Precautionary Guidelines for the 2020/2021 Academic Year

The health and safety of our preschoolers and families is a number one priority at Concordia Lutheran Preschool. The following precautionary guidelines will be adopted for the 2020/2021 academic year. Enforcing social distancing with preschoolers is not a realistic option, as well as requiring the usage of masks.

We will continue to follow recommendations and guidelines from Washington State Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control, as well as abiding by any guidance given from these health authorities.

Parents/guardians are asked to take their child’s temperature before coming to the preschool each day. Children who have a fever of 100.4 degrees (38.0 C) or above or other signs of illness will not be allowed to attend.   

Adults are required to wear a face covering before entering the building.

A hand sanitizer pump will be installed in the preschool lobby for adult use. We ask every adult picking up and dropping off to please use before coming into the classrooms.  

There will be a "clean" pen cup as well as a "dirty" pen cup for our parents to use while signing students in and out.  

Disinfectant wipes will be available for use in shared spaces. Door handles and surfaces will be wiped down in between the staggered class times.  

Handwashing will occur upon entry, after coming back from outside, before eating, after eating, after using the toilet, and when needed. (This is already our practice)

Teachers will be wearing cloth face coverings throughout the school day. Labor and Industries have updated guidance to allow staff to wear face shields when face coverings reduces effectiveness of instruction (i.e. demonstrating enunciation, language instruction, emotions lessons, etc.)

An alternative way to minimize contact at this age level is to cap class sizes at 10 instead of our typical 12. This allows children to sit further apart during our rug times, at the activity tables, and while playing outside. Teachers can more efficiently sanitize items (toys, books, games) between uses with fewer students in the classroom.  

Snack time will be altered to minimize cross contamination (snack bags stay in backpacks or placed directly on snack tables) Students will need to provide their own water bottles to eliminate the need for teachers to handle used cups.   

Each child will have a bin of personal items, markers, crayons, glue sticks, scissors. These will be sanitized at the end of each day.  

To minimize exposure within the classroom, a hiatus will be placed on field trips, weekly volunteers, and parent helpers.