Health & Safety
Keeping You Safe
The health and safety of students, staff, and family has always been our primary concern. Eagle’s Nest uses guidelines established by government agencies and health officials in establishing additional protocols for our program this year. We are working conscientiously to use several strategies and mitigation measures simultaneously in order to create the safest environment possible for our students, staff, and families. Please see the enhanced practices listed below.
Curbside Pickup and Drop Off
In order to limit the number of people in the children’s area, Eagle’s Nest staff members will greet families outside at their vehicles in the designated area for student dropoff and pickup while families stay in their car. Families will display their identification provided by Eagle’s Nest in the passenger side window. Please provide this information to the authorized pickup persons on your list.
During morning dropoff, a designated staff member will welcome and assist your child in leaving the vehicle after conducting a health check. Staff will make sure students put away their belongings and choose an activity area. Parents will remain in their vehicles to sign in. BYOP - bring your own pen!
Beginning at 4 pm, after identifying the authorized pickup person in the vehicle, a staff member will bring the child(ren) to the car for dismissal. Recent child care laws mandate that student handwashing takes place before leaving child care, so please factor that time into your pickup schedules. You may call our site cell phone (printed on the postcard that you will receive after registration) when you are 5 minutes away so that your child(ren) can prepare to go home.
If you arrive for pickup before 4:00 pm, you can wait outside in the line or come inside for pickup. When entering the building for pickup, we ask the following:
- wear a face covering
- only two families enter at a time- please wait if you notice 2 families already waiting indoors
- bring your ID and a pen
- remain behind the sign-in table to wait for your student, show ID to the staff greeter
- maintain a distance of 6 feet from others
- use the available sign-out sheet on the table
Daily Health Checks
Daily health checks are required for students and staff per Ohio’s child care laws.
Staff temperature will be taken before entry to the program area. Upon arrival in the morning, each student’s temperature will be checked using a no-touch digital thermometer to make sure the student’s temperature is below 100 degrees (please note this is lower than the usual 100.4 degrees because of the use of no-touch thermometers, which may display lower readings). The students will be observed for signs of contagious conditions, and will be allowed to join the program if no symptoms and no temperature are present. If fever or other symptoms are present, the child will stay with the parent.
In order to limit the spread of illness, students exhibiting signs of illness during the school day must be picked up from school during school hours, they cannot attend Eagle’s Nest to await parent pickup.
All high-touch surfaces and common areas are cleaned before use and sanitized multiple times throughout the day. Eagle's Nest materials are also cleaned daily, and deeper cleaning will occur weekly. Individual supplies will be provided when needed and will be cleaned between uses. Eagle’s Nest will use EPA-approved cleaning supplies.
Materials will be divided and rotated in order to limit sharing between groups of students. Students will clean their hands after each chosen activity. Children may not bring toys from home until further notice.
Breakfast and Snack
Eagle’s Nest staff wears gloves and masks during food preparation and distribution. Tables are cleaned immediately before and after eating. Students and staff will wash their hands before and after meals. Students may bring their own breakfast/snack. For afternoon snack, students will go directly to their designated snack table instead of a cafeteria- style line.
Distancing and Socializing
Students love to socialize with their friends, and they also need to remain healthy. To that end, we will:
- divide our afternoon student sign-in areas so children are spread out
- use small and large washable partitions to define individual and group spaces
- have students work in smaller groups similar to their school day group composition with sanitation available in each space
- minimize student movement by having assigned meal tables and activity areas
- activity spaces will be organized so that students can maintain a minimum of three feet distance from each other and limit hallway movement
- assign staff members to the same areas to limit the number of staff with whom students come into contact
Students are strongly encouraged to bring a water bottle (labeled with the student's name).
All Eagle’s Nest staff will wear face coverings while on campus. All students will wear masks during Eagle’s Nest except for scheduled breaks like playground time. Kindergarten students will wear masks as they travel on the bus to and from the Early Learning Center. Family members will wear a face covering if entering the building for pickup or dropoff, or if someone needs to speak with a staff person beyond signing in or out. We also ask that parents wear a mask during outside pickup and dropoff as well since parents and staff will be in closer contact in order to complete the check-in/checkout process or to communicate important information.
Communicable Disease Procedures
COVID-19 Symptom Check
In the last 24 hours, if your child had any of these symptoms, NEW OR DIFFERENT from what they usually have and not explained by another reason (ex: asthma/allergies), they may not attend Eagle’s Nest:
- fever or chills
- sore throat
- shortness of breath or trouble breathing
- new loss of taste or smell
- seems sick or like they are starting to get sick
If your child does have any of these symptoms and has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 listed above but has not tested for COVID-19, they can return to Eagle’s Nest after:
- 10 days have passed since child’s symptoms first appeared and
- 3 days since symptoms improved and
- 3 days with no fever, without taking medicines to lower a fever, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin)
If your child or someone within your child’s contact circle has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the administrator immediately so we can make the mandated report to health officials and enact necessary notification and sanitation measures. Your medical information is protected by law; we will not disclose your personal information to other families.
Other Contagious Conditions
If your child has any of the following conditions, they may not attend Eagle’s Nest:
- Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
- Evidence of nits, lice, scabies, ringworm, or other parasitic infection
- Stiff neck
- Strep throat
- Yellowish skin or eyes
- General malaise-not feeling well
- Other conditions that prevent participation in daily activities or as determined by Administrators
Sick Child Dismissal
If a child becomes ill during Eagle’s Nest, the student will be immediately isolated and supervised. An administrator will contact the family to pick the student up. The student will be released to the parent at the Intermediate loop for pickup so the student does not have to walk through the other Eagle’s Nest activity areas.