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Hunter College Children’s Learning Center (CLC) currently operates a licensed facility under the New York State Department of Health. The facility is located on the second floor of Hunter College’s North Building and will be made available to vaccinated faculty and students, and staff as capacity permits.
CLC hours will be 8am to 4pm for children, with staff scheduled from 7:30am to 4:30pm for preparations and cleaning.
The CLC license at full capacity provides for 40 pre-school and 13 after-school children, totaling 53 children.
The facility will reopen at 25% capacity, with five children and two staff persons in each classroom.
Office spaces will be set up for physical distancing for the executive director and office manager.
Staff shall arrive through the building main entrance wearing an approved face covering and having completed their entry protocols, as outlined in the General Guidelines. Staff will report to the CLC. All staff members are required to complete the COVID-19 Safety training.
Staff will provide a pair of their own work shoes to be worn in the Center to be left at the Center.
After signing in, they will go to the shoe cubbies provided and change into Center shoes and then bag outside shoes and put them away in their cubbies.
After washing their hands, using CDC recommended protocol, they go to their assigned area.
If they are working the drop-off/pick-up area, they will wear a mask, and gloves.
Parents will be required to show proof of vaccination to enter the campus. If the parent and/or child are not feeling well, they should stay home.
As per April 4th masks are optional for all ages (if there are no concerning increases in transmission).
Parents shall drop off children at the CLC entry, but will not be permitted to enter the facility, except in case of an emergency.
Both parents and children shall wear approved face coverings.
Physical distancing markers will be located in the hallway for parents and students to cue while waiting to enter the center.
A designated sanitizing table will be provided for parents to place items if needed. Parents must provide two pairs of clean, safe shoes for their child to be worn inside the facility to remain at the CLC.
At check-in, a staff member will do a visual health check of the child (extreme fussiness, red cheeks, lethargy, etc) and the child’s temperature will be taken. If the child does not pass the health check, the child will not be permitted to attend.
Children will be guided by staff to the hallway bench to help change his/her shoes and then into the center to complete CDC recommended hand-washing protocol.
Before leaving the CLC staff will spray their work shoes with shoe sanitizer and leave them to dry overnight with spray provided by the Center.
Shoes must be sprayed in the office hallway away from children and placed in the designated shoe shelf.
When children are ready to be picked up to go home, the front desk staff will notify the classroom teacher via phone intercom to bring the child and their belongings to the front door.
Staff will help children take their CLC shoes off and put their non-Center shoes on to go home.
Staff and parents will be wearing masks during this transition.
The CLC furniture has been set up in the rooms being used for pre-school to create more centers, so children can play alone. Minimal toys will be set out so cleaning and sanitation can be done between children moving from place to place. The children will also do hand washing in between each station.
Classrooms will still have morning meetings, we will again arrange the circle much larger giving children spcace between each other but opportunities for stories and time to talk about how they are feeling during this time.
Where physical distancing cannot practically be maintained between students, plexiglass partitions will be provided. Where physical distancing cannot practically be maintained between staff and students.
The employee and children groupings are to remain as static as possible, having the same group of children stay with the same staff wherever possible.
Children shall stay with their classroom group during outside playtime, which will be on staggered schedules. On days with inclement weather, groups shall remain indoors.
The CLC shall adhere to hygiene, cleaning, and disinfection requirements from the CDC and DOH and maintain logs on-site that documents the date, time and scope of cleaning and disinfection.
The CLC shall provide and maintain hand hygiene stations: handwashing with soap, running warm water, and disposable paper towels; alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing 60% or more alcohol for areas where handwashing is not available/practical.
Staff and children will be required to practice hygiene in the following instances:
Appropriate cleaning/disinfection supplies shall be provided for shared and frequently touch surfaces and encourage staff to use these supplies before/after use of these surfaces, followed by hand hygiene.
Staff shall regularly clean and disinfect equipment and toys using the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) listed products and identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as effective against COVID-19.
Staff shall limit children from using toys that can’t be cleaned/sanitized.
Parents will provide their own bedding for rest time. Sheets and blankets will be laundered twice a week or as needed. They will be stored in their cubbies in a sealed bag, in a covered plastic container.
When caring for young children, staff shall:
3-Step Cleaning Process
Staff will use the 3-step cleaning process for anything that cannot be run through the sanitizer or laundered. The 3-step process is as follows:
During the day, if any COVID-19 symptoms appear with staff, they will follow the college’s procedures for Isolation.
Children with symptoms will be accompanied by staff (wearing face-covering and face shield) and isolated until parents arrive.
Contact Tracing and Shutdown
Should a child, visitor, or staff member be diagnosed, all college practices for contact tracing and shutdown shall be followed.