First Baptist Church St. Simons Island

FAQ during COVID-19

First Baptist Preschool’s FAQ during COVID-19

 

When will the 2020-2021 school year begin?

The 2020-2021 FBP school year will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

 

What safety measures are in place to limit my child’s exposure to COVID-19?

Before a staff member or child is admitted to FBP for the day, we ask health questions and perform a temperature check. If a staff member or child has COVID-19 symptoms or a temperature of over 100.4, they will not be admitted.

We have small class sizes. Our smallest class is our infant class with 6 babies. Our largest class is the preschool class with 15 students. All other classes average between 9 to 11 students.

All classrooms are self-contained. As much as possible, only the classroom teachers enter the room. Typically, there are two teachers per room. Occasionally, the director or assistant director may step into a classroom for a brief time. Upon entering a classroom, all staff are wearing a mask and wash hands immediately. Teachers cannot enter classrooms other than their own.

Classes also do not mix in common areas such as the playground, gym, or hallways. The playground and gym equipment and toys are sanitized between each group.

We check temperatures of all staff and children upon arrival and after nap time (30 minutes to 1 hour after nap).

Teachers wear a mask at all times when they are with your children.

We clean and sanitize toys during nap and at the end of the day. All toys that are mouthed are put in a dirty bin when the child finishes playing with it. The toy is returned to the play area after it is cleaned and sanitized.

All soft classroom items are used once and then laundered before they are used again.

Teachers and children wash hands frequently throughout the day. Both staff and students wash hands after a diaper change/potty time, every time they enter the classroom, before and after eating or serving food, and any time they come in contact with bodily fluids such as a runny nose or tears.

Cots are sanitized daily after use. Personal nap items are stored so that they do not touch another student’s items. All nap items are sent home to be laundered at the end of the week or sooner if needed.

ServiceMaster treats our facility periodically, and we schedule an additional treatment after a confirmed case of COVID-19.

 

 What happens if there is a presumptive case of COVID-19 at the school?

According to the Glynn County Health Department, a presumptive case of COVID-19 is defined as someone who has been in direct contact (15 minutes or more within 6 feet) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and has since developed symptoms themselves. The individual with a presumptive positive will be asked to stay home until test results are received. Confirmed negative results allow the individual to return to school 24 hours after they are fever free and their other symptoms have improved. If an individual tests positive, they can return to school after they have been fever free for 72 hours (without fever reducing medication), 10 days have passed since symptoms began, and all other symptoms have improved.

 

What happens if there is a positive case of COVID-19 at the school?

If there is a positive case of COVID-19, only the classroom with the case will close. All close contacts will be notified, and we share the recommendation from our local health department for all close contacts of a confirmed case to quarantine at home for 14 days. Contacts of close contacts do not need to quarantine at home for 14 days. For example, if Johnny was in close contact with someone who tested positive with COVID-19, but his sister Maria was not, Maria can still attend school unless Johnny begins to develop symptoms or tests positive.

Due to privacy reasons, we will never share the identity of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Does my child need to be tested for COVID-19?

After consulting with our local health department, we believe it is not necessary for your child to be tested, UNLESS your child is showing symptoms and had direct exposure (less than 6 feet apart for more than 15 minutes) with a confirmed case of COVID-19. However, please consult with your child’s pediatrician for your child’s health care questions and needs.

 

Under what circumstances will FBP close due to COVID-19?

While we often follow the guidance of Glynn County Schools for emergency closures, in the case of COVID-19, we will decide all closures based on the current environment within FBP, advice from the local health department and CDC, and guidelines and decisions made by Bright from the Start (our governing and licensing agency).

We will continue to stay open if we can safely staff the preschool and no other authority dictates that we close. If we have numerous teachers from different rooms out sick due to health concerns, we may have to close the entire facility.

 

Will FBP close if Glynn County Schools close due to COVID-19?

No. We will decide all closures due to COVID-19 based on the current environment within FBP, advice from the local health department and the CDC, and guidelines and decisions made by Bright from the Start (our governing and licensing agency).

We will continue to stay open if we can safely staff the preschool and no other authority dictates that we close. If we have numerous teachers from different rooms out sick due to health concerns, we may have to close the entire facility.

 

When will Fun Friday lunches resume?

We hope to resume Fun Friday lunches as soon as possible, but with a lower number of staff and added restrictions, we cannot do so at this time. We will consider restarting Fun Friday lunches at a later time. Thank you for your patience.

 

What will Open House look like this year?

Open House is on Sunday, August 9, 2020, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., but to limit the amount of people in the facility at once, we will not have a traditional open house this year. Instead, we will send out a SignUpGenius link for you to choose a 15-minute time slot. During your time slot, your child and two adults can meet his/her teacher and see the classroom. We will check the temperature of every individual who enters the facility.

 

Are children required to wear masks? Are adults required to wear masks?

Children under 2 cannot wear a mask since it is a suffocation hazard, and we have thoughtfully chosen not to require children over 2 to wear a mask. We believe preschool age children will play with their mask more than they wear it. If they touch the mask that was touching their mouth, it may result in spreading more germs. Furthermore, children may drop their mask and another child may try to wear it.

All FBP staff members wear a mask during their work hours.

 

What is the visitor policy during the COVID-19 pandemic?

With a few exceptions (maintenance workers, socially distanced meetings with parents, and interviews), only staff members may enter the facility. Visitors are not allowed to enter classrooms, including parents.

 

 What is the drop-off routine?

We ask that you pick a drop-off time slot through the SignUpGenius link sent to your email. We also ask that you download the SmartCare parent app; it will allow you to check in your child via a QR code while you are in the car line.

Drive your vehicle under the portico in the right lane. (FBP uses the right lane. Boys & Girls Club uses the left lane). Please wear a mask and stay in your car. A staff member will come to your car, ask you questions, and check your child’s temperature. If their temperature is under 100.4, we will unbuckle your child and walk them to their classroom/teacher (we will also take their bag with them).

Please drive slowly with extreme caution in the portico car line and in the parking lot.

 

What is the pick-up routine?

To sign your child out of care, please use the SmartCare parent app and scan the QR code located in the portico. If a staff member is not outside, please call 912-634-1454 to notify us that you are outside.

We will walk your child and their things to your car, but we need you to buckle your child. For liability reasons, we cannot buckle your child into their car seat. Please wear a mask at pickup.

 

Will you notify me if my child was exposed to COVID-19?

Absolutely. You will be notified as soon as we are aware of your child’s exposure to COVID-19. We will also provide you with the last date of exposure. We cannot, however, provide you a name or other identifiers of the person with COVID-19.

 

What symptoms will send a child home from school?

Children will be sent home if they have a temperature of 100.4 or higher or if they are so sick/lethargic that they cannot participate in classroom routines. Children will also be sent home if they have any two of the following: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat.

 

Do I get a refund if my child’s classroom closes due to COVID-19?

Unfortunately, we cannot issue any refunds if a classroom closes due to COVID-19. While this policy is difficult, it ensures that will be able to financially reopen classrooms as soon as possible, and it also keeps the preschool operating year-round, even during a pandemic. Thank you for understanding.

 

If you have further questions, please contact us at 912-634-1454 or preschool@fbcssi.org.