Our COVID-19 Response and Policies
Rogers-Pierce Children’s Center follows the health and safety protocols issued by Early Education and Care (EEC), the CDC and the Arlington Board of Health.
Teachers must wear masks at all times. Children are encouraged to wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Each classroom is staffed by 3 teachers assigned exclusively to that classroom.
RPCC employs physical distancing whenever possible. We have set up stations within each classroom where 2 to 3 children can play wearing masks. Children have assigned seating for meal times. Each child receives his or her own set of markers / crayons in a bin labeled with their name. Only 2 children are allowed in the bathroom at a time and the bathroom is disinfected after each use. Our goal is to spend as much time outdoors as possible.
Children and staff must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer often, and wash all surfaces of their hands (e.g. front and back, wrists and between fingers) for at least 20 seconds.
Intensified general cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting routines have been implemented. We use Force of Nature™ – a natural, non-toxic cleaner that is on the EPA’s list as an approved disinfectant/sanitizer for use against SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19 – to disinfect the bathroom, classrooms and toys. Bleach and water dilutions may be used as needed to supplement. We leave windows open in the classrooms whenever possible. We are also adding Alen BreatheSmart FLEX air purifiers, equipped with True HEPA Pure filters, to each classroom for added ventilation.
There will be small groups of children arriving and departing with staggered schedules: 8:00-4:30 or 8:30-5:00.
Parents must complete a health screening check at home before arriving to school. If the child has a fever of 100.0 or above they will be prohibited from attending the program. If a child has symptoms of COVID-19 they should stay at home. Parents will also be asked to complete a health screening check during morning arrival/drop-off.
For morning arrival/drop-off (at either 8:00 or 8:30), parents walk their child(ren) to the assigned check-in station for their child’s classroom – currently the front of church door that opens to Pleasant Street (for PreK1 and Preschool) or the Maple Street door at the top of the ramp (for Toddlers and PreK2). After the child is screened and checked-in, a teacher will guide the child to wash his or her hands before entering the classroom. Markings at each location will guide parents to stand 6 feet apart while waiting to be checked in. Parents are not allowed into the school for the morning drop-off or evening pick-up.
If a child has had potential exposure to an individual with a presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19, the child must be absent from school and quarantined at home for a period of 14-days. If a child has a confirmed case of COVID-19, the child must be absent from school and quarantined at home for a period of 14-days. A note from the pediatrician stating the child is no longer contagious is required for the child to return to school.