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Health & Wellness

The health and wellness of our children, families and staff is of the utmost importance for The Malvern School. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have modified our operating procedures and enhanced our health policy in order to take precautions to provide an appropriate environment for children and staff.

Along with our pre-existing health and safety protocols, which exceed current licensing standards, our enhanced health practices in response to COVD-19 are guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our team of Health & Safety Staff and comprehensive input from a certified Health Consultant.

Our goal as a leader in early childhood education and a trusted school is to provide our community with information that will help guide decisions and ease children back into school.

The following policies and procedures are continually being evaluated and updated based on the latest recommendations from the CDC and local and state agencies. They may change as we navigate through the pandemic and the information on this page will be updated accordingly.

 

The Malvern School’s enhanced health practices in response to COVID-19 include:

 

Modified Drop Off/Pick-Up Procedures

Drop off and pick-up will be handled at exterior screening stations to limit access to the building by additional people.

Only one parent per family will be permitted to the screening station and only one family unit at a time.  Families will be spaced 6 feet apart from each other and all adults must wear masks during drop off and pick-up.  After a cleared health screening, the child(ren) will be escorted to his/her classroom by one of our teachers.

 

Health Screening

Upon arrival, all children and staff will go through a daily health screen before being permitted into our schools. Health screenings will include a visual check for signs of illness and confirmation that the individual does not have a cough or shortness of breath. There will also be a mid-day temperature check for all staff and students.

Social Distancing in the Classroom

Social distancing our young friends is a bit different in a child care setting. Children will be placed in the same group every day with the same teacher(s). Groups will not co-mingle and social distancing will be practiced throughout the day especially during meal time and nap time. All special guests, visitors and field trips have been postponed until further notice.

Face Masks at School

Our staff will wear cloth face coverings when present inside the building. When visiting the school property, parents will need to wear a cloth face covering. Infant/Toddler staff will wear gowns over their clothing. The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children over the age of 2 wear face coverings. In the state of PA, face masks are required except during meal times, nap and outdoor play. In the state of NJ, the coverings are encouraged. Due to the young ages we serve, we acknowledge that children may not be able to wear a mask for the duration of the day.

Cleanliness and Sanitizing Practices

Our buildings will continue to be extensively cleaned and disinfected by our outside professional cleaning service on a nightly basis with increased attention to frequently touched areas. In addition, staff will rotate materials throughout the day for sanitation in all classrooms. Our playgrounds will be disinfected throughout the day and in between group use.

Hand Washing

Hand washing has always been a frequent activity throughout the day at our schools. With CDC guidance, we have updated the regular times that hands will be washed. In addition, staff and children will ensure hands are washed at a minimum of once per hour (except while sleeping).

Meal Time Precautions

Organic snack is served twice a day and may be served during staggered times to accommodate social distancing. Teachers will continue to serve children utilizing our current health and safety policy by wearing gloves and all snacks will be provided as an individual serving. Lunches may also be served at staggered times. All families are asked to provide no-heat lunches in disposable containers.

For full details, Malvern School families should reference the Parent Handbook COVID-19 Addendum. Please contact your Director if you would like to receive another copy for your reference.


Resources
See additional resources below with information to help guide families and ease children’s transition back to school.

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

American Academy of Pediatrics and HealthyChildren.org Cloth Face Coverings for Children —https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/Cloth-Face-Coverings-for-Children-During-COVID-19.aspx

Questions? If you have questions about our Health & Wellness Guidance, please feel free to contact your school’s Director.

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