Early Advantage COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Early Advantages COVID-19 Preparedness Plan Last updated: 8/12/2020 

This plan is a fluid plan and is subject to modifications, additions, or changes during any point with the continual change of recommendations available. Early Advantage will continue to evaluate, monitor, and update plans on a regular basis.

1. Frequent Handwashing

  • After an employee enters the building, they will go to the staff lounge, put away their belongings and wash their hands with running water and soap for a minimum of 20 seconds; following the handwashing guidelines below.
    • Wet your hands with clean, warm running water and apply soap.
    • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
    • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
    • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
    • Dry your hands using a clean towel.
  •  Employees will wash their hands before using the ProCare system and signing in for their shift. This includes when returning from break.
  •  Every time an employee enters a classroom, they will wash their hands. This includes float staff who cover breaks.
  • After using a cleaning cloth with either RED or GREEN solution, employees will wash their hands.
  • Employees will wash their hands after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing. If a child blows their nose, coughs, or sneezes the employee will monitor the child washing their hands.
  • If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer stations are at the reception desk, vestibule, and infant rooms. If the classrooms have hand sanitizer, it is required to be stored up, so it is inaccessible to children.
  • Children will not use hand sanitizer when under the care of an Early Advantage staff member, however parents can utilize hand sanitizer stations with their children that are located in the vestibule and reception desk with their children before or after entering the building.
  • When a child enters a classroom, a staff person will assist the child in washing their hands – this will be for every age, every classroom. Hand washing is the number 1 way to limit the spread of illness.
  • When a parent picks up their child at the end of the day, we will offer to wash the child’s hands before they leave.
  • Children will wash their hands before and after every diaper change.
  •  Children will wash their hands upon re-entering the classroom after outside play; prior to touching toys or sitting down at the table.


2. Cleaning and disinfecting

  • Staff has increased their cleaning procedures throughout the day. Early Advantage provides a Covid-19 cleaning sheet, that is done in addition to typical classroom cleaning. This cleaning ensures that high- touch surfaces like doorknobs, lights, counters, gates, etc. are cleaned a minimum of 3 times a day.
  • When performing any cleaning responsibilities, the staff member should be wearing gloves. Also keep in mind every surface you touch with dirty gloves is now dirty. Put on a clean pair of gloves, do the cleaning tasks, then remove the gloves, and wash your hands. Do not touch additional items or help the children while wearing gloves that you have used to do the cleaning.
  • Staff will be given training on additional cleaning chemicals or equipment they are asked to use. For example, before using the Electrostatic Sprayer with a disinfectant the staff will be trained on the hazards of the cleaning chemicals and how to properly use the machine.
  • If your work uniform becomes soiled (drool, snot, BM, etc.) during your shift, notify the office staff. You will be provided with a clean uniform shirt if you do not have an extra with you; this uniform shirt will be returned once cleaned. It is expected that your uniform is clean at the start of your shift, so if you need to run an errand before your shift – you must wear something over your uniform, or wear alternative clothing so your uniform can remain clean.
  •  Your EA Jacket will need to be cleaned after every day of use. It may be left at the end of each of your shifts to be laundered on site. Clean jackets will be in the staff lounge to pick up when you are starting your next shift. If you would like to keep your same jacket, please use a label maker, and place a label on the inner tag of your jacket.
  • Any staff handling dirty laundry should be wearing gloves.
  • Keep a close eye on all toys that the children play with. If a toy becomes soiled, placed in a child’s mouth, drooled on, or otherwise contaminated by body secretions or excretions, it will be placed in the dirty toy bin to be washed in our mechanical dishwasher that sanitizes, or washed by hand with a three-step sanitizing process. Be extra vigilant on kitchen/dramatic play items, or toys that can easily become mouthed. o If the toy is battery operated or cannot be run through the sanitizer, it will be cleaned by
    spraying with our RED solution and wiped; then sprayed with our RED solution and air-dried. o Gloves must be worn during the cleaning of soiled toys. Hands must be washed after the use of
    gloves, and do not touch items not being cleaned when wearing gloves.
  • Toys that cannot be sanitized between uses, such as soft toys, dolls with soft parts/hair, or cloth materials that cannot be easily laundered between uses, are not to be used at this time. These items have been removed from the classrooms and are being stored in plastic bags outside of the reach of children, either in a different room or in a closed cabinet.
  • Do not share toys with other groups of children unless they are washed and sanitized before being moved from one group to the other.
  • Stop the use of shared items that cannot be easily cleaned – this includes sensory tables and play- dough.
  • Cleaning products, hand soap, paper towels, tissues, gloves, etc. will be maintained in storage and in classrooms to provide enough supplies each day.
  • Parents who utilize a KidReports tablet to sign an Accident/Incident report – please use RED solution: spray a cloth and wipe down the tablet after use. This is in addition to cleaning the tablet multiple times during the day.
  • The vestibule area is cleaned multiple times during the day with the RED solution, especially during high traffic times.
  • The drinking fountains, either indoors or outdoors, need to be directly supervised by a staff person when children are using. We will teach the children not to place their mouths on the drinking fountain, and if a child does – the staff will immediately clean the drinking fountain before the use of another child.

