COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

We place the highest priority on the health and safety of the children in our care, and our staff, particularly during this pandemic. This Plan provides specific steps we are taking to continue to keep everyone in our schools safe while operating during this unique public health crisis. The guidance from MDH and CDC includes strategies, such as wearing masks, social distancing, limiting group sizes, hygiene and cleaning practices, screening and exclusion criteria.

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All critical businesses in Minnesota are required to have a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan ("Plan") that protects staff, children, families and the community we serve.

 

According to Executive Order 20-48, critical business, including providers licensed and certified to provide child care services, are required to follow guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. MDH encourages providers to follow the CDC Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open. Updated guidance and helpful tools can be found on mn.gov/childcare.  The MDH/CDC guidance is designed to prevent, and mitigate, or respond to the transmission of COVID-19 in schools. Executive Order20-74, signed by Gov. Walz on June 5, 2020, requires all critical businesses to develop and implement a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan that outlines how we have implement MDH and CDC guidelines.

This Plan is used in conjunction with the MDH "Employer Preparedness Plan Requirement Checklist", and the MDH "Masking Requirements for Child Care: COVID-19". For each required element of the Plan, there are highlights from the relevant MDH and CDC guidance as it relates to that specific topic, and the specific steps we are taking to mitigate the risks.

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Frequent Hand washing

Hand washing with warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds is required when:

  • anyone enters the school, including students, staff, and visitors

  • after meal or break time for staff

  • before and after preparing or handling food or feeding children

  • before and after administering medication or medical ointment (sun block, etc)

  • before and after diapering

  • after blowing the nose, coughing, or sneezing

  • children come in from outside

  • before meals and snacks

  • after using the toilet or helping a child use the bathroom

  • after coming in contact with bodily fluid

  • after handling garbage

 

Assist children with hand washing, including infants who cannot wash hands alone

 

Hand Sanitizer (minimum 60% alcohol) can be used by staff and visitors as needed, and children can use if supervised by parent or staff member.

 

CDC guidance on hand washing can be found at:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html#HandHygiene

Cleaning and disinfecting

We are following MDH and CDC guidance for frequent cleaning and disinfecting at our schools. Their guidelines can be found at:

https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/clean.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html

 

  • High-touch surfaces such as doorknobs, door handles, light switches, counters, tables and chairs, shared toys, telephones, program equipment and other items are regularly cleaned and disinfected.

  • We minimize the use of shared supplies (e.g. arts and crafts, office supplies) that cannot be sanitized.

  • If a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 have been in the program, either a staff member or student, the entire room (furniture, flooring, surfaces, and materials) will be sanitized.

Arrival and Departure
  • All arrivals (students, staff, and visitors) will have their temperature screened upon entering the building with an infrared, no-contact digital thermometer. 

  • All arrivals will be asked if they, or their children, have been experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms.

  • Parents are not permitted inside the school, except the vestibule and just inside the main door during drop off and pick up times.  Proper social distancing should be maintained by parents arriving to drop off or pick up their child.

  • Staff will collect the children from the parents after proper screening, sign the child in, and deliver the child to their appropriate classroom.

  • Any arrival with a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above will not be allowed into the school, and must not return until they are fever free (without medication) for 48 hours.

  • Any arrival with COVID-19 related symptoms will not be allowed into the school and cannot return until they are symptom free, or until a negative COVID-19 test result is available, or they are directed by a medical professional with a written diagnosis for something other than COVID-19.

​​Screening process for children
Masks and face coverings

Per the Governor's Executive Order 20-81, masks and/or face shields are required while indoors. Outdoor use of masks is optional, but social distancing must be maintained whenever possible.All staff are required to wear a suitable mask that covers the nose and mouth upon entering the building, and at all times while inside the school. Our requirements exceed MDH guidelines.

Plans for sick children, staff, and volunteers

 

If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member:

  • Close off areas used by the person who is sick.

  • Open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas.

  • Wait up to 24 hours or as long as possible before you clean or disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting.

  • Clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas.

  • If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.

  • Continue routine cleaning and disinfection.

​Social distancing throughout the day
  • We will limit group sizes as much as possible and create consistent groups of children and providers, staff, or volunteers who stay together throughout the day.

  • We have added signs at the front entryway to recommend social distancing at the front entrance, and to require mask use.

  • We have added a sign inside the main door to inform parents not to proceed inside the school and wait for a staff member.

Workplace ventilation
  • Where and when possible, we will work to maximize the amount of fresh air being brought in, limit air recirculation and make sure ventilation systems are being properly used and maintained. To minimize air flow blowing across people, fans will not be used at this time. We will open windows where and when possible and weather-appropriate, and encourage outdoor time for our students and staff.

Playground use
  • We will stagger playground use rather than allowing big groups to play together.

  • Staff will maintain social distancing whenever possible.

  • All staff and students will wash hands before and after touching play structures. Staff will wipe down  high touch areas of the play structure daily.

  • Additional information can be found at: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/schools/playground.pdf

Meals and snacks
  • Staff will wear protective gloves when handling all food items, and food service containers, and while serving students.

  • Students are not allowed to touch the food service containers or serve themselves.

  • Meals are served in individual classrooms, to reduce the number of students grouped together at meal and snack times.

  • Cleaning and sanitizing of the tables and floors will occur after each meal or snack.

Field trips and events
  • During the pandemic, field trips will be limited to walking field trips. No field trips away from the school that require transportation will be undertaken until the pandemic situation improves or when advised by CDC and MDH.

  • Communications and training

  • This Plan will be communicated to all parents electronically, and made available upon request at the school.

  • This Plan must be posted in a prominent place and readily accessible to all of staff, service providers, and volunteers.

  • We train all staff and contractors to ensure everyone is following this Plan. Any updates or changes will be posted and communicated immediately.

  • Staff or other affected individuals with concerns about this COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, or questions about their rights should contact MNOSHA Compliance at osha.compliance@state.mn.us, 651-284-5050 or 877-470-6742.

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Minnesota Montessori Accelerated Learning Center
4194 Pilot Knob Rd • Eagan,  MN 55122 • (651) 686-7984
3150 Eagle Creek Blvd • Shakopee, MN 55379 • (952) 402-0303