Pre-K 4 SA opened the doors for students at its four Education Centers on September 8, 2020. We have developed a COVID-19 response strategy — consistent with Pre-K 4 SA’s advising physician whose guidance is consistent with the broader medical community, including Metro Health — to keep our children, families and staff safe and healthy.
With many new safety features and sanitation protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19 set in place, our 2020–2021 school year will look different from previous years. These protocols and procedures will be evident from the very moment children arrive at Education Centers or bus depots to the moment they are picked up at the end of the day.
Although COVID-19 has disrupted our normal way of life, we want the children in this year’s cohort to have the same sense of wonder and awe that previous groups of children experienced at Pre-K 4 SA. Young children learn through play, which includes active exploration and tactile interactions. To ensure children are able to safely move about the room and touch instructional materials, Pre-K 4 SA has developed a sanitation plan that allows children to go about their normal classroom activities and then place used items in a cleaning bin to be sanitized by staff. This approach makes cleaning and sanitizing a normal part of the classroom routine and avoids creating a sense of fear about being in the classroom or using materials.
Teaching children healthy habits has always been part of the Pre-K 4 SA approach. We teach children how to brush their teeth, eat vegetables, and properly wash their hands because those are things we do to keep ourselves happy and healthy. This year, we are adding new lessons
that teach children the proper way to put on their masks and face shields and the importance
of handwashing and sanitation as part of a general routine of safety and healthfulness.
Pre-K 4 SA is here to continue providing a safe and welcoming environment where children can continue learning and receive a high-quality early childhood education. We have been busy all summer adding new safety features and sanitation protocols to keep the virus out of the building and reduce the chance of an outbreak.
New Arrival/Dismissal Procedures
Pre-K 4 SA has modified our morning and afternoon arrival and dismissal procedures to reduce contact and increase safety for children, families and staff. We will be using a new contactless smartphone application, ProCare, to check-in students in the morning and again to sign them out in the afternoon.