Details On Our SAFETY Policies And Procedures During Coronavirus (COVID-19):
Golden Gate Guppies Preschool (GGG) will always place the health and safety of our children and of our staff our first priority. We are committed to providing high quality and safe environment for our children during the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are continuously monitoring the latest developments in and around our community. As more information becomes available, we are adapting and making changes to our safety measures and protocols. We are also following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Child Care Licensing Department (CCLD), San Francisco Department of Public Health and other government organizations.
In line with safety measures, we are implementing the following protocols and policies in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
9AM to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday
Option of Extended Care
4:00-5:00 PM Monday through Friday
4:00-5:30 PM Monday through Friday
Drop off must be by 9:30 AM
Drop Off and Pick Up Policies and Procedures
Parents are required to wear a face mask during drop-off and pick-up.
Parents and staff will meet at health and wellness station outside the facility entryway.
Parents are required to maintain 6 feet distance from other parents/families and follow the markers on the ground.
Teaching staff will check in the child(ren) at the school’s entrance one child at a time to allow for physical distancing.
Teaching staff will go over brief questionnaire regarding the health of the child as well as the child’s immediate family.
Teaching staff will make a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
Teaching Staff will use touchless thermometer to take the temperature of the child(ren). Forehead temperature of the child(ren) must be less than 100°F/38°C to be admitted into the school.
Parent’s visits should be as brief as possible, and parents are not permitted to enter the facility.
Parents should sanitize their own hands and assist in washing the hands sensitization of their children while waiting in drop off line, prior to coming for pick up, and when they get home.
Hand sanitizers will be out of the reach of children, but near all entry doors, classrooms, and other high traffic areas.
Ideally, the same parent should drop off and pick up the child every day. If possible, people with underlying medical conditions should not pick up children, because they are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
Wellness Check for Staff and Children
GGG has implemented screening procedures for our staff and children. This includes asking all individuals about any symptoms (primarily fever, cough, difficulty breathing or other signs of illness within the last 72 hours) – that they, or someone in their homes, might have. All individuals will be asked if they have had any exposure to another individual with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases. We will document and inform everyone of all known incidents of possible exposure to COVID-19.
Parents must notify the school if a child has taken any fever reducing medications in the last 72 hours and must not bring the child to school.
GGG will take children and staff’s temperature each morning by using a non-touch thermometer. If a child or staff has a temperature of 100°F/38°C or higher or exhibits signs of illness, we will follow the facility procedures for isolation from the general room population and notify the parents immediately to pick up the child and the staff member will be sent home immediately. Parents have up to 30 minutes to pick up their child.
If a parent or a member of the same household tests positive for COVID-19 they will be required to provide a proof of clearance from a doctor prior to bringing the child to school, same protocols applies to school staff.
San Francisco’s Public Health Department, Child Care Licensing Department and Parents will be informed if there any known cases of COVID-19.
GGG will follow guidelines given by San Francisco Public Health Department.
Teacher to Child Ratio & Small Group Size
The same teacher(s) will remain with the child(ren) throughout the day
Given the size of the classrooms children will have ample space to play and explore.
GGG will adhere to the following teacher child ratios and small group size outlined below for prevention, containment, and mitigation measures.
Age Staff: Child Ratio Group Size
2.6-5.5 1:6 12
Social and Physical Distancing
Children will remain in groups as small as possible not to exceed ratio and capacity. We will keep the same children and teacher or staff with each group, to the greatest extent possible.
Extend the indoor environment to outdoors, weather permitting.
Arrange developmentally appropriate activities for smaller group activities and rearrange furniture and play spaces to maintain 6-feet separation, when possible.
Limit the number of children per table to maintain separation during activities or meal/snack times.
No mixing of children groups. Achieved by separate entrances into facility and having three separate classrooms.
Educate children about social distancing and give verbal reminders.
Implement strategies to model and reinforce social and physical distancing and movement as best as possible.
Healthy Hygiene Behavior/Hand Washing
Signs are posted in restrooms and near sinks that convey proper hand-washing techniques.