3. Arrival and Departure

  • Before clocking into a shift, staff will answer the screening questions provided. A chart of screening questions is posted near the ProCare punch in station, as well as when you punch in staff will be asked self-screening questions.
    • If you answer yes to any of the questions, you must report to an Administration staff right away.
    • If during a shift, symptoms develop staff will notify an Administration staff and at the soonest coverage, the staff will be sent home for the shift and will contact their care provider and follow recommendations.
    • If a staff has questions about screening or symptoms, please call Early Advantage to discuss prior to entering our building to limit exposure.
  • Parents will conduct a health screening of their children including temperature checks prior to bringing their child to Early Advantage. Parents will also be asked screening questions each time they sign their child in on our sign-in computer.
    • A chart of screening questions will be posted in the vestibule.
  • Staff and families are encouraged to practice social distancing between co-workers, and during parent pick up/drop-offs.
  • Parents are allowed into the building during drop off/pickups, they must stop at a hand sanitizer station before signing their child in/out and are required to wear a mask or face covering – that covers the nose and mouth – the entire time inside our building.
  • Parents/Guardians must go directly to their child’s classroom for drop off and pick up, please limit gathering or visiting other classrooms unless necessary.
    • Limit the amount of other people who will be picking up/dropping off your child(ren).

4. Plans for sick children, staff, and volunteers

    • Listed below is a communication statement directly from Olmsted County Public Health:
      • Daycare Directors and Leaders:
        We (Olmsted County Public Health) recognize that you are providing an essential service to our community by providing childcare so parents can return to work. While keeping children and staff away for 14 days following an exposure to COVID-19 is burdensome for the parents and you as a business owner, this is the only recommendation we have at this time based on direction from MDH and the CDC. I had attached two documents that we have discussed before and may be helpful to review again. Until these entities provide different or modified recommendations, we will continue to recommend that children and staff potentially exposed to COVID-19 self-isolate for 14 days and obtain COVID-19 testing.
        Parents who are concerned about their work commitments and employment should contact their Human Resources department and can reference Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act).
        We acknowledge that these measures have the potential to create significant challenges for all parties involved; we offer the recommendations from MDH and CDC because the health and safety of children and adults in our community are a priority. If there are additional questions or concerns you have about reopening plans or potential close contacts at your establishment, please feel free to reach out to our Safety Officer and Technical Specialists at [email protected] Wright-Peterson, RN, MSN, PHN
        Public Health Nurse
        Olmsted County Public Health Services
        2100 Campus Drive SE Rochester MN 55904
        [email protected]
        Office phone: 507-328-7517
        Fax: 507-328-7501
  • Parents are asked to do health checks on their child before entering our building, this includes a temperature check and monitoring the health condition of their child prior to entering the building.
  • Parents will be asked to do a daily self-screening for their child(ren) and for themselves before entering our building. This will be accomplished using our ProCare check-in computer to remind parents to do this each time before entering our building.
    •  A non-contact thermometer along with gloves and cleaning wipes may be available in our vestibule for parents to conduct temperature checks if not done before arriving at our program.
  • All persons 3 years old and up must use the hand sanitizer provided before entering our building. This includes staff, parents, and enrolled children or siblings. This is in addition to staff washing the children’s hands when entering the classroom.
  • What is exposure to Covid-19? Exposure is 15 or more minutes within 6 feet of an infected person (with or without a mask).
  • Any staff, children, or family members exhibiting the following symptoms should stay home:
    • Fever or feeling feverish? Chills? A new cough? Shortness of breath? A new sore throat?
