COVID-19 - Our Preparations and Protocols

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The health and safety of all of our children, staff, and families continues to be our first priority in the wake of the evolving situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)in Rochester.

There are a number of actions we have taken and many things you can do to keep our communities safe. The most important action you can take is to stay home if you are sick.

Entering the building

Anyone entering the Eureka Kids building will be asked to use hand sanitizer immediately.

School Cleaning & Hygiene

We continue to work in close partnership with the Minnesota Health Department to enhance protocols here at Eureka Kids. These include:

  • Performing deep cleanings at least once a week, disinfecting surface areas with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - approved cleaning disinfectant
  • Ensuring that we have adequate hygiene materials and supporting children and staff are using them appropriately. Bathrooms and hand washing sinks are continuously stocked with soap and paper towels
  • Reminding children and staff to regularly wash their hands throughout the day, particularly before and after meal time, before and after toileting and diaper changes, after outdoor play time, and any time hands are soiled; and to make changes as needed to assure children have the time.

Attendance

Children who are sick must stay home. Families must keep programs informed about the nature of the absence.

In the event a child is sick, complaining of fever, cough, or shortness of breath, that child will be taken to an area away from other children. A staff member will evaluate the child’s condition, and will call for parental pick up, and recommend calling a medical provider for instructions as needed. Any child with respiratory symptoms and fever will wait in a supervised setting with a closed door, under adult supervision, away from other children. In these cases, the child may be asked to wear a facemask.

What if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Eureka Kids?

  • In the event that the Minnesota Health Department determines that there is a need for investigation, closure, or other action current families will be notified immediately
  • We are working with the state to provide more information on closure guidance to share in the near future.

If you Feel Sick

  • Stay home and call your doctor if you have symptoms including but not limited to coughing, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat
  • If you do not feel better in 24-48 hours, seek care from your docto
  • Avoid going out in public. Do not go to school or work until you have been fever free at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing drugs like Tylenol or ibuprofen
  • If you need help getting medical care, call 911

If you have traveled recently

Parents of currently enrolled children who have been outside of Minnesota in the last 14 days, will have to drop their children off in the front lobby and a staff member will take the children back to their classrooms. This is the same at pick up, parents who have been out of state must wait in the front lobby and a staff member will retrieve their children.

Anyone who has traveled internationally and returned, must stay home from work or school for 14 days after their last day in that country and minimize contact with other people.

If returning travelers from affected countries develop fever, cough, or trouble breathing, they should call their medical provider and tell them about their symptoms and history of travel.

Continue to practice general viral infection prevention measures including

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when sneezing or coughing
  • Do not touch your face with unwashed hands.
  • Do not shake hands. Instead wave or elbow bump.
  • Monitor your health more closely than usual for cold or flu symptoms

The health and safety of our children continues to be our chief priority, and we will continue to follow all guidance and take all ap- propriate measures accordingly, and stay in consistent communication with all of our families