COVID-19 Update


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June 23, 2020 Update

Dear LPC families,

As we prepare to reopen our schools, it is important to recognize the contributions, flexibility, and positive attitudes of our LPC team and LPC families during the recent unforeseen and extremely serious circumstances.

Our preparations to reopen are fully underway. Classrooms and playgrounds have been undergoing makeovers to aid with physical distancing. We have been diligently maintaining ongoing communications with you, our families, to assess your needs. Thank you for your patience as we await guidance from the state to answer some of your questions.

At this time, we do not have a definitive opening date. Please be assured we are meeting regularly to continue our forward progress and to develop a plan that addresses the needs of all families. We will provide immediate updates as we make these critical decisions and solidify our opening plan. We welcome any questions you may have.

We are working to ensure that children have the best education possible in the safest setting that can be provided. In our opinion, this is an undertaking that cannot be rushed. Children’s health, safety and well-being is our number one priority. Our plans meet or exceed guidance furnished by our licensing agency, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the MA Department of Public Health.

A safe return to school requires great deliberation and planning. We have submitted a written reopening plan to the state and are awaiting their approval and guidance for reopening.

Thank you for your patience and continued support. We look forward to reuniting with our exceptional children, tremendous team, and supportive families very soon.

June 4, 2020 Update

To ALL members of the LPC Family,

Earlier this week, we received new state regulations for our re-opening. Our licensing agency is requiring us to make substantial changes to current policies and procedures, including adjustments to our facilities, health and safety policies, transportation and classroom sizes. We then need to submit a written plan to our licensing agency for final approval to re-open.

The health and safety of all children and educators within the program is a priority as is peace of mind for all who entrust their loved ones within the LPC walls.

At this time, we are assessing family needs through phone calls and surveys. Your feedback is essential to a successful re-opening plan.

Over the next few weeks, we will be training all team members in the new policies and procedures. We will also be connecting with you by phone, email and/or virtual parent meetings to discuss the new policies and request any necessary paperwork.

At this time, we are targeting Monday, June 29th as our re-opening date.

We understand your anxiety with this transition and your desire to have a firm answer and plan. We will provide you with information as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please understand that we must await final approval from the state before we can share those details for you.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to exceeding your expectations. We cannot wait to be be together again! : )

April 23, 2020 Update

To slow the spread of coronavirus, Governor Baker has temporarily closed all early childhood education programs across the State of Massachusetts. The closure remains in place until June 29, 2020.

April 1, 2020 Update

Governor Baker has ordered all early childhood education programs across the State of Massachusetts to suspend providing childcare by 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Presently, this will remain in effect until May 4, 2020.
Please refer to our website and/or our Facebook page for updates.  Also, please make sure that your site director has updated contact information.
We will miss all of our children, families and team members and look forward to welcoming everyone back  soon.  Be well!

March 18, 2020 Update

As you know, we have remained open at a very limited capacity to those families most in need during this time.

Governor Baker has ordered all early childhood education programs across the State of Massachusetts to suspend providing childcare by 11:59 P.M. on Sunday, March 22, 2020. Presently, this will remain in effect until April 6, 2020.

Please refer to our website and/or our Facebook page for updates. Also, please make sure that your site director has updated contact information.

We will miss all of our children, families and team members and look forward to welcoming everyone back soon. Be well!

March 17, 2020 Update

Effective March 18, 2020, we are suspending transportation until further notice. We are encouraging families to keep their children at home if they are able to do so safely. However, we will remain open for our parents who are health care workers, First Responders and Essential Employees.

At this time, all sites will be open with the exception of Mattapoisett, Acushnet, 201 Sconticut Neck Rd, Fairhaven and 128 Sconticut Neck Rd., Fairhaven. Eligible children will be served at the Bridge St., Fairhaven and Wareham locations.

Please continue to check our website and FB page for updates as we follow the guidelines of the government, our licensing agency and the CDC.

March 15, 2020 Update

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work through our response to the Coronavirus pandemic. As you are aware, the information on this virus and its impact is changing by the minute. It is important to us that we communicate regularly about our plan to keep children, families and our LPC team safe and healthy. This includes the emotional well-being of the children.

Keeping consistent with our mission since we opened in 1980, we will respond to the needs of our children and families. We serve a diverse population of families: some are traditional “first responders” and “essential” employees who work to protect us, like health care professionals and civil servants.  We also serve families who rely on us to take care of their children while they work. These families depend on us as their First Responders, to provide a safe and reliable place for their children.

We have spent hours of deliberation over whether we close our programs or we serve those children and families who need us most at this time, revising policies and procedures to further protect them and keep them safe and healthy. We are encouraging families to keep their children at home, if they are able to do so safely. However, we will be available to those families who are in need of our services. Our program directors will be reaching out to every family on Monday, March 16, to determine this need.

