Please keep in mind that all of these questions are being answered with the latest information that we have right now and may change as the rules and regulations evolve.
What group size restrictions are in place at Patchwork?
For the fall, as is now being allowed by the Health Department, we will be returning to our usual small group sizes of 10 students maximum for the toddlers , 18 students maximum for the preschool and 14 students maximum for the kinder program.It is also required that each group of children has consistent teachers as much as possible. The spaces are arranged such that they promote distance from children in other programs. This means that classes will not be combining in the afternoons or come together at any other time throughout the day and will be discouraged from co-mingling at fences.
What days and times are you open?
We are open for half-days from 9am-12:30pm and full-days from 9am-3pm Monday through Friday. There is limited before and aftercare (8-9am & 3-4pm) as we have interest and capacity.
Who are the teachers for each program?
- Toddlers: Zoey & Michele
- Preschool: Claire, Max, Abbigail
- Kinder: Hannah, Caylen
- Support: Jason
- Directors: Michele, Cassie & Heather
How is drop-off and screening handled?
As of right now, the current regulations require temperature checks for any person entering the building, and hand washing or sanitizing. There are also some exceptions allowed in to ensure the safety of students as long as social distancing requirements can still be met. Our drop-off times will be staggered so that people don’t all arrive at once, and there will be 6-foot social distancing lines for people to wait in upon arrival. Parents will still be able to walk children to their gate or classroom door, and parents are asked to wear masks during drop-off. We will work with families whose children have particularly challenging drop-offs. For the fall, rather than checking temperatures at the main front gate, the screening will take place at the child’s program gate. Please see diagram below for details:
What cleaning and sanitizing is happening?
There are strict sanitizing and disinfecting procedures and frequent hand washing rules and regulations which we will be abiding by and helping the children to manage. Children will also not be allowed to bring toys from home, except for a nap time lovey. Following current guidelines, toys will also be limited to those that are easily cleanable, non-porous, with smooth surfaces; this means the removal of soft, fabric toys, dress-up clothing and sensory tables. We will also avoid activities with standing water or other things likely to spread germs. At the same time, we will be continuing to offer creative, engaging offerings and provocations that children will enjoy!
How is food handled?
Family-style snack will no longer be an option, and we will be requiring that all individuals bring their own food. Sharing of food is discouraged and social-distancing will be promoted among children as best as possible during meal times. Because children will be required to bring their own snacks, it would be much appreciated if the snack and lunch is clearly labeled so we know what you would like offered when. Each child must also bring their own water bottle each day marked with their name, and it would be appreciated if children bring their own silverware with each meal, as needed.
What is the sick policy?
Patchwork will be holding to a very firm sick policy for families and staff, as is required by the health department. Any child showing symptoms of illness must be kept home, and staff with symptoms of illness must stay home. Children who become ill or begin showing a fever during the day will be isolated from the other children and will need to be picked up promptly. Parents are encouraged to implement temperature checks with children before school, and will have a temperature check upon arrival. We are required to keep a log of all symptoms and illnesses for the health department. Any temperatures of 100.4 and above are considered a fever and the child will need to go home. There will be no refunds for missed days. As per our recently updated make-up policy, make-up days could be an option if we have space and the child misses more than a week of school.
Are the teachers wearing masks?
Yes. All teachers are required to wear masks during the day and our staff is doing our utmost to abide by this requirement as well as maintaining 6 feet of social distance from one another when possible. There are a few exceptions, such as that teachers can remove masks outside when standing 6 feet away from everyone. Also, when special accommodations are needed for masks, we will work with the staff member to find the best preventative option for that individual. We are finding that children are adapting very well to seeing teachers in masks, given that this is such a common occurrence now.
Does my child have to wear a mask at school?
Current guidelines from the Health Department are recommending masks for children ages 3 and up. We are asking that parents send their child in a mask, however we will not be absolutely requiring them. We will do our best to encourage the children put them on when inside.
