COVID 19 Policies

The Montessori Academy of Upland is dedicated to protecting our staff and families during the spread of this Novel Coronavirus, COVID 19. We are working diligently to follow all guidance given by our state and local officials. This guidance is fluid and changes from time to time as determined by these officials. At this time here are some of the things you can expect from MAU:

Essential Protective Equipment and Supplies

  • Face Coverings

    • Are required for all adults while on campus with the exception of staff members who are engaged in eating in the designated staff areas.

    • CHILDREN under 2 should not wear face coverings due to the risk of suffocation.

    • Children over 2 are encouraged to wear a face covering if they can tolerate it, can wear it properly, take it on and off independently, and can avoid touching or manipulating it frequently causing it to become soiled. All children are discouraged from wearing a face covering if they cannot meet these criteria.

    • Children will not be required to wear face masks outside, while eating or sleeping.

 

  • Gloves

    • Staff will use provided gloves when serving food, handling trash, or using cleaning or disinfectant products​.

  • Hand Sanitizer​

    • Frequent handwashing is more effective than the use of hand sanitizers and is the protocol we will use with the children on campus. Hand sanitizing stations are provided at each entrance and exit for use when washing is not possible, and sanitation is necessary. Parents may assist their child in using the hand sanitizing stations. Hand sanitizer should be rubbed in until the child's hands are completely dry. Hand Sanitizer is not recommended for children under ​24 months. ​​

Cleaning

  • Increase in the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting all high touch surfaces, such as sink knobs, toilet handles, tables, door handles, keypads, etc...

  • Designating a place to put toys that need to be cleaned, sanitized, or disinfected before being introduced back to the classroom.

Hygiene

  • Strict handwashing guidelines for all staff and children reinforcing healthy habits.

  • Teaching the children to avoid contact with the eyes, nose and mouth. How to use a tissue to blow their nose and how to cough/sneeze into their elbow. Handwashing will take place upon arrival, before and after eating, after coughing or sneezing, before and after playing outside, and after using the restroom. 

What is the procedure when I arrive at the facility to drop off or pick up my child?

  • Parents are asked to drop-off and pick-up in the hallway or from the playground if the children are outside. For the time being, please refrain from entering the classroom in order to prevent the unnecessary introduction of germs into the environment. Please ask a teacher or administrator to assist you in receiving or gathering your child's things from the classroom if they are not located outside the classroom.

  • Please make sure during drop-off and pick-up that you are keeping social distance of 6 feet with other who might be in the hallway picking up or dropping off as well.

  • If you have any symptoms of illness at all please do not enter the facility for any reason. Call the office and an administrator can come to get your child. NOTE: If your illness has not been diagnosed and your symptoms are listed as possible COVID 19 symptoms list, you may be asked to get a clearance before your child can attend.

  • Your child should take off their shoes and place them on the rack outside the classroom door (all classes except infants). 

  • Please open the door and wait for the teacher to come and receive your child prior to having them enter the classroom. The teacher will take your child's temperature and look them over for wellness. Please do a wellness check at home and do not send your child if they have any COVID symptoms or other signs of illness.

  • Your child will come in and immediately wash their hands and then proceed to put on their inside shoes. 

  • Please remember to sign your child in.

 

 

​Quarantine

Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

What to do

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

  • Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

 

After quarantine

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.

  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.

 

You may be able to shorten your quarantine

Your local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last, based on local conditions and needs. Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if you need to quarantine. Options they will consider include stopping quarantine

  • After day 10 without testing

  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

 

What Happens if a Classroom is Closed Due to COVID Exposure

If a classroom(s) is exposed to COVID, MAU will follow the recommendations of the San Bernardino County Health Department. Should they recommend quarantining the students and staff then we will have to exclude your child for a minimum of 10-14 days. If a vaccine becomes available and vaccinated children and staff are not required to quarantine, then we will try to accommodate care for all of those who are not recommended to quarantine. Children that are excluded from the facility due to exposure to COVID here at the school will not be responsible to pay tuition for the days missed and we that we did not offer care. There is no reduction in tuition for Children that are exposed and need to quarantine because of exposure outside of the facility.

COVID Symptoms and Return to School

Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion

  • Inability to wake or stay awake

  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

 

Please understand that our policies are derived from Health Department Guidance to protect the children in our care. The best way we can do this is to ensure that no child is sick or has the potential to spread COVID while at school. If your child has the symptoms listed, you will be asked to get a clearance from your child’s doctor before your child can return. Please makes sure they specify the date your child can return. Please be aware that your doctor might recommend a negative COVID test before they will give you that clearance. We know that this will be very inconvenient for families, but it is our responsibility to protect the environment and the children in our care. We will be held accountable by our licensing agency should a spread occur and we did not follow recommendations. The guidance is always changing and we will update the community when we have new policies and procedures regarding COVID.

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