COVID-19 UPDATES

  1. Effective 5/4/20, children will be screened in the classrooms, after drop-off including temperature measure. Students with over 100.4 degrees will be dismissed home (unless medically instructed differently).
  2. Small rugs will be removed from the classrooms.
  3. We ask that drop-off will be quickly done at the entrance to each classroom. We ask that parents will not stay in the classrooms.
  4. Classroom sensory tables will be temporarily suspended from being used.
  5. Students’ beddings will need to go home DAILY and not WEEKLY.
  6. Common areas drinking water fountains will be covered and not allowed for use.
  7. Instead of sanitizing eating tables and food preparation surfaces we will disinfect these surfaces (higher bleach concentration).
  8. Buckets were provided to all classrooms to sanitize mouth toys/frequently used toys during the school day (exceeds regulation requirements).
  9. During the Fall semester we will have 12-18 children in each classroom of the young age groups (Infants, 12M, 18M, 2’s), and 16-20 children in the older groups (3’s, 4’s, Kindergarten), depends on the classroom size and the social distancing requirements. We will NOT have 50 children gatherings at this time. Special schedules apply to all recess, specials (music, sign language, Spanish, Hebrew).
  10. We assign the same teachers in the same classroom during the day except playground time when a few classes enjoy recess together.
  11. Toys that are being used are put in a sanitizer bucket at noon and return to use at 2.30pm after nap. Same at the end of the day, and then return to use the next morning.
  12. CDC information about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) which is associated with COVID19 is learned and implemented. All skin rash and or inflammatory symptoms will be redirected to the main office for evaluation and will be communicated with parents promptly.
  13. Our diaper changing rooms use alcohol-based Purell to disinfect diaper changing tables and surfaces.
  14. For guests, students and parents, we have provided all classrooms with hand sanitizers, and we have hand sanitizers all around the lobby.
  15. The Lobby’s restrooms, surfaces, classrooms/lobby door handles, playgrounds, are disinfected at 10am, 12pm, 3.30pm. The cleaning crew attends after hours (6.00pm 12.00am) to clean the facility thoroughly.
  16. Water play for summer is going well. It’s a hot summer, and we added misters and water hoses on both playgrounds. Standing water is replaced after every group use (i.e. water sensory table).
  17. Lunches resumed on 6/1/20. Lunched are brought to the classrooms in individual sealed trays by the chef.
  18. We will have all returning children/families signing a waiver that states their health & responsibilities.
  19. Children with fever, rash, vomiting, will have to be picked up and return with a medical clearance. We will not administer Motrin unless the parents delay and there’s a risk to the child’s health.
  20. Returning staff are required to be tested negative for Covid-19. Shenker Academy provides a Covid-19 testing once a month (or more if needed).  This service is available to all teachers, and many will be tested multiple times already.
  21. Face coverings are now required for everyone entering the school and for employees (teachers, assistant teachers, administration) while at Shenker Academy.
  22. Exception for wearing masks  : Those who have a medical condition, whether it be mental health, disability, or other health reason that prevents them from wearing a face covering. Those who are hearing impaired, or when in communication with an individual who is hearing impaired where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication. Those who are obtaining services involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service.
  23. The following children should never wear a face covering: Those 2 years of age and under, to avoid potential risk of suffocation.Those who have a mental health condition, medical condition, or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering.Those who are engaged in strenuous physical activity.
  24. Children ages 2 to 9 are not required to wear face coverings; however, they are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings when in public spaces.
  25. In light of the extra precautions we take to prevent the spread of Covid-19. We will only offer the “UP Room” program to our Pre-K students, for the children who do not nap. Each Pre-K classroom will have their designated week for the Up Room. This will mitigate group mixing during the school day. Your Pre-K lead teachers will elaborate on this during the Zoom open house session.
  26. Our PTO and the Administration will work on alternative schedule and gatherings. Our Open house will be conducted over ZOOM. Our parent conferences will be in person and will be stretched over 7-10 days. More updates on Fall Festival, Holidays feasts, will be updated on the weekly newsletter.