COVID-19  RESPONSE
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Individual children's materials and work areas

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Main lobby drop-off and pick-up

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Uniform for children and staff

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Temp. checks at drop-off and throughout the day

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All adults are required to wear masks

Daily reports via phone App, keeping parents informed

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Cleaning and Sanitizing

Re-enforcing frequent handwashing

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

8:00am      Doors Open – Upon arrival send a text message to 571-882-9242. Wait in your

car until given an “okay to enter”.

                     

1) Temperature check and daily health checks will be made in the main lobby to all who enter the building

2) Blankets, lunch bag and any other materials are given to staff member

3) Child's hands are washed in office bathroom before entering the classroom

                      

9:00am       Latest Drop - off (Doors Close)

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3:00pm       Doors Open - (start of pick-up time- Parents are asked to send text message to

571-882-9242 to let us know of arrival and wait in car until given an “okay to enter”)

 

5:00pm        Closing

 MATERIALS, UNIFORMS AND BLANKETS

  1. Uniforms must be worn at all times by Staff and children while in care. These are available for purchase from the Saint Gabriel's: $15 each or two(2) for $20. We have a limited number available in sizes 4 and 5/6.

  2. Coats must be washed daily, it is recommended you purchase more than one so that you do not have to wash every day.  

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  4. Blankets must be brought in a labeled zipped duffel bag, or similar, every day and will be sent home daily to be washed. If you have the space to do so, you may air out blankets overnight. Please label everything with your child's first name.

  5. Two sets of extra clothes are to be brought in on the first day of school. Please label everything with your child's first name. 

  6. We will not send home a school supplies for the student and classroom, instead there will be a materials' fee of $50 - $100 charged.  

 

 

HYGIENE, FACE COVERINGS, SPACING AND CLEANING 

  1. Daily Health Checks: Temperature screenings with non-touch thermometers 

  2. Students who have fevers of 100 degrees or more or exhibit other COVID-19 symptoms will go directly home or should stay home. Parents must not give their children fever-reducing medications in the morning, before sending students to school.

  3. Any child that is showing symptoms is to remain home for two weeks symptom free. No exceptions will be made due to the uncertainty that surrounds COVID-19.

  4. Children, staff, and teachers will wash hands in the front office sink before entering the classroom.

  5. All adults will need to have a face covering at all times. Staff positioned at car-line or greeting any visitors outside will wear face coverings.

  6. Teachers and staff will wear masks and/or face shields. If needed, teachers will be able to remove their masks when providing direct instruction while maintaining a distance from students, but they must have their face shields on during this time.  Teachers will wear both a mask and a face shield as they circulate the classroom.

  7. Children are not required to wear face coverings, but it is highly recommended. 

  8. There will be a six-feet distance between each child's table in the classroom. 

  9. Students will use their own supplies located at or near their desks instead of sharing supplies and resources. When this is not possible, materials will be disinfected after each use.

  10. Lunch: Lunch will be eaten in the classroom (students sitting six feet apart) and students will be asked to bring lunch from home. Meals cannot include peanut products.

  11. Office staff will monitor the rate of student illness and absenteeism as well as any related health information on a daily basis.

  12. All faculty and staff will be promoting good hygiene, hand washing, and use of face coverings.

  13. Hand-sanitizing stations will be installed/placed at every entrance, office, and in hallways for use whenever students and teachers enter or exit. Hand-sanitizer will be used when hand washing is not easily achieved.

  14. Drinking fountains will remain closed to prevent cross-contamination. Children should have individual water bottles filled at home each day.

  15. Staff will clean the bathrooms at regular intervals throughout the day.

  16. Face coverings should align with Saint Gabriel's policy (no offensive or inappropriate language or images).

  17. Visitors to the school will be limited to inspectors, workers, necessary external personnel. Anyone who enters the building must wear a face covering while inside (and complete the health screening and temperature check). All tours will be given virtually.

  18. Throughout the day staff will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs, light switches, etc.

  19. In addition to performing routine cleaning services of our school, deeper professional cleaning will take place after school when student desks and chairs, and other surfaces are cleaned.

