In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, FAZ Creative Education Learning Center has revised our business operations according to local, state and federal recommendations. Our goal is to operate our center programs according to new safety and hygiene guidance while continuing our normal schedule of activities without negative impact to children and families or to the educators that serve them. The safety and health of the children, families, and staff is at the forefront of all we do.
Below are some of the many practices we changed to during our opening:
- Adding touch-less temperature check-in and check-out procedures.
- Adding COVID-19 symptomatic response procedures (isolation, notification, etc.).
- Using our main door to drop off and pick up children and their belongings.
- Spraying disinfectant on shoes and belongings when someone enters the building.
- Limiting our capacity to 10 people per room, including any staff.
- Ensuring everyone washes their hands when they enter the building.
- Continuing to follow Fairfax County Office for Children adult to child ratios.
- Prohibiting large group activities over 10 people in one room.
- Teaching hygiene and safety to staff and children.
- Posting signs on hygienic and safe practices throughout the facility.
- Ensuring our staff practice social distancing as directed by the CDC.
- Ensuring our staff complete our COVID-19 policy and procedures training.
- Ensuring our staff change into their smocks before entering their rooms.
- Ensuring our staff wear protective gear (face masks, gloves when handling food, etc.)
- Allow more fresh air to circulate in indoor spaces, when safe and appropriate.
- Allow increased outdoor play.
- Regularly sanitize water coolers and other commonly used items.
- Require parents/guardians to wear face masks for drop off and pick up.
- Require parents/guardians to wait in their car until a daily health check is done.
- Keep updated staff vaccination records on file.
What is a daily health check?
FAZ staff performs a daily health check by observing each child when they enter the facility and by having a short conversation with the parent/guardian to see if they notice anything unusual while the parent/guardian is still present. A daily health check helps FAZ staff establish what is normal or abnormal for each child. It can be repeated periodically throughout the day, as necessary.
As a reminder, please call your healthcare provider and visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for information if someone in your household or that you have been in contact with develops COVID-19 symptoms.