Welcome to Beachwood Nursery School
Summer Update –
Safety Measures to Keep Everyone Healthy at School
We are pleased to announce we are open and excited to be back after a few months away during the stay-at-home order this spring. Our summer program is in full swing and we are looking ahead to back-to-school time in September as well.
As we navigate these different times, our staff has come up with a plan to provide a safe, caring and nurturing classroom environment for your child that follows the health and safety guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and the Dept. of Children and Families Office of Licensing. A few weeks in and we are happy that families, children and staff have adapted to these new procedures for keeping everyone safe and to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We will re-evaluate as we move further along into our summer program. We thank you for choosing BNS to educate and care for your child and we can’t thank you enough for your flexibility and cooperation as we all adjust to these new procedures.
Children and Staff Only Allowed Inside
Drop off and pick up take place outside by the playground with drive up area near Building 1, where one of your child’s classroom teachers will meet you. This reduces the exposure of the children and teachers. At the beginning of a session, we will send you pictures via the Google Classroom Stream App and/or the Remind App once your child has come inside and settled. We want to reassure you that your child is safe, and we will work together to address any concerns that may arise.
Temperature Check and Health Screening Questionnaire Upon Arrival
Please pre-screen your child at home by taking their temperature. We will verify that no child has a fever when they arrive at BNS by screening again, along with a verbal health screening questionnaire; the same applies to staff as they arrive at school. Parents must wear masks at drop off and pick up. By providing the daily health check, temperature check, and screening questionnaire, we are doing our part to keep the spread down and not bring illness into our school.
Wearing Masks (For children over 2 years old)
The safety of the children, teachers and families is one on the top of everyone’s list. We will take the time to talk about why we are wearing masks, and read stories about fighting germs. We understand the challenges that may come with children and mask wearing and therefore will be encouraging the use of masks during certain activities and/or when children are within close proximity of each other. We ask that you send in 2 masks each day labeled with your child’s name. Your child will have a designated space in their cubby to store the masks when they are not wearing them.
Same Group of Children and Teachers Every Day
The idea is to restrict the number of people crossing paths with one another and reduce exposure to each other. We carefully assign classrooms and are keeping the teacher and child assignments consistent as much as possible.
Daily Group Activities
Within the classroom, it is best to limit the contact that the children are having in large groups. We are planning activities so that the children can stay spread out and do much on their own for the time being. We are also providing small group activities while keeping children spaced apart as much as possible by meeting with a few children at a time.
Staggered Playground Times and Enhanced Cleaning
We are limiting the number of groups outside on the playground at one time so there are fewer people crossing paths. Playground equipment is cleaned and disinfected before each class uses the playground.
For more information on how our day at school looks now, what our enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures are, along with other strategies such as hand washing to reduce the spread of COVID, please read “Keeping Everyone Healthy” in the link below.
Our mission is to provide a safe, caring environment away from home where children can learn and grow in confidence and in ability in all aspects of development; physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually and creatively.
We see ourselves in partnership with parents and through our mutual sharing, we can ensure the best possible growth, development and learning for young children. Beachwood Nursery School believes parent participation is an important factor in school success.