As we prepare to reopen fully on July 13th we wanted to make you aware of several changes that you will see in response to the Governors emergency child care regulations for reopening. We can’t pretend that this is over, just because we want this to be over. It is not over.

  • We ask that all soft items such as blankets, stay at the center and only be taken home on Friday to wash.

  • Items, such as car seats, are to be left in parent’s cars. Bottles should be brought in a disposable bag. Diapers and wipes should be brought in weekly in a disposable bag. Children needs such as a change of clothes should also be brought in a disposable bag; no diaper bags please.

  • Each child shall remain in the same group of ten (10) throughout the day without interacting with another group. We have created a schedule in which the same staff work with the same children each day.

  • Machine washable toys shall NOT be used.

  • The use of communal water fountains is prohibited.

  • Children and adults shall be screened for fever and contagious symptoms upon entry into the child care center each day and shall not be allowed to enter if displaying a contagious fever or symptom of COVID-19.

  • Each adult, including parents and guardians at drop-off and pick-up, shall wear a face mask while inside our child care center unless doing so would represent a serious risk to their health or safety and they are able to present a medical statement stating this:

    • Except during planned staff breaks and lunch away from children in care and other staff; and

    • Except for staff working with infant or toddler groups who choose to wear a face shield instead

  • If an adult refuses to wear a mask, or face shield, the facility may refuse those individuals the right to enter the facility.

  • As Dr. Steven Stack, Kentucky’s commissioner for public health, said that cases have been linked to out-of-state travel; visitors or residents returning from out-of-state should quarantine for 14 days and may not enter our facility until the 14 days have passed since returning home; this includes children and staff. The exception will be a proof of a negative result of a COVID-19 test.

We are acutely conscious that every one of these decisions is difficult, but we are equally conscious that to not make these important decisions, to do what might be popular during a pandemic, can have enormous consequences not just in terms of safety, people’s lives, but it also risks a second wave. A second wave would be absolutely catastrophic to our economy.

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