      New muscle aches? New headache? New loss of taste or smell?
    • If a staff or family has questions, please call Early Advantage to discuss prior to entering our
      building to limit exposure.
  • Staff should remain alert to any potential symptoms of illness, even those that appear very mild, amongst staff and children. If any symptoms are noticed, the staff will document the symptoms and notify a member of the Administration.
  • If a child becomes ill or develops symptoms of illness consistent with Covid-19, the child will be isolated in the classroom until it is possible for the child to be removed from the classroom and brought to the sick room to limit exposure, we will then contact the parents and have the child be sent home.
    • Staff will be reminded that the child needs to be within sight and sound during the isolation.
    • Staff who are monitoring the isolated child will be reminded to wear a face mask and
      practice social distancing.
    • All items that the child was in contact with will be disinfected, including the sick room or additional surfaces/areas where the child was. Staff will wear gloves while cleaning any items in the classroom or isolation area that the child encountered. Once done, remove the gloves and wash hands with running water and soap.
  • If a child, family member, or employee gets tested for Covid-19; we will follow recommendations on the exclusion guidance and ensure children, staff, and volunteers stay home when sick: (Decision Tree for People with Covid-19 in Youth, Student, and Child Care Program) http://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/exguide.pdf
    • If you receive a positive Covid-19 result; contact Early Advantage by phone – do not enter the building to communicate the result. If you have questions, you may reach out to MDH at [email protected] and follow additional directions. 
    • If you receive a negative Covid-19 result and would like to return to Early Advantage before the waiting period, please provide Early Advantage with a diagnosis note that meets the Decision Tree requirements.
  • With a confirmed positive Covid-19 case, all staff and children who had close contact with an individual who tested positive (verified by medical note) will need to quarantine at home for 14 days. If symptoms occur, the person must immediately be tested for Covid-19.
    •  Exposure = 15 minutes or more within 6 feet of an infected person
    • The determination of who has or has not been in close contact with the infected person will be determined by a member of the Admin team o Staffing schedules and children attendance records will be used to determine exposure.
    • Early Advantage will contact the necessary families and staff who had exposure by phone.
  • Quarantined staff will need to file for unemployment benefits for the time they cannot work.
  • Quarantined families will continue to pay their regular tuition.
    • If a family has any available vacation time, they may choose to use it for one of their
      quarantined weeks.
  • The areas and classroom(s) with the confirmed case will be closed and remained closed for 24 hours prior to cleaning.
    • Once the 24 hours mark has passed, the classroom will be deep cleaned by Early Advantage. o If windows can be opened to allow circulation, they will be.
    • The space will be cleaned with our normal cleaning products.
    • Then vacuumed, with the HVAC system turned off during the time that it is being vacuumed so that particles that escape from vacuuming will not circulate throughout the facility.
    • After cleaning and vacuuming occur, the space will then be disinfected with our Electrostatic Sprayer. Once that has had time to dry for a minimum of 5 minutes the room or space can be used.
    • All additional areas that the sick person used such as offices, bathrooms, staff lounge, or equipment such as computers, tablets, touch screens will also be cleaned and disinfected.
  • All staff will be trained on how to appropriately use PPE. There are 2 video trainings from the CDC that each staff person must view.
    • Additional PPE will be provided by Early Advantage during cleaning procedures.
    • Since any member of the team may be asked to help clean, it is helpful for every staff person to keep an additional change of clothes in his/her vehicle.
    • Cleaning staff should wear PPE during cleaning and when handling trash.
    • Once cleaning is complete, your clothing should be changed and placed in a tied plastic bag until laundered. Laundering should be done as soon as possible and done safely at home.
    • Staff is reminded not to touch their face during cleaning and practice frequent hand washing. Immediately once cleaning is complete, hands will be washed.

