COVID-19 Precautions

Welcome

 

We are so excited to welcome you to our beautiful campus. Over the past number of weeks and months we have received guidance from a number of health and educational organizations regarding reopening our campus. Based on this guidance, Temple Sinai has implemented many new safety measures for families, children, and staff to follow so that we can continue to reduce the spread and keep everyone as healthy as possible. 

 

These guidelines were developed following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the Florida Department of Children and Families, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Miami-Dade Early Learning Coalition. We were also blessed to have the guidance of physicians on our Board of Trustees and the council of Dr. Jose R. Mateo, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and Broward Health in Coral Springs.

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How You Can Help Before and After School

  • Families and staff members should commit to physical distancing. 

  • Please do not take unnecessary travel, try to avoid public gathering areas and try to maintain proper protocols in your workplace. 

  • Please wear a mask at drop off and pick up. 

  • Schedule your child’s bath time for immediately after school. 

  • Dress your child in clean clothes each day they attend school.

  • Disinfect lunch boxes daily. Pack extra food for snacks. 

  • If your child brings a lovie to school, disinfect it each day after school.

Drop off

Drop off will be carpool only. Parents are requested to remain in the car. Adults must wear cloth facial coverings at drop off and pick up.

Upon arrival, one staff member will perform our wellness check (see below). Any special instructions or information regarding your child can be verbally communicated to this staff member and the information will be noted on our Health and Safety Screening Form. Following our wellness check, another staff member will help your child exit the car and make their way into school. 

 

We are requesting that parents drop off and pick up each day. If you need to assign a different, consistent, pick up person, it should be someone who lives in your home. If possible, older people such as grandparents or those with serious underlying medical conditions should not pick up children, because they are more at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

 

Drop off begins at 8:45am and will take longer than usual. We ask for your patience. 

We made a video that you can share with your children so they know what to expect!

Wellness Check

We will be conducting daily wellness checks for staff and children at drop off, checking temperature of staff and children and asking CDC screening questions for adults regarding children's health.

  • Staff or children with temperature >100.4 or whose guardian says yes to screening questions will be prohibited from entering the building or program, unless cleared by a doctor. 

  • Staff or children who exhibit symptoms of an upper respiratory illness will not be permitted to attend the program that day.

Symptoms and Exclusions 

We are required to report any symptoms present in people in the school community to Miami-Dade County Public Health and they will provide guidance regarding exclusion time.

 

If a child or staff member presents with any combination of the symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever of 100.4F or above, cough, shortness of breath, stomach cramping, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, fatigue) or receives a positive COVID-19 test result, the child or staff member must inform the school and self-isolate at home until all of the following are true:

  • The child or staff have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers).

  • Other symptoms have greatly improved (for example, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc.)

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

  • Children and adults with pre-existing health conditions that could make them more vulnerable to COVID-19 will need verification from a doctor to return.

Facial Coverings - Funny Faces

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Face coverings (cloth) for children in the Pre-K setting may be difficult to implement” and are therefore considered a “lower-priority strategy”. Nonetheless, we believe that with support from our parents and developmentally appropriate training from our staff we can encourage children to wear facial coverings at appropriate times throughout the day.


Facial coverings (funny faces) are required for staff and children >2 years old as feasible throughout the day (per CDC and the Miami-Dade Early Learning Coalition guidance.) Facial coverings are not required during meal times, nap times, or outdoor play. Please make sure your child wears a clean facial covering  each day. Children under 2 years of age are not permitted to wear facial coverings as it is a suffocation hazard.

Clothing and Supplies​​
  • Every child should have at least one extra set of clothing that remains in the center. Any clothes that go home at the end of the day should be washed thoroughly.

  • Every student must bring his/her own reusable water bottle with his/her name clearly displayed. The bottle must be taken home to be washed every day.

