Welcome Back ELC Families!

Dear Parents,

Phase 1 hours are 7:30am-5:30pm.

We would like to review the new procedures that will be in effect until further notice for the protection of our children and staff:

  1. No more than 10 persons per room is permitted at this time.
  2. No one except staff members and students will be permitted to enter the building unless absolutely necessary, as determined by the Directors. Drop off and pick up will take place at the front door. Parents must maintain a 6ft distance from others while waiting outside. You may wish to arrive a few minutes early in the event you need to wait. You must arrive at school by 9:00am.
  1. Masks must be worn by anyone who enters the building. This includes children 3 and above (except nap time) – please make sure to send a mask with your child. If you need to enter the lobby you will need to sanitize your hands and wear a mask.
  1. Entering Daily: Everyone must sanitize their hands and be screened prior to entering the building DAILY. This means a visual scan, questions re: exposure or any symptoms of illness, and a touch free temperature scan. This is required for adults and children.
  1. Symptoms: Fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, colored mucus, chills, shaking with chills, muscle pain, or loss of taste/smell. If any child or staff member has any of these symptoms will not permitted to enter the building, must go home, and will not be permitted to return until after being 72 hours symptom free WITHOUT medication (including fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol), and with a doctor’s note. Parents who do not pick-up their child within an hour of being called or those who dose their child with Tylenol and don’t tell us they have temperature will not be permitted back at school.
  1. Exposure: You must inform the Director immediately if your child (1) has symptoms, has tested positive, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19; (2) lives with someone who, in the past 14 days, has symptoms, has tested positive, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19; or (3) has come into direct contact with someone who, in the past 14 days, has symptoms, has tested positive, or has been diagnosed with COVID-19. If you suspect that your child or anyone else may have COVID 19 it is important you do not attempt to send your child to school, confidentially notify the Director immediately, and get a test done as soon as possible.
  1. Handwashing: All children will be brought to wash their hands for 20 seconds before joining their class. In addition to the usual handwashing of children after bathroom, before eating, etc, we will wash the children’s hands every half hour for 20 seconds.
  1. Sign-in/out – please bring your own pen.
  1. There will be no rotating of staff/children, so your child will be with the same children and teacher/s throughout the day.
  1. Social distancing (6ft apart) is required by all adults, and by children to the extent possible.
  1. We will receive boxed lunches.
  1. Bathrooms: All bathrooms will be sanitized between each use.
  1. ALL toys that are utilized throughout the day, whether mouthed or not, will be immediately placed in a bin to be sanitized and thoroughly dried before going back out for another child to play with.
  1. Our usual cleaning/disinfecting policies will be more frequent and deeper. ALL surfaces, shelving, toys, art supplies, doorknobs etc. will be cleaned every time they are touched and at the end of the day.
  1. All cots/cribs will be 6 ft apart during rest periods. Cots will be disinfected after each use.
  1. Water fountains will not be used. We will use water coolers with disposable cups.
  1. Playground equipment will not be used. We will take the children for walks, plan activities such as scavenger hunts, hopscotch, relay races etc. to get fresh air and exercise each day. If a child touches any equipment outside, we will sanitize. Only one group at a time will be allowed outside in any fenced in play area.
  1. No soft surfaces will be allowed as they are difficult to sanitize. Dress up clothes, soft block, stuffed animals, etc. are stored. 

For a limited time, Governor’s Essential Worker scholarships are now available. The list is extremely broad; to check if you qualify see below. Even if you are presently on School Readiness, it is beneficial for you to apply (no parent co-pay) and it will take just a few minutes. To apply: click here.

I’m sure that you share our tremendous appreciation for our dedicated staff for their willingness to do what only they can do – and they do it so well – to service you, our families. Please remember to express your appreciation.

Looking forward to seeing you soon – stay safe and be well.

Governor DeSantis Executive Order 20-91

ESSENTIAL SERVICES LIST

HEALTHCARE / PUBLIC HEALTH
  • Workers who perform critical clinical research, development, and testing needed for COVID-19 response.
  • Healthcare providers and Caregivers including physicians, dentists, psychologists, mid level practitioners, nurses and assistants, infection control and quality assurance personnel, pharmacists, physical and occupational therapists and assistants, rehabilitation facility workers, social workers, optometrists, speech pathologists, chiropractors, and diagnostic and therapeutic technicians and technologists.
  • Hospital and laboratory personnel (including accounting, administrative, admitting and discharge, engineering, epidemiological, source plasma and blood donation, food service, housekeeping, medical records, information technology and operational technology, nutritionists, sanitarians, respiratory therapists, etc.).
  • Workers in other medical and biomedical facilities (including Ambulatory Health and Surgical, Blood Banks, Clinics, Community Mental Health, Comprehensive Outpatient rehabilitation, End Stage Renal Disease, Health Departments, Home Health care, Hospices, Hospitals, Long Term Care, Nursing Care Facilities, Organ Pharmacies, Procurement Organizations, Psychiatric Residential, Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers, and retail facilities specializing in medical good and supplies).
  • Manufacturer workers for health manufacturing (including biotechnology companies), materials and parts suppliers, logistics and warehouse operators, distributors of medical equipment (including those who test and repair), personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation barriers, medical gases, pharmaceuticals (including materials used in radioactive drugs), dietary supplements, blood and blood products, vaccines, testing materials, laboratory supplies, cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting or sterilization supplies, and tissue and paper towel products.
  • Public health community health workers, including those who compile, model, analyze and communicate public health information.
  • Blood and plasma donors and the employees of the organizations that operate and manage related activities.
  • Workers who manage health plans, billing, and health information, who cannot practically work remotely.
  • Workers who conduct community-based public health functions, conducting epidemiologic surveillance, compiling, analyzing and communicating public health information, who cannot practically work remotely.
  • Workers performing information technology and cybersecurity functions at healthcare and public health facilities, who cannot practically work remotely.
  • Workers performing security, incident management, and emergency operations functions at or on behalf of healthcare entities including healthcare coalitions, who cannot practically work remotely.
  • Pharmacy employees necessary to maintain uninterrupted prescription filling.
  • Workers performing mortuary funeral, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services, including funeral homes, crematoriums, cemetery workers, and coffin makers.
  • Workers who coordinate with other organizations to ensure the proper recovery, handling, identification, transportation, tracking, storage, and disposal of human remains and personal effects; certify cause of death; and facilitate access to mental/behavioral health services to the family members, responders, and survivors of an incident.
LAW ENFORCEMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS
  • Public, private, and voluntary personnel (front line and management) in emergency management, law enforcement, fire and rescue services, emergency medical services, and private security, to include public and private hazardous material responders, air medical service providers (pilots and supporting technicians), corrections, and search and rescue personnel.
  • 911 call center employees and Public Safety Answering Points who can’t perform their duties remotely.
  • Fusion Center employees.
  • Workers – including contracted vendors — who maintain, manufacture, or supply equipment and services supporting law enforcement emergency service and response operations (to include electronic security and life safety security personnel).
  • Workers supporting the manufacturing of safety equipment and uniforms for law enforcement, public safety personnel, and first responder.
  • Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges.
  • Public agency workers responding to abuse and neglect of children, elders, and dependent adults.
  • Workers who support weather disaster natural hazard mitigation and prevention activities.
  • Security staff to maintain building access control and physical security measures.