Preparing for School during COVID-19
Masks: Remember that your student must wear a mask while they are at preschool. Please be sure to bring your student to school wearing an appropriately-sized mask.
Additionally, staff, students and parents/caregivers must wear a mask at all times while on the premises. Please be sure to also maintain social distancing guidelines by keeping at least six feet away from others.
Absences: If your student is going to be absent for any reason, please call the Absence Reporting Message Line by 10:00 am on the day of the absence and leave a message with your student’s name and the reason for their absence (including symptoms). Please do this each day that they are absent.
If you, another parent or caregiver, or your student has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, please leave a message on the Emergency COVID Line (please ONLY use this line for COVID reporting). Emergency COVID Line Only: 206-799-5045
Arrival: Classes will be starting at staggered times to help maintain social distancing guidelines.
•AM Kindergarten class will be held from 8:30am to 11:45am
•PM kindergarten class will be held from 12:15pm to 3:30pm
•4 year old am class will be held from 9:00am to 11:30am
•4 year old pm class will be held from 12:30pm to 3:00pm
•3 year old am class will be held from 8:45am to 10:45am
•3 year old pm class will be held from 12:00pm to 2:00pm
If you arrive early for check-in, please remain in your car until your check-in time begins.
COVID-19 regulations prohibit anyone in the building but students and staff. All doors to the school building will remain locked from the outside, but are equipped with inside crash bars for emergency egress.
Current Department of Health regulations prohibit us from allowing a student with ANY signs of illness to attend at this time. Before you leave home, take a moment to check your child for signs of illness. If your child isn’t feeling their best or have any signs of illness at all, please keep them at home for the day and let us know. We are legally prohibited from allowing a student with ANY signs of illness to attend school. It is important that we all do our part to keep Sunshine Mountain healthy.
Due to COVID-19 regulations, we are required to track attendance daily and know why a student is absent. If your student will not be at school for any reason please call the Attendance Absence Reporting Message Line: 253-630-6072. If your student will not be at school due to a COVID-19 related issue please call the Emergency COVID-19 Line: 206-799-5045
Check-In and Health Screening: The Department of Health requires that we conduct a health screening before each student can enter the classroom.
All students will complete a health screening outside in front of the church building before being allowed in the building. Before your health screening make sure that your child and you have your mask on properly. You will see an area to line up for health screening but please make sure to maintain six feet of distance between you and others. There are tape marks on the sidewalk to help families stay distanced.
When it is your turn to approach the check-in/health screening table, you will be asked the following questions:
1. Has your child experienced any of these symptoms in the past 48 hours that are not caused by another condition?
• Fever or chills • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache
• Recent loss of taste or smell • Sore throat • Congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea
2. Within the past 14 days, has your child been in close physical contact (6 feet or closer for at least 15 minutes) with anyone that you know had COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms?
3. Are you currently waiting on the results of a COVID -19 test for your child?
4. Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told your child to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19 infection?
Once you answer these questions, your child will have their temperature taken with our touchless thermometer. Your child will then proceed into the building with a teacher. You will exit the sidewalk and return immediately to your car. We ask that parents do not congregate in the check in area or parking lot and try to maintain social distancing during this time for the safety of all of our families and staff.
As required by the Department of Health, we will frequently open windows in the building to increase ventilation. Please send your student to preschool each day with a light sweater/sweatshirt that they can easily take on and off if needed.
Staff and students will wash/sanitize their hands upon entering the classroom and before exiting the classroom.
Each class will have their own set of art supplies and toys, so no sharing of items between classes. All toys and surfaces in the building are cleaned before and after every class.
At this time we will not be having snack at school. Please make sure that your child eats before they come to school. They may bring a water bottle in their backpack that they can use.
The Department of Health regulates what is to be done if we have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 reported. Please be sure to call our Emergency COVID Line, available 24 hours/day, to notify us right away if your student or a parent/caregiver has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Emergency COVID Line: 206-799-5045
Suspected Cases: If a student or staff member has a suspected case of COVID-19 or has been in close contact with a known COVID-19 carrier but is asymptomatic, they are excluded from preschool for 14 days or until a COVID-19 test is negative. All classmates will be notified and should be monitored for symptoms but may attend.
If a parent or caregiver has a suspected case of COVID-19, your student must be excluded from preschool for 14 days or until a COVID-19 test is negative.
If a parent or caregiver has been in close contact with a known COVID-19 case but is asymptomatic, that parent/caregiver is excluded from the preschool (check -in and check-out) for 14 days. Your student may continue to attend but should be monitored.
If a student develops signs of COVID-19 while at preschool, such as a fever of 100.4 or higher, cough or shortness of breath, we will place that student in a room away from others, but supervised, until they can be picked up. Staff members that develop signs while at preschool will immediately go home. No facility closure is required for suspected cases.
Confirmed Cases: If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID -19, they are immediately excluded from preschool and the preschool will be temporarily closed. If a parent or caregiver tests positive for COVID-19, their student is immediately excluded from preschool for 14 days from last date of close contact with that person. Classmates will be notified and should be monitored for symptoms but may attend. No closure is required.
Exemption: Anyone who has previously tested positive for COVID-19 does not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to three months, as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within three months of their first bout of COVID19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.
When a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, all preschool families will be notified and all members of that person’s class should self-quarantine for 14 days. The preschool will close temporarily. Our local health department will be notified and will inform us as to when we may reopen.
Typically closures last 2-5 days unless additional cases are reported. All areas used by the sick person will be cleaned and disinfected after 24 hours of isolation, or the building will be isolated for 7 days, depending on the length of closure.
A student, parent/caregiver or staff member who has a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 can return to the preschool when: • At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery—defined as no fever without use of medications and improvement in respiratory signs like cough and shortness of breath; AND • At least 10 days have passed since signs first showed up.