COVID-19 Protocols & Procedures

(updated 5/18/2021)

Facility-Wide Travel Quarantine Policy

All travelers entering New York from a state that is not a contiguous state who have been outside of New York for more than 24 hours must:

• Upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
• Obtain a PCR COVID-19 test on day 4 of their quarantine.

If the test comes back negative, the individual may exit quarantine early. Travelers who do not obtain a test on or after the 4th day in New York must quarantine for the full 10 days.

Asymptomatic domestic travelers who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine during the first 6 months after full vaccination if such travelers:

• Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as Pfizer or ModernaOR (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson); AND
• Are within 6 months following receipt of the last dose in the series; AND
• Have remained asymptomatic.

Protocols for a Confirmed or Suspected Case of Covid-19

• Directors will notify the NYC and NYS DOH immediately upon being advised that a student and/or staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and will follow their guidance.
• Students who are being sent home because of a positive screening (e.g. onset of COVID-19 symptoms) will be immediately separated from other children in a designated quarantine space and supervised until the parent or emergency contact can retrieve them from school. We expect the child to be picked up as soon as possible, and within 1 hour.
• If a child/staff member in a class tests positive for COVID-19, we will notify the class as soon as possible. The classroom will be shut down and all students and staff will be mandated to quarantine for 10 days. The child/staff member is diagnosed must receive a negative test before returning to school.
• If a child/parent/household member is displaying symptoms of COVID -19 and being tested, the student must remain home while waiting for the test results. If the results are negative, the child can return to school.
• If a parent/household member tests positive and the child has been in school in the past 48 hours, the class will be notified, shut down and mandated to quarantine. The child will be required to take a test and if negative the rest of the children may return to the class room. The student would still be required to quarantine for 14 days. If the child had not been in school in the previous 48 hours, the class will be notified as a precautionary measure.
• If a parent/caregiver- who is a member of the same household as the child- is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or has been tested and is positive for the virus, an alternate parent/caregiver or emergency contact authorized by the parent will come pick up the child. As a “close contact” the child must not return to school for the duration of the quarantine.
• If you are traveling to one of the NYS mandated quarantine states and countries, you must notify the school. Your child may not attend school during the 10-day mandated quarantine period upon your return.
• Families in each entity (The Eastside Day School, York Avenue Preschool and Gymtime) will be notified of any positive case within the facility.
• The entire facility would be shut down only if we were mandated by the DOH or governing bodies of NYC or NYS.

Masks & Social Distancing Policy

• We are following recommendations by the CDC, NYS and NYC DOH in requiring that all adults wear face coverings in the building. All teachers and staff will wear masks at all times. At this time, we strongly encourage students two and older to wear masks in the classroom and within the facility. Students two and younger should not wear masks. Masks will not be required for meal times and rest time. Cloth Face Masks are acceptable. This is subject to change as we get closer to school opening.
• We are asking children to arrive to school with mask on. The very last thing any of us want is for children to dislike coming to school. If your child is adamant about not having his or her nose and mouth covered- we get it. Come to school and we will encourage, assist and model “masking”. Most children are now familiar with seeing adults wearing masks- we will continue to educate them as to “why” we are wearing them.
• As early childhood educators, we understand that it will be a challenge for the majority of children. However, it is our job to help children to not only understand the world around them but also to be an active part of it. Our goal is to assist them in being prepared for any scenario they may encounter. Should wearing a face covering become the mandate for a long time, the children will have a greater understanding and ability to tolerate one if they use one at school, regardless of the amount of time.
• Have your child participate in choosing their mask(s) that they will wear to school.
• We are asking families to begin practicing at home. The fewer hands that touch a mask, the cleaner it stays. Older children have the self-help and fine motor skills necessary to remove and put masks on by themselves.
• Whenever feasible, social distancing will be encouraged. Floor markers and signs will be present reminding adults to keep 6 feet apart and to follow any arrows to indicate the direction of traffic flow.
• Teachers and staff will remind our preschool students to physically distance whenever possible. For example, when walking in the hallways or lining up, we may pretend to be butterflies, birds or airplanes, leaving space for our wings.
• In the classroom, centers will be limited to a few children at a time, i.e. block area, dramatic play, table activities, and art center. Though children with in the class will have contact with each other, we will facilitate some distancing when possible, even though this is not mandated by the DOH. The use of rug squares and/or colorful poly spots will allow further distancing during circle time/rug activities.
• For snack time and for students who eat lunch at school, multiple tables will be used, spaced apart. Snack and lunch will be served individually by a teacher. Lunch must be provided from home. Please only pack items that are nut-free and that do not require heating.
• Full-Day students that have rest time, mats will be spaced 6 feet apart and students will rest head to toe. Sheets or blankets, which are provided from home, will be stored in closed bins as to not touch another child’s belongings. After rest, mats will be disinfected and stored away. All bedding must go home for washing at the end of the week.

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