• If more than 7 days since the person who is sick visited or used our facility additional cleaning and disinfection are not necessary. We will continue with routine cleaning and disinfection.
• In order to plan for absenteeism among our staff, we will keep our substitute list up-to-date. We also have staff members that may be removed from non-essential duties such as training, deep cleaning, and other duties to be placed in a classroom providing direct care to our students.
• Staff members at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 (older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions) should consult with their medical provider to assess their risk and to determine if they should stay home if there is an outbreak in our community.

5. Social distancing throughout the day

  • Classrooms will be limiting class sizes as much as possible.
  • Classrooms will open as soon as a scheduled staff person arrives in the morning to provide consistent groups. (I.e. In the morning at 6-7 all Preschool and PreK children arrive in PreK2, when the next scheduled staff starts their shift, they will immediately move their children to the correct classroom).
  • Children will be scheduled in consistent classrooms and will not shift between rooms as much as possible. If moving a child needs to happen, it will be the consistent same child/children that move to the consistent same room. This is to limit the amount of exposure if a child, staff, or a family member becomes symptomatic or tests positive for Covid-19.
    • If your classroom’s ratio is 1:10, and an 11th child arrives, 1 child will be the consistent child to move to the other classroom.
  •  During group activities, staff will encourage social distancing and try to position children in a way that allows for more space in between them.
    • Alternating an open chair in between children while at tables. o Moving tables further apart to increase the distance between children. o Breaking your routine up into smaller activities to accommodate smaller grouping of
      children within a class participating in an activity at a time. o Multiple groups to promote smaller group sizes.
  • As much as possible, staff will remain with their consistent classroom or schedule. Our float staff will be scheduled with similar schedule day-to-day, again as much as possible.
  •  During nap time, cots will be separated to increase the distance as much as possible. Teachers will promote the alternate facing of children (this means that no two children should fall asleep with their faces next to each other) We understand it is easier to put two children down together, having one staff member rubbing two backs at once; this is okay, keeping in mind when the children fall asleep we should be moving their cots further apart to maintain as much distance as possible.
  • Limit group sizes as much as possible and create consistent groups of children and providers, staff, or volunteers who stay together throughout the day.
  • Add visual cues or barriers to direct traffic flow and distancing. For example, taping “Xs” on the floor (with blue painters’ tape) to let children know where they should sit to promote social distancing.
  • Staff lounge use: during break periods, please be mindful of social distancing in the lounge; sit yourself further away from other staff instead of sitting in a chair directly next to them.
    • Consider utilizing the outside staff patio. o Before leaving your area used in the lounge, please clean your area with a cleaning solution in
      the lounge.
  • Staff should limit congregating in other classrooms or outside of their normally scheduled classroom. o We are creating smaller group sizes and limiting children and staff from mixing groups to
    limit the amount of people being exposed should someone have COVID-19. o Current recommendations are to quarantine people that come into close contact with
    someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. (The more people you are in close contact with the more likely you are going to need to quarantine). o Our goal is to keep our staff, children, and parents as safe as possible and to limit interrupts
    to their now-new “normal lives”.

6. Source control and cloth face coverings

MN Department of Health recommends that childcare facility employees wear masks, face coverings, or face shields as much as possible. Early Advantage asks that when you are on the clock and working closely with the children, you wear a protective face covering. When you are involved in pick-ups/drop-offs, you must wear your face covering.

Additional modifications have been provided on August 5th 2020 for childcare settings that include:

  • All staff working in an indoor care setting must wear a face-covering in communal areas that include, hallways, lobbies, entryways, restrooms, and break rooms where groups intermix.
  • Staff may wear a face shield when it meets the following requirements
    • Clear plastic shield that covers forehead o Extends below the chin, o And wraps around the sides of the face
  • Face shields allow young children to see staff facial expressions and lip movements to understand what is being said and how words are formed.

