Our COVID-19 Policy

COVID-19 Precautions

PVUMC Preschool prioritizes the health and safety of our community. With COVID-19 rates on the rise in Maricopa County and the spread of new variants of the virus, the preschool has adopted the mitigation measures outlined below.

For the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Preschool staff members (and After School Programs providers) will wear a mask or face shield while in the classroom with the children. Staff members do not need to wear a mask when outside.

  • Preschool children do not need to wear a mask or face shield, although they are free to wear one if they would like.

  • Parents are encouraged to mask while on the preschool campus. Masks are required in the Preschool Office and while indoors.

  • Please limit individuals in the Preschool Office to no more than two adults at any time.

  • Parents will drop off their child at the classroom door and will not enter the classroom.

  • Teachers will not perform temperature checks at the beginning of the day. However, teachers will do a visible check of each child at the beginning of the day, and we will reply upon parents to assess their child's wellness to attend preschool each morning.

  • Children will wash their hands frequently, including at the beginning and end of the day, before and after snack time, and when going to and coming from the playground.

  • Snacks will continue to be served individually rather than "family style," and each child must bring a refillable water bottle each day.

Return to Preschool and Classroom Closures Policies:

  • If a child tests positive for COVID, they may return to the preschool after 10 days (on day 11, counting the first day of symptoms or the day they tested positive, whichever is earlier, as day 1).

  • If a child is a close contact (as defined by the CDC) of someone who has tested positive for COVID, they may return to the preschool after 5 days (on day 6, counting the last exposure to the COVID-positive contact as day 1).

  • If a child is a household close contact (i.e., the close contact lives in the child’s household OR is a regular caregiver, such as a nanny) of someone who has tested positive for COVID, they may return to the preschool after 10 days (on day 11, counting the first day of the household contact’s symptoms or the day the household contact tested positive, whichever is earlier, as day 1).

  • A classroom will close when more than one person in the classroom tests positive for COVID within a 5-day period. The classroom will reopen on day 6 after the last known classroom exposure to a COVID positive person. If any person in the classroom develops symptoms, please test and let the preschool know.

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.

With the COVID-19 pandemic going on we would ask for all of our PVUMC Preschool families err 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.