As the State of Vermont begins a phased re-opening of business, we are planning for what this will look like for the Early Learning Center. It is unlikely that the Governor will reopen Child Care Programs before June 1. In order to maintain health and safety for all, there will be some major changes in our procedures and policies guided by Vermont Health Department requirements and recommendations. This guidance may change in the coming weeks but is likely to include:
Health Checks for all people entering the building, including a temperature check, no symptoms of COVID 19, etc.
Temperatures greater than 100.4 will not be able to be at the program for 72 hours with no fever without fever reducing medications.
Pick up and drop off will happen at the door.
There can be no more than 10 people, including teachers, in a room.
Facial coverings must be worn by people over 3 years old (at least adults)
Staggering drop off and pick up times to relieve congestion at the door
Here are some links with more about the current guidance:
A number of things do not feel aligned with our philosophy and teaching styles in a normal world, such as not welcoming all family members into our classrooms. We are working to find ways to enhance communication and brainstorm alternative drop off routines. There are currently a lot of unanswered questions and more guidance is expected next week. In order to make this happen, I know that we will all work together.
We would like to check in with families to understand what your likely childcare needs are. This will help us plan for staffing and logistics. By completing this survey you will help us anticipate needs and be ready for your family, and plan alternative solutions. For most families, we anticipate individual contact and discussion will be needed and/or wanted in addition to this survey.