Our teachers and board are doing everything we can to make the playschool as close to ‘normal’ as possible. We will be following the provincial guidelines for preschools, which can be found here. Provincial guidelines are reviewed regularly and followed in the classroom.
Each class will be an individual cohort where children do not need to wear masks day to day in the classroom, unless they choose to do so. As per the Chestermere Recreation Center's policy children do need to wear masks in public areas. This includes traveling to and from the gymnasium. Because the teachers will be interacting with multiple cohorts they will be wearing masks each day.
We have worked to ensure appropriate social distancing signage upon entry and arrows to remind everyone of the traffic flow during drop off and pick up of students. In an effort to encourage social distancing at drop off and pick up, we are using staggered entry times. Each day at drop off students will fill out the COVID questionnaire found here which many of you have probably become familiar with. The teachers will also perform a contactless temperature check. If students respond yes to any symptoms they will not be allowed to enter the classroom that day. Please answer honestly in order to keep our school healthy and running!
Some sensory play that return students are used to will be unavailable this year but the teachers are working hard to come up with substitutions for these, or a way to make these work! Any items that cannot be easily sanitized will be removed from the classroom, or duplicated so that each class or student can have their own. Each student has their own craft supplies including glue stick, scissors, crayons, and playdough. Each cohort has their own set of books on the shelf that are cleaned and switched out each week as well as gym equipment. Rackets, hula hoops, and balls that are not assigned to either specific cohort are appropriately sanitized between use.
The classroom is filled with signage that encourages kids to wash and sanitize their hands frequently, to cover their cough and sneeze, and encouragement is offered to keep their hands off their face and mouth as much as possible. The teachers are modelling hand washing behaviour and provide ongoing cleaning as needed throughout the class. This includes sanitizing the railings and door handles en route to the gymnasium. Kids are provided with a personalized "mask mat" to put their mask on during gym activities. Hang hygiene occurs many times throughout the class including after gym time, before snacks, during centres, and prior to exiting the bathroom.
Our classroom is cleaned at the end of each day. This includes but is not limited to the hallway cubbies and hooks, play surfaces, toys, high touch areas, sinks, tables, chairs, treehouse, name tags, name chart, book shelf, and the entire bathroom being sprayed with the appropriate bleach and water solution. The "big classroom carpet" is cleaned once a week. We also have a professional cleaner in the classroom once a week to offer assistance with a deeper clean regularly.
This is a snapshot of our COVID-19 measures to keep our kids safe and our school open. We are open to any questions or concern to keep our community safe.