First, let me thank you for your support and understanding as we, as a community, responded to the unexpected invasion of COVID-in March 2020. I am very proud of the way our students, parents and employees at the Jericho STEM Academy handled the demands we are faced with to protect everyone as we continue to educate our children.
For now, our best advice to practice responsible prevention of all viruses including covid is to keep students who are ill home from school, and to consult with your doctor if your child may return to school. Together, we will successfully keep everyone safe and healthy. If you have any concern please call me, I am always here to talk with you. Let's continue our partnership, parents and school to have another successful and healthy year together. At the Jericho STEM Academy your child's health is our number 1 priority Allergy & Anaphylaxis Policy: Upon enrollment at our academy and whenever there are changes, parents are required to provide us with up to date medical information for your child. including any allergies your child may have and any emergency medications prescribed for potential anaphylaxis. The school, parents and doctor will work in conjunction to fill out the required forms. These documents will guide the entire staff in the necessary actions to take during an allergic or anaphylactic reaction. Each classroom has a list of children's allergies with the child's photo next to the allergy. All staff members will be trained in the prevention, recognition and response to food and other allergic reactions and anaphylaxis. Our entire staff also maintain certifications in CPR & First Aid.
Health Policy AT OUR SCHOOL ***Subject to change 1-Staggered arrival and dismissal times. We will still be open for before and after care. Pre K hours- 8:45-3:15, Three’s- 9:00-3:00 Toddlers-9:00-12:00 or 9:00-2:45
2-Welcome stations We will use our outdoor sink to wash hands before your child enters the classroom.
3- Valet Service-Your child will be escorted into the school by one our morning greeters if you choose valet. You may walk your child to the door if you prefer.
4-Classroom Health Checks-Upon arriving in the classroom another health check will be conducted by the teacher. Mid-day health checks will be conducted as well.
.5-Masks - We do not mandate masks in the school at this time although children can wear a mask if the parent wants them to. .
6-Classroom supplies-. Each child will have their own labeled box of supplies which will include crayons, markers, glue sticks, paint brushes etc. Toys will be disinfected between each use with sanitizers recommended by the CDC.
7-Outdoor classrooms will be used as much as possible when weather permits us to do so.
8-We will ensure hand-washing strategies which will be increased. Hand-washing strategies include washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; after playing, with toys, after going to the gym or playground, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, we will use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Doorknobs and bathrooms will be sanitized throughout the day .
9-Health policy-If a child develops a fever, rash, vomits, a cough, runny nose, or is lethargic during the day that child will be removed from the class and the parent will be notified. Your child will be placed in a separate room while waiting. Your child will have to be picked up immediately so please leave us an emergency pick up who will be available if a parent is not. That child may not come back to school for 3 days or until the illness is resolved. Please call the office and let us know why your child is absent.
10-Visitors will not be allowed in the school and all tours are either virtual or after 3:00
13- Staff Training- Our staff will have been trained on our new health and safety protocols.
We will ask you to sign a paper acknowledging our new policies before your child begins school. If you have any questions please email me or for existing students message me on brightwheel. As always, your children’s safety is our number 1 priority.
Warm Regards, Ilene Morrin Director Jericho STEM Academy