COVID-19 Operating Plans
Orfalea Family & ASI Children’s Center
The following operating plans for the Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center will be in place for the 2022–23 academic year.
Schedule & Occupancy
The Children’s Center will operate Monday–Friday from 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Occupancy will follow guidelines from the California Department of Education, Licensing, California Department of Public Health (CDPH), County Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Quarantine and Isolation for Children
At this time, decisions about quarantine, after a classroom exposure, will continue to be made in alignment with the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) requirements for staff to return to work.
Length of quarantine for exposures outside of the Children’s Center will be dependent on taking a day 5 or later test and receiving negative test results. If no test is taken, quarantine must be a total of 10 days (if no symptoms are present).
Length of isolation for children will be dependent on taking a day 5 or later test and receiving negative test results. If no test is taken, isolation must be a total of 10 days if symptoms are resolving and no fever is present.
For further guidance about isolation and quarantine, check-in with program staff before returning to the Children’s Center.
Physical Distancing Plans
The Director — Children’s Programs has developed a physical distancing plan in alignment with the California Dept. of Education and CDC. Per CDPH, physical distancing in childcare is an infection control best practice and can be used as an added safety layer to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
- Following guidance from the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), stable group guidance will be implemented in partnership with Title 22 licensing requirements. Stable groups are identified as the same group of children and staff. Stable groups of children are to remain in the same groupings throughout the day and separated from other groups.
- The same adults will be with the same group of children each day to the best of our ability.
- Air conditioning with fresh air and windows will be the primary source of cooling for the classrooms.
- Cleaning solution used will be EPA, OSHA, and CDC approved and safe for use around children.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Protocol
The Director—Children’s Programs has developed a plan for the use of PPE to meet guidelines as provided by the appropriate regulating agencies.
- Gloves will be worn when changing diapers and handling bodily fluids.
- Well-fitting masks will be strongly recommended indoors, regardless of vaccination status, for all staff and children ages two and older.
- Staff in infant and young toddler rooms will be encouraged to wear a mask or face shield when bottle feeding or rocking a child to sleep.
- Staff will be asked to have a mask available at all times.
- Face coverings will also be available to staff at the Children’s Center.
After operational hours, a full building cleaning and disinfecting will occur before the next day of operations.
- Toys and classroom materials will be disinfected with CDC approved disinfectant.
- All surfaces will be disinfected with CDC approved disinfectant.
During Operational Hours
The following materials and equipment will be cleaned and disinfected throughout the day:
- Food tables and chairs and serving counters in all classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each meal.
- Classroom and outdoor materials used by children will be frequently cleaned and disinfected.
- Common areas and high-touch areas will be frequently cleaned and disinfected.
- Classroom and outdoor chairs and tables will be frequently cleaned and disinfected.
After Operational Hours
The following materials and equipment will be cleaned and disinfected prior to the next day of operations:
- Adult and children’s bathrooms.
- Common areas and high-touch areas.
- Classroom tables, chairs, serving counters, sinks, floors, high-touch areas, and materials used by children.
- Floors will be mopped and vacuumed.
Safety Precautions for Staff
Staff will monitor their health prior to entering the facility. If any staff member begins to feel ill during the day they need to report immediately to their supervisor.
- All staff, in compliance with the ASI COVID-19 Prevention Plan (CPP), will complete employee health monitoring prior to entering the building and beginning their shift.
- Break and lunch spaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily with approved/provided sanitizer before and after use.
- Shared equipment (e.g. computer keyboards or mice, appliances, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected with approved/provided sanitizer.
- Supervisors will ensure an ample supply of PPE is available.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures
- Drop-off will occur from 7:30 a.m. to no later than 9:30 a.m. unless your child has an alternative schedule that has been approved by either the Director—ASI Children’s Programs or the Administrative Assistant. If there are unforeseen circumstances, parents must call the front desk and notify the Children’s Center of their arrival time.
- Families will be required to complete a daily health screening questionnaire.
- Drop-off and pick-up will occur inside of the facility with guidance provided to families within the Facility Entry document.
- Children will wash their hands upon entering and leaving the classroom. Those that cannot wash their hands independently will be assisted by a teacher.
- Teachers will encourage distance between children during activities.
- Materials will be cleaned frequently.
- Children will wash their hands after using shared materials to the best of their ability.
- Clean and soiled bins will be available in each classroom for materials to be sanitized in prior to the next use.
- The use of sensory/tub tables will be eliminated for use with materials such as water, rice, beans, flour, etc. However, these materials can be used in individual tubs that are cleaned between use. A tub table may be used for materials that can be adequately cleaned between use with sanitizer or soapy water (i.e. Lego®, large blocks, beads, etc.).
- Consideration will be given to the use of materials such as playdough, goop, flubber, etc.
- In rooms where handwashing needs to be assisted, these materials will be stored in individual bags.
- In rooms with independent handwashing, all mitigation strategies will be in place prior to using these materials.
- The outdoor space will be utilized to the fullest degree possible.
- Children will rest with their mats using an alternating head-to-toe placement.
Outdoor Play Procedures
- All materials will be sanitized periodically throughout the day.
- Children will wash their hands before leaving the outside area.
- Rooms 4, 5, 6, and 7 will alternate uses of the climbing structure so that one stable group is using the structure at one time.
- The frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces such as countertops by wiping down surfaces will be increased.
- Carts used to deliver foods will be routinely cleaned and sanitized.
- Meals will be plated by teachers/staff to limit the cross-contamination between individuals that could occur during family-style meals. When plating food, one identified staff at the table will plate the food to ensure minimal contact.
- Employees will be encouraged to wear a mask or face covering during food service and preparation.
Community Care Licensing
- CDC’s Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs during COVID-19
- COVID-19 Guidance for Operating Early Care and Education/Child Care Programs
- Child Care
Quarantine and Isolation
- Quarantine & Isolation – County of San Luis Obispo
- Guidance on Isolation and Quarantine for COVID-19 Contact Tracing
- COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation
Cleaning and Ventilation
- Travel Advisory (ca.gov)
- Domestic Travel During COVID-19 | CDC
- International Travel During COVID-19 | CDC
- California Code of Regulations, Title 8, Section 3205. COVID-19 Prevention.
- QUICK GUIDE: HELP PROTECT YOUR CHILD CARE CENTER FROM COVID-19
- What To Do If A Child Becomes Sick or Receives a New COVID-19 Diagnosis At Your Child Care Program
References prior to July 1, 2020 (Historical Purposes)
- CDC COVID-19 Spreading