Health and Safety
Northminster Early Childhood Center is fully committed to the safety, health, and wellbeing of each and every one of our students, their families, and our employees. It is our top priority.
All of our teachers and staff members are CPR and First Aid Certified.
We are a nut free facility.
We are open to managing other allergies for our students.
An updated immunization record is required for each student enrolled in our programs. Please click here to view New York State Immunization Requirements for the 2020-2021 school year.
2020-2021 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Protocols and Procedures
We are following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Office of Children and Family Services.We will be continually adding new guidelines and procedures as they are established.
The safety and wellbeing of our students and families are our top priority! We are following and adhering to guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NYS Office of Children and Family Services.
Children MUST wear masks when entering and exiting the building, while transitioning in hallways, while in the classroom and six feet cannot be kept, and while outside. Children will be allowed to take off their masks during snack, lunch, and when a six foot distance can be kept. Children must have a mask that has ear loops and/or a face covering that properly covers the nose and mouth. Face shields will not be permitted.
Please review the important regulations on Cloth Face Coverings for Children During COVID-19 by clicking HERE.
Increased proper hand washing for teachers, staff, and children. The building will be sanitized throughout the day and at the end of every school day, including the playground.
Children should be kept home for any of the following reasons:
Someone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.
Anyone in your household has been tested for COVID-19, and is awaiting results.
Anyone in your household thinks that they could have COVID-19, and you need to self-quarantine.
If anyone in your household came into contact with COVID-19 and needs to quarantine.
Anyone in your household (including children) is experiencing any of the following symptom(s): Fever above 100.0 degrees, cough, chills, loss of taste, loss of smell.
If children arrive at school and are experiencing any of the following symptom(s), they will be sent home if:
Have a temperature above 100.0, cough, chills, loss of taste, loss of smell. Are unable to participate in activities as normal. Need more care than staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.
If children become ill, they will need to be picked up immediately. Children may return no sooner than 24-48 hours of their last symptom(s).
NEW *COVID-19 Return to School Protocols*
Children and staff who are in a household with someone who tests positive for COVID-19; children who are a close contact to someone who tests positive for COVID-19:
Will need to follow the Health Departments quarantine guidelines. After their quarantine is over, they will need their quarantine release, and a negative COVID-19 test, or a note from their Doctor stating they are healthy and able to return to school. These documents must be scanned and emailed to email@example.com or dropped off on the first day back to school. The quarantine release date must be communicated to the Director in advance by sending a message via Brightwheel or via email.
Children and staff who have a positive COVID-19 result:
Will need to follow the Health Departments quarantine guidelines. After their quarantine is over, their quarantine release, and a note from their Doctor stating they are healthy and able to return to school are both required. These documents must be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped off on the first day back to school. The quarantine release date must be communicated to the Director in advance by sending a message via Brightwheel or via email.
COVID-19 Procedures for Teachers and Staff
All teachers and staff will be screened before entering the building to include wellness and temperature checks. Anyone exhibiting symptoms will not be allowed in the building and will not be allowed to return any sooner than 24-48 hours of their last symptom.
All teachers and staff will be wearing masks and will exercise continuous hand washing throughout the day.
All teachers and staff will participate in extra cleaning and sanitizing throughout classrooms, bathrooms, and common areas.
Therapists are considered emergency visitors and will be allowed in the building after a successful wellness and temperature check. They will follow the same protocols as teachers and staff when inside the building.
COVID-19 Travel Advisory
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new guidelines allowing travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 10-day quarantine for asymptomatic individuals. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. The guidance also applies to any person who has traveled to CDC Levels 2 and higher Health Notice country under the COVID risk assessment.
For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:
For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.
For travelers who were out-of-state for less than 24 hours:
The traveler does not need a test prior to their departure from the other state, and does not need to quarantine upon arrival in New York State.
However, the traveler must fill out our traveler form upon entry into New York State, and take a COVID diagnostic test 4 days after their arrival in New York.
The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out our traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.
The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.
Your child will not be able to attend the program until you meet this criteria. Please contact our Director if you plan to travel to a noncontiguous state out of New York State.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
Please adhere to the following procedures when arriving or departing with your child to ensure the safety and smooth transition of your child’s entry to and from school. We would like to stress the importance of prompt arrivals and departures. Bringing your child to school too early creates a “wait time” that is challenging for them. Tardiness may cause your child to miss out on a special activity or to feel left out. Late departures make it difficult for teachers to prepare for the next class’s activities. Late pick up also interferes with our regulations regarding child to staff ratios.
Classes are separated into two groups. One group dropped off in front of the school, and one group dropped off in front of the church. Classes are distanced by cones, keeping them six-feet apart.
Families are not permitted to park in the first row, for the safety of the children.
Families will be prompted with a health screening on Brightwheel that must be completed daily.
Families will scan a QR code through Brightwheel to sign in their child.
Students will have their temperatures taken with an infrared, no touch thermometer daily.
If a child has a temperature of over 100.0 they will not be allowed to enter the program, and have to wait 24-48 hours before returning.
Students will receive hand sanitizer upon arrival and once we enter the building students will wash their hands. Once the student is cleared with their health check, they will wait outside in designated spots, weather permitting, before entering the building.
If there are extreme weather conditions families will be notified via Brightwheel for a car drop off.
Morning students will have until 9:10 AM to arrive, after that, we will not be able to accept tardy students. Afternoon students will have until 12:40 PM to arrive, after that we will not be able to accept tardy students. Families will not be permitted in the building.
One group will be picked up in front of the school, and one group will be picked up in front of the church.
Students will wait outside in designated spots; weather permitting. If it is raining, hailing, snowing, a heat or wind chill advisory; students will be in designated spots in Fellowship Hall.
Families will scan a QR code through Brightwheel to sign out their child.
Morning students must be picked up no later than 11:35 AM, or will be charged a late fee. Afternoon students must be picked up no later than 3:05 PM or will be charged a late fee. Please note that if your child is enrolled in Afternoon Enrichment they will not be charged a late fee.
New York State Child Day Care Regulations
As required by NYS and OCFS, we are providing the New York State Child Day Care Regulations which you can view by clicking here. You can access citation information by clicking here and searching ‘Northminster Early Childhood Center’ under the name search function. All citations have been corrected.