• SAPS will run a 2020-2021 School Year program from August 24 – June 10 and will run Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. The monthly tuition is listed below.
  • SAPS will have the capacity to provide care for forty-eight (48) Children.
  • SAPS will employ five (5) teachers and one (1) administrator per shift. There will be 2 shifts per day.
  • Spots are only available on a full-time basis or with limited 9:00 am-2:00 pm schedules, until further notice.

The children will be divided into 5 stable pods of 8-12 children. “Stable” means that the same children are in the same group each day and will not intermingle with children in the other pods. Children will remain in their assigned pods for the duration of the school year. (See Parent Handbook for “Daily Schedules”).

  • Each pod will be assigned a separate and distinct area of SAPS. (Art Room, Science Room/Middle Room, Upstairs 201, Upstairs 202, and Duncan Hall.
  • Siblings will be in the same group to the extent possible. Nappers will be in the Duncan Hall group. If a sibling pair has one napper and one non-napper, they will be put in two separate Pods.
  • Each pod will be assigned two (2) teachers that will remain with the Pod for the duration of the school year (unless one of them becomes ill or can no longer provide services). One (1) teacher will be with a pod per am or pm shift.
  • Each teacher shall wear a face mask all day. They will also be asked to wear other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as specified.

SAPS will follow Marin County’s Public Health Protocols on the Onset of Symptoms, Potential Exposure to and/or Close Contact with an Individual Testing Positive for COVID-19 in a School Classroom/Cohort Setting

The health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority and we will err on the side of caution.

