Our COVID-19 Policy
During COVID-19, the safety of our preschool community is our highest priority. The preschool has limited its class size to ten or fewer students during this school year to keep cross-contamination to a minimum. Families are encouraged to use hand-sanitizing stations and assigned entry and exit points when coming to campus, and children receive temperature checks before entering the classroom. Our teachers and staff wear masks and try to maintain physical distance between children to the extent possible.
This year, the preschool opens at 9:00 a.m. for the regular school day and closes at 1:00 p.m. after the optional hour for Lunch Bunch. The children do not have separate music, motor perception, and chapel classes in order to limit cross-contamination across groups of children. We are not offering after school activities, or programming for children younger than age two at this time.
Illness and Communicable Disease Policy
For the well-being of all our children and staff, a child who is ill may not come to preschool. If a child becomes ill at school or if a child’s condition is suspected to be contagious, a member of the child’s teaching team will bring the child to the Preschool Office where office staff will contact parents or other persons authorized by the parents to pick the child up from school. If the parent does not respond to the phone call or text message within 5 minutes, the next person on the authorized pick-up list will be called to come get the child. PVUMC Preschool is unable to watch ill children at preschool for any length of time and would ask for your prompt attentiveness in picking up your ill child. The child will be made comfortable and will remain with office staff in an isolated room located away from the preschool classrooms and office.
A child will be sent home from preschool if he/she has a temperature of 100 degrees or above or if the child has addition symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, headache, stomach ache, undiagnosed rashes, any symptoms of COVID-19 or the child is lethargic or not his/her normal self, even without a fever. A child must be free from fever, diarrhea and vomiting without the use of medication for 24 hours prior to the return to school. A child with a nose running yellow or green or coughing is also considered ill and contagious. If a child has displayed COVID-19 symptoms (a continuous fever of 100.4 or above, coughing, rashes, trouble breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) the child may not return to PVUMC Preschool without proof of a negative COVID-19. If a child has been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the child must remain at home for 14 days and may only return tp PVUMC Preschool with proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
If your child has a cold, please keep your child at home until the child’s nose is no longer running with yellow, green or clear mucus and there is no cough. We know that families with children who have allergies often have clear runny noses. Preschool age children are often not able to handle their runny noses even if it is clear and require adult assistance. In order to keep our staff well and the preschool open, at this time we are just not able to assist with runny noses of any type.
With the COVID-19 pandemic going on we would ask all of our PVUMC Preschool families to error on the side of caution and keep your child home if you suspect your child is coming down with anything or has been exposed to any type of illness.