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 2021-2022 school year.

2021-2022 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.

At this time, we are not allowing parents, caregivers, or guardians of our students inside the school building due to the safety of our school community.

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 while outside. Children will be allowed to take off their masks during snack and lunch. 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).  

 

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 ecc@nmpres.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. 

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 ecc@nmpres.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. 

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.

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