Isolation, Illness, and COVID-19 Procedures:
In an effort to provide the safest possible learning environment, the Esther Jetter Preschool will require children and all family members who live in the household to conduct daily symptom checks before bringing a child to school.
If the child or a family member is experiencing symptoms known to be consistent with COVID-19 (which according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea), please keep your child at home and contact your pediatrician to see if further evaluation is needed.
In addition to the policies related to isolation and illness already outlined in the parent handbook, the following practices will be implemented:
- Any child or staff member who exhibits a known symptom of COVID-19 will be immediately isolated. Children will remain under the supervision of a preschool staff member while an emergency contact is located. Families are required to pick up the child within one hour of notification.
- A child or staff member who displays a known symptom of COVID-19 may be required to submit a negative test result before returning to the preschool.
- In the event that a child or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19,
- Knox Public Health (KPH) will conduct contact tracing. Any known contact of the positive case will be asked to quarantine for an amount of time determined by KPH.
- The preschool may close for an amount of time determined by KPH.
- In the event of a closure, preschool curriculum will be offered in a digital/virtual format to maintain consistent instruction for children and families.
- All preschool families will be notified of a positive case.
If a family member that lives in your household has tested positive for Covid, your child is considered “presumed positive” until tested. Your child should follow the quarantine period as directed for the family member that is confirmed positive. You must report if a family member has tested positive.
EJP and the MVNU Covid Taskforce will decide if a classroom must go to online learning for a period of time, remain in class with masks, or if further contact with Knox Public Health needs to be made to ensure we are making a responsible decision about student and staff health and safety.
This policy will be enforced through the entire school year.