Marin County Public Health Protocols on the Onset of Symptoms

For more detailed information visit: https://bit.ly/ExposureProtocols

 Public Health (415) 473-7191 | COVID19schools@marincounty.org

  • All staff have administered to themselves symptom and temperature screenings before coming to work.
  • Staff who are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 are directed to stay home and Centers for Disease Control guidelines will be followed for when that employee can return to work.
  • Staff are provided with all required protective equipment, face masks, gloves, smocks, and the employer ensures this equipment is worn properly at all times.
  • Staff are provided with and use protective equipment when offloading and storing delivered goods. Staff inspect deliveries and perform disinfection measures prior to storing goods in the facility.
  • Face coverings are required when Staff are in the vicinity of others. Face coverings are not shared at this worksite.
  • Staff take reasonable measures to communicate with the public that they should use face coverings.
  • Thorough cleaning in high traffic areas is performed regularly. Commonly used surfaces are frequently disinfected.
  • All shared equipment and touchable surfaces are cleaned and sanitized between each use.
    • Break rooms: Staff is encouraged to take their breaks outdoors. Each staff member will receive one 15-minute break daily.
    • Bathrooms: Sink and toilet handles shall be sanitized before and after each person’s use.
    • SAPS will be cleaned by a janitorial service at the end of each school day. Floors, carpets, toilets, and sinks are all cleaned, disinfected, and/or sanitized at the end of every school day.
    • Handrails/door handles/counters/shelving: Staff members for each pod will clean and sanitize high traffic areas and commonly used surfaces before and after each day, and during the mid-day break.
    • All shared equipment and touchable surfaces are cleaned and sanitized between each use.
    • Telephones: Staff that have telephones in the classroom will disinfect frequently.
    • Handwashing facilities: Pods will have designated spaces for hand washing
    • Custom equipment and tools: Play structure will be sanitized at the end of each pod’s outside play time by break person.
  • Entrances and exits are equipped with proper sanitation products, including hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes.
  • Hand washing facilities will be made available for, at a minimum, Staff and will stay operational and stocked at all times and additional soap, paper towels, and hand sanitizer are supplied when needed.
  • Sanitizing supplies are provided to promote Staff’ personal hygiene. This may include tissues, hand soap, adequate time for hand- washing, alcohol-based hand sanitizers, disinfectants, gloves, and disposable towels.
  • Cleaning products are used that meet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s- approved for use against COVID-19 list.
  • Business hours and/ or other procedures have been modified to provide adequate time for regular, thorough cleaning, product stocking, or other measures.
    • Staff will have 15 minutes to clean and sanitize the classroom before the start of the day, and 30 minutes after the program has closed. Opportunities for cleaning should also happen during staffing overlap in the middle of the day.
  • Hands-free devices have been installed, if possible, including motion sensor lights, automatic soap, and automatic faucets.
  • Each pod will have its toys, art supplies, etc. (“resources”) for the children each day. These resources will not be shared with other pods at any time.
  • Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized should not be used.
  • Toys that children have placed in their mouths or that are otherwise contaminated by body secretions or excretions should be set aside until they are cleaned by hand by a person wearing gloves. Clean with water and detergent, rinse, sanitize with an EPA-registered disinfectant, rinse again, and air-dry. Or, they can be cleaned in a mechanical dishwasher.
  • Machine washable cloth toys should be used by one individual at a time or should not be used at all. These toys should be laundered before being used by another child.
  • Toys that need to be cleaned shall be set aside and then placed in a dishpan with soapy water or put in a separate covered container marked for “soiled toys.” Washing with soapy water is the ideal cleaning method.
  • Children’s books, like other paper-based materials such as mail or envelopes, are not considered high risk for transmission and do not need additional cleaning or disinfection procedures.
  • Play structure will be sanitized at the end of each pod’s outside time.
  • Employee breaks and break rooms are managed to allow Staff to eat on premises in designated areas where they can remain 6 feet apart.
    • Staff are encouraged to take breaks outside or away from premises.
  • Tape or other markings have been placed at least six feet apart on sidewalks or other walkways near public entrances with signs directing clients to use the markings to maintain distance.
  • All desks or individual workstations are separated by at least six feet or Staff otherwise maintain six feet if workspace is limited.
  • Facilities and Staff must follow all existing guidelines to prevent the spread of infection, such as social distancing when it is feasible in a childcare setting and more intensive infection control measures such as health screenings, more frequent handwashing, and surface cleaning. These shall specifically include:
    • The Check-In staff will take every child’s temperature at the beginning of each day and take a specific child’s temperature any time there is a concern that child may have a fever.
  • Temperature will be taken using a non-contact (temporal) thermometer.
  • Staff will visually inspect each child for signs of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness, and confirm that the child is not experiencing coughing or shortness of breath.
  • After each daily screening, PPE will be discarded, and hands will be sanitized.
  • Once the health screening is complete, the caregiver shall bring the child to the assigned door for their pod.
  • Once inside the classroom, all children and staff will wash their hands before any activity begins.
    • Upon entering any room, require children and adults to wash hands. Repeat throughout the day, as necessary. Wash hands for 20 seconds and use paper towels (or single use cloth towels) to dry hands thoroughly.
    • Teach and reinforce washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes among children and staff.
    • Staff should be frequently reminded not to touch their face coverings and to wash their hands often. Information should be provided to all staff on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.
    • Ensure safe and correct application of disinfectants and keep products away from children.
    • Ensure ventilation systems operate properly and increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors, using fans, or other methods. Do not open windows and doors if they pose a safety or health risk (e.g., allowing pollen in or exacerbating asthma symptoms) risk to children using the facility.
    • Take steps to ensure that all water systems and features (for example, drinking fountains, decorative fountains) are safe to use after a prolonged facility shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.
    • Sanitize the sink and toilet handles before and after each child’s use.
    • Teach children to use a tissue when using the handle to flush the toilet.
  • Staff must wear a facial covering over their nose and mouth unless specifically exempted from doing so by the Health Officer’s Order for Face Coverings. Children over the age of 2 should wear cloth face coverings when not actively engaged in physical activity to reduce the risk for transmission if the parent and provider determine they can reliably wear, remove, and handle masks following CDC guidance throughout the day, but children under 12 are not required to wear cloth face coverings. Children under 12 wearing a cloth face covering shall always be actively monitored by Staff. Teach and reinforce mandatory use of cloth face coverings among all staff.
  • Comply with all applicable licensing regulations.
  • Childcare Establishment operations must be carried out in stable groups consisting of 12 or fewer children, which means that the same 12 or fewer children must remain in the same group each day and for at least 3 consecutive weeks. Children from the same family or household unit must be included in the same stable group within a facility or program, to the greatest extent possible.
  • Children may not attend more than one Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp simultaneously. This means that if any child is attending any Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp, that child may not enroll in another unless or until they have permanently stopped attending the first, and further they may not enroll in any new program more frequently than every 3 weeks.
  • If more than one group of children is at one facility, each group shall be in separate rooms or spaces that cannot be accessed by children or adults outside the stable group. Facilities with exceptionally large rooms (e.g. indoor gymnasiums or sports fields) may divide those rooms into more than one space for children by erecting temporary walls or dividers that keep stable groups of children entirely separate from other groups located within the same larger space.
  • Stable groups shall not mix with other stable groups, and to the greatest extent possible groups shall not change rooms within the facility. If groups do need to change rooms within a facility, Staff shall sanitize each room being utilized by a new group of children prior to the children moving into that room.
  • Shared rooms or spaces within a facility, such as restrooms or outdoor play yards, should be divided up to the greatest extent possible so that different groups of children have access to designated portions of such spaces. To the extent this is not possible, such spaces must be sanitized after use by any one group of children and before another rotates in.  No two groups may be in a shared or common space at the same time.
  • Staff cannot serve more than one stable group of children and shall remain solely with that group of children during the duration of the Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp, or Sports Camp. Program specific appropriate adult: child ratios should always be maintained.
  • All equipment used by participants or Staff must be sanitized daily at minimum.
  • Do as many activities outdoors as possible; create outdoor activities where you can to provide wider spacing opportunities.
  • Stagger arrival and/or dismissal times. These approaches can limit the amount of close contact between students in high-traffic situations and times.
  • Encourage participants to avoid carpooling to and from their Childcare Establishment, Summer Camp or Sports Camps.
  • Establish procedures for drop-off and pick-up to maintain physical distancing. Consider moving the sign-in station outside the facility. Provide hand sanitizer or hand washing facilities to use before and after families sign in and out. Do not share pens. Ask parents to bring their own pens when signing children in and out. If check-in is electronic, clean and disinfect the screens or keyboards frequently.
  • Children’s temperature must be taken at home prior to coming to school.
  • Self-Contained Pre-k and full-day children can be dropped off each day between 7:30 am-9:00 am, the 9:00 am -2:00 pm pod can be dropped off between 8:50 am – 9:10 am, and will enter through the SAPS playground.
  • Families should prepare for drop-off to take more time than they are used to in an effort to keep everyone healthy and safe.
  • Families should line up outside of the front gate for a Child Health Screening set up inside the front gate. While waiting, families should practice appropriate social distancing and stand at least 6 feet apart. The health screening will include parents and caregivers to answer the COVID-19 Daily In-Take Questions
  • Caregivers will take his or her temperature before bringing children to school, wear a mask, and keep children with them at all times.
  • Check-In staff will bring a family in and perform the health screening.
  • SAPS staff will sign children in and out each day.
  • After the health screening is complete, the caregivers shall bring the child to the assigned door for their pod.
  • The pod teacher will then take the child into the classroom. Caregivers should remain 6 feet outside the classroom door and may not enter the classroom during drop off.
  • Children will wash their hands before any activity.

