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 adjust many of our operational procedures, including: 

 Staff Arrival

  • The staff will submit their health screening online before arriving at Glenbrook.
  • The director will confirm their temperature and screening upon arrival.
  • Staff must wear their masks to enter the school.
  • Any staff member with a temperature of 100* or higher, or other indication of illness, will be sent home. 

 Check-In & Pick Up 

    • Before leaving home each parent will submit the health pre-screening including recording their child’s temperature. 
    • Parents and children 2 and over must wear masks & should put them on before exiting their cars for drop off.
    • During morning check-in, families are greeted at the designated drop off areas where they are to maintain 6ft social distancing from others
      • Parents takes the temperature of their child and shows the teacher the result
      • Staff conducts a 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 for at least 72 hours. 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.
      • Results of temperature check & screening are logged daily.
  •  Unfortunately, no parents or other visitors will be permitted inside the building until further notice, so goodbyes need to be said at our school  entrance. 
  • Staff member escorts child inside to wash hands and join their assigned group
  • Items going back and forth between school and home should be limited 
    • Children will bring their labeled daily dry snack and disposable water bottle in a completely disposable bag.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 assigned gate of the playground. We ask that parents and siblings social distance from others during this process.
  • During inclement weather, the same  procedures are followed, but parents will pick                                                                                        

            up their child(ren)outside of Glenbrook’s main doors.

Program Changes

  • Staggered arrival and departure times will be accomplished by using different entry and dismissal  points
  • Children and teachers will be assigned to a class and they will remain constant throughout the day with no interaction between cohorts
  • Glenbrook will use an outdoor classroom where the children will experience circle time, crafts, easel painting, fine motor activities, building and playing with toys outdoors . During inclement weather or when appropriate the indoor classrooms will be used.
  • Each child will have individual school supplies for school 
  • Classes will be assigned to specific bathrooms 
  • Each child will bring their own snack and water bottle to school each day in a fully disposable bag. 
  • Glenbrook will continue to have recess on the playground as usual . Certain toys will be designated for each class. 
  • Soft toys and group sensory play will be removed from the classrooms.
  • Birthday celebration treats will be provided by the parents.
  • There will be no field trips but nature walks to Stratton Park will be allowed

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 every 2 hours
  • Outdoor classroom tables and play equipment will be cleaned between classes
  • Toys will be cleaned and disinfected at the end of the day.
  • There will a system in each classroom so that used toys are put in the “to be cleaned” bin
  • Doors and windows will remain as often as possible and for as long as possible as long as it does not create a safety risk
  • CDC guidelines for cleaning childcare will be followed

Extra Precautions

  • Teachers will wear masks at all times. Gloves and Hand Sanitizer will also be available.
  • Children 2 and over are required to wear masks.(Montgomery County)
  • Parents must provide masks for children (labeled)
  • Staff will be trained in Covid 19 symptoms identification  

Sick Policy

  • Children and staff will not be allowed to enter the building if they have a fever of 100.° or higher
  • Children will not be allowed to come to school if they are exhibiting any COVID-19 like symptoms: 

fever, chills, fatigue, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, nasal congestion/runny nose, severe belly pain, headache, conjunctivitis, shortness of breath, sore throat, coughing, muscle pain, loss of taste or smell 

Parents will report all symptoms to Mrs Winter and wait guidance on when they can return.

  • All families are asked to keep children home for 72 hours following any symptoms
  • If a child exhibits symptoms during the day we will use the nursery as an isolation room

Emergency Communications and Closures

  • Families will supply Glenbrook with current emergency contact

information for their child(ren)  and ensure at least 1 parent 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 gets 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. 
  • 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. The Governor and the OCC require a 14 day quarantine after out of state travel.. We require that  the child would quarantine as well.

For Further Reference:

https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/Documents/07.29.2020%20-%20MDH%20Notice%20-%20Out%20of%20State%20Travel%20Advisory.pdf

https://earlychildhood.marylandpublicschools.org/system/files/filedepot/3/covid_guidance_full_080420.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1e_7DbIM05Jc_IqR_t7lgFmpd7A7AkElyJp1zFvAwnO-KNoDHRd5suy7E

https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/covid19/reopening/requirements/childcare.html#general-req

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html

https://info.childcareaware.org/hubfs/Health%20And%20Safety%20Measures%20For%20Families.pdf

http://marylandpublicschools.org/newsroom/Documents/MSDEChildCareRecoveryPlan.pdf