These masks can be homemade by following CDC guidelines and do not need to be medical grade.

Times to wear a mask/face covering:

  • If you are a floating staff and mixing between multiple classrooms, you must wear a mask or face covering.
  • During all diaper changes and/or assisting with potty times.
  • When rocking an infant or child.
  • Feeding infants or during mealtimes when you are not actively eating or drinking.
  • Playing with children down on the floor or at centers working with older children.
  • Reading to children.
  • Naptime when rubbing backs or near the child’s face.
  • Helping children get dressed to/from outside, changing a child’s clothes.
  • If you are working in an area where you cannot maintain social distancing
  • When you are less than 6ft from a co-worker or child, this includes a break room, hallways, or any communal area.

Acceptable times to temporarily remove your mask, when maintaining social distancing:

  • When participating in physical activity.
  • When participating in an activity such as swimming, where a face covering will get wet.
  • When actively eating or drinking.
  • When communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing, or who has a disability, medical condition, or mental health condition that makes communication with a face-covering difficult.
  • When temporarily alone in a work area, such as an office or enclosed workspace with walls that are higher than face level and social distancing is maintained. (such as a cubical)

Important information to follow about masks:

  • The mask must cover your nose and mouth.
  • The mask must be secure over your ears; either by elastic, rubber bands, ties, etc.
  • Wash your hands BEFORE putting on the mask.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, mouth while wearing the mask.
  • Do not take the mask on and off.
    • This includes when talking when fixing your hair, looking at things, etc.
  • When using a cloth face mask, it must be washed at the least daily after being used.
  • Take the mask off by the ties or elastic, do not grab the front of the mask to take off.
  • After you take off your mask, before you touch anything else, you must WASH YOUR HANDS.

Wearing a mask does not replace the need for you to continue social distancing or allow you to not follow any previous policies put in place for Covid-19. You must continue to avoid touching your face and must continue to increase the amount you wash your hands.

Currently, Minnesota Department of Health does not recommend children wear face masks. For children under 2, wearing masks is considered a suffocation hazard, and older children cannot reliably wear, remove, or handle masks without cross-contamination; it is our duty as staff to wear masks/face coverings.

Some of the children might be afraid or shy away from you while wearing the mask. Some children will take more time than others to adjust to not seeing our smiles and full faces; here are some tips to help make the transition less scary to the children.

  •  Explain to older children in an age-appropriate way why we are wearing masks and how it helps protects everyone from germs.
  • Give the children warnings before you put on the mask, letting them know your face will look different.
  • Talk the children through the process when putting the mask on.
  • Play peek-a-boo with infants or toddlers before wearing the mask.
  • Continue to talk and sing with the mask on so the children can hear your voice

In response to Gov. Walz’s Executive order 20-81, Early Advantage will not require children five years and older when enrolled in our program while under the care of an Early Advantage staff member to wear a mask. However, if an older sibling that is five years and older is entering the building with a parent for a pickup or drop off, that child will be asked to wear a mask during the time spent in our building. Listed below an excerpt from executive order 20-81.

  • vi. Optional exemption for children. If a child care provider cares for children who are five and under, but also cares for children older than five, the business can exempt children older than five from face covering and face shield requirements only if the exemption is clearly communicated in writing with all enrolled families and included in the business’s COVID-19 Preparedness Plan.

7. Workplace ventilation

  • No immediate changes were made to the ventilation system. If a COVID-19 positive result happens, once the area has been shut down and cleaned the air filters in that area of the building will be changed to new filters.
  • When possible, and not affect licensing requirements for minimum temperature in a classroom, the windows can be opened to encourage air flow.
  • Weather permitting, children will be taken outside for large motor play in the morning and afternoon.

