HEALTH & SAFETY PROCEDURES
The health and safety of our staff and students remains our top priority. 116Kids will at all times maintain best practices protocols as provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Department of Education (DOE), and Department of Health/Office of Children and Family Services (DOH/OCFS) to prevent or reduce the spread of COVID-19.
We ask that you review these guidelines with your children and reinforce the importance of following all recommended practices. If adherence proves too difficult for a child, we will ask that they be picked up immediately. Repeated instances of non-compliance may result in removal from the program to meet health and safety requirements.
Remember, there is still community transmission of COVID-19 in NYC.
Keep in mind the Core Four actions for preventing COVID-19:
Stay home if sick. Staff and students must stay home if they are sick.
Physical distancing. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people.
Wear a face covering. Protect those around you. You can be contagious without symptoms and spread the disease when you cough, sneeze, or talk. A face covering may help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Practice healthy hand hygiene. Wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean frequently touched surfaces regularly; avoid touching your face with unwashed hands; and cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve, not your hands.
Referencing the CDC's recommendation of 6' for social distancing, all students and staff will be asked to maintain at least a 6' distance throughout all interactions each day. Our team will review these guidelines with children daily and, where possible, will mark their spaces on the ground.
Occupancy will be limited to no more than one pod of 8:1 (student to teacher ratio) for our preK students and four pods of 10:1 for our K-5 students, to allow for proper social distancing in all areas. Pending guidance from the DOH, students will be grouped first by their school day pods, and then by grade. These groups will remain static throughout each daily offering of our Mini Camp Mini Sessions, with the same students and the same instructor (unless in case of illness).
Studies suggest that the spread of COVID-19 is 20x less likely outdoors. As such, 116Kids will hold ALL Fall after-school programming in the PS116 yard, weather permitting. There are initiatives underway to prolong holding classes outdoor even in inclement weather. We will provide greater clarity as soon as such becomes available by the DOE and DOH.
In addition to the daily disinfections required by the DOE for all school facilities, 116Kids staff will perform regular disinfections of all frequently touched surfaces consistently throughout the hours of programming. To disinfect and sanitize, all products used meet EPA approval for use against COVID-19.
Staff and students will ALL practice hand hygiene (via hand sanitizers and/or hand washing stations) upon arrival at the program, before snack time, after using the restroom, and before departing for the day. Staff will additionally practice hand hygiene after disinfecting any supplies or surfaces. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout common areas on site.
All staff and students will be required to wear a mask throughout their time at 116Kids. Our team will review these guidelines with children daily. Masks and visors will be provided to staff daily. All students will be expected to arrive with their masks. We will have extra masks on hand for any student who loses or breaks their masks. There will "mask break pods" provided outdoors, with designated spaces marked off, ensuring social distancing at least 6' intervals, where children can safely remove their mask for a few moments. Children will be instructed that if they need a break, and a pod is available, they can alert their instructor and use the pods as needed. When not in a safe area, staff and students will be expected to keep their mask over their mouth and nose at all times.
Students' water bottles and reading materials/homework may be used during the program but can not be shared among children. Other personal items must not be brought to the program or must remain in a child's backpack.
116Kids will not use any shared supplies in our programming. All supplies used will be disinfected at the end of each session.
Health Screenings/Isolation of Sick Children
All students and staff are asked to stay home if showing any signs of illness. Upon arrival daily, all staff will have a temperature check and will complete a self-assessment of symptoms. Any staff with a fever will be asked to return home immediately. All students will also have a daily temperature check upon arrival to the program. Any student with a fever will be immediately isolated from the group and a parent will be contacted. For everyone's safety, families must have plans in place to have their child picked up promptly. For any families who live or work outside of the immediate neighborhood, please identify an emergency pickup person(s) that can arrive promptly, and ensure that we have their contact information on file.
Additionally, staff will make visual inspections of children throughout the afternoon for signs of potential COVID-19 illness which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity), fatigue, or extreme fussiness.
Confirmed or Suspected Case of COVID-19
In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 either at PS116 during the school-day or during 116Kids programming, our program will shut down for a mandatory 2-week quarantine period, as directed by the DOE.
In the event that a parent/guardian of a child must be isolated because they have tested positive for, or exhibited symptoms of, COVID-19, the parent/guardian must be advised that they cannot enter the site for any reason, including picking up their child.
If the parent/guardian – who is a member of the same household as the child – is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or has been tested and is positive for the virus, utilize an emergency contact authorized by the parent to come pick up the child. As a “close contact,” the child must not return to 116Kids for the duration of the quarantine.
If the parent/guardian– who is a member of the same household as the child – is being quarantined as a precautionary measure, without symptoms or a positive test, staff will walk out or deliver the child to the parent/guardian at the boundary of, or outside, the premises. As a “contact of a contact” the child may return to 116Kids during the duration of the quarantine.
If a child or their household member becomes symptomatic for COVID-19 and/or tests positive, the child must quarantine and may not return or attend 116Kids until after quarantine is complete.