We have enhanced our policies and procedures to protect all who enter our programs. We respectfully ask for your understanding and cooperation with these practices.  Please know that we are making decisions that are aimed not only at keeping your child safe, but also at keeping every child, family and LPC team member safe as well. These enhanced policies are available on the website, the Facebook page and  in hard copy at the office

Finally, we want to take a moment to recognize the commitment of our LPC team.  We think of them as everyday heroes who help to lay the critical foundation of who a child will become and what each will contribute to the world.  They are our first responders who enable you to be effective in your daily routine, especially in times of crisis. Please appreciate what they are doing today and every day for young children and their families.

Working with and in support of families has always been one of our goals.  Feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions.

Respectfully,

Little People’s College

 

Dear Families:

We are writing to you today with information and guidance regarding the new Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. We are monitoring daily the guidance furnished by the Center for Disease Control, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Education and Care.

The populations most at risk are the elderly and those with existing medical conditions. Children are considered low risk and children under 10 years of age are the lowest risk.

In order to serve our many families whose parents need to report to work we will remain open at this timeWhile we are doing our best to plan for the unexpected, due to the evolving nature of this virus, sudden decisions are sometimes warranted. Please be sure we have current contact information on file.

As previously scheduled, we will be closed on Monday, March 16, 2020 for professional development. We have completely changed our original agenda for this day. All staff will be updated on modifications to LPC policies and procedures. We will also be reviewing our existing procedures of hand-washing, cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. We are increasing the frequency and protocol for disinfecting the “high-touch” areas. Finally, our team will engage in a deep cleaning session. 

 

What we already do…

We are continuing with our regular preventive measures, which include:

  • Hand washing. We ensure children wash hands upon arrival, before and after eating and sand/water play, after toileting/ diapering, after wiping a nose, and after catching a cough or sneeze in the elbow. We have hands-free sinks, and many hands-free paper towel dispensers and wastebaskets.
  • Cleaning, Sanitizing and Disinfecting. We clean, sanitize and disinfect throughout the day with the recommended bleach solution that is prepared daily. 
  • Mouthed Toys. Young children naturally explore with their mouths. We remove mouthed toys from the environment immediately when a child is through playing with them. Those toys are collected and placed out of children’s reach and cleaned/ sanitized before being returned to the classroom environment. 
  • Hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer (63% alcohol) is available outside on playgrounds and on the LPC vehicles. Hand washing takes place as soon as running water is available. Vehicles are disinfected in the morning and afternoon. Surfaces are wiped, including but not limited to seat straps and plastic surfaces. Additional cleanings are done throughout the week.

What we are changing EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY…

  • Toothbrushing has been suspended.  
  • Family style meal time practices have been altered. 
  • Drop off and Morning Greeting. We will be evaluating your child’s health upon arrival.  At this time, we are asking that parents/guardians do not enter the classrooms but instead remain in the front area during drop off.  We are always willing to help your child transition into our program at drop off. Our routine includes: taking off and hanging his/ her coat, putting belongings away, hand washing and then engaging in play.
  • Pick up. We are asking parents/guardians to use our hand sanitizer upon entering our building and to remain up front. We are requesting that you do not enter the classrooms but instead remain in the front area during pick up. We will bring your child/children to you.
  • Help reduce face touching. We know that it is a challenging task to prevent children from touching their faces. To help reduce the number of face touches, we are asking our children and staff to keep their hair pulled back and off of the face. 

What you can do…

  • Illness. Please keep your child home if he/ she is sick. If your child has a fever, please do not bring your child to school until he/ she is fever free for 24 hours without the use of medicine. Fever should be less than 100.4 on an oral thermometer. If your child has a chronic cough, please keep him/her home until the cough subsides.
  • How to hand-wash. Be sure to follow the proper hand washing procedure. Your child may need your help. Rub hands vigorously with soap and water for 20 seconds. Don’t forget the wrists, the top side of hands and in between fingers. Sing Happy Birthdaytwice or Row, Row, Row Your Boat. If soap and water is unavailable, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and then wash hands as soon as possible.
  • When to hand-wash. Practice good hygiene at home. Be sure to wash your and your child’s hands before and after eating, after diapering/ toileting, after cleaning a nose, and after catching a cough or sneeze in a tissue, in your hand or in your elbow. 
  • How to “catch” sneezes and coughs. Remind your child to “catch” his/ her sneeze/ cough in the elbow and encourage him/ her to keep hands away from the face. 
  • Emergency phone numbers. Confirm that the phone numbers we have on file are accurate in case we need to reach you. 

Our program will operate on our normal schedule unless we receive guidance from a governing agency or official that we need to temporarily close. If that decision is made, we will share that update as soon as possible. Please check the website, www.LittlePeoplesCollege.com, or the Facebook page regularly.  

You can find more information about how to best protect yourself and your family from COVID-19 on the Department of Public Health’s website: www.mass.gov/2019coronavirus.

We will keep you updated as additional information becomes available.

Yours in health,

Little People’s College