It is the top priority of FUMC Day School to implement increased health and safety standards for the health of the Day School staff and children. FUMC Day School follows CDC, Child Care Licensing, state and local health officials, and government directives and recommendations. FUMC Day School recommends that families consult the CDC’s guidelines as well as Minimum Health Standard Protocols for Child Care Families regarding individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness and discuss questions and concerns regarding your child with a medical professional. Although FUMC Day School is implementing infection control strategies, sending a child is not without risk. Each family must assess their own risk of exposure to the coronavirus. We want to provide consistent reliable service to you and your child, while maintaining a healthy environment and minimize closures. FUMC Day School, if directed by local health authorities, may need to discontinue any class or the entire program with less than 24-hour notice. If your child tests positive for COVID-19 and attended at least 1 day of class, all parents in the class will be notified without disclosing your child’s name. The same practices will be followed for FUMC Day School staff.
To see the full COVID-19 policies and procedures, please refer to our Preschool and PDO Handbooks.
1. What if a child at FUMC Day School is exhibiting signs of illness? The parent or emergency contact will be contacted for immediate pick up. Return to school will be dictated by the nature of the child’s symptoms, based upon state and local childcare policies as well as CDC guidelines.
2. What if a child is experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19? It is recommended that parents contact the child’s physician. The child can return to school with a negative COVID-19 test. NOTE, the child must still be without a fever (less than 100.4), for 24 hours, without the use of fever reducing medications.
3. What if a child is being tested for COVID-19? The Day School office must be contacted immediately. The child stays out of school while awaiting test results and keeps the school informed. If the results are negative, they can return to school immediately, provided they are not running a fever, as noted above.
4. What if a child or staff tests positive for COVID-19 after attending at least 1 day of class? All parents in the affected classes will be notified. The name of children will not be disclosed. Return to school can occur at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved.
5. What if a child tests negative for COVID-19? A note from a physician confirming a negative result and an alternative diagnosis is required before the child may return to class.
6. What if child or staff member is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and is not tested? The individual is presumed to have COVID-19. The individual may not return to FUMC Day School until the same three steps mentioned in #4 have been met. A note will be required from a physician.
7. What if a child, staff member or any member of their household has had close contact with someone with COVID-19, but do not currently have symptoms? They cannot attend school. They can return to school with a documented negative test result or 14 days after their exposure.The 3 criteria in #4 must also be meet. NOTE, if anyone in the household develops symptoms during the 14 days, the child or staff member must restart their quarantine.
8. What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 among a child or staff member? We will deep clean the classroom. We may need to close the class for the day to do so. We will follow guidance from local health authorities. This may result in a longer period of closure.