Ascension PS

Early Childhood (Pre-K) Phase 2 Parent Guide

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Goal: To provide children with a safe and secure learning environment reflective of best practices typical of an early childhood classroom including high quality emotional support, classroom organization, and instructional support. What options do I have for my pre-k aged child? Pre-K is not mandatory and we do not provide universal pre-k in Ascension Parish. In order to participate, families must apply and be accepted. Students qualify for our publicly funded seats based on need, including household income, however there are some tuition paying seats available at some sites. A traditional learning model will be followed for all regular education preschool and Head Start classes. This includes on site, classroom based instruction, five days a week. Virtual learning models will only be available to special education students in pre-k as defined by the IEP committee. How do I know my child will be safe at school? We will be following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and the Louisiana Department of Education to provide your child the most safe and secure learning environment that we can. Other than frequent hand washing and sanitizing of surfaces, what steps will be taken to ensure a safe environment for my child? Early childhood classes will follow all district and school guidelines for safe and healthy operations including: Reduced numbers of students on buses Safe food preparation and distribution including disposable plates and utensils and eating in the classroom with their static group. Temperature checks and student illness protocols that include isolation of sick children. Cleaning of playground equipment twice daily Cleaning of high touch surfaces frequently Water bottles & filling stations rather than drinking fountains How will students practice social distancing in Pre-K? The pre-k class (including the students and the adults) is considered a static group. A static group is defined as a group whose composition of students and adults does not change. The maximum group size that will convene at any given time will be 25, including children and adults. Does my Pre-K child have to wear a mask? Parents may choose to have their child wear a mask, however it is not required for pre- school aged children. As long as the group remains static, only the adults must wear a mask. What about naptime? Students will only use their own nap mat and bedding Bedding will be sent home for laundering weekly. Nap mats will be disinfected if soiled, but weekly at minimum

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Bedding will be stored in individually labeled bins, cubbies, or bags. Students will be arranged head to toe, not head to head,and as far apart as possible What about the playground? Only one pre-k class will be outside at a time in order to maintain static groups. Preschoolers are never on the playground with children in other grades. Outdoor equipment will be cleaned daily if used by more than one pre-k class Students must wash their hands upon returning to the building. What about classroom visitors? Only essential visitors will be allowed in the classroom. This includes special education personnel, school administrators, district leaders, the school nurse,and an assigned custodian. Essential visitors must wear a mask that completely covers the nose and mouth and is closed at the bottom. (Clear face shields that are open at the bottom are not acceptable unless a mask is also worn) Essential visitors will follow CDC personal hygiene guidelines including hand washing prior to entering and exiting early childhood classrooms. What about parental involvement and field trips? Field trips - virtual Guest speakers - virtual Parent Orientation - virtual Home Visits - virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences - virtual Opportunities to live stream class parties and/or activities HANDWASHING AND HEALTHY HYGIENE All children and staff must engage in hand hygiene at least every two hours at the following times: Arrival and exit of facility and after breaks Before and after preparing food or drinks Before and after eating or handling food, or feeding children Before and after administering medication or medical ointment 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 After handling garbage Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If hands are not visibly dirty, alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol can be used if soap and water are not readily available. Supervise children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent ingestion. Assist children with handwashing, including those who cannot wash hands alone. After assisting children with handwashing, staff should also wash their hands.

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