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We are closely following guidance from state and local officials and health authorities as we take extreme care to maintain our safe, healthy school environment. Procedures are subject to change as state regulations, federal guidance, and best practices continue to evolve in response to new developments in the pandemic. Some locations may have different protocols as a result. Please check with your local school to confirm guidelines.
Employee Vaccination & Testing: Providing the best possible care now includes taking the necessary step of requiring our employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Employees who are not fully vaccinated wil undergo weekly testing.
By using door alarms and cameras, we can monitor the whole school building. In the lobby, our multi-use display gives a real-time look into playgrounds, classrooms, and all the other school areas, on a closed-circuit feed. Our open door policy is something we’re proud of, because we’re committed to transparency. We use these monitoring solutions to enhance our commitment to our families.
Primary caregivers for infants, toddlers, and 2-year-olds ensure consistent caregiving and a strong relationship between teachers and children. Parents collaborate with staff to create a defined care plan (reviewed and updated twice a year). Infant diaper changes are strictly scheduled.
During naps, we follow a “Lights On” policy at all times. Teachers always maintain visual contact and listen actively. Cribs and cots have age-appropriate bedding. Babies (up to age 2) are placed on their back to sleep and all children are checked at regular intervals during naps.
We guarantee close supervision and accountability for all children at every moment via strict ratio guidelines. To prepare for emergency scenarios, such as earthquakes and fires, we provide staff with additional comprehensive training. Evacuation and emergency supplies are stocked in all classrooms and every school has a specially designed defibrillator for infants and children. At each school, there is a Safety Captain, and state standards are followed for first aid and CPR training.
Frequent hand washing prevents the spread of germs. Children are monitored for illness symptoms. Parents are contacted immediately when their child feels ill to help prevent the spread of illness. Classrooms are routinely cleaned and disinfected with child-safe products.
In our kitchen, all of our food items are prepared from our Grow Fit® menu, with the exception of infant cereal and jar food, and all of it is cut and sized appropriately per age group needs. Staff members watch over children during meals and snack times and our menu is put together by a registered dietitian. Safe and healthy food choices, and well-balanced diets, are staples of all our schools.
Toys are frequently disinfected and checked for broken or loose parts, and are also tested for potential choking hazards. All playgrounds are secured with fencing and inspected daily. Safe fall zones have soft landing areas for children playing on the equipment.