COVID-19 Enhanced Protocols

As we open our school, we are guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and our local government to provide enhanced disinfection protocols to prevent the spread of germs within our schools. Glenbrook is planning to take a layer approach as advised by the CDC.

 Staff Arrival

  • The staff will submit their health screening online before arriving at Glenbrook.
  • Staff must wear their masks to enter the school.

 Check-In & Pick Up

  • Before leaving home each parent will submit the health pre-screening via JOVIAL including taking their child’s temperature.
  • Parents and children ages 2 and over must wear masks for drop off.
  • Masks will be required indoors. Masks may be removed for outdoor play.
  • During morning check-in, families are greeted at the designated drop off areas where they are to maintain 6ft social distancing from others
    • Staff conducts a temperature check and screening asking parents about any recent exposure to COVID, health of other members of the household, and any signs of illness in the child. Any symptoms could exclude a child from entering.
    • Any child with any recent exposure to COVID, signs of illness in them or a member of the household, or a temperature of 100. or higher will not be allowed to enter the school and may not return until they are fever & symptom free and have a medical clearance. We encourage families to talk to and get guidance from their pediatrician to facilitate the most efficient return to care when the pediatrician can verify it is safe to do so. The local health department will be contacted by GB for guidance.
    • Parents and other visitors will not be permitted inside the building , so goodbyes need to be said at our school   
  • Staff member escorts child inside to wash hands
  • Items going back and forth between school and home should be limited
    • Children will bring their labeled daily snack . Water will be supplied by GB. There will be no refrigeration available. Please keep allergens in mind .
    • Extra clothing and extra masks will be kept in the bottom of each child’s cubby.
  • At pick-up time, parents will be wearing masks and come to pick up their child at the sidewalk in front of the school.
  • During inclement weather, the same procedures are followed, but parents will pick up their child(ren) at a designated spot

Program Changes

  • Staggered arrival and departure times will be accomplished by using different entry and dismissal points
  • Outdoor time will be emphasized and classes are encouraged to spend extended time outdoors . The grassy field will be used as additional outdoor space.
  • Children and teachers will be assigned to a class or “cohort” and there will be no interactions between “cohorts”.
  • Each child will bring their own snack to school each day in a fully disposable bag.
  • There will be no indoor field trips but opportunities for outdoor field trips will be investigated.
  • Specialists such as music will be allowed with masks and social distancing.
  • All adults working with children will be fully vaccinated.

Enhanced Cleaning

  • Handwashing will be done each day for a minimum of 20 seconds by children and staff. Handwashing will occur upon arrival, before eating, after playing outside and after toileting and following contact with bodily fluids
  • Hand sanitizer is allowed under adult supervision for children
  • Staff will have hand sanitizer and gloves for their use as well.
  • Staff will disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, light switches, faucets,toilets seats and handles
  • Toys and Outdoor Play equipment and toys will be cleaned regularly
  • Doors and windows will remain open to increase ventilation.

Sick Policy

  • Children and staff will not be allowed to come to school if they are exhibiting any COVID-19 like symptoms:
    fever, chills, cough, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea, severe belly pain,runny nose/nasal congestion, headache, shortness of breath, sore throat, coughing, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell
    Parents will report all symptoms to Mrs Winter and wait for guidance on when they can return.
  • If a child exhibits symptoms during the day we will use the nursery as an isolation room
  • If someone in your home is exhibiting covid like symptoms,please notify the director before bringing your child to school

Emergency Communications and Closures

  • Families and teachers will remain connected through text or What App at all times

In case of emergency.

  • Families will supply Glenbrook with current emergency contact information for their child(ren) and ensure at least 1 caregiver is accessible at all times and able to pick up the child(ren) in the event  of illness.
  • In the event that someone in the school community has COVID like symptoms or has a positive test result, the School will prepare for a temporary closure and call the County Health Department & the MSDE Office of Child Care for specific guidance.
  • The Health Department will review the situation and advise the School about procedures to follow, and if necessary ,the length of closure of the facility and any quarantine requirements for staff,children & families. Parents will be notified of any such directives.
  • Michelle Winter will be the contact person to communicate with the health department and with the Glenbrook Community regarding health issues when necessary. If your child or family has any Covid related symptoms please contact her immediately. (301-412-9501)
  • There are possibilities for temporary closures due to possible exposure in which case Glenbrook would immediately move to online learning until the school can safely reopen.
  • If a family or family member travels to another state or country please notify the director. Although many adults are vaccinated, our children are not so we will follow the CDC travel guidelines for domestic and international travel.

For Further Reference:


K-12 School and Childcare COVID-19 Guidance (Revised July 23, 2021) The following is provided by the Maryland Department of Heal

Reopening Montgomery

CDC’s Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs during COVID-19