ECDC Reopening Plan
Safe Reopening Plan
In preparation, the ECDC has prepared this Safe Reopening Plan beginning on Tuesday, May 26th. The Safe Reopening Plan will follow the guidelines of the CDC and California Community Care Licensing.
The health and safety of all our children, families, and staff is our number one priority. Our staff will follow all the guidelines set forth by our local agencies, including California Community Care Licensing. This means that all ECDC staff will wear masks and implement preventative practices such as handwashing and proper sanitizing and disinfecting procedures. All ECDC staff have completed the Cleaning/Disinfecting for the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) training and all disinfectants and sanitizers have been approved by the health department.
First and foremost, it is important for all children, families, and teachers to continue to monitor their health and be aware of the COVID-19 symptoms described by the CDC.
The following are the symptoms to watch for:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
Please do not enter the facility if you or your child have these symptoms. Families should remain excluded from our ECDC for a minimum of 24 hours after the symptoms cease. If your child comes in direct contact with anyone who has tested positive with COVID-19, they will be excluded from our program effective immediately for a minimum of 14 days and please notify the ECDC immediately.
Frequent hand washing will be mandatory, and all teachers and children will be required to wash their hands throughout the day for a minimum of 20 seconds.
The handwashing schedule is as follows:
- When arriving at the ECDC
- Before and after using the restroom
- Before and after helping a child with potty training
- Before and after eating snacks
- Before and after lunch times
- After outside time
- After a child coughs or sneezes
- A teacher will wash their hands after helping a child to use a tissue or wipe their face
- Prior to departing the ECDC facility
The ECDC program will be working in conjunction with the DMUSD maintenance and operations team to ensure all custodial care is properly administered.
- Every hour, between the hours of 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM, all heavily used surfaces will be sanitized and disinfected.
- After a specific group rotates from an area, ECDC staff will disinfect all surfaces and materials that were used by that group of children. After using toys and items in the classroom, the ECDC teaching staff will place these items in a bucket to be disinfected.
- Each night, the maintenance and operations team will clean and disinfect the entire room, including but not limited to the restrooms and outside playground.
As we continue to offer a safe, secure environment at the ECDC, the teaching staff will be implementing a curriculum that has modifications to meet the guidelines of CDC, licensing, and the Health and Human Service Department. The curriculum will be presented in a “play-based” format and will include:
- Teaching children how to properly wash their hands
- The importance of social distancing and what it looks like to stay 6 feet from other friends
and teachers in an age- appropriate manner
- Letting an adult know if you are not feeling well and the importance of staying home from the ECDC
- Teaching children how to cover your cough and sneeze
It is also important to note that if your child becomes ill at any time during the day, the ECDC will implement the following:
- If a child has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above the child will be immediately taken
to a room which is unused. An ECDC staff member will stay with the child and remain 6 feet
away from them at all times. If the child is older than 2 years of age, the child will be given a disposable child’s mask to wear while in the ECDC.
- You will be contacted to pick up your child immediately from the ECDC center.
- After your departure, the area will be completely sanitized and disinfected.
The ECDC will follow new Drop-off and Pick-up procedures.
Drop-off procedures are as follows:
- Prior to arrival, the ECDC will take all employee temperatures.
- Enter through the ECDC entrance. Between 7AM- 8:00 AM an ECDC staff member will greet you and your child at this front entrance. After 8:00 AM, please go directly to the ECDC office, in 704.
- Please remain 6 feet apart from other families who may be entering the facility.
- The sign-in form will be given to you at the front gate entrance by an ECDC staff to sign your child into the facility. Please use your own pen.
- Use hand sanitizer, which will be available upon entry
- The ECDC will do a safety check and will take the child’s temperature.
- Once your child is signed in and a safety check has been conducted, the child will say goodbye to you and the ECDC staff will walk the child to his or her classroom.
Pick-up procedures are as follows:
- Enter through the ECDC entrance. Between 12:30 PM- 1:00 PM (Half day) and between 3:00- 3:30 PM (full day), an ECDC staff member will greet you at this front entrance. If you come outside of these times, you will be buzzed in.
- If you are buzzed in, go directly to the ECDC office in room 704. The ECDC office will call the classroom, so a staff member can bring your child and his or her belongings.
- The sign out sheet and hand sanitizer will be available. Please use your own pen.
- Parents should wait outside of the ECDC office in designated areas, while the ECDC staff assist in this pick-up procedure.
If it is possible, the same person should be dropping off and picking up the child to ensure as little contact for our staff as possible. We understand that this may not always be feasible but should be done to the best of each family's ability.
As California Community Care Licensing and Health and Human Services Agency guidelines change, the ECDC will continue to monitor for updates that are announced by the State of California.
Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns at ECDC@dmusd.org. We look forward to our ECDC reopening and we can’t wait to welcome you back!
Wishing you well,