COVID 19 Planning
Covid-19 planning for the 2022-23 school year
The health and safety of our community continues to be our highest priority. SSC Co-op Preschools have successfully operated during the last two pandemic years with zero COVID transmission in the classrooms.
To continue this positive trend, each of us must continue to do our part to keep our community safe and healthy. We will continue to follow CDC and Department of Health (DOH) guidance for Early Childhood Education, and OPEP guidelines. We will sometimes make alternative recommendations that feel best for our community.
All our preschool sites were inspected by a Seattle King County Public Health – Health and Environmental Investigator in March. All sites received high ratings and the few suggestions for improvement have been implemented. All classrooms will continue to feature additional air purifier units and rigorous cleaning protocols as directed by SKCPH.
Rigorous Cleaning/Handwashing Protocols
Staff and working caregivers will continue to adhere to our rigorous cleaning and sanitizing protocols as well as continue handwashing/sanitizing upon arrival, before and afetr eating, and during other transitions as needed.
As in previous years all parents/caregivers must be enrolled as students with South Seattle College in order to work in the classroom and must complete the online Proof of Vaccination Status attestation.
SSC Parent Instructor Faculty is recommending that staff/parents/caregivers and children in 2s classes and older wear well-fitted masks for the first 2 weeks of school, after every long break and when members return from individual vacations. Aside from these time periods/situations, masking will be optional inside & outside.
Masking periods after long breaks during the Co-op 2022-23 school year are:
- Summer (masking from Sept. 12-Sept. 23)
- Thanksgiving Break (masking from Nov. 28-Dec. 9)
- Winter Break (masking from Jan. 3-13)
- Mid-Winter Break (masking from Feb. 27-March 10)
- Spring Break (masking from April 17-28)
We will continue to monitor COVID conditions and transmission rates in our region. If we feel it is in the best interest of our community, we may recommend increasing or relaxing masking requirements.