What will drop/off pick up procedures be like?
All three morning classrooms will drop off at the chapel door/playground entrance. We ask that all individuals including adults and children, wear face masks and stay distanced to the greatest extent possible.
All students and staff will self-certify no symptoms of COVID-19. If a staff member has concerns about illness they will screen each child before entering the building with an infrared touchless thermometer.
Is my child required to wear a mask? Are teachers wearing masks?
Yes, program staff will wear a face mask while serving children and interacting with parents and families. When possible students who can safely and appropriately wear, remove, and tolerate masks will wear a mask. Children will continue to wear a mask on the playground, for their safety and the safety of others. Face masks will be removed when we are having snack; the children will be physically distanced at that time. Each classroom will also have an area in which one child may sit, should they need a few minutes respite from wearing a mask. We understand some children may need help learning to wear a face mask. Teachers will work to help children build tolerance for a face mask, but having your child practice wearing a mask before school starts is encouraged.
Will children be able to play together?
Yes! Activities and classroom set up will be structured to allow for distanced interaction, but children will not be prevented from playing together. Face masks will be a critical part of allowing children important typical preschool interactions safely.
How is snack time being handled?
During snack time, children will be spaced 6 ft apart and allowed to remove their face masks.
How big will classes be?
To reduce exposure, DCFS and CDC licensing regulations require stable groups of children in smaller groupings. The two year old Green class will have a maximum of 12 students. The Blue class has a maximum of 18 students and the Yellow class will have a maximum of 20 students per day. Although these class sizes are likely to be smaller.
Will classes be outside more often?
Yes, recommendations from the CDC and other health experts state outside is the safest place to interact. Teachers and staff are working to allow for more outside time and activities as weather permits.
What if my child becomes sick but does NOT have COVID-19? When can they return to school?
Any child or staff member suspected of having COVID-19 or diagnosed with COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Northminster. Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever (temperature greater than 100.4F/37C), chills, sore throat, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, headache, vomiting and diarrhea.
If the child or staff member has symptoms concerning for COVID-19 and subsequently is determined by a medical provider not likely to have COVID-19 infection, the child or staff member may return to NNS if the following is met:
* No fever for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medications (fever is temperature greater than 100.4F/37C) AND
* Negative test for COVID-19 or;
* A note from a medical provider documenting no clinical suspicion of COVID-19 infection
What if a child or staff member is diagnosed with COVID-19?
If a child or staff member has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the classroom teachers and parents in which the child participates will be notified by the director via email. The child will NOT be named in these communications. The City of Evanston Public Health Department will also be notified and become involved. Depending on the level of exposure to others, the classroom or program would be closed for a period of time. The Evanston Health Department will be involved in the decision to close for a short period of time to allow for deep cleaning, or if closure for a 14-day quarantine period is necessary.
What if a child or staff members’ family member is diagnosed with COVID-19?
If there is any risk of exposure to a child or staff member, that individual will be asked to quarantine for 14 days to monitor symptoms. The Evanston Healthy Department will be involved with regard to quarantine and self-isolation.