COVID 19 Planning

Operations Statement – January 2, 2022

SSC Cooperative Preschool parent education instructors and preschool teachers met on December 31st to discuss the best format to offer preschool content as we begin 2022.  Considering the Seattle Public School schedule change and the uptick in COVID cases related to the transmission of the Omicron variant, SSC Cooperative Preschools will alter operations for the week of January 3rd through January 7th.  

The class schedule format will be the following:

Monday, January 3rd – No preschool

Tuesday, January 4th – No preschool

Wednesday, Jan 5th – Preschool in altered format – Zoom or Outdoor Class

Thursday, Jan 6th – Preschool in altered format – Zoom or Outdoor Class

Friday, January 7thPreschool in altered format – Zoom or Outdoor Class 

** You will receive a follow-up email from your teacher and parent instructor regarding the  

     format for your specific class January 5th-7th.

Instructors and teachers will meet again, if needed, to adjust format for the second week of January.  Currently, the plan is to return to regular in-person classes the week of January 10th, 2022.

Monday – Tuesday, June 6th-7th – Make-up class days for January 3rd-4th – in-person format

Wednesday – Friday, June 8th-10th – Condensed Clean-up Week at all sites

January Parent Meetings – All meetings the first week of January will be held as usual via

 Zoom.

Instructors and teachers shared rich discussion regarding family and staff safety, children’s educational needs, teacher capacity, new protocols, and other educational schedule changes in the region.

Factors involved in decision-making include:

  • Most of the children in our program are not vaccinated. Some age groups are unable to wear masks.
  • Many families traveled and/or met in larger group settings over the break necessitating a quarantine period.
  • Families with older children in public schools might find working in classrooms on Monday challenging.
  • Recommended masks (KN-95, KF-94, N95) are harder to find as are home testing kits.  The extra week allows more time to upgrade masks.  (Contact your site board if you need help securing an upgraded mask.)
  • Access to tests at community locations is changing to accommodate only people experiencing symptoms and with known close contact.
  • Alternative format allows adults 6 months past their 2nd vaccination working in the classroom more time to get a booster.
  • If we were to have exposures this week, classes would need to move to remote operations for 2 weeks.  Giving families more time to quarantine and test will hopefully mitigate exposures.

Additional COVID protocol changes:

  • The current flowchart on your class Padlet regarding when to return to school after cold symptoms and/or COVID exposure is still accurate if you are experiencing COVID symptoms.  The following changes have been made regarding asymptomatic COVID. CDC has – 

Shorten the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to five days, if they are asymptomatic on day five, followed by five days of wearing a mask when around others. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not related to COVID-19. 

Recommended quarantine period for those exposed to COVID-19

  • For unvaccinated individuals or those that are more than six months from their original mRNA dose or more than two months after the J&J vaccine and not yet boosted, CDC is recommending quarantine for five days followed by strict mask use for another five days.
  • Vaccinated individuals who have received their booster do not need to quarantine but should wear a mask for 10 days after exposure.
  • If symptoms do occur after exposure, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not related to COVID-19.
  • When in doubt, get tested on day five and as always, wear a mask when in public spaces after isolation or quarantine are completed. Also be mindful of activities, especially indoors and in crowded settings.

When SSC Co-op Preschools returns to in-person, indoor learning:

  • Co-op is strongly suggesting that family members attending class wear an upgraded mask (KN-95, KF-94, N95).
  • Snack protocols will be adjusted by class age groups.  Teachers will have instructions for any changes.
  • Co-op is encouraging people who will be attending class to get COVID tests if they have a known exposure or are experiencing symptoms, or if they are returning to class after recovering from COVID.

It will take all of us working together to ensure a safe and healthy return from break. Some general ways we can all help support the health and safety of Co-op families and teachers:  

  • If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, please stay home and get tested. Contact your parent instructor or preschool teacher;
  • Get vaccinated, including a booster shot; 
  • Avoid large gatherings;
  • Continue to wash your hands regularly;
  • Wear masks properly;
  • Maintain a social distance from others.

We are looking forward to starting the new year safely and trusting that starting slowly will allow us greater opportunity to keep class open in-person as the month progresses.

Wishing you all a lovely start to the New Year!

Operations Statement – August 19, 2021

The SSC Parent Instructor Faculty met earlier this week to review all current recommendations and operating procedures (DOH, OPEP, SSC, SPS) with respect toward COVID-safe operations for fall quarter of the 2021-22 school year.  While the situation continues to change, the consensus of all Cooperative Preschool Programs statewide is to work with current information for fall 2021 planning.  Here are the current recommendations/requirements for SSC Cooperative Preschool operations.

 

Indoor, In-person Class – At this time SSC Cooperative Preschool classes plan to start the year with indoor, in-person class generally operated in the usual format.  (Depending on class enrollment, outdoor class spaces/walks and some small group activities may be utilized to manage group size and aid social distancing.)  Sites are adding additional portable air filtration units to classrooms as needed to increase ventilation. 

 

Vaccinations – Seattle Colleges are mandating students (adults working in the classroom) show proof of vaccination status to attend class.  Adults working in the classroom will need to be registered students with the college and will need to present either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an immunization exemption form.  (Families can enroll additional family members or people who might work in the classroom if caregivers are planning to share work day commitments with partners, nannies, etc.)

 

Masks – All adults working in classrooms will need to wear masks regardless of vaccination status indoors and outdoors.  It is strongly recommended that all children 2 years and older wear masks indoors and outdoors (Adults and children with medical conditions which contraindicate mask wearing will be exempt from this requirement).    

 

COVID Response – In the event of COVID exposure in a class, SSC Cooperative Preschool sites will follow instructions regarding closure/quarantine and class(es) will move directly to virtual class format until closure time has elapsed minimizing lost educational time.

 

Back to School Safety Plan – Sites will again need to fill out site specific Back to School Safety Plans.

 

Preschool teachers and instructors are working over the next three weeks on the details of operating class in the healthiest possible way as the pandemic persists.  Using the OPEP Risk Management Guidelines, daily schedules, classroom layouts, activity content and curriculum are all being adapted for safe operations and information will be shared at our class orientation meetings.

 

Thanks for your patience as the pandemic situation has evolved.  We’ve worked within allowable limits and safety protocol to create the most robust educational experience under the current conditions.