COVID-19 Protocols for Enrichment Programs

Dear Before and After School Families,

We are so excited to welcome your child(ren) back to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Because keeping your child(ren) safe guides every decision we make, we assure you we will be strictly adhering to COVID-19 preventative measures based on standards and guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Health, New Jersey Department of Education, and  New Jersey Department of Children and Families.The Connection hosted eight weeks of camp this summer and is well-prepared to follow all COVID-19 protocols while giving children the opportunity to learn, socialize, and be active. 

AfterSchool will start September 8th, in the schools. During the single sessions (9/1 – 9/4), we will be offering care for families who need it at The Connection (at no additional charge).

Below you will find a highlight of the policies and procedures we have put into place to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and families.

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Children will not be permitted to attend our Enrichment Programs and staff will not be permitted to work if they have a fever of 100.4 or above, exhibit any other signs of COVID-19, or have been exposed to a suspected or confirmed case of the virus. Should such a situation occur, The Connection will adhere to the NJ Dept of Health and CDC procedures regarding notifying other preschool families and staff as well as in determining when a student or staff member may return.

If a student develops a fever or signs of COVID-19 related symptoms during the school day, the parent/caregiver will be immediately notified and the child will be isolated with a staff member. These steps will be taken in such a manner as to not upset the child.

Daily Procedures

Students will frequently wash their hands with soap and water throughout the day. 

Our class size has been limited to 10 children. 

Social distancing markers and signage regarding safety protocols will be present throughout the building.

All staff and members who have passed the health screening will be permitted to enter the building. No other visitors, including parents/caregivers, will be permitted inside the building.

All policies and procedures set forth by the New Jersey Department of Health will be followed for any positive/potential COVID-19 cases.

All activities will adhere to NJ DOH standards including no contact sports or field trips.

A deep cleaning of the facility will be conducted prior to the reopening of our building.

Enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures will be followed using EPA approved disinfectants and following CDC guidance.

In addition following CDC guidance for enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures throughout the building, rooms including surface areas, chairs, equipment will be disinfected with EPA approved products. The Connection has purchased a misting sprayer to assist the process.

Restrooms will be disinfected every hour and cleaned as necessary.

As an exercise facility, we have quality ventilation and all air filters are HEPA and new. Whenever possible, facility windows and doors will be open and fans will circulate air. 

Equipment that must be shared will be disinfected prior to and at the conclusion of each use. Preschoolers will receive individual supply packets for activities such as arts and crafts.

Staff Training
Staff has been thoroughly trained according to New Jersey Dept of Health standards addressing hygiene/sanitation, PPE, COVID-19 signs and symptoms, and infection control.

All staff will adhere to Connection and State policies and procedures.

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