COVID-19 Info and Resources for Families
COVID-19 Related Protocol Changes for Verner Families
Updated Drop-off Procedures
With higher numbers of children, we now have a pair of classrooms considered a “pod.” Each classroom has two dedicated faculty members plus a shared teacher who would support one pod. There are times when the support might be another Verner community member.
We are continuing to not allow in the building other grown-ups such as outside volunteers, outside therapists, etc. We will continue to monitor safety and make adjustments when needed.
There are a few classrooms that may combine with their pod at the end of the day for short periods of time. This is to be sure that there are enough adults to maintain good classroom ratios. In the few cases where combining two classrooms is necessary for a period of time, no more than two classrooms will be combined. If we need to combine, we are trying to combine outside in the afternoons unless the weather does not permit.
New Meal-Time Protocol
Daily Health Screenings and Increased Hand Hygiene Protocol
The following enhanced cleanliness measures will be instituted:
- Daily health screenings
- With parent consent, teachers will help children over the age of two in using hand sanitizer when needed while playing outside.
- Intensified cleaning, sanitation, disinfection and ventilation
Outside Learning Environments
Precautions Taken By Verner Staff and Faculty
Staff and faculty have been fitted for N-95 masks. This will give us an additional precautionary measure to facilitate the safety of our community. Verner staff and administrators who do not support daily operations and classroom coverage will continue to work remotely.
Resources for Verner Families Returning to School:
- Check out this great checklist from the CDC about returning to school.
- Read the updated Exclusion Criteria (Criterio de exclusión) added to Verner’s 2019-2020 Family Handbook.
- Verner’s What If Flow Chart in English
- Verner’s What If Flow Chart in Spanish
- NC Interim Guidance for Child Care Settings PDF
- Information on cloth face coverings and PPE
Where can families get reliable information about COVID-19?
What is Coronavirus/COVID-19?
Human Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that usually cause illnesses like the common cold. Almost everyone gets one of these viruses at some point in their lives. Most of the time the illness only lasts for a short time.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild to severe and can include:
- Shortness of breath
What should parents do if a child or family member shows symptoms of COVID-19?
- If you or your child have fever AND cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider or urgent care if you do not have a healthcare provider.
- Do NOT show up at your healthcare provider’s office or the urgent care without calling first.
- Do NOT go to the emergency room. Emergency rooms need to be able to serve the most critically ill.
- If you are having a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 and tell them your symptoms.
- If you do not have a healthcare provider and cannot afford to be seen at urgent care, call 828-250-5109 to speak with a Communicable Disease (CD) nurse at BCHHS. Leave a message and a CD nurse will return your call as quickly as possible.
How should parents talk to kids about COVID-19?
- HELPING FAMILIES COPE – ENGLISH
- HELPING FAMILIES COPE – SPANISH
- Tips for Talking with Children about COVID (Verner Letter) (coming soon)
- How to answer your child when they ask why people are wearing masks
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus (NPR)
What online resources are there for learning at home?In addition to activities from your child’s teacher you can also access online resources at: