Covid-19 Policies and Procedures for Summer 2020

  

International School for Peace takes the current pandemic seriously. Families are asked to be on the alert for signs of illness and keep your children at home when sick. You are required to call the preschool office to report absences of any kind. 


The following policies are based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and will be implemented daily:


  • Ideally, the same or designated person should drop off and pick up your child each day. The exception would be if that person is ill. If possible, older people such as grandparents or those with serious underlying medical conditions should not drop off or pick up children because of their risk for severe illness from Covid-19.
  • If anyone in your household is diagnosed with Covid-19, call the preschool office to discuss a plan for your child. The Pima County Health Department recommends that if you live with someone diagnosed with Covid-19, all household members should stay home. 
  • Upon arrival, all staff and students will undergo a health check to include temperature taking. We ask your patience with this process. Persons who have a fever of 100.00F (38.00C) or above OR show other signs of illness to include but not limited to runny nose, cough, or shortness of breath will not be admitted to the facility and will need to go home. Family members may also be asked about their current health status.
  • Hand sanitizer station will be set up at the entrance of the facility, so that children and their family member can clean their hands before entering the facility. Please monitor your child  for the safe use of hand sanitizer.  Once in their classrooms, children will again wash their hands with soap and water.  Handwashing will continue to be a  frequent practice throughout the day.
  • During this summer program, family members will be discouraged from entering our classrooms.  Please limit your movement on the ISP campus. Essential visitors will be limited and use of class volunteers will be cancelled for the summer.
  • Family members are strongly encouraged to wear a face mask when on our campus. Currently, there are no ADHS recommendations for the use of face coverings by staff or children in child care programs. However, the CDC recommends that when feasible, staff and older children should wear a mask when in the facility.
  • During school hours, students or staff exhibiting symptoms will undergo a heath check. Those determined to be ill will immediately be isolated from others. You will be contacted to pick up your child. Students may return to the school after they are fever free for 72 hours or more and      accompanied by a doctor’s note stating the child may return to school.
  • Please practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet apart outside the classrooms and adhere to ground markers.
  • Children will play with the same group for the week and classes will not be mixed during our full day program, to include our outdoor times.
  • During naptime, mats will be spaced as much as possible, ideally 6 feet apart. Children will be positioned head to toe. Children’s bedding will be stored in individually labeled bins. Sheets will be laundered once a week or more often, if needed.
  • ISP will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, and document these practices.  Documentation of that cleaning schedule will be available to you. For this summer, we will be alternating our toys frequently and offer fewer soft, cloth toys.
  • Jan Pro, our long-time professional cleaning service, will clean our campus each evening M-F. They will utilize Med-Metrix, a hospital grade method of disinfecting and Enviroshield, a spray method of application.  A binder of their cleaning protocol and cleaners used will be available to you.  Their same employee will clean our campus each evening while wearing coveralls, gloves, and mask while on our campus.


Please remember to take a moment to check our information case for up to date health and safety information.


*Please also reference our Illness policy below for more information.*

Immunizations

Medication Policy

Immunizations

Pima County Health Department monitors student vaccinations and exemption forms.  Preschools are required to check student files throughout the year. Please remember to bring updated copies of your child's immunizations to the preschool office.  Parents are responsible for keeping the information in their child's file current.  Exemption forms are available online and in the preschool office.  Please bring 4 copies of your child's current immunization form to your pre-conference.

Injuries

Medication Policy

Immunizations

For minor injuries staff members will help the child wash the area with soap and water and apply ice and/or a bandage.  An Ouch Report will be sent home with the child that day.  For more serious incidents, an Incident Report will be completed and filed in the Incident Binder in the preschool office.  A copy of the Incident Report is available upon request. Staff will make contact with parents for any head injuries.


All staff hold current CPR and First Aid certifications. 

Medication Policy

Medication Policy

Medication Policy

When a child needs medication during school hours, it will be administered by school personnel. Prescription and non-prescription medication must be labeled with your child’s full name, all other pertinent information, and in the original container. Nonprescription medication must be age appropriate or a doctor's note will be needed. Parents will give medications to the office staff and fill out a Medication Consent Form in the preschool office.  Any expired or unused portion will be returned to the parents.

