• 512- 909-0090
  • info@faithmontessorischool.com
  • 9006, Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX 78729
  • Covid-19 Guidelines

    Faith Montessori follows guidelines to protect children and others during COVID -19. We are now open for all families and continue to implement all safety procedures in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all children and teachers.  Parents of all new admissions and returning children must complete the  Admission Form 2022-2023 and the Parent Agreement 2022-2023 and email to info@faithmontessorischool.com before the first day of school.

    Our Plan during COVID –19

    These are the guidelines that we follow during COVID -19.

    Please read everything carefully

    1. Operation hours 7:30 am – 5:30 pm until further notice.

    2. Drop off and Pick up /Screening procedures upon arrival/social distancing strategies

    – Parents are not allowed in the building. Prohibit any person except staff, a person with legal authority to entering the building, Licensing staff, DFPS staff professionals providing services to children, children enrolled, parents who have children enrolled, and present at the operation. Parents should only enter the school when necessary.

    – Drop off and pickup will be operated from the back of the school. Please call or text 512-909-0090 before arriving to pick up your child. We will bring the child to the back entrance.

    – Please check your child’s temperature at home in the morning before you come to school. Encourage you all to be on alert for signs of illness and stay home when you are sick.

    – Screen staff and children before entering the building. Check for signs of infection, which could include flushed cheeks, fatigue, and extreme fussiness.

    -Send home any staff member or child who has any of the following signs or symptoms.

    . Temperature greater than or equal to100.0F

    . Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, in the last 10 days has had contact with someone with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID -19, under investigation for COVID -19 or ill with a respiratory illness.

    . If a staff member or a parent believes that they or the child has had close contact with someone with COVID -19 but are not currently sick, they should monitor their health for the above symptoms during the 10 days after the last day they were in close contact with the person with COVID -19.

    – Maintain social distancing. Have staff maintain at least 6 feet of separation from other individuals. If such distance is not feasible other measures such as face-covering, hand washing, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation will be rigorously practiced.

    – Recommended wearing face-covering when dropping off and picking up your child and we recommend 3yrs and older children wear masks during school hours.

    –  Disposable gloves, facemasks, touch-less thermometers, alcohol swabs, plastic bags for trash, hand sanitizer, Lysol disinfecting wipes are available by the entrance.

    – We will wash our hands as soon as entering the building including children.

    – If possible the same parent should drop off and pick up children.

    1. We use touch less hand sanitizer dispenser, touch less soap dispensers.
    2. Teacher’s have completed all required health and safety training related to COVID-19 through Texas A&M.
    3. We are not going to provide any snacks. Please make sure to pack snacks, lunch, spoon or fork and a water bottle in a clean lunch box with an ice pack.
    4. Please clean and disinfect containers, reusable water bottles and lunch box every day before sent back to school.
    5. Please label your child’s lunch box and water bottle with your child’s name.
    6. Please provide us 2 sets of change of clothes to keep in the school. We cannot use any school clothes or other children’s clothing and also Diapers, wipes for toddlers.
    1. Nap Time

    – No big zip lock bags for nap mats until further notice. Please use a trash bag for nap mat and label with your child’s name. Wash sleeping bag over the weekend and bring it back on Monday in a clean new trash bag. Use bedding (sleeping bags, sheets, pillows) that can be washed.

    – If possible at naptime ensure that children’s nap mats are spaced out as much as possible. Consider placing children head to toe in order to further reduce the spread. Please do not use any school sleeping bags.

    1. Cleaning and Disinfecting

    – We clean and sanitize materials and toys after every use. We use EPA registered cleaning products according to the directions on the label. Materials and toys are washed with soap and water or disinfected with an EPA – registered disinfectant, rinse again and air dry.

    – And also we disinfect daily such as door handles, light switches, classroom sinks, bathroom sinks, hand towel dispenses, toilet paper dispenses, bathroom bars, bathroom doors, phones that we use, combination locks, gate lock, sanitize dispenses with disposable disinfecting wipes.

    – We will also clean and disinfect frequently touch surfaces including tables, chairs, shelves with EPA- registered cleaning products. Leave solution on the surface for at lease 1 minute.

