March 13, 2020 (Friday: 5:00pm)– In light of recent school closings (public & private) in our neighboring state of Washington, we wanted to again update our families on our plan and process moving forward.
At this time, we have every intention of continuing classes and daycare without any foreseeable closure(s) due to Covid-19.
We have outlined our cleaning enforcements and procedures in previous communications [Updates #1 & #2] and have continued to review all materials being provided by Panhandle Health District as presented.
So again, at this time, we feel we are on task and staying as proactive as possible, therefore we have full intentions to remain open as normal.
Our administration team meets continually throughout the school-day to assess all new information and take actions accordingly. We confirmed our cleaning schedules through our recording charts in each classroom and each class was on task. While this takes more time and effort, we feel good about the process and documentations.
The following should help with some questions being asked as we move forward:
Question: ARE YOU PLANNING TO CLOSE SCHOOL OR DAYCARE DUE TO COVID-19 NOW OR IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
Answer: Not at this time. But there are a few scenarios that could come into play…
A governing authority (President Trump, Governor Little, Mayor Jacobson, Kootenai County, Panhandle Health District, City of Post Falls, Post Falls Police Department, etc.) mandates one of the following:
(1) a shutdown of public schools: If they shut down ONLY public schools, we will remain open.
(2) a shutdown of public and private schools. We will comply and close as mandated. We would offer “daycare services” as allowed, for all ages (including our students).
(3) a shutdown of public/private school and daycares. We would comply and close the building THEN proceed with a school-wide disinfecting (spraying entire school interior) in anticipation of re-opening.
Question: WHAT IS THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS IN TERMS OF THE SCHOOL’S OPERATIONS MOVING FORWARD?
Answer: The administration team reviews new information from CDC, Panhandle Health District, and any other source of appropriate authority regarding the virus pandemic as soon as it is made available. We then take the new information and assess it in relation to our current procedures, making enhancements and exploring various scenarios. We then communicate to staff and families any adjustments or changes to our programs.
Question: What are you doing about supplies such as handwipes, sanitizers, tissue and tissue-paper?
Answer: We have done our best to stay in front of the hoarding. At the onset of the panic, we took measures to get a good supply backed-up. Also today, we had one of our parents get us set with an order of tissue-paper and other cleaning supplies currently running scarce. Because of the delicate nature of this, we are simply saying we have a source that will keep us supplied without hindering other facilities of need (senior centers, assisted living facilities, other daycares and private schools, etc.). We will not participate in the hoarding or profiteering. The Lord provides…
Again, we want to remain in constant communication regarding any notifications, changes, and/or adjustments to our school operations in light of Covid-19. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns as we continue to navigate this difficult situation.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart…
CCA Administration Team