Children will hand wash with soap and water, while keeping a safe distance from one another.
Staff will practice frequent hand washing by teaching a popular child-friendly song or counting to 20 (hand washing should last 20 seconds) and use paper towels to dry hands thoroughly.
All Children and Staff will engage in hand hygiene at the following times:
Arrival to the facility
Before eating snack and lunch
Before and after eating or handling food.
Before and after administering medication or medical ointment.
Before and after diapering.
After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom.
After coming in contact with bodily fluid.
After playing outdoors.
After handling garbage.
Routine Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
Windows, doors and ceiling fans will be kept open/on to allow for increased air circulation.
On top of our regular daily cleaning schedule, the school will routinely clean and disinfect between cohorts use of the bathroom and play areas. Including, frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, toilet handle, counter-tops, shared toys).
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Staff will have access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including masks, gloves and face shields to prevent the spread of germs. Children are required to face shields while at school, to prevent respiratory droplets from contacting peers and teachers. Face shields are taken home daily and cleaned and disinfected before entering school.
Food Preparation and Meal Service
Parents will be required to provide a ready to eat lunch from home to eliminate cross-contamination and utensils.
Some children may have severe allergic reactions to specific food ingredients that are readily available from home. We request that parents be mindful and careful when packing food from home.
The school will continue to provide an AM and PM snack for the children. Individual servings.
Children may bring a lovey for nap-time. Lovey’s go home at the end of the week with bedding for laundering. All personal items should be labeled.
Napping pads will be spaced 6 feet apart from each other. They will be arranged with the head of each bed alternately, in opposite directions, to lessen the possible spread of illness between children from coughing or sneezing. All pads will be wiped down and disinfected after each use.
Parents are required to bring a nap mat. Bedding will be sent home on Fridays for wash and brought back on Mondays.
Outdoor Play Time and Neighborhood Walks
Children will have daily outdoor play using the school’s outdoor space. In addition children will take daily walks up to the park to play and explore and walks through the vibrant Pacific Heights Neighborhood.
Group size will be limited to group of 12 children at a time with 2 teachers.
Playgrounds and play structures will be off limits
HOME / SCHOOL / HOME (PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES):
To ensure the safety of the children and teaching staff: Parents/Guardians are:
• Strongly encouraged their children to take a shower each morning before coming to school.
• Children should wear clean clothes each day.
• Children with long hair should wear their hair up (e.g. in a ponytail).
• If your child is at all not acting like their normal self, parents should take their child's temperature
before leaving for preschool, and should strongly consider keeping them home regardless.
• Parents will notify the school if their child develops a fever outside of school. Parents will not send
their child to school if their child has had any fever reducing medicine in the past 48-72 hours.
• One adult per family is encouraged to be responsible for the daily drop-off and pick-up.
• Upon arriving home, children should, at minimum, change their clothes and wash their hands.
• Parents will follow the, "When To Stay Home" policy
• Parents must immediately notify the preschool via FAMILY if their child develops any illness
symptoms click "sick'' and indicate the symptoms in the notes section).
• Respond daily to our list of Intake Questions
• Parents who have had anyone within their "bubble" travel on an airplane should notify the school in
writing so we can keep an extra eye out for possible development of symptoms and keep their child home for 5-days as an added precaution to the other families.
• Parents returning from travel to areas with community spread of COVID-19 must follow guidance
they have received from health officials. Any parent returning from a CDC Level 3 area must
notify the preschool in writing and the child should be kept home for 7-days •. Students and
teachers who have traveled to a CDC Level 3 area will be excluded for 14-days •. A parent who
travels to a CDC Level 3 area and does not notify the preschool in writing may forfeit their child's
space at preschool. with no refund issued.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging and fluid situation. Federal, state, and local orders and guidance may change frequently, therefore our policies and procedures are subject to change accordingly.
Although, GGG has placed all commercially reasonable preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, the School cannot guarantee that your child(ren) will not become exposed to or even infected with COVID-19 in the course of their use of the School’s childcare services and facilities.