Nutrition

Arrivals and Departures

Medication Policy

Healthy eating is considered to be an important part of the curriculum at the International School for Peace. Please provide a snack each day in your child's lunch box. You may choose to label the foods you wish for your child to eat for snack. Morning snack time is 10am, and afternoon snack is at 3:30pm. Students attending all day will need to bring 2 snacks in their lunch boxes. Lunches and water bottles (labeled with the child's name) are provided by parents and are stored in bins in the classroom. Parents should pack a cold pack in their child’s lunch box to keep food cool. We encourage families to provide nutritious choices for snacks and lunch.   The language-rich process of hand-washing, eating meals, and cleaning up after creates wonderful learning opportunities for our young children.

Arrivals and Departures

Arrivals and Departures

Arrivals and Departures

Parents and guardians must sign their children in and out every day on the forms provided. Arizona State Licensing requires a full signature.  Photo identification will be required from anyone who is new to picking up the child or who the staff member on duty does not recognize. Please advise others who will be picking up your child to bring a valid driver’s license or photo identification with them. All class sign in/out notebooks will be centrally located between the preschool office and room 10 by the parent information board.  

All ISP staff, families and guests will enter the preschool through the main gate. Two other gates will remain open and serve as exists for emergencies. Families dropping students off after 9:15 will go to the office first to sign in before proceeding to the classroom. Students will need to be signed in as well in their class binder.  ISP  will dismiss the full day students as a group at 2:30 daily. If a parent or approved adult needs to pick up their child prior to dismissal, he or she will go to the office to sign in before proceeding to the classroom.  Students will need to be signed out as well in their class binder. 

Sun Safety Policy

Arrivals and Departures

Arrivals and Departures

Whenever possible, the availability of shade will be considered when planning outdoor activities particularly between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Families will be strongly encouraged to provide hats and sunglasses. Light weight long-sleeved shirts and full length pants are encouraged when the temperatures are reasonable. We encourage that sunscreen is applied at or before drop off. With written parent permission, staff will apply sunscreen SPF 30 or greater to exposed skin (15 minutes before going outside). ISP will supply sunscreen. Families have the option of supplying their own sunscreen for their child. Please be sure to label container with child's name.Staff will be encouraged to practice sun safety strategies to serve as a good role model for children.

Oral Health Practices

Oral Health Practices

Oral Health Practices

We encourage healthy dental hygiene through the use of songs, stories, books and materials. Lesson plans are posted in each homeroom classroom

Empower Program

Oral Health Practices

Oral Health Practices

International School for Peace is a registered Empower facility. We pledge to encourage healthy nutrition, promote oral health practices and sun safety, increase physical activity and support families to prevent exposure to tobacco and second hand smoke.

Physical Activity

Oral Health Practices

Physical Activity

Teachers encourage physical activities as part of their curriculum by scheduling at least 60 minutes of planned gross motor activity (which can be broken up in shorter time periods) per day. Teacher led activities may include obstacle courses, jogging, games, and cycling. A separate lesson plan entitled “Empower Physical Activities” is posted in each homeroom.

Smoke Free Campus

Transportation & Field Trips

Physical Activity

International School for Peace is a smoke-free facility. No smoking is permitted on our campus. We offer families information on dangers of second - and third- hand smoke and contact information for the Arizona’s Smoker’s Helpline

Transportation & Field Trips

Transportation & Field Trips

Transportation & Field Trips

International School for Peace does not provide transportation.  Field trip excursions like nature walks, visiting the Library for Peace, or learning fire safety from the Rural/Metro Firefighters are done on campus.  Field trip permission forms are required for licensing, and parents sign them in their child's classroom.   

Visitors

Transportation & Field Trips

Transportation & Field Trips

We look forward to siblings and family participation on campus!  All visitors check in/out at the preschool office and wear a badge while on campus. Please arrange classroom participation in advance with your child’s teacher.  Due to liability requirements, children who are not enrolled must be supervised by parents or secured in a stroller or backpack carrier.

Inspection Reports

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

International School for Peace is licensed by Arizona Department of Health Services.  Yearly inspection records may be reviewed on our office or at:  Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Child Care Licensing, 400 W. Congress, Suite 100, Tucson, Arizona, 85701, 520-628-6540.

