Safe Start 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 guidelines will be adopted for the 2020/2021 academic year. Enforcing social distancing with preschoolers is not a realistic option, although we will do our best to keep space between the children.

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 will need 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. As much as is possible drop off and pick up will occur outside/at the classroom door to minimize amounts of people in the preschool building.

Following guidelines from the CDC, cloth face masks are strongly suggested for all children 3 years of age and above.

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 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.)

To create the recommended "class pods", Concordia Preschool will only operate 1 class per day offering only a 3 day or 2 day option.

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.  

Our outdoor spaces will be utilized for teaching and center time activities as much as weather allows.

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