety protocols?
We are following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and local state childcare licensing authorities. Our school policies are derived from best practices and expert guidance.

Health Screening & Temperature Checks 
In order to ensure that our school community stays healthy, we must screen everyone who enters the building. We ask that anyone exhibiting any signs of illness stay home and not
enter our school at all. Those who come to the door will be asked a few simple health questions such as:
1. Do you have any of the following symptoms? Cough, lethargy, drainage from the eyes or nose, wheezing or shortness of breath, loss of your sense of taste or smell, a recent fever within the past 24 hours, or headache?
2. Has any medication been taken (or given to your child) within the past 24 hours?
3. Have you had any interaction with anyone known to be COVID-19 positive in the last 14 days? For healthcare professionals, have you interacted with anyone known to be COVID-19 positive within the last 14 days when you were NOT wearing the appropriate personal protective gear?
4. Is there anyone in your home showing signs of illness or who have any of the symptoms listed above?
Slightly different or additional questions may be added over time or as required by local licensing and health departments. A member of our staff will also visually inspect for any signs of illness such as shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, tiredness, flushed cheeks, rash, runny nose, etc.
Finally, a member of our staff will take your child’s temperature with a touchless thermometer. Anyone with a fever of 100 degrees (F) will be asked to leave and be fever free for 72 hours before returning to school.

The CDC and AAP have both issued guidance regarding wearing face coverings in public when there is concern of community spread of COVID-19. Unless requirements change, we require that our staff wear face coverings whenever they are around another staff or child.

Children as of right now are not required to wear masks while in class. We also understand families may want their child to wear a mask, to do so, your child needs to be able to take it on and off (for times of eating, outdoor activities, and rest) independently. We will also have SCP logo masks available for purchase.

Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocols 
Teachers and school staff will be cleaning and sanitizing throughout the day, paying particular attention to high-touch areas such as doorknobs, toilet flushers, countertops, railings, ect. Toys such as sensory bins and sand play will be removed for the time being, and we ask that home toys be left at home. Playground equipment, if in use, will be cleaned often. Toys will be carefully sanitized at the end of every day and all provided bedding will be kept separate, individually stored, and washed daily. We ask all “lovies” sent for rest time be placed in a labeled Ziplock bag and washed nightly. Prior to the school reopening, and then nightly, our janitorial staff will do a complete clean using EPA approved disinfecting products.

For the duration of the current health crisis, we must limit visitors to our school. Classroom visitors will be limited to teachers/school staff and certain pre-approved essential service providers like early intervention specialists and social workers providing services to children and licensing specialists as required. These approved visitors will have to successfully clear the Health and Temperature Screenings before entering.

Social Distancing 
Let’s face it – it’s not easy to provide a loving and caring environment for children from 6 feet away, nor is it easy for kids to understand social distancing! Despite those challenges we are committed to creating the safest possible childcare environment and will be changing some of our practices to reduce contact and promote safe distancing between children. We will take local and CDC guidance on the maximum number of persons (children and teachers) allowed in one group or classroom into account. At rest time, cots will be arranged so that children are sleeping 6 feet apart and in “head to toe” configurations whenever possible.

Unfortunately, we will also have to postpone or reschedule any upcoming community or school events to limit group gatherings.

Meticulous Attention to Hand Hygiene 
Everyone who enters the building will have access to hand sanitizer at the entrance and be asked to wash their hands immediately upon arrival into a classroom (teachers will help the children!). Hand washing will also occur before and after preparing food or beverages, before and after eating or handling food or feeding children, before and after administering medication, before and after diapering, after using the toilet or helping a child use the toilet, after coming in contact with any bodily fluid, after playing outdoors and of course, after handling any garbage. We will ensure that hand washing procedures are thorough and consistently followed.

Public Resources
The DOH has established a call center to answer questions regarding the virus. If you have specific questions, you can call Health’s public call center at 1-800-525-0127, then wait and press #.

Washington State Department of Health: Coronavirus webpage 

Center for Disease Control (CDC): Coronavirus webpage