Health and Sanitation Procedures

Noah’s Ark Existing Health & Sanitation Practices

We  continue to follow our existing stringent health and sanitation protocols, including: 

  • Frequent handwashing by children and staff, which is embedded in our curriculum and daily staff protocols
  • Ensuring lower teacher-student classroom ratios than required by the state
  • Frequent disinfecting and sanitizing of high-touch toys and surfaces
  • Daily laundering of sheets and blankets used at nap time and sanitation of cots
  • Requiring any children with a fever to return home and stay home until fever-free for at least 24 hours
  • Training teachers on common signs of illness in children, and placing signage in every classroom to keep signs of illness top of mind
  • Continuous health & safety training, including first aid and CPR certification for all staff
  • Maintaining an up-to-date awareness of all state and CD health codes and guidances 

Enhanced Health & Sanitation Practices

During this time of specific concern, our leadership team is staying up-to-date with the latest Bright From The Start state guidelines, licensing requirements, Department of Public Health, and CDC guidelines regarding the safety and well-being of your child. With a clear appreciation of the trust you place in us, we commit to following all health and safety requirements as well as to meet or exceed the guidelines from local and state officials.

We are frequently communicating with families and staff to convey the enhanced measures in place within their school.

Depending on the circumstances and guidance by local and state officials, enhanced procedures above normal health and sanitation protocols are in place to prevent the spread of the virus, and may include: 

  • Taking temperatures for all children and staff, upon arrival and midday 
  • Taking temperatures of anyone entering the building 
  • Limiting the people who enter the building to current staff members and essential resource staff as directed by BFTS IE: Babies Can’t Wait Therapists, etc
  • Signed Covid-19 Health Screens are required from every visitor and every enrolling family
  • Continuing to practice social distance
  • Touchless check-in/separate access doors for separate age groups of children
  • GA Pre-K Families are allowed to ONLY drop off/pick up from their cars
  • Preschool Families (age 2-3yrs.) are allowed to ONLY drop off/pick up at the front door
  • Before and After School Enrichment Program Families are allowed to ONLY drop off/pick up in families at the front door 
  • Staff Greeters are always masked
  • Not accepting any adult or child that displays cold or flu-like symptoms
    • temperature checks twice a day for all children and staff
    • if a child or adult displays flu or cold-like symptoms due to seasonal allergies, we require a Physician note stating the condition
  • Increased frequency of handwashing
    • handwashing at entry and every 30 minutes, displayed on all daily schedules
    • Installation of lighted faucets at each hand washing sinks
  • Increased sanitation of frequently touched surfaces and toys and an extra layer of sanitation by janitorial service each night 
    • no outside water bottles, blankets or sheets-all provided, laundered and sanitized by NACA daily
    • no cloth book bags/blankets admitted
    • cots and all surfaces sanitized daily
    • extra sanitation and cleaning of toys throughout the day
    • classrooms receive a mist of antibacterial solution twice daily
    • Playground equipment sanitized after use
  • Increased outdoor classroom and playtime
    • no field trips, all entertainment, and activities will be held on-site
  • Extra fans running for improved air circulation throughout the day
  • Transportation Precautions: Temperatures at arrival to center and upon loading buses from schools. Hand Sanitizer and wipes to each child entering bus in AM and PM
  • All meal service in Classrooms
  • Separation of Ages in classrooms on divided playground areas and/ or separate playtimes
  • All play area carpets in all rooms (circle time, block play areas, etc.) have been removed and replaced with a foam mat for each child with their name that will be sanitized after each use

Helpful Links & Resources

CLICK HERE to read the CDC Coronavirus Page to read more information and resources on coronavirus

CLICK HERE to read: Quarantine Guidance: What to do if you were exposed to someone with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

CLICK HERE to read: Isolation Guidance: What to do if you are sick with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

CLICK HERE to read: Return to Work Guidance AFter COVID-19 Illness or Exposure for Persons Who Are Not Healthcare Personnel

CLICK HERE to read: Return to School Guidance After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure

CLICK HERE to read: Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Resources