At the current time International School for Peace does not use pestasides on our campus.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Safety and Security

Your child’s safety is our constant concern.  Our classroom doors are locked from 7:30-5:30 during school hours.  Staff is equipped with walkie-talkies for easy on-campus communication and keeps an emergency bag with supplies with them at all times.  We conduct regular fire drills, and prepare for emergency evacuations and lock downs throughout the year.  Rooms are equipped with emergency equipment, and staff members are trained to effectively prepare for safety, efficiency, and communication in the event of an emergency.  Sites have been established both on and off campus to meet emergency evacuation and lock down situations.  

Staff has emergency contact information for children in their care with them at all times.  Emergency contacts listed by parents on the blue card are people the preschool office can call in the event we are unable to reach a parent.  People listed by parents on the Student Release Authorization form are contacted by parents to pick up their child.  As family constellations change, new cell phone numbers are acquired, or people move, it is important to keep your child's file updated.

Preschool Director and a designated staff member will be trained in crisis response. Director will consult with a professional security company yearly on recommended safety improvements.

There is always a director or director designee on campus.  In addition, during the director's absence, a second staff member not assigned to classroom duties will oversee campus safety. During  Aftercare hours, staff will carry a walkie-talkie channeled to communicate directly with a St. Francis staff member should a safety concern arise.

Illnesses

Safety and Security

Campus Supervision

We greatly appreciate the respect you show for all of us by keeping your sick children at home. Please call the school if your child will be out due to illness (or any other reason) as we are required to document illnesses.  According to State of Arizona regulations, a child with any of the following symptoms should not be at school:  

*  A fresh cold or persistent cough

*  Red Throat

*  Temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher

*  Runny nose / yellow or green discharge

*  Vomiting

*  Infected eye

*  Contagious or questionable rashes

*  Diarrhea

*  Any communicable disease or infection 

 

If your child contracts a communicable disease, please notify the school at once.  A doctor’s note stating that the child is no longer contagious may be necessary before returning to school. If a health concern arises, a school wide wellness check may be conducted. If your child develops any of the above symptoms while at school, s/he will be separated from the other children. Parents will be notified to pick up the child without delay.  Please have back-up arrangements to ensure that sick children can be picked up from school immediately or kept home.  

Children may return to school when:

Fever has been absent for 72 consecutive hours, vomiting and/or diarrhea has been absent for 24 consecutive hours, absence of yellow or green nasal discharge, twenty-four hours after beginning medication for strep throat, conjunctivitis (pink eye), etc, or one week after the onset of chicken pox or when all lesions are crusted.


In  our efforts to prevent the spread of illness on campus,, all staff, students, and guests are required to wash their hands upon arrival. 

Campus Supervision

Emergency Evacuation / Fire Safety

Campus Supervision

Before children are signed in, or after children are signed out, supervision is the responsibility of the caretaker.  Please do not enter a locked area or use equipment that is stored away.  If equipment is available, please use it respectfully and return it the area where it was originally found.

Insurance Coverage

Emergency Evacuation / Fire Safety

Emergency Evacuation / Fire Safety

International School for Peace carries required liability insurance coverage pursuant to A.A.C.R. 9-5-302.

Emergency Evacuation / Fire Safety

Emergency Evacuation / Fire Safety

Emergency Evacuation / Fire Safety

  

Your child’s safety is our priority. In accordance with Rural Metro Fire Department, ISP school conducts monthly fire drills, and our staff is prepared for emergency evacuations and lock downs.  Rooms are equipped with emergency equipment, and staff members are trained to effectively prepare for safety, efficiency, and communication in the event of an emergency. Sites have been established both on and off campus to meet emergency evacuation and lock down situations. At all times, staff will carry with them emergency contact information for the children under their care. 


Our Emergency Preparedness Plan is available to you in the Preschool office.


Emergency contacts listed by parents on the blue card are people the preschool office can call in the event we are unable to reach a parent. People listed by parents on the Student Release Authorization form are contacted by parents to pick up their child. As family constellations change, new cell phone numbers are acquired, or people move, it is important to keep your child's file updated.


All staff hold current First Aid and CPR certification