    – Toys that children have placed in their mouth or that are otherwise contaminated by body secretions or excretions should be set aside until they are cleaned and disinfected by hand by a person wearing gloves. Clean with soap and water and detergent, rinse disinfect with EPA – registered disinfectant, rinse again and air dry.

    – DO not share toys with other groups of children unless they are washed and disinfect before being moved from one group to the other.

    – Put toys that need to be cleaned in a container with soapy water and label the container. Keep the container out of reach from children. Washing with soapy water is the ideal method for cleaning.

    – Have enough materials and toys so that the toys can be rotated through cleaning.

    – Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day, at least 3 times.

    -Playground area generally required normal routine cleaning. We disinfect playground equipment daily.

    -Please do not send items (toys) from home including show and tell.

    -Books and other paper materials should be rotated if used by one group.

    – Keep cleaning supplies away from children.

    – Cleaning products should not be used near children.

    – Discard any unused solution at the end of the day. (After 24 hours)

    – Always wear gloves when you are cleaning and disinfecting. Wash hands when you are done.

    – Keep doors open to allow for more fresh air to enter the classrooms.

    – No place mats for lunch, use paper towels if needed.

    1. We have cancelled special events such as 2021 graduation ceremony, picture day, soccer, dance and gymnastic and also pizza parties, birthday parties until further notice.
    1. Washing Hands

    All staff and children should wash hands at the following times.

    1. Arrival to the school and after breaks.
    2. Before and after handling food or medication, eating, feeding a child.
    3. Before and after changing a diaper.
    4. After personal toileting or helping a child use the bathroom.
    5. After wiping nose, mouth.
    6. After cleaning.
    7. After out door activities
    8. Before and after caring someone who is sick.
    9. After coming in contact with bodily fluid.
    10. After assisting a child with hand washing.
    11. After handling garbage

    Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Placed posters describing hand washing steps near classroom sinks and bathrooms.

    1. Washing, Feeding or Holding a child

    It is important to comfort crying, sad, or anxious children and they often need to be held. To the extent possible, when washing, feeding or holding staff can protect themselves by wearing an over- large button down, long sleeved shirt and by wearing hair up off the collar in a ponytail.

    – Teachers should wash their hands, neck and anywhere touched by a child’s secretions.

    – Teachers should change the child’s clothes if secretions are on the child’s clothes. They should change their clothes if there are secretions on it and wash their hands again.

    – Contaminated clothes should be placed in a plastic bag. Make sure to send it home with the child. Please label the bag with child’s name.

    – Teachers should have multiple change of clothes in the classroom.

     

    14 Diapering

    When diapering a child wash your hands and wash the child’s hand before you begin and wear gloves. Follow safe diaper changing procedures. Procedures posted by the changing table.

    1 Prepare including putting on gloves. (diaper, wipes, diaper cream in a paper towel, plastic bag for BM diapers.)

    2 Clean the child

    3 Remove trash (soil diaper and wipes)

    4 Replace diaper

    5 Wash child’s hand and your hand

    6 Clean up changing table

    7 Wash your hands again

    Clean and disinfect changing table. Follow the guidelines.

    If reusable cloth diapers are used they should not be rinsed or cleaned in the school. The soiled cloth diaper and its content should be placed in a plastic bag and put it out side. Label the bag with child’s name. Please send it home with the child.

     

    1. Make sure to have supplies ready everyday. (gloves, paper hand towels, soap, trash bags for trash, zip lock bags, paper towels, cleaning supplies hand soap)

    And also activities for the children including pencils, crayons, colored markers, sharpies, pens, paint brushes big and small, art materials etc.

    1. Send kids artwork and other work sheets home every Friday.
    2. Keep staff belongs separate.
    3. Teachers cannot share spoons, gloves, face coverings etc.

    According to public health COVID 19 testing is now available in commercial, private and academic labs. Please inform us immediately if any one in your family is sick and had being done testing, in order for us to take necessary action.

    1. Travel

    With the ongoing COVID -19 outbreak, the state of Texas encourages everyone to heed the advice of the CDC and US State department’s travel watches, alerts and warnings.

    Instructions for self-quarantine travelers can be found on the CDC COVID -19 travelers information.

    Your corporation is greatly appreciated on this matter.

     

    Thank you,

    Faith Montessori