Effective July 2, 2020, updated July 28, 2021
In order for the Creek to remain open during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, we have modified a number of policies and procedures to do our best to protect the health of our families and staff.
We have compiled information from the Centers for Disease Control, California Health and Human Services, and our licensing oversight agency, Community Care Licensing. Our plan is developed with an emphasis on keeping children and staff safe and may need to be modified or amended under the direction of local or state authorities.
Our enhanced illness policy
Stay home if sick. If you or your child has been sick, we ask that all household members stay home until they’ve been fever-free without medication for at least 72 hours or 14 days after a COVID-19 positive test.
No one with a fever of 100.4 or higher is allowed on campus. This includes parents or caregivers who are dropping off or picking up.
If your child becomes ill at school, we will isolate him or her until you can pick up. Please make sure your emergency forms are current and update any contact information, especially phone numbers! Per the Authorization for Emergency Medical Treatment & Consent for Medical Treatment forms on file, we reserve the right to call for emergency services should we see your child develop symptoms of acute respiratory illness that appears life threatening.
We will continue to encourage all students to use “respiratory etiquette” – covering their cough, using a tissue, and utilizing our trashcans for disposal. And our handwashing policy – after restroom use, on return from the playground, and after eating – remains in effect.
Should we have confirmation of a COVID-19 exposure at The Creek, we will notify all families immediately through our email system. We may need to close the campus for cleaning, or shift staffing for quarantine precautions.
If we have a confirmed COVID-19 exposure or confirmed case at The Creek – student or staff – we are required to notify the California Department of Public Health and file a report with Licensing. We may also be required to close one or more classrooms for a period of time.
Health screening and temperature checks
Parents are to check children’s temperatures before arrival (please also check your own too). When students are signed in, parents will be asked to attest to our COVID-19 screening questions, including whether anyone in the household has had symptoms in the past 48 hours or a positive Covid-19.
On campus thermometer temperature checks will be utilized if a fever is suspected.
COVID-19 Symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath/difficulty breathing, Chills, Muscle Pain, Headache, or Sore Throat
Staff will continue to monitor student health throughout the day.
Illness Policy for Staff: All staff must be fever-free for 72 hours (or 14 days after a positive COVID-19 test) to be at work, and will have to attest to the Covid-19 screening questions at check in. Staff will also be self-checking for fever each morning before arrival.
Should a member of the staff become ill during the school day, the individual will be sent home immediately, and a substitute teacher will step in.
Drop Off/Pick Up Procedures
Entry through the Main Gate; Sign In & Out will occur at the Classroom Door
- Only students and staff will be allowed to enter the classroom.
- Only one adult should be dropping off/picking up a child to minimize exposure
- As students enter the room, they are to immediately sanitize their hands at the dispenser or to go to the student bathroom to wash their hands, depending on the room configuration
- If you have other children who are not Creek students with you, they must stay with you & are restricted from entering the classroom as well.
- The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) asks that you bring your own pen.
- If there is a queue to enter the room, please maintain 6 feet of social distancing between households. Use the chalk hearts to space yourself.
- All non-vaccinated adults must wear face coverings at pick up and drop off. Being face mask free is your attestation that you are fully vaccinated.
- All drop off and pick up visits need to be kept as brief as possible.
When students are signed in, the parent will be asked to attest to our COVID-19 screening questions, including whether anyone in the household has had symptoms in the past 48 hours or a positive Covid-19. COVID-19 Symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of Breath/difficulty breathing, Chills, Muscle Pain, Headache, & Sore Throat.
By signing in you are confirming that you have checked your child for fever and COVID-19 symptoms prior to arrival, and that your child meets health requirements to attend.
Masks and Protective Equipment
- Students are not required to wear masks or other face coverings while at school, though the current mandate from the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control recommends face mask coverings for everyone over age two.
- If you send your child to school with a face mask, your child will need to be able to independently remove and replace it as needed. Staff will not insist in replacing of the mask should your child decide not to wear the mask; it will be placed with your child’s belongings for end of day pick up.
- Staff will wear a face covering in the form of a cloth or disposable mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, and will have the option for a face shield as well.
- Staff may remove their face masks during times of phonics learning or where the ability to see the mouth is necessary for communication.
- Staff may remove their face mask outdoors if fully vaccinated (new CDPH as of July 5, 2021)
- Staff will wear gloves when handling trash, food, changing diapers, or assisting a student with the toilet.
Group Size and Staffing
- Children will be kept in small stable groups and will not be mixing classrooms or groups.
- Use of the playground will be on a rotating schedule (one class at a time).
- We are maxing class sizes at 10 students.
- We will be minimizing the amount of staff they come in contact with during the course of the day.
- All group community-based activities outside of the core class group have been canceled.
Food & Mealtime
- Food comes from home; we continue to require 2 food groups per meal, packed as separate meals.
- Students will have a snack (2 food groups) and lunch (2 food groups) during the summer day
- Water, cookies, chips, and other junk items (including fruit snacks) do NOT count as a food group item under licensing.
- Students are not to share their food – not even among member of the same household.
- Staff will assist with opening/closing of food items as needed.
- Please do not bring communal food items for a special class treat to celebrate a birthday – individually packaged items would be a great substitute celebration treat. Please check in with the school office for allergies and logistics on this prior to the celebration day.
- Cooking projects are currently suspended.
- Bake Sales are currently suspended.
Cleaning and Sanitation
- Our facility will receive a daily cleaning of both classrooms and bathrooms at the end of the day by our janitorial staff.
- During the day, teachers will be wiping down high touch classroom surfaces (tables, chair backs, door handles, etc) as well as bathroom implements (sink handles & toilet flush levers) with disinfecting wipes.
- Staff will also have spray bottles of cleaning and disinfecting products along with paper towels available for larger cleaning wipe downs.
- After each play block, toys will be sanitized before being returned to the communal bins.
- Smaller selections of toys may be offered so that used items can be put into the sanitization bin after each play cycle while retaining another round of that toy for the next play block that day.
- Communal group touch items such as playdough or slime have been discontinued unless individually packaged and labeled for play.
- Each child will have a separate set of crayons, pencil, & scissors.
- Sensory tables, large pillows or stuffed animals, and other materials that are difficult to clean have been temporary closed or removed from the classroom.
- The play food has been removed from the kitchen areas.