COVID-19 DAILY IN-TAKE QUESTIONS

PLEASE NOTIFY TEACHERS IF YOU ANSWER “YES” TO ANY OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

  1. Have you taken your child’s temperature prior to coming to school?
  2. DO YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOME / “BUBBLE” HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS?
  • Fever*
  • Purple fingers or toes*
  • Shortness of breath*
  • New cough or worsening cough*
  • Loss of taste*
  • Loss of smell*
  • Diarrhea*
  • New onset of fatigue*
  • New onset of muscle pain*
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Headache

3. Has your child had any medications in the past 72-hours that could potentially minimize or mask symptoms of illness? (e.g. ibuprofen/acetaminophen)

4. Have you or anyone in your household attended a large group gathering within the past 14-days without following CDC guidelines / best practices?

5. Have you or anyone in your household had close contact (face to face contact within 6-feet) with a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14-days?

6. Have you or anyone in your household flown commercially in the last 14-days without following CDC guidelines / best practices?

7. Are you or anyone in your household waiting on the results of a lab test because you’re concerned you may have been exposed, or have you or anyone been diagnosed with COVID-19?

8. To the best of your knowledge, have you or anyone in your household been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14-days?

Health Care workers should also answer question #9:

9. Health Care Workers:  Have you had close contact with an individual who is suspected of COVID-19 in the last 14-days while providing direct patient care and you were not wearing PPE?

*STRICT EXCLUSION of children or staff­ who have any of the following:

  • Are sick with a fever/signs of fever
  • Have a new cough or worsening cough
  • Have purple fingers or toes
  • Have shortness of breath
  • New onset of fatigue
  • New onset of muscle pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Two (2) or more of the following symptoms: runny nose, headache, sore throat
  • You will enter the upper Courtyard from Kensington Road.
  • Once you are in the lower Courtyard at SAPS you will wait outside the Preschool Office
  • Someone from the office will need to make visual contact to sign your child out.
  • If there is no one in the office, they are out collecting other children. Please wait.
  • After visual contact next steps will be given.
  • You may either park in front of the preschool and exit through the playground or park on Kensington Road and leave through the upper courtyard.
  • Set up the eating spaces to maximize space between children.
  • Practice proper hand washing before and after eating.
  • Families are asked to pack one (1) lunch and two (2) distinct snacks for their child for the day. SAPS will not be providing snacks for the children. Children may bring clean and clearly labeled water bottles.
  • Teachers will wipe down lunch boxes when they arrive for the day.
  • Children will eat lunch with their pod in their assigned pod classroom
  • Tables will be cleaned before and after eating.

Families should plan to pack the following items for each child to have in their pod. All personal items should be labeled and kept in a separate bag to ensure all items are separate from each other.

