Dear Parents,

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we try to figure out the best way forward with how to offer education to our young children amidst this pandemic. This unprecedented situation has created the need for us to examine many different plans and scenarios, and we appreciate your support as we navigate this.

We have created a plan for the general operations at Preschool that have been posted to our website for a few weeks. In addition to this, in light of the plans local school districts are implementing as well as based on the most up to date information provided by the Centers for Disease Control, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Office of Child Development and Early Learning and the Allegheny County Health Department, it is necessary at this time to make adjustments to the start of Preschool.

Elfinwild Church Preschool will pause the reopening of school until the week of October 12, 2020. The week of October 12 will include orientation days for the children, with the first regular days of school occurring the week of October 19, 2020. When preschool does reopen, we will be using our Plan B. This is our hybrid plan that includes adjustments to the number of days children are in attendance.

  • Children registered for 2 Day (morning or afternoon) would attend Tuesdays and Thursdays. This remains unchanged with tuition being $124.00 per month.
  • Children registered for 3 Day (morning or afternoon) would attend Mondays and Fridays. Because this is changing to 2 days a week, tuition would be $124.00 per month.
  • Children registered for 5 Day (morning or afternoon) would attend Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Because this is changing to 4 days a week, tuition would be $218.00 per month.
  • Children registered for the extra fourth day of Cooking Class would follow their regular 3 Day class with meeting on Mondays and Fridays, as Cooking Class would not be held until possibly later in the year. Tuition for Cooking Class would be due if this class would resume.
  • Mom & Me will not be held for the Fall semester and will resume, if safe to do so, for the Spring semester. Tuition paid for the Fall can be applied moving forward.
  • Preschool could return to the regular attendance schedule if and when appropriate and safe.

We realize this deviation from our original plan could cause an inconvenience for some families, and we apologize. We are disappointed in not being able to open as we typically would, as Plan A (fully open with in person classes) would have been our first choice. We feel, however, given the current risk to health and well-being, that it is in the best interest of our students, families and preschool community to proceed as outlined above.

Please understand though that because this situation remains fluid and uncertainty exists in relation to what the coming months may bring, we may have to adjust to a different plan that may include virtual instruction (Plan C), or even switch between plans as is deemed appropriate at the time.

Tuition that has already been paid would be adjusted according to the number of days children attend.

Please continue to check our website on a regular basis for more information. Also, watch your mailbox in the coming weeks for a letter from your child’s teacher! Please connect with us with any questions or concerns.


Kristin Coco, Carolyn Hervey, & Eileen Hughes

Plan for Reopening

1. Clean & Disinfect Building
- daily clean & disinfect surfaces & toys, multiple times
- remove any soft toys or launder after 1 use
- no sharing of toys between rooms until disinfected
- have a bin for toys that are put in mouths, etc to take out of circulation until cleaned
- disinfectant wipes and spray available in each room
- limited sharing of materials within a classroom

2. Health & Hygiene
- new hand sanitizing stations will be accessible
- encourage catching coughs, sneezes & proper hand washing
- staff will wear masks and/or face shields as much as possible except when doing so would infringe on developmentally appropriate instruction
- staff & students are encouraged to stay home when ill
- if a child or staff becomes ill while at school while they will be separated from group and sent home
- a separate area will be designated for the child to wait with adult when ill
- it is recommended that any child or staff with health concerns should consult with their physician regarding the risks of participating in the Preschool program
- children can return to school after 72 hours with no fever an improvement in respiratory symptoms, and there have been 10 days since onset the symptoms, consistent with COVID-19 (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea), first appeared
- if a child or staff is diagnosed with COVID-19, the Preschool must be informed so that Allegheny Health Department contact tracing protocols can be followed
- if one positive case of COVID 19 is diagnosed among staff or children, Preschool will close for 14 days.
- if a child or staff’s family member tests positive for COVID 19, that child or staff will stay home for 14 days

3. Arrival
- Spots are marked outside on pavement for social distancing (or parents are encouraged to stay next to car)
- Masks are worn by all adults
- Children are greeted outside using only 1 door
- Children will also wear masks as directed by the Govenor's mandate in July.
- A child’s temperature is taken as they enter using Infrared (no touch) thermometer. If a child has a fever of 100.4 degrees F or above they will be sent home.
- Soles of shoes would be sanitized
- Sanitizing Pads - child walks across mat in lobby
- Encourage only closed shoes be worn (i.e. no sandals, flip-flops)
- Hand washing station used upon entering
- Personal items child is bringing to school with them (hats, gloves, book bag…) will be limited
- Preschool will provide snack until further notice

4. Social Distancing Practice
- Visitors will be limited- no classroom volunteers
- Only support personnel allowed, but must wear a mask
- Children stay primarily in main classroom
- Specials schedule adjusted to accommodate extra cleaning time
- Keep children’s personal items separated
- Only 1 class of children in the hall at a time
- Lunch Bunch will not stat until January, if at all

5. Beginning of School: Open House & Orientation
- Instead of Wed., Sept 2, being 1/2 workshop and 1/2 Open House, it will be a full workshop day to provide time for preparation of materials. (Fall Open House will not be held).
- On Thursday and Friday (Sept 3 & 4), each child and parent are given a time (either sign up or assign) to come in, see the room, meet the teacher… (wear masks)
- Parent Meetings are done through Zoom by age level or class, Wednesday evening and Thursday evening.
- Tuesday & Wednesday (Sept 8 & 9) remain the first regular days, but only children enter the building and we follow the reopening protocols.

6. Mom & Me Classes (Plan A)
- Only 1 adult will accompany each child
- all adults will wear masks.
- it is encouraged that whenever possible, the same adult attends each week
- the temperatures of both the child and accompanying adult will be taken upon arrival. If either has a fever, they will not be able to attend.

7. Special Events (Possible scenarios are listed below. Any changes to our special events would be made to maintain the integrity of the experience for the children while having necessary safe guards in place. The details would be determined based on each specific events logistics. These details would be communicated to families in a timely manner.)
- Parent Meetings - Zoom
- Costume/Pumpkin Day - have parade outside with adults in COVID-19 masks, only children enter building to finish school day & decorate a pumpkin
- T shirt Day - done with only fabric crayons in the classroom without parents
- Christmas & End of Year Programs - live stream

8. Curricula
- Curriculum is being revised to include age appropriate lessons that emphasize staying healthy, social distancing, proper hand washing protocols, & the wearing of masks.

9. In Case of Necessary Closure
- create a contingency plan that takes into account the timing & possible duration of the closure
- if possible have enough materials prepared to create packets for children to take home and hold virtual classes
- parents are asked to purchase crayons, markers, scissors, and glue to have on hand at home
- if a closure is necessary, considerations for the amount of tuition due, will be determined

10. Communication
- plan will be communicated with Board, Staff, Families, and Church
- REMIND app & website will be used to aid in dispensing information

  March 2021  
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