Health and Safety at Home

 

  • If a child becomes sick at home with any symptoms, cough, fever, muscle aches, generally not feeling well, we ask that you notify us and keep your child at home. Follow our current Illness Policy to understand the return to school policy. If symptoms are consistent with Covid-19, please phone your child’s pediatrician and ask for guidance. Please phone us and share that guidance so that Gan Sinai will know how to proceed with our next steps of notifying the proper and required people, and/or authorities.  

  • If you or anyone living in your home has had close contact with a person with symptoms or diagnosed with COVID-19, your child must remain home and be symptom free for 72 hours.

Health and Safety at School

 

  • Campus signage will reinforce the importance of physical distancing expectations and protocols.

  • All classrooms have easy access to hand wash sinks and hand wash sinks are stocked with soap and paper towels.

  • Children will be taught and encouraged to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or the corner of the elbow.

  • We have established a connection with Miami-Dade County Public Health to notify them regarding staff, child, or family with COVID-19 related symptoms.

  • Children who develop symptoms at school will be isolated in the Quiet Room until parents are able to pick up. Children must be picked up within 30 minutes of parental notification.

Cleaning and Materials

Our facility will undergo a deep cleaning and disinfecting at the end of each day. We will also be implementing cleaning and disinfecting practices for most touch areas throughout the day (every 2- 3 hours) including bathrooms, common areas, door handles, light switches, copy machines, physical barriers, etc .

 

Our playground will be disinfected after each use.

 

Each child will have their own supply bin with basic art supplies and sensory items (loose parts, seashells, cork, slime, playdough, etc.)

 

We will reduce the soft materials in the classrooms and select materials based on how easily they can be disinfected. 

Physical Distancing Strategies

Group Size

  • Group sizes will be limited to no more than 10 children.  

  • We will not gather in hallways and other community spaces, unless we can properly physically distance.

  • We will have a schedule for outdoor play and learning, so that we can avoid the co-mingling of classes outdoors. 

 

Co-mingling

  • Classes will include the same group each day, and the same teachers will remain with the same group each day. 

  • Special events and special performances will be offered to individual classes only and will require presenters to be screened in the same way as staff and children before entry.

  • We will limit the mixing of children, such as staggering playground times and keeping groups separate for special activities such as art, music, and exercising.

  • To minimize campus interaction, specialists will go into each classroom with sanitized equipment.

  • PE will rotate in small groups outdoors.

  • Shabbat and holiday celebrations will be held in the classroom rather than school-wide. 

  • At nap time, children’s mats will be spaced out as much as possible, ideally 6 feet apart (head-to-toe positioning).

  • Drop off and pick up will limit direct contact between parents and staff members and adhere to physical distancing recommendations.

  • Events with parents will be held online in evening hours. 

Hand Washing

All children and staff will engage in hand hygiene at the following times:

  • Upon arrival to the facility and after breaks.

  • Before and after preparing food or drinks.

  • Before and after eating or handling food or drinks.

  • Before and after diapering

  • After using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom.

  • After coming in contact with bodily fluid.

  • After playing outdoors or in sand.

  • After handling garbage.

  • After sneezing and/or coughing

  • Before and after glove usage.

 

All staff and children must adhere to regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds:

  1. Turn water on and wet hands, remove from water

  2. Add soap to hands and create friction to make bubbles 

  3. Scrub for 20 seconds, sing Happy Birthday or ABC’s

  4. Rinse hands under running water

  5. Dry hands with single use paper towels 

  6. Turn off faucet with paper towels 

Pick up

Children will remain in their classrooms for pick up. A member of the staff will radio children’s names and one of the classroom teachers/counselors will escort the child to the carpool line. Before departing the room, each child will wash their hands. This pick up procedure will take longer than usual and we ask for your patience. 

Suspected Case of COVID-19 in School

Temple Sinai will:

  • Inform parents/legal guardians and affected employees on the same day about any potential contact their children (or the staff) may have had with the suspected case.

  • Coordinate and work closely with DOH to respond to the event in a timely and appropriate manner.

  • Monitor, but not isolate, the group in which the suspected case was reported.

  • Coordinate appropriate follow up measures with DOH in Miami Dade County

  • Provide distance-learning opportunities for ill children.

Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in School

Temple Sinai will:

  • Immediately report the incident, timing of infection and proposed remediation plan to relevant authorities including the DOH and the FL- DOH.

  • Inform parents/legal guardians and affected employees on the same day about any potential contact their children (or the staff) may have had with confirmed cases.

  • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.

  • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas.

  • Wait up to 24 hours or as long as possible before cleaning and disinfecting to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning. 

  • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person including common areas, bathrooms and offices.

  • Provide distance-learning opportunities for children.

  • Programs may need to close for a few (2-5) days for cleaning and disinfection, and reopen at the direction of the local health department.

Returning to Campus

Children or staff with mild to moderate illness, defined as individuals who have any of the various signs and symptoms of COVID 19 (e.g., fever, cough, sore throat, malaise, headache, muscle pain) without shortness of breath, dyspnea, or abnormal chest imaging or who have evidence of lower respiratory disease by clinical assessment or imaging and a saturation of oxygen (SpO2) ≥94%, who are not severely immunocompromised may return to campus:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared and

  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and

  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved

 

Children or staff who are not severely immunocompromised and were asymptomatic throughout their infection may return to work when at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive viral diagnostic test.

 

Children or staff with severe to critical illness, defined as individuals who have respiratory frequency >30 breaths per minute, SpO2 <94% (or, for patients with chronic hypoxemia, a decrease from baseline of >3%), ratio of arterial partial pressure of oxygen to fraction of inspired oxygen (PaO2/FiO2) <300 mmHg, or lung infiltrates >50% or individuals who have respiratory failure, septic shock, and/or multiple organ dysfunction or who are severely immunocompromised may return to campus:

  • At least 20 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

  • At least 24 hours have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and

  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved

 

Note:  Children or staff who are severely immunocompromised but who were asymptomatic throughout their infection may return to campus when at least 20 days have passed since the date of their first positive viral diagnostic test.

Gan at Home

We value that children learn best with in-person instruction. As such, we will prioritize keeping our children on campus, safely and responsibly.

If we are forced to close our campus and move our learning into our Gan at Home online learning environment, daily instruction will be virtual, accessed www.gansinai.org/athome. 

TGS and PK2

Children will join the entire school for opening circle and t’fillah (30 minutes) in the morning and again for closing circle (15 minutes) in the afternoon. Children will have class learning (20 minutes each day), specials (30 minutes each day) and weekly 1:1 personalized sessions for each student (15 minutes).​

PK3

Children will join the entire school for opening circle and t’fillah (30 minutes) in the morning and again for closing circle (15 minutes) in the afternoon. Children will have class learning (30 minutes each day), specials (30 minutes each day) and weekly 1:1 personalized sessions for each student (30 minutes) potentially in person at Gan Sinai or in the student's home if feasible.

 

PK4

Children will join the entire school for opening circle and t’fillah (30 minutes) in the morning and again for closing circle (15 minutes) in the afternoon. Children will have class learning (30 minutes each day) enriched with small group learning (15 minutes each day), specials (30 minutes each day) and weekly 1:1 personalized sessions for each student (30 minutes) potentially in person at Gan Sinai or in the student's home if feasible.

All Children

  • Shabbat and Chagim celebrations will be held online by classroom.

  • Small group meetups may be held in public spaces, based on health guidelines.

  • In small groups, students will participate in guided activities for skill development in language/literacy development, math, science, Judaic Studies/Hebrew language.

  • Personalized one-on-one sessions will form strong student:teacher:parent connections.

  • Teachers will personally reach out to parents each week .

  • Daily videos will be recorded by teachers for parents to share with children at times best for their families.

  • Our ECE at Home page will feature extension activities to reinforce skills and concepts at home. 

Tuition Refunds

Should we be forced to close our campus and continue our learning in our Gan at Home learning environment for any amount of time greater than two weeks:

  • TGS and PK2 tuition will be reduced by 75% for the duration of the campus closure.

  • PK3 and PK4 tuition will be reduced by 45% for the duration of the campus closure.

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