  • Lunch and Snack
  • Sleeping bag if your child naps (labeled)
  • Two changes of clothes, extra shoes
  • Toys from home will not be permitted into the building.
  • Nappers will have their pods in Duncan Hall and will remain together.
  • Each child will have their napping gear that will be labeled and only for their use.
  • Children’s sleeping bags will be spaced at least six (6) feet apart. Parents will provide sleeping bags and must launder at least one (1) time per week.
  • Children who do not nap will have rest time. They will be spaced at least six feet apart and will utilize resting blankets that will be sent home to be laundered on Fridays.
  • All children will nap/rest exclusively within their pod.

During the Pandemic our Illness Guidelines are more stringent. We are committed to doing everything in our power to halt the spread of illness as much as possible. These guidelines are directives from the Marin County Health and Human Services, they are non-negotiable, and we reserve the right to ask that your child be picked up or remain home under these circumstances, that we or others could not predict, but feel could present a risk to our students and staff.  We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF THEY DEVELOP THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS:

  • FEVER – They have a temperature of 100 or higher – OR – their temp is above 99.5 and they are achy, lethargic, pale, or tired.
  • STOMACH ACHE  – They have had one (or more) episodes of vomiting or diarrhea
  • SNEEZING or RUNNY NOSE – They are sneezing frequently, and their nose won’t stop running.
  • SORE THROAT – They have tender, swollen glands with or without fever.
  • COUGH – They are coughing, cough up phlegm, – OR – the cough, even if light, is accompanied by any other signs of illness.
  • RASH – A rash that blisters, develops pus, or is uncomfortable. You will be asked to get a doctor’s note to attend school with any rash.
  • ALLERGIES – Most allergy symptoms are almost identical to several COVID-19 symptoms. Do what you can to keep allergies under control. If your child’s allergy symptoms are active, and a doctor cannot confirm in writing with 100% certainty that it is only allergies, you will be asked to follow the below test or stay home guidelines.

During the current health crisis of Coronavirus in our Country, if your child develops any symptoms of illness you will be asked to pick them up from school, see their physician, and contact the director with the outcome of that visit as soon as possible.  

In most cases of illness, in either your SAPS child OR a member of the household where the child resides, we will ask you to adhere to one of the following guidelines before your child may return to SAPS:

  • Provide a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Quarantine at home for 14 days to monitor and make sure no more symptoms develop.
  • Provide a doctor’s note clearing your child to return to school.

I know this feels strict, but there is little known about how COVID-19 symptoms present in children, and even less understood about how it transmits from children to others.  Until we have more proven, scientific information or the pandemic ends this is the protocol that San Anselmo Preschool will continue to follow.

San Anselmo Preschool follows the guidelines and regulations of the California State Licensing Department, the Center for Disease Control, and continues to work very closely with the Marin County Health and Human Services.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and for your commitment to doing your part in keeping with this important policy to help everyone stay safe and healthy.

 

All new business operations will continue to be accessible to consumers and Staff with disabilities, complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title III which covers private business entities.

Guidelines recommend extending the classroom to the outdoors. Weather permitting; staff will take children on walks, to the lawn in front of the Church, and in the Courtyard. Appropriate measures will be taken by staff to wipe down surfaces that seem reasonably necessary to be cleaned.

  • County of Marin Public Health is notified of all positive COVID-19 cases.
  • If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, Marin County Public Health will provide assistance in the assessment of potential worksite exposures, and any recommended testing, quarantine, or isolation instructions.
  • Employers and Staff are aware that they can call Marin Public Health if a suspected exposure has occurred at 415-473-7191.

Staff have been trained on the following topics:

  • Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on COVID-19, how to prevent it from spreading, and which underlying health conditions may make individuals more susceptible to contracting the virus.
  • Self-screening at home, including temperature and/or symptom checks using CDC guidelines.
  • The importance of not coming to work if Staff have a frequent cough, fever, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, recent loss of taste or smell, or if they or someone they live with have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • The importance of seeking medical attention if an Staff’ symptoms become severe, including persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or bluish lips or face. Updates and further details are available on CDC’s webpage.
  • The importance of frequent handwashing with soap and water, including scrubbing with soap for 20 seconds (or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol when Staff cannot get to a sink or hand washing station, per CDC guidelines).
  • Manufacturer’s directions and Cal/OSHA requirements for safe use of personal hygiene and cleaning products.
  • The importance of physical distancing, both at work and off work time (see Physical Distancing section above).
  • Proper use of face coverings, including:
    • Face coverings do not protect the wearer and are not personal protective equipment (PPE).
    • Face coverings can help protect people near the wearer, but do not replace the need for physical distancing and frequent handwashing.
    • The importance of washing and/or sanitizing hands before and after using or adjusting face coverings.
    • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Face coverings to be washed after each shift.

●       This worksite is regularly inspected for compliance with this Site-Specific Protection Plan (SPP) and any deficiencies are documented and corrected.