COVID-19 is the disease caused by the new coronavirus that was first identified in December 2019.
COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, headache, new fatigue, nausea or vomiting and congestion or runny nose. COVID-19 can be severe, and some cases have caused death.
Coronavirus can be spread from person to person. It is diagnosed with a laboratory test.
- John Hopkins
Classroom ratios will remain the same as what is outlined in Minimum Licensing Requirements. However, the group sizes for activities and instruction within classrooms shall be limited to 10 people, including staff and children. If ratio allows for more than 10 children in a class, then the children should be separated into groups within the classroom.
To the extent possible, children should remain in the same assigned group each day to reduce the likelihood of potential exposure.
Individual groups should not be combined with other groups in common areas such as playgrounds or cafeterias.
Pick up and drop off will take place outside of the facility when possible, to reduce the number of individuals entering the facility.
KidSPOT will prohibit individuals from entering the facility with the exception of the following:
a. Facility Staff including transportation staff
b. Persons with the legal authority to enter including law enforcement, child care licensing staff, and DHS protective services staff
c. Professionals providing services to children, including therapists
d. Children enrolled at the facility
e. Parents and legal guardians who have children enrolled and present at the facility
f. Other professionals who are there for services that cannot be done after hours, for example a plumber, if there is an emergency situation that needs immediate attention.
Health screenings of each individual into the facility is required before allowing entry.
Documentation that a screening has been completed each day for each individual must be kept on record and include the name, date and time the individual was screened, and the staff member/employee signature that completed the screening.
Health screenings shall be conducted by an assigned staff member/employee of the facility.
KidSPOT will not allow any individual listed about to enter the facility if they meet any of the following criteria:
a. A temperature of 100.4°F or above
b. Have had a temperature of 100.4°F or above in the last 48 hours
c. Signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell)
d. Has been in close contact with someone who has a positive diagnosis of COVID and the close contact has not yet completed the required quarantine after the close contact with the positive person
e. Have had a positive test for COVID-19 in the past 10 days or are awaiting the results of a test
In accordance with the mask mandate, staff will wear face masks to reduce the risk of potential spread from people who may be asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic including transportation staff.
Masks may be made of cloth.
Two layers of 100% cotton is recommended if cloth masks are used.
Cloth masks shall be laundered daily.
Neck gaiters and similar wraps that go around the neck and do not have two layers of material do not meet the mask requirement.
Mask with valves do not meet the requirement as it allows more germs to be released into the air.
Children shall be served individual snacks and meals. Family style meals shall not be served.
Sick children shall not be cared for at the facility. If a child becomes sick while at the facility, the parents shall immediately be contacted to pick the child up. The child shall be separated, with appropriate supervision, until the parents arrive to pick the child up.
KidSPOT will follow all specific directives given by the Arkansas Department of Health and/or Department of Human Services related to the current pandemic.
KidSPOT will emphasize to employees the importance of NOT coming to work when having any symptoms of COVID-19 until the cause has been investigated by a medical professional.
All vehicles used for transporting children during the pandemic must be sanitized prior to transporting children and sanitized between each transportation time.
All children and staff must wear a mask during transport.
For transportation of children under the age of 5, half capacity and social distancing must occur. Place a vacant seat between children, sanitize between helping each child.
Allow for the maximum amount of space possible between the children.
Each child’s temperature must be taken at pick up, prior to boarding the vehicle.
KidSPOT has assigned Covid Point of Contact Staff for each clinic. Our Point of Contact staff is responsible for notifying parents, staff, and the Arkansas Department of Health of exposures and confirmed cases.
Parents are encouraged to contact your clinics Covid Point of Contact staff directly regarding Covid exposure, rumor of possible exposure, classroom closures, positive cases of Covid and all other Covid related questions. Due to the size of our clinics, we are finding that parents are sometimes being misinformed by staff, social media, or other parents who may be sharing incorrect information.
If you have questions about whom to contact, please contact our Jonesboro Covid Point of Contact, Kassie Evans.