8. Playground Use

  • A playground schedule has been created for our Preschool/PreK classrooms. These classrooms will have designated times the group will play on the equipment, to limit the combination of children between from different classrooms.
  • A playground schedule has been created for the two Toddler playgrounds to limit the combination of classrooms sharing the playground equipment. See attachment
  • Large Motor Room – is currently not being used as a shared space for play and we encourage children to play outside when able. In the event classrooms utilize the Motor Room, there will be cleaning period before the next group enters the space.
  • At least daily, the high touch points made of plastic or metal such as handrails, swing chains, slides, bike handles, will be cleaned using RED solution. The playground gates between preschool and PreK playgrounds (including latches) should also be cleaned daily along with any other gate used that day.
  • Children and staff will wash their hands after outdoor play.
  • Early Advantage has chosen not to do off-site field trips for the duration of the summer. We are not bringing children to local parks or playgrounds and are only using Early Advantage equipment.
  • Water Play – water play will continue during the summer onsite; we have established a buffer time to clean equipment between groups. See Attachment.
  • When offering water, a staff person must be actively watching the drinking fountain and teaching children to properly drink without putting their mouths on the drinking fountain. If a child places their mouth on the drinking fountain, a staff will clean the drinking fountain with RED Solution before another child uses the drinking fountain.

9. Meals and snacks

  • Meals are served in each classroom, they are prepared in our kitchen and delivered per MN Dept. of Health standards.
  • Children do not serve themselves food or share utensils. The staff will plate each child’s meal and provide them with their individual meal.
  • All kitchen staff who bring meals or items on carts to classrooms are required to wear a mask/face covering when in hallways and when entering classrooms.

10. Field trips and events

  • Early Advantage has canceled field trips for the remainder of the summer, and we are currently not taking the children offsite for learning experiences. Further field trip dates are tbd.
  • Our pre-planned family events on the calendar for 2020 have either been postponed or will be modified to fit social distancing and/or additional guidance standards.

11. Communications and training

  •  Early Advantage COVID-19 Preparedness Plan is available to the Commissioner and offered to families.
  • A copy of the plan is posted on our parent information board located at the entrance of our building.
  •  A copy of the plan is placed in our Staff Handbook and will be accessible to all new employees during orientation.
  • A copy will be in the staff lounge and accessible as needed for all employees, adult caregivers, substitutes, and volunteers who need to review it.
  •  All staff will be required to read the plan and sign off they understand it. Additional training will be provided as needed.
  •  If or when changes are made, a new copy will be provided, and training will take place.
  • Staff with concerns about the COVID-19 Preparedness Plan or questions about their rights should contact MNOSHA Compliance at [email protected], 651-284-5050 or 877-470-6742.

12. Classroom Specific


  1. No kissing the babies on the face, forehead, cheeks, or head. We will limit snuggling face to face or holding the child to where their face is touching ours. We are trying to limit the exposure to each other, and this is an effective and meaningful way to do it.
    1.  Please continue to love and comfort the children when upset or sad but be mindful that our faces should not be touching theirs and we should try not to breathe directly on their faces. 
    2. Use a burp cloth or blanket to place a barrier between you and the child’s bodily fluids like snot
      and drool whenever holding a baby.
    3. A separate cloth or blanket needs to be used for each child. This could be kept in their cubby
      and washed at the end of the day or more often if needed. If the blanket becomes visually soiled (drool, bottle leaks, etc) at any point during the day it should be sent to the wash and a fresh blanket used for that baby. If infant 1 and 2 needs more blankets Infant 3 has extras.
  2. Crib placement – when possible to in crib rooms; alternate the crib placement of children so no two children are napping in cribs next to each other and there is an open crib between napping child. If this cannot happen, lay the children to nap on a head-to-toe placement so no two faces are sleeping next to each other. Cribs used should be labeled with the correct child’s name using the crib.
  3. Clothing that gets drool, boogers, or bodily fluids on it – change the child’s outfit to something clean and dry. Bodily fluids are a way that germs are transmitted from one to another.
    1. Put a bib on children who are teething, drooling, or have a runny nose so this can be changed out often. Change this bib out more frequently than usual. When the child’s shirt is wet, change the shirt.
  4. When rocking a baby to sleep, place a burp cloth or blanket on your shoulder or the area where the child’s face is resting against your clothing or arm – launder that item after use if soiled or store in their individual cubby until the end of the day.
  5. The CDC’s recommendation is now to wash your hands and the child’s hands before changing a child’s diaper; please do this. The more we wash hands the better chance we have of not getting sick. 
  6. Pacis – get cleaned after each day. Children should be using their own paci and the extra EA pacis should only be used when needed. If a child uses an EA paci, the paci will be washed after use and a new EA paci will be given to that child (to limit any confusion on “whose paci was this?”). All used pacis will be sanitized at the least daily.
  7. Boppies or soft pillows infants rest on when feeding or doing tummy time – this is a one item per child use, please place a barrier (the child’s day blanket/burp cloth) between the child and the boppy pillow. If a bobby gets used without a barrier, the cover will need to be washed before being used with another child.


