order for the Creek to remain open during the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis,
we have modified a number of policies and procedures to do our best to protect
the health of our families and staff.
have compiled information from the Centers for Disease Control, California
Health and Human Services, and our licensing oversight agency, Community Care
Licensing. Our plan is developed with an emphasis on keeping
children and staff safe and may need to be modified or amended under the
direction of local or state authorities.
Our enhanced illness policy
Stay home if sick. If you or your child has been sick, we ask that all household members stay home until they’ve been fever-free without medication for at least 72 hours or 14 days after a COVID-19 positive test.
one with a fever of 100.4 or higher is allowed on campus. This includes parents
or caregivers who are dropping off or picking up.
your child becomes ill at school, we will isolate him or her until you can pick
up. Please make sure your emergency forms are current and update any contact
information, especially phone numbers! Per the Authorization for Emergency
Medical Treatment & Consent for Medical Treatment forms on file, we reserve
the right to call for emergency services should we see your child develop
symptoms of acute respiratory illness that appears life threatening.
We will continue
to encourage all students to use “respiratory etiquette” – covering their
cough, using a tissue, and utilizing our trashcans for disposal. And our handwashing policy – after restroom
use, on return from the playground, and after eating – remains in effect.
Should we have confirmation of a COVID-19 exposure at The
Creek, we will notify all families immediately through our email system. We may need to close the campus for
cleaning, or shift staffing for quarantine precautions.
If we have a confirmed Covid-19 exposure or confirmed case at The Creek –
student or staff – we are required to notify the California Department of
Public Health and file a report with Licensing.
Health screening and temperature checks
are signed in, parents will be asked to attest to our COVID-19 screening
questions, including whether anyone in the household has had symptoms in the
past 48 hours or a positive Covid-19.
Thermometer temperature checks will be utilized if a fever is suspected.
Fever Cough Shortness of Breath/difficulty
breathing Chills Muscle
Pain Headache Sore Throat
will continue to monitor student health throughout the day.
Illness Policy for Staff: All staff must be fever-free for
72 hours (or 14 days after a positive COVID-19 test) to be at work, and will
have to attest to the Covid-19 screening questions at check in. Should a member
of the staff become ill during the school day, the individual will be sent home
immediately, and a substitute teacher will step in.
Off/Pick Up Procedures
through the Main Gate; Sign In & Out will occur at the Classroom Door
- Only students and staff will be allowed to enter the
- Only one adult should be dropping off/picking up a
child to minimize exposure
students enter the room, they are to immediately sanitize their hands at the
dispenser or to go to the student bathroom to wash their hands, depending on
the room configuration
- If you have other children who are not Creek
students with you, they must stay with you & are restricted from entering
the classroom as well.
- The California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
asks that you bring your own pen.
- If there is a queue to enter the room, please
maintain 6 feet of social distancing between households.
- It is
mandated by the CDPH that all adults wear face coverings at pick up and drop
drop off and pick up visits need to be kept as brief as possible.
students are signed in, the parent will be asked to attest to our COVID-19
screening questions, including whether anyone in the household has had symptoms
in the past 48 hours or a positive Covid-19.
COVID-19 Symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of
Breath/difficulty breathing, Chills, Muscle Pain, Headache, & Sore Throat
and Protective Equipment
- Students are not required to wear
masks or other face coverings while at school, though the current mandate from
the California Department of Public Health (dated June 18) recommends face mask
coverings for everyone over age two.
- If you send your child to school
with a face mask, your child will need to be able to independently remove and
replace it as needed. Staff will not
assist in replacing of the mask should your child decide not to wear the mask; it
will be placed with your child’s belongings for end of day pick up.
- Staff will
wear a face covering in the form of a cloth or disposable mask, and will have
the option for a face shield as well.
- Staff may
remove their face masks during times of phonics learning or where the ability
to see the mouth is necessary for communication.
- Staff will
wear gloves when handling trash, food, changing diapers, or assisting a student
with the toilet.
Group Size and Staffing
will be kept in small stable groups and will not be mixing classrooms or groups.
of the playground will be on a rotating schedule (one class at a time).
are maxing class sizes at 9 students.
are keeping siblings to the same class.
- We will
be minimizing the amount of staff they come in contact with during the course
of the day.
group community-based activities outside of the core class group have been
- Food comes from home; we continue
to require 2 food groups per meal, packed as separate meals.
will have a snack (2 food groups) and lunch (2 food groups) during the summer
cookies, chips, and other junk items (including fruit snacks) do NOT count as a
food group item under licensing.
- Students are not to share their
food – not even among member of the same household.
- Staff will assist with
opening/closing of food items as needed.
- Please do not bring communal food
items for a special class treat to celebrate a birthday – individually packaged
items would be a great substitute celebration treat. Please check in with the school office for
allergies and logistics on this prior to the celebration day.
- Cooking projects are currently
facility will receive a daily cleaning of both classrooms and bathrooms at the
end of the day by our janitorial staff.
the day, teachers will be wiping down high touch classroom surfaces (tables,
chair backs, door handles, etc) as well as bathroom implements (sink handles
& toilet flush levers) with disinfecting wipes.
will also have spray bottles of cleaning and disinfecting products along with
paper towels available for larger cleaning wipe downs.
each play block, toys will be sanitized before being returned to the communal
selections of toys may be offered so that used items can be put into the
sanitization bin after each play cycle while retaining another round of that
toy for the next play block that day.
group touch items such as playdough or slime have been discontinued unless
individually packaged and labeled for play.
child will have a separate set of crayons, pencil, & scissors.
tables, large pillows or stuffed animals, and other materials that are
difficult to clean have been temporary closed or removed from the classroom.
play food has been removed from the kitchen areas.
playground surfaces (railings, etc.) will be sanitized between recess blocks