Back to School during Covid-19
Covid Policy: 10 days quarantine with any exposure, positive, or illness indicative of Covid. Day 1 is considered the day of exposure, the day of the positive test, or the 1st sign of illness. The CDC says 5 days with 5 additional days with a well fitted mask, which is not possible with our children at school. Therefore, we are sticking with the 10 day that took effect in January 2022.
Excerpt from the American Academy of Pediatrics:
In Pre-K, the relative impact of physical distancing among children is likely small based on current evidence and certainly difficult to implement. Therefore, Pre-K should focus on more effective risk mitigation strategies for this population. These include hand hygiene, infection prevention education for staff and families, adult physical distancing from one another, adults wearing face coverings, cohorting, and spending time outdoors.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
MSLT has always been diligent about our cleaning and disinfecting. Our Cleaning and Disinfecting protocols exceed guidance from the CDC, State and Local Health Departments, OSHA, and EPA. Due to the fluidity of the pandemic and ongoing research to better understand how the virus spreads, our cleaning and disinfecting plan is subject to change.
We clean and disinfect after every work period and at the end of each day, paying increased attention to high touch areas. We have established protocols for cleaning and disinfecting and provided guidance and supplies for individuals regarding the cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms and offices. We use an EPA-registered cleaning and disinfecting product that has been proven effective and has been approved for use to combat COVID.
While cleaning refers to the removal of dirt, germs, and impurities from surfaces, it alone does not kill germs.
Disinfection works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But killing germs that remain on a surface after cleaning further reduces any risk of spreading infection.
We clean, disinfect, and then rinse with soapy water after the disinfectant remains on the surface for at least 5 minutes. Disinfecting is not done in a room when children are present.