Update: Level 3 Safer at Home Restrictions
November 6, 2020
Dear Children’s Alley Families,
Boulder County has seen a steady rise in cases of COVID-19, and in an effort to reduce the spread, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has moved Boulder County into Safer at Home Level 3 restrictions beginning today, November 6. Please be sure to read this entire message as it contains important information regarding attendance and COVID-19 related changes to policy.
What this means for YWCA Children’s Alley/Persimmon Early Learning:
Class sizes and capacity will not change, and we will continue to keep our classrooms cohorts (children and staff) in stable groups. Classroom cohorts stay together throughout the day without combining, and teaching staff stays with the same groups of children through the day.
- Daily cleaning and disinfecting will be done in each classroom, and throughout the building. All soft materials, nap bedding, and fabrics will be washed after each use.
- Hand sanitizer will be available in the lobby and at the Children’s Alley desk. We request that it be used before signing in your child to limit cross contamination of the keyboard and ATS/CCAP touch screen.
- Only one family at a time can be in the lobby area. Please maintain 6’ distance between others when waiting outside the building.
- Daily health screenings MUST be completed each morning. If a child has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, they may not attend care that day and will be sent home if symptoms develop. Please see the section below for changes to the CDPHE Return to Learn R3 guidance that we must follow in accordance to public health.
- If you are experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, no matter how minor, please do not enter the building.
IMMEDIATE CHANGES IN PRACTICES
As of today, we are following more stringent illness guidelines as required by the Colorado Department of Public Health. We will now use the Return to Learn R3 chart to determine exclusion and return to care criteria for all children and staff. What this means:
- Anyone sent home with COVID-like symptoms that haven’t resolved in 24 hours for major symptoms or 48 hours for minor symptoms, will need an alternative diagnosis AND a negative COVID PCR test result to be able to return to school, or follow the 10 day home isolation protocol. We cannot re-admit a child to care without following these steps. Having a medical note from your child’s doctor already on file for a chronic issue (e.g., allergies, asthma) does not exempt a child from the alternative diagnosis and PCR testing requirement.
- COVID SYMPTOMS THAT REQUIRE EXCLUSION:
- Critical symptom: loss of taste or smell
- Major symptoms: fever of 100.4 or greater, feeling feverish/chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing (must resolve in 24 hours without medication to return to care)
- Minor symptoms: sore throat, runny nose/congestion, muscle or body aches, headache, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea (resolved within 48 hours to return to care)
- Information for Return to Learn and other Public Health Guidance related to child care can be found at https://www.bouldercounty.org/families/pregnancy/child-health-promotion-program/
- Effective Monday, November 9: All children ages 3 years and older will be required to wear a mask while in care, except during times when they are eating or napping. Children under 3 years old do not need to wear a mask, and it is prohibited for children 2 and under to wear one while in care. Parents are required to provide masks for their own child. Please label the mask with your child’s full name, and if possible, pack more than one in case one becomes soiled.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through these changes, especially during such challenging times. The health and safety of our YWCA families and staff is our top priority, and we all in this together as we work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions at email@example.com
Webinar: A Safe Return to Early Child Care During COVID-19
YWCA Boulder County recently presented a discussion and Q&A about the strict public health precautions and safety measures Boulder County early child care centers are following to keep their children, families, and staff safe and healthy. With 20+ years as a teacher and director in early child care, Kate Hise shared helpful information for parents exploring what to consider when enrolling infants, toddlers and pre-school aged students in child care.
A recording of the webinar is available on our YouTube site. Links to the handouts are below.
General Information for Persimmon Early Learning during COVID-19
Current Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM, with no Saturday hours.
Persimmon Early Learning has reopened in a limited capacity to comply with Boulder County Public Health. The Infant Development Center, Toddler Room and Preschool Room are open in a limited capacity. The health and safety of our children, families and teacher is our first priority.
We are working with Boulder County Public Health on a daily basis to ensure we are aligning with the highest level of recommendations, including:
- A daily health screening is completed for each child and staff entering the YWCA.
- We have adjusted our hours to allow for stable staff scheduling and extra time for daily disinfecting.
- Classrooms are thoroughly disinfected and cleaned at the end of each day.
- Classrooms follow social distancing and facial covering/mask requirements from Boulder County Public Health. All staff are required to wear facial coverings, and it is recommended for children 5 and older.
- Classroom ratios and group sizes have been adjusted to align with the Public Health guidelines for maintaining social distancing.
We are not able to offer our traditional drop-in services at this time. However, we are offering short-term contracts along with permanent care in our two new classrooms. Please contact us for more information.
We appreciate everyone’s support and patience as we implement these new guidelines.
If you’re in need of childcare, please contact Kate Hise at: firstname.lastname@example.org.