What about sunscreen?
In order to reduce the spread of germs, Patchwork is asking that each child brings their own sunscreen marked with their name, to leave at school this summer. We will be requiring that sunscreen be applied by the parent or guardian in the morning before school and teachers will reapply as needed.
What if we travel?
As of right now it does not appear that people are required to quarantine if they have been traveling. As of right now there are no requirements for quarantining after travel unless you have had contact with someone known to have covid or have any symptoms. However, if you do know you have been in a “hot spot” we would ask that you self-quarantine for 7 days if possible.
Can I do drop-ins?
We are able to do drop-ins when space is available as long as the child is already enrolled in that program.
Will children really have to stay 6 feet apart all day?
No. Regulations ask that during meal and seated times, more distance is created than usual, which we can certainly try to do. At the same time, we all understand that keeping children 6 feet apart would not only be impossible, but also potentially emotionally traumatic. While we will encourage children to stay further apart than normal during meal times and when sitting at tables, outside play will remain very much the same as always, with teachers being mindful of situations that might be likely to spread germs (ex. Runny noses, no standing water play, gently discouraging touching one another, etc.). In such cases, children will be reminded to wash their hands if necessary. We will also be maintaining strict boundaries with the other programs and staff members as much as possible to ensure that the encounters with other people in person are limited to no more than ten people. UPDATE: Sprinklers have now been approved for use, so please be sure to send a swimsuit, as this will be a particularly fun and refreshing activity for the warmer fall days!!
Has Patchwork had any Covid cases?
As of August 18th, we have had one instance of one staff member testing positive. This occurred during our setup week and no students were exposed. We had four staff members who were in close contact go on a 14 day quarantine and we are moving the start date of school back a few days to compensate. We have also worked closely with our Nurse Consultant and the Boulder County Health Department to ensure full compilance with all quarantine and cleaning procedures. Please let us know if you would like more details.
What is Patchwork’s refund policy going forward if there would be a need to close the school again/lockdown situation?
Because childcare has been considered essential, even in the case of a return to a stay-at-home scenario, the school may be able to remain operational if all social distancing measures are fully implemented and everyone remains in compliance. Thus, It is our sincere hope that the school will not be fully closed again for any significant period of time. Our intention is to implement all social distancing rules and regulations to avoid any outbreaks, and to clean and sanitize thoroughly and reopen as soon as possible in the case of an outbreak (currently the recommendation is to close for 48 hours, possibly just for the program in which the outbreak occurs).
Keeping all of this in mind, rather than requiring that tuition be paid three months in advance, we will be changing the policy to require payment only one month in advance, allowing families to withdraw with only three weeks’ notice given the potential uncertainty of families’ situations.
In return, to allow Patchwork to offer staff some amount of guarantee, 50% of all tuition paid will be absolutely non-refundable. If, (due to lack of staff because of illness or inability to work or due to an outbreak, etc.) the school is closed due to the pandemic for less than two weeks total in the month there will be no refunds. If the school is closed due to the pandemic for more than two weeks total, tuition will be refunded for each day closed beyond the two weeks. Once again, people will also be given the option to turn that refund into a tax-deductible donation if they so chose.
Should you choose to withdraw your child, we will immediately turn off any automatic payments, however any money already paid will be non-refundable given that we are only asking for payment one month in advance. Also, any missed days due to your child displaying potential symptoms or due to being ill are also non-refundable.
This policy should hopefully offer families more flexibility in their planning while also offering some guarantee to staff such that we will be able to give at least one months’ notice before any furloughs would be implemented. Again, we hope that none of this will be necessary, as our intention is to remain open.
When you know your granddaughter looks forward to going to school and returns with big smiles and stories of educational events and good times you know this must be a good school.Grandparent
The teachers we have had have been compassionate about the kids and what they are doing. They always seem engaged and ready to take a hands-on approach with the children. I have a very good sense of safety when I drop my children off.Parent