Tot Spot Covid-19 Preparedness and Response Plan
COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan
*Monitoring Symptoms – Each and every staff and child entering Tot Spot will be checked for symptoms upon arrival, , before entering the building. Re-checks will be required is an individual appears sick or displays symptoms of COVID-19.
*If a child’s temperature is 100.4 degrees or above they will be excluded from care. Cough and/or diarrhea in addition to fever is suggestive of coronavirus. Children and staff should leave care right away if they are ill.
*When they arrive:
Tot Spot Staff will perform a temperature check. Thermometers will be cleaned and disinfected between uses.
*We will visually check the child for signs of illness; including flushed cheeks, rapid or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
*We will continue to monitor symptoms throughout the day and monitor temperatures when children appear ill or “not themselves”.
*Children with a fever alone or a fever with a cough and/or diarrhea will be isolated from the group and their parents contacted for prompt pick up. Their parents should contact their primary care physician/medical provider.
When staff members arrive:
*We will perform temperature checks on each staff member as they enter the building.
*We will screen for cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, change in smell/taste and diarrhea.
*Staff arriving with a fever above 100.4 or other symptoms will be sent home.
*Staff should report contact with anyone outside work who has had a documented case of COVID-19. Staff should be instructed to self-quarantine if they have been exposed to COVID-19.
*Tot Spot will send home anyone who becomes symptomatic immediately.
*Tot Spot will isolate children in a safe location until the child can be picked up.
*If a staff member begins to feel ill during the day, they will be sent home.
*Report Exposure – If a child, staff member, family member, or visitor to the center becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms, Tot Spot will contact the Livingston County Health Department and Licensing for next steps.
It will be determined whether or not to close the classroom or facility based on guidance from the Health Department. If an individual in a classroom is identified with a positive test for COVID-19, the classroom should be closed, cleaned, and everyone in the classroom should be quarantined for 14 days initially.
*The Health Department will also determine if the entire facility must close.
If any family suspects that they have been exposed to COVID-19, please inform the Tot Spot Office. Please report if anyone in your household shows any symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19.
**Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures**:
To minimize the exposure of the staff and children to any germs or viruses, we are limiting the number of people entering the building. Parents will be bringing their children into the front of the building where they will be met with an office staff. The office staff will take your child’s temperature and will sign your child in/out. We will have a Tot Spot staff member take your child to their classroom or have their child’s teacher meet them and take them to their classroom. When you pick up your child, we will have a Tot Spot staff member go to your child’s classroom and bring your child to you.
Preparing Physical Space
*Tot Spot staff will be trained in cleaning protocol and practicing social distancing. They will also be trained in monitoring symptoms of COVID-19. They will contact the Tot Spot office if they have any questions during the day. Rooms will be checked periodically by the office staff.
*Tot Spot staff will prepare the space before children attend.
*Each class will have a class list of students. Cribs and cots will be labeled for each child.
*The teachers will remove toys, which cannot be easily cleaned or sanitized between each use. We will limit toys, remove cloth toys, and clean toys as recommended. If a child places a toy in their mouth – it will be cleaned and sanitized immediately.
*Garbage cans are touchless.
Ensure ventilation systems operate properly. We will increase circulation or outdoor air by opening windows, if possible.
Practice Social Distancing
*Maintaining Consistent Groups - All classes will consist of the same children and staff each day. No combining classes! Substitute teachers may be needed periodically.
*The classroom will arrange seating to six feet apart, if possible, and will limit the number of children sitting together. Nap mats and cribs will be 6 feet apart, in head to toe positioning.
*Limiting Use of Common Spaces – Each classroom will have specific times to go to the gym (with limited equipment) or on the playground. Classes will not be combined. Staff will clean equipment before entering and exiting the space.
*No Cafeteria – all classes will eat in their own classrooms. If possible, classes may eat outside.
*Assessing Drop Off and Pick Up Times – to minimize the potential spread of COVID-19 – parents will drop off and pick up in the front of the school. Parents will not enter the main school building. Office staff will screen each child for their temperature and will sign the child in and out each day. Classroom staff will meet your child at the entry to escort them to their classroom.
*We ask that only 1 parent/adult drop off/pick up their child(ren).
*Tot Spot will not be using transportation this year as it is non-essential and should be avoided.
*All staff and students will use hand sanitizer once entering the building and wash hands with soap and water upon entering the classrooms. Teachers will teach and encourage children to wash with soap and water for 20 seconds. Hand washing should take place after blowing nose, coughing, sneezing, using the restroom, and before eating or preparing food.
*Hand sanitizer, with at least 60% alcohol, will be available at all entrances – and out of reach of children.
*Posters will be posted promoting covering a cough with a tissue or sleeve.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
**Common areas require at least a daily deep clean by the BAS custodial staff (for example; sinks, bathrooms, doorknobs, and shared items).
*Toys will be cleaned frequently, especially any that have been in a child’s mouth.
*Tabletops will be cleaned before and after any eating. Teachers will be encouraged to wipe down any surface they deem necessary – handles, toys, countertops, etc.
*Teachers will be using the 3 step cleaning process of soap, water, and bleach solution. The room will be sprayed with a disinfectant at the end of each day after all children have left the center.
Items From Home:
*Items from home will be limited because this can be a way to transmit the virus. Children should be brought into the center without car seats.
*Comfort items may be needed during this time of transition. These items should be placed in the child’s cubby or bin and used at naptime. Items should be taken home and washed weekly.
Safety Equipment (PPE)
*Children under 2 are never allowed to wear any cloth face coverings.
*Masks or Cloth Face Coverings: For Staff – staff will be required to attempt to wear masks.
*Masks or Cloth Face Coverings: For Children – Children aged 3 & 4 are required to wear masks in any common spaces; vestibule, hallway, bathroom, and gym. Children ages 3 & 4 are not required to wear masks in the classroom is they choose not to. School-Aged children are required to wear masks indoors at all times, except during snack or lunch.
*Gloves – Teachers will wear gloves in a manner consistent with existing licensing rules; when handling contaminates, changing diapers, and handling food. Staff members should wash hands before putting gloves on and immediately after gloves are removed. Gloves are not recommended for broader use.
*Individuals that develop symptoms during care will be isolated away from other children while they wait to be picked up.
*Maintaining staff to child ratios in the event that a staff member becomes ill.
*Tot Spot keeps a sub and/or floater staff for lunch breaks and extra help when needed.
*Tot Spot will do everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but cannot guarantee that contact with children or staff will not result in the spread of COVID-19.*
Update on Mask Wearing at Tot Spot as of 4/26/2021