2021/22
COVID-19 Policy

Communication

 

Girls First will regularly communicate and update the community on

cases of COVID-19 which may occur at the program and ensure that

close contacts are correctly identified, notified, and reported.

 

Sanitation & Ventilation

 

Girls First will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces within

the building following each program day. This includes tables, desktops,

chairs, doorknobs/handles, light switches, countertops, handles, desks,

phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks using cleaning products

that are EPA-approved.

 

Additionally, an outside cleaning company will complete regularly scheduled

deep cleaning and disinfecting of the building.

 

Each student will be provided with their own packet of supplies to be used

during programming that will be disinfected at the end of each program day.

 

Girls First has installed ceiling fans and air filtration systems throughout

the building to increase ventilation and decrease the number of virus

particles in the air. Whenever possible, we will keep windows open to

increase outside air circulation.

 

 

Masks

 

Girls First will require approved face coverings (masks) for all students and staff regardless of vaccination status in alignment with CDC Guidelines and current County recommendations. 

 

Masks will be made available by Girls First to anyone in need.

 

Masks can be removed during meal/snack time as students will be properly physically distanced.

 

 

Physical Distancing

 

We have reduced the number of students and volunteers participating in the program this year to ensure that we can maintain recommended physical distancing within all areas of the building.

 

To the best of our ability, students will remain in their cohorts throughout the program to minimize the number of other people they come into contact with.

 

Parents and caregivers will not be permitted into the building during drop off or pick up at this time. 


 

Isolation & Quarantine

 

All students and staff entering the building will be required to sanitize their hands upon arrival alongside a temperature and symptom check. Any staff member or student displaying symptoms of illness should stay home.

 

In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19:

1. The parent or caregiver should notify Girls First immediately.

 

2. The child will need to remain home for 10 days from the date of test if they have no symptoms or 10 days since the symptoms first appeared and 24 hours fever free.

 

3. If feeling up to it, students may continue with virtual programming if available to them.

 

In the event that a student develops symptoms during programming:

1. The child will be isolated in the quiet corner with adult supervision. Her parent or caregiver will be called immediately. Arrangements will be made for the child to go home.

 

2. The child is picked up and the parent or caregiver will contact their healthcare provider for evaluation and possible COVID-19 test.

 

3. The area occupied by the ill child will be disinfected and sanitized.

 

4. If the child’s COVID test results are negative, they can return as long as they are fever free and their symptoms have improved.


 

In the event that a student comes into close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 outside of Girls First:

1. The parent or caregiver should notify Girls First immediately.

 

2. The student should stay home for 10 days after last contact with someone who has COVID-19, watch for symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath, or new loss of taste or smell, and stay away from others as much as possible.

 

3. Quarantine may be shortened to 7 days if the student tests negative for COVID-19. The test should be done no more than 48 hours before they plan to leave quarantine.


 

In the event of possible transmission of COVID-19 at Girls First:

1. All in person programming will be moved to virtual programming for a quarantine period of 10 days.

 

2. In person programming will resume following the quarantine period.

 

3. It is encouraged that all persons with direct exposure to a person testing positive for COVID should be evaluated and possibly tested for COVID.

 

**In the unlikely event that both the Program Coordinator and the Director of Education have tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are displaying symptoms of illness, both in person and virtual programming will be paused until they are able to safely return to work.

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