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The situation related to Covid-19 continues to cause serious health concerns.

As always, the safety and well-being of our children, families and staff remain our number one priority.  We are closely following guidance from CDC, State and Health authorities as we take extreme care enhancing our already rigorous health and safety procedures to maintain a healthy, safe school environment.

 

BBMA’s Current Health and Safety Practices Include:

 

  • Lower adult-to-child ratio in the classroom (total of ten including the teacher)

  • Protective masks- We use protective face coverings when working with children.

 

  • We now screen staff and children upon arrival to check for elevated temperatures or evidence of symptoms.

 

  • Wellness checks- regular wellness checks are conducted throughout the day. Parents of children with illness or symptoms are notified immediately and the children are cared for and properly supervised in a separate area of the classroom until the parent's arrival.

 

  • Limited Classroom Access- Non-essential visitors are not allowed into our classroom. New arrivals and dismissal procedures are in place to curb the spread of germs.

 

  • Attendance- We require that children and staff stay home from school for 14 days following potential exposure of any household member who has (or may have) a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19. We require that parents keep the children home if they display signs of illness in order to ensure students have limited exposure to germs.

 

  • We have enhanced our health practices by strengthening our existing protocols to allow for even more hand-washing as well as frequent, deep cleaning and disinfecting of furniture, materials, equipment, and frequently touched areas.

Additional changes to our Learning environment following CDC guidelines

  • We have rearranged our classroom and procedures to allow for physical distancing without compromising quality and comfort.

  • Limited group/circle time-  6 feet apart between each child and teacher.

  • Each child has a table, chair, work rug and table mat for his/her personal use. *rugs and table mats are labeled and stored individually.

  • Each child has a set of school supplies for his/her personal use.

  • Each material used by children will be placed in a specific shelf to be properly disinfected before another child can use the material again. We have enough materials in our classroom to keep all of our children engaged, learning, and having fun without having to wait.

  • Sensory activities such as play dough are stored individually and labeled with each child’s name.

  • Nap mats for children’s personal use are labeled, spaced out (6 feet apart) and sanitized daily.

  • Outdoor recess- Additional daily activities are available to encourage movement and minimize gathering or waiting for turns.

  • Individual food serving as well as food preparation activities have been eliminated. Individual, pre-plated foods are served by the teacher.

We will continue to adjust our policies/procedures and make changes to our learning environment as needed to ensure the health and well-being of the children and families we serve.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.