Nature School Daily Health Checks during COVID
River Legacy Nature School is committed to the health and safety of our students, parents, volunteers and staff. We continue working to meet and exceed current COVID-19 protocols. We are following the recommended guidelines provided for childcare centers by Child Care Licensing and the CDC which currently include:
· Students benefit from in-person learning and safely returning to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 is a priority.
· Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status is strongly recommended.
· In addition to universal indoor masking, CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies. These include ventilation, handwashing, respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection.
· Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care.
Because we serve children under the age of 12 who are not yet eligible for a vaccination at this time, we also plan to:
· Take a daily touchless temperature check of each of our students, along with the person dropping them off, in the atrium as they arrive. All individuals’ temperatures must be less than 100 degrees for that child to attend class. The center’s staff, not the parent, will make this determination.
· Prioritize spending time outside with our classes.
· Be transparent about any COVID case that is reported.
The actions taken by the Nature School staff will not guarantee that your child will not come in contact with or be exposed to the coronavirus. Each family must assess their own risk of exposure.
Until further notice, these COVID-19 protocols will be in effect daily. All students and staff who arrive at Nature School or develop possible COVID-19 symptoms while in class will be sent home. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell,
diarrhea, feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19.
In the case of staff or student who is diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual may return to Nature School when ALL of the following criteria have been met:
· At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
· The individual has improvement in respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, etc.) AND
· At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared
If symptomatic but not tested, they are assumed to have COVID-19 and may only return if they completed the three steps above OR they obtain a doctor’s note clearing them based on an alternative diagnosis.
Unvaccinated people who have had close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days after their last contact with that person and watch for fever. People who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.