COVID-19 RESPONSE

COVID-19

We are honored and excited to be with your child during this public health crisis. We take the health and safety of your family and our staff very seriously. We understand that all of our families are feeling stress and adjusting to abrupt change; we are here to partner with you to make your child’s life as peaceful as possible during this pandemic. In response to the COVID-19 health pandemic, we have updated our enrollment policy.  All enrollment forms must be filled out prior to their child(ren) returning to, or starting, our program.  All enrollment forms will be available online and or by e-mail.

Enrollment Forms

A parent/guardian must fill out the form completely, sign it, and submit it throught the Online Procare Parent Portal prior to the first day of attendance. This information MUST remain current.

 

We here at Burrillville Extended Care have always been diligent about maintaining the health and safety of every staff member and students alike.

 

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GENERAL GUIDANCE

Protecting the health and safety of our school community remains the top priority at Burrillville Extended Cae.  We reopened our doors under new, restricted guidance to meet or exceed the child care recommendations put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), RI DHS and RI DOH specific safety protocols. Taking every precaution to prevent potential exposure, or the spread of coronavirus and other infectious diseases, every decision we make prioritizes the health and safety of our staff and the children we care for.

Family Communications

We are working closely with the CDC, RI DHS and RI DOH to respond as quickly as possible to their latest guidance and will continue to update our families as soon as possible via e-mails and posting all information here on this webpage.

It is important for B.E.C. staff and our families to communicate often and be transparent with one another. Please voice concerns or questions you have with the Director as soon as possible.

Classrooms

Every classroom has a stable, designated “Classroom POD”.  These PODS are stable in that the same group of children are with the same provider(s) each day, minimizing contact and the risk of spreading COVID-19.

Travel Restrictions

Because travel increases your chances of getting infected and spreading COVID-19, staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from getting sick. Please click here for guidance on travel from the CDC:

https://covid.ri.gov/covid-19-prevention/travel-tofrom-ri

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HEALTH & SAFETY

In response to the COVID-19 health pandemic, B.E.C. has implemented the following protocols:

Click here for guidance from the CDC on symptoms, testing, prevention and more:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

Health Screenings

Before entering the school building, a B.E.C. staff member will greet you at the B.E.C. Entrance. They will screen for other signs of illness using the COVID-19 Screening Tool provided by the RI Department of Human Services (DHS) and RI Department of Health (DOH).  A visual inspection of each child is conducted for signs of illness, including flushed cheeks, rapid breathing, difficulty breathing, fatigue or extreme fussiness.

​Upon arrival, parents/guardians must sign off that their child has passes all of the questions on the COVID-19 questionnaire.  This MUST be completed in order to enter  into the school building.

​Children and adults who have a fever of 100.4 F or above, or other signs of illness, will not be permitted in the building. Parents/guardians should consult with their child’s pediatrician for further guidance.

Drop-off & Pick-up

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our principal objective is to facilitate safe drop-off and pick-up procedures, designed to minimize viral transmission.  All families and staff are required to abide by the B.E.C Drop-off and Pick-up Policies to ensure that we remain in compliance with CDC recommendations and updated DHS regulations during these times.

​High risk people, such as those 65+ years of age or adults with serious underlying conditions, should not pick-up children.  If possible, we ask that you designate one parent, or authorized caregiver, to always drop-off and pick-up your child(ren).  Staff will wear personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times during drop-off, pick-up and while completing the health screening checks.

​Children who are cleared for entry into the school building will be walked to their classroom by a B.E.C. staff member. 

Limiting Access

At this time, parents and other family members are discouraged from entering the building. Only B.E.C. staff, and certain pre-approved essential service providers, will be allowed in classrooms after successfully clearing the Health Screening. All vendors and deliveries will not be allowed past the school front lobby.

Masks

All Administration and B.E.C. school staff will wear cloth face coverings at all times.  B.E.C. will follow the recommendation from RI DHS and the Burrillville School Department to require all children to wear face masks at all times. B.E.C. will do our best to encourage your child to wear it.

Potential or Confirmed Exposure

Anyone with suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their household must remain out of our Centers for 10 days. Confirmed cases must receive medical clearance to return.

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ENHANCED CLEANING, DISINFECTING & SANITIZING

B.E.C. understands that frequent and thorough handwashing is a primary means of infection control and has always enforced a strong Handwashing Policy. 

​Regular cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing is also vitally important to maintaining the health and safety of our students, their families and our staff.  Our guiding principles for cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing are:

Normal routine cleaning with soap and water will decrease how much of the virus is on surfaces and objects, which reduces the risk of exposure.

Disinfection using EPA-approved disinfectants against COVID-19 can also help reduce the risk of viral transmission.

Frequent disinfection of surfaces and objects touched by multiple people is crucial.

When EPA-approved disinfectants are not available, alternative disinfectants can be used (for example, 1/3 cup of bleach added to 1 gallon of water, or 70% alcohol solutions).