COVID-19 Reopening Plans
Orfalea Family & ASI Children’s Center
The following reopening plans for the Orfalea Family and ASI Children’s Center have been reviewed and approved by the Cal Poly Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Schedule & Occupancy
The Children’s Center will operate Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. until restrictions ease. Occupancy will be 60–65 children per the California Department of Education/Licensing and CDC guidelines.
Physical Distancing Plans
The Children’s Center director has a proposed physical distance plan in alignment with the California Department of Education, CDC, and campus specifications as follows:
- Maximum of 12 children per classroom to adhere to physical distancing measures.
- Groups of 12 to remain in the same groupings throughout the day and separated from other groups. Classrooms provide adequate space for physical distancing of children at table activities.
- The same adults will be with the same group of children each day. All pick up and drop off will be done at the front of the building with distancing between clients while waiting in line.
- No parents allowed in the facility unless an emergency arises.
- Offices have been adapted for social distancing.
- Temporary office spaces have been created.
- Surface cleaning will be increased.
- Work schedules and breaks will be staggered to prevent crowding.
- Socially distanced office operational guidelines will be operationalized for workspaces.
- 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 Children’s Center director has developed a plan for the use of PPE to meet guidelines as provided by the appropriate regulating agencies.
- All children and staff entering the building will be screened for temperature.
- Gloves will be worn when changing diapers.
- Gloves will be worn by all food handlers including during the preparation of bottles for infants.
- Staff will wear face coverings.
- Teachers will wear scrubs that can be taken off and washed at the center at the end of the day to prevent germs from traveling to homes.
Two ASI Building Service workers will provide cleaning services for the Children’s Center Monday through Friday during operational hours on a rotating schedule in each classroom. After operational hours, a full building cleaning and disinfecting will occur before the next day of operations.
- Toys and classroom materials will be disinfected in the dishwasher or 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:
- Adult and children’s bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected twice per day.
- Food tables and chairs and serving counters in all classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected after each meal.
- Classroom materials used by children frequently will be cleaned and disinfected.
- Common areas and high-touch areas will be frequently cleaned and disinfected.
- Outside play equipment and toys will be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
- Classroom and outdoor chairs and tables will be cleaned and disinfected frequently.
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.
Family Communication & Safety
- The Children’s Center will obtain pertinent contact information from families so they can be reached at all times.
- Families will be provided with information from the CDC on COVID-19 symptoms, transmission, prevention, and when to seek medical attention.
- If children become sick at facility, families will be contacted immediately using Emergency Contact Cards (a minimum of two additional contacts who can be called to pick up child must be included).
- The sick child will be isolated in the director’s office and will be attended by a limited number of trained staff.
- Older children who are sick will wear a mask, if willing, while waiting to be picked up.
A health survey will be completed for all families upon arrival using the following questions:
- Does anyone in your family show any signs or symptoms including signs of a fever (>100.4° F using infrared no-touch thermometer) or a low-grade fever with body aches, chills, including repeated shaking, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of smell and/or taste, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, or feeling sick?
- Has your family traveled outside of the state or country in the last two weeks?
- Have you had visitors from out of state visit in the last 2 weeks?
If the answer to any of the above questions are yes, the child will not be admitted into the center.
*All screening questions will be updated as further guidance is issued.
Safety Precautions for Staff
Staff entering the building will self-screen using the criteria and questions below. Temperatures will be taken when arriving to work. Any temperature above 100.4° F must be reported to the center director. If any staff member begins to feel ill during the day, they must report immediately to their supervisor.
- Do you have any signs or symptoms including signs of a fever (>100.4° F using infrared no-touch thermometer) or a low-grade fever with body aches, chills, including repeated shaking, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of smell and/or taste, or feeling sick
- In the last 14 days have you had contact with someone with a laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19, someone who is under investigation from COVID-19 or has been hospitalized for a respiratory illness and has no signs of any of the symptoms listed above?
- Have you been under medical quarantine by any governmental entity within the past 14 days?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, the staff will be sent home and will not be allowed to work until such conditions no longer exist.
*All screening questions will be updated as further guidance is issued.
- Break and lunch spaces will be cleaned and disinfected daily with approved/provided sanitizer and paper towels before and after use.
- Shared equipment (e.g. computer keyboards, mice, appliances, etc.) will be cleaned and disinfected with approved/provided sanitizer and paper towels each morning and after each use.
- Employees shall use hand sanitizer before using computers/shared equipment.
- Shared carts, equipment, and computers will be cleaned and disinfected with approved/provided sanitizer and paper towels before and after use. Employees must not spray cleaner directly on computer keyboards or electronic interface panels. Employees must spray sanitizer on a paper towel first, then wipe.
- Supervisors will ensure an ample supply of PPE is available.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures
- Children will be dropped off at the front door to administrative staff.
- Teachers will greet children in the lobby or administrative staff will deliver them to classrooms.
- Room 1 children (infants) can be given to teachers at the front gate.
- When families arrive to pick up children, they will call the front desk, and someone will bring their child to the front door for them.
- Families will wait in their cars or 6 feet apart on the sidewalk to be screened and to drop off or pick up their child.
- Teachers with children will use the back entrance, self-screen, and temperature check both themselves and their children.
- The distance between children at table activities will increase.
- Materials will be used by one child then cleaned.
- Children will wash their hands after using blocks, Legos, etc.
- Sensory tables will be eliminated.
- Outdoor spaces will be utilized to the fullest degree possible.
- Children will nap 6 feet apart and alternating head to toe.
- Bins will be in each classroom for materials to be sanitized prior to using again.
Outdoor Play Procedures
- Structures and materials will be sanitized periodically throughout the day.
- Children will wash their hands before leaving the outside area and periodically during the time
- The frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces such as countertops will increase.
- Wrapping and packaging used for food transport will be removed in a manner to ensure that contamination is prevented.
- Carts used to deliver food will be routinely cleaned and disinfected.
- Disposables will be used for food service whenever possible.
- Use of family-style meals will no longer be in place. Meals will be plated by teachers/staff to limit the cross-contamination between individuals.
- Employees will be pre-screened (e.g., take temperature and assess symptoms) prior to starting work.
- Employees will wear a mask or face covering.
- Employees will practice social distancing and stay at least 6 feet from other people whenever possible.