A Child’s Place Preschool will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.
Summer Camp at A Child’s Place has been canceled.

On Wednesday, May 6th, Governor Larry Hogan and Karen Salmon, the Maryland State Department of Education State Superintendent, announced that public schools in Maryland will remain closed for the rest of the school year “….. in order to continue to protect the health and safety of our students, educators, staff, and all members of school communities throughout Maryland.”  A Child’s Place will follow that directive. 

In addition, the University has made the difficult decision to cancel all summer programming on campus this year which includes all sessions of A Child’s Place Summer Camp. 

We appreciate your understanding and look forward to re-opening A Child’s Place in the fall.  We have begun to focus our efforts on the future in order to plan and prepare A Child’s Place to continue offering your young children a safe and nurturing environment.

Preventing the Spread of Contagious Diseases at School

If your child is absent due to illness, please call the school and report the illness so that the progress of any contagious disease may be tracked. The school cannot permit any child who is ill with a contagious or communicable disease to attend class.

Prevention Strategies

The Preschool will implement the following strategies and encourages parents to employ them at home:

  • Engage in common-sense preventive actions for students and staff, e.g., appropriately covering coughs and sneezes; proper disposal of tissues; specifically washing hands immediately after coughing, sneezing, etc.; cleaning frequently touched surfaces; and generally washing hands often.

  • Teach and reinforce handwashing strategies that include washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
     
  • Provide access to hand sanitizer in common areas, i.e., the foyer/entryway, parent sign-in tables, the Big Room, the library, the teachers’ work room, the office, and all classrooms.
     
  • Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces, e.g., doorknobs, light switches, cubbies, countertops, children’s tables and chairs, etc. with the cleaners typically used, e.g., soap and water, a bleach and water solution, Clorox wipes, disinfectant spray, etc. Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label.
     
  • Provide a bleach and water solution to disinfect commonly used materials, such as, dolls and other items for dramatic play, blocks and Legos, puzzles, etc. Consistently wash or wipe down items daily.
     
  • Require students and staff to stay home when sick.
     
  • Review the usual absenteeism patterns in the preschool among both students and staff. Compare with current numbers and note large or unusual increases to report to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs & Assessment.
     
  • Communicate with the school community; share information with staff, students, and their families.

Pandemic Flu – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Protocol

This message serves to update our families regarding steps and procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. A Child’s Place (ACP) has in place a preparedness plan, as does Notre Dame of Maryland University. ACP has developed the following procedures and practices to protect the health of all children and staff.

Practice 1: Flu-like Symptoms

If a child exhibits any flu-like symptoms, ACP staff will alert the director. If the symptoms are mild, and without fever, the child’s condition will be monitored by the staff and the child will remain in the classroom.

If, in the judgment of ACP staff, there is moderate to excessive coughing and/or sneezing, and/or excessive runny nose or watering eyes, the parents will be notified and asked to pick up the child. The parents will be asked to observe the child at home, and may be asked to provide a doctor’s written diagnosis based on symptoms. If a fever develops the child must remain at home until the fever has been absent for 24 hours.

If there has been any possible exposure to any individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or the family has traveled to any location within the United States or abroad with widespread Coronavirus, the child will not be allowed back on campus for 14-days and until fever and illness free.

Practice 2: Flu-like Symptoms with Fever

If a child exhibits any flu-like symptoms, ACP staff will alert the director. If the symptoms are accompanied by a fever of 100.5 (axillary), the child will be isolated and the parents called to pick up the child. The parents will be asked to observe the child at home and may be asked to provide a doctor’s written diagnosis based on symptoms. The child must remain home until the fever has been absent for 24 hours.

If there has been any possible exposure to any individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 or the family has traveled to any location within the United States or abroad with widespread Coronavirus, the child will not be allowed back on campus for 14-days and until fever and illness free.

Practice 3: COVID-19 Diagnosis

If any child is diagnosed with COVID-19, the parents of all enrolled children will be notified that there is a confirmed case of Coronavirus present in the school. A Child’s Place, in partnership with Notre Dame of Maryland University’s authorization, will close the preschool for a minimum of fourteen (14) days. 

  • Parents will be asked to quarantine and monitor their child at home for 14 days.
  • Teachers will be asked to self-quarantine and monitor their health off campus for 14 days.
  • The entire school will be sanitized.

Contact

Mary Ellen Ashton
Mary Ellen Ashton
Director of A Child's Place
410-532-5399 410-532-5160