  20. Parents will be required to notify the school immediately if their child or family member exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or is diagnosed with COVID-19.

  21. If  a confirmed case of COVID-19 has been identified within the school community, the school will notify the Fairfax County Health Department immediately to determine a course of action. We will keep all families informed while maintaining the confidentiality of the student or staff member as required by law.  Following CDC guidelines, we will seek guidance from local health officials to determine when students and staff should return to schools and what additional steps are needed for the school community.  

  22. All enrolled students must have current paperwork and updated immunizations per Virginia state requirements. (This from VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH and VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION- no waivers allowed).

THE CURRENT APPROACH TO ILLNESS:

  1. Parents must keep sick children home, and teachers and staff must stay home when ill. This is the first and most important line of defense against a contagious disease.

  2. If a student becomes ill while at school, parents will be expected to pick up their student within 45-60 minutes of being notified by the school. An earlier pickup time will be greatly appreciated in order to maintain school operations.

  3. As mentioned above, no one registering a temperature of 100 or over will be admitted to the building.

  4. For ordinary illnesses (colds, stomach bugs, ear infections, etc.), students, staff, and teachers must remain home for the duration of their illness and be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. No diarrhea or vomiting for 24 hours. A doctors' note is required before the child is able to return to school or the 14 day procedure is to be followed.

  5. The symptoms of COVID-19 vary widely, with reports of mild symptoms ranging to severe illness. Symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

  6. Symptoms requiring non-admittance/temporary removal:​

    • Fever: The center policy observes a fever defined as having a temperature of 100°F or higher. A child needs to be fever free to attend care, that means the child is fever free without the aid of Tylenol®, or any other fever reducing substance.

    • Fever AND sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability, or confusion.

    • Diarrhea: runny, watery, bloody stools, or 2 or more loose stools within last 4 hours.

    • Vomiting: 2 or more times in a 24 hour period. Note: please do not bring your child if they have vomited in the night.

    • Breathing trouble, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of voice, hacking or continuous coughing.

    • Runny nose (other than clear)

    • Draining eyes or ears.

    • Frequent scratching of body or scalp, lice, rash, or any other spots that resemble childhood diseases, including what may be suspected to be ringworm.

    • With the present pandemic, when in doubt contact please your pediatrician or other health professional before bringing your child to school.

  7. Anyone in the school displaying unexplained symptoms of COVID-19 (or testing positive) will be required to self-isolate at home in accordance with CDC guidelines until a diagnosis is ascertained. Current guidelines dictate at least 14 days of self-isolation at home from onset of symptoms; symptoms must be improving and the individual must have been fever-free for 3 days (without the use of fever-reducing medications) before returning to school.

  8. Anyone in the school community who has had direct contact with someone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (or who has tested positive) will be required to self-quarantine at home in accordance with CDC recommendations (currently 14 days).  This would include an individual’s siblings and anyone with whom he/she had direct contact including his/her classmates.

  9. If someone in our community is diagnosed with COVID-19, the local Fairfax County Health Department will be contacted to help with contact tracing and determine if someone, a class, or the whole center needs to close and the length of time this is needed.

  10. All teachers, staff, or students returning to school following a COVID-19 related absence will be required to meet the guidelines set by the CDC or local health agency regarding re-entry into the school environment. This may include a doctor’s note and/or negative tests as medical norms and practices permit.

  11.  In the case of multiple possible cases of COVID-19, if advised by local public health authorities, the Diocese, or at the discretion of the Poor Sisters of Saint Joseph, the center may close temporarily to permit an enhanced cleaning/disinfection protocol.

LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS:

 

VIRGINIA

Alexandria Health Department/Alexandria Health District

4480 King St
Alexandria, VA 22302-1300
Phone: (703) 746-4996

 

VIRGINIA

Fairfax County Health Department

10777 Main St Ste 203
Fairfax, VA 22030-6903
Phone: (703) 246-2479

We will continue to revise and update these guidelines accordingly throughout the year.