  1. Pacis – will be sanitized after each nap period every day. Normally, the toddler rooms do not use pacis throughout the day – please only use at nap, then send the pacis to get sanitized.
  2. Cots – practice extra spacing with cots, position children & cots in a way so children are not sleeping face to face with each other. If you have two cots close to each other, so you can rub two children’s backs at the same time, move the cots farther apart from one another once the children are asleep.
  3. Saliva & Snot – children who are teething or drooling need to have a bib on. If a child’s clothing or bib becomes soiled from saliva or snot; the item must be changed. When changing a child’s dirty clothing – please label the plastic bag with the child’s name, tie the bag closed, place in their cubby, and WASH YOUR HANDS.
  4. Children who wipe their nose with their sleeve, or when you notice boogers on a shirt – change the child’s shirt to a clean shirt. Bag the dirty item in a plastic bag and tie it. Write the child’s name on the outside of the bag and place in their cubby. Wash your hands and the child’s hands.
  5. Wash the children’s hands when coming inside from outdoor play– this has always been a policy; let us continue to practice great hygiene!
  6. If we do use the large motor room, all children and staff must wash their hands before coming to the large motor room. Staff and children must also wash their hands when coming back to the classroom after playing in the large motor room. The large motor room use will be highly limited.
  7. Please continue to comfort the children when sad or upset – do not place your face against their face or breathe into their faces when upset.
    1. It is okay to hold the child and comfort the child, but please do not snuggle face to face. If your uniform does become soiled with tears, saliva, or snot it will need to be changed. b. Do not kiss the children on the head, forehead, or cheeks, hands etc. during this time. Blow them kisses if needed!


  1. Cot Information
    1.  No pillows or stuffed animals on the cots.
    2. One cot per child and please use one blanket per child. 
    3. Items from home, please do not use these during this time – children should be encouraged to leave stuffies or blankets at home. These items will not be allowed in the classroom.
    4. Label the cots. We know that some children have temporarily moved into a classroom that is not their normal room. Please label the temporary cots the children are using so all staff will know which cot belongs to which child. If a child does move to another classroom, please move the child’s cot to the other room so it is not being mixed between other children accidentally.
    5. Practice additional spacing between the cots; utilize all spaces in the room when possible. If you have two cots close to each other, so you can rub two children’s backs at the same time, move the cots farther apart from one another once the children are asleep. 
    6. Be mindful of how children sleep so we can limit children sleeping face to face (head to toe placement)
  2. Model and monitor children washing their hands – we must make sure they are using soap and scrubbing for a minimum of 20 seconds and not pretending to wash. Encourage them to sing the ABC’s or count when they are washing.
  3. Wash the children’s hands when coming inside – this has always been a policy; let us continue to practice great hygiene!
  4. Encourage children to use tissues to wipe their nose and wash their hands with soap and water after blowing their nose.
    1.  If children wipe their noses on their sleeves, their shirts will need to be changed. Bag the dirty item in a plastic bag and tie it. Write the child’s name on the outside of the bag and place in their cubby. Wash your hands and the child’s hands.
  5. Model how to cough or sneeze in your elbow or on a tissue. If a child sneezes on a toy or table, wipe that spot with our cleaning solution, wash your hands, and have the child wash their hands.
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