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. 

 

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.

 

NYS Executive Order #205 effective June 25, 2020 and updated August 4, 2020, Quarantine restrictions on travelers arriving in New York from any of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin or a state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents, or higher than a 10% test positivity rate, over a seven day rolling average, will be required to quarantine for a period of 14 days consistent with Department of Health regulations for quarantine.  This list can change daily, for the most updated list please visit: https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-announces-individuals-traveling-new-york-additional-state-will-be-required

Your child will not be able to attend the program for 14 days if you have visited one of these states. Please contact our Director if you plan to travel to a state that is listed or may become listed before or during your travel.

 

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.

  • Anyone in your household  (including children) is experiencing any of the following symptom(s): Fever above 100.4 degrees, Cough, Shortness of breath, Lethargy, Diarrhea (more than 2 in 60 min time).

If children arrive at school and are experiencing any of the following symptom(s), they will be sent home if: 

  • Have a temperature above 100.4, cough, shortness of breath, lethargy, or diarrhea. 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 72 hours of their last symptom(s). 


 

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. 

  

Arrival Procedures

  • Classes will be broken down into two groups. Families will receive their locations when teacher assignments are sent out. One group will be dropped off in front of the school, and one group will be dropped off in front of the church.  

  • 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 100.4 they will not be allowed to enter the program, and have to wait 72 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 it is raining, hailing, snowing, a heat or wind chill advisory; students will be in designated spots in Fellowship Hall. 

    • 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. 

 

Dismissal Procedures

  • 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. 

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) 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 72 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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7444 Buckley Road
North Syracuse, NY 13212

Onondaga County
USA

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