What safety precautions is BBMA enforcing as a result of COVID-19?
In light of everything that has happened over the past few months, we are enforcing enhanced safety and sanitation standards every day across all facilities. These include:
- Temperature Checks - Upon arrival each morning, a masked member of our staff will take your child’s temperature. If a child has a fever, we are kindly asking that they return home and do not return until they have been fever-free for 24 hours.
- Handwashing - After having their temperature checked upon arrival, we are providing hand sanitizer to each child before entering the facility. Additionally, we require students to wash their hands from fingertip to elbow when they enter the facility, throughout the day, and at the end of the day.
- Enhanced Cleaning and Sanitation Procedures - Our entire facility, both inside and outside, have undergone deep cleanings. We disinfect all toys, door handles, sink areas, and other frequently touched surfaces throughout the day. All playground equipment is disinfected between groups. Only one individual classroom group is allowed on the playground at a time.
- Limiting Visitors and Vendors - We are limiting visitors and outdoor vendors as much as possible. Please call your center director before visiting.
- Modified Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures - We are requiring parents to remain outside or in a designated area for drop-off and pick-up to limit the number of people entering and exiting our facilities.
- Extensive Safety Training - Our staff has undergone additional staff training to ensure we adhere to CDC guidelines, including kitchen staff.
- Enforcing Social Distancing - During group time or table time, children are seated apart from each other as much as possible. Only one individual classroom group is allowed on the playground at a time. Nap time cots are labeled and consistently assigned to each child, sanitized between uses, and appropriately distanced apart.
- Staff Smocks Washed Daily - We require all staff members to wear smocks over their clothing, which are washed daily.
- Keeping Teachers and Children Together - In an effort to limit cross contamination, we are keeping children with the same teachers each week.
With the modified drop-off and pick-up procedures in place, how can parents learn about what their child is learning each day/week or see what they are working on during the day?
We will continue to update parents daily through our mobile app, KidReports. If you aren't receiving updates, please contact your center director for more information.
What do cleaning procedures look like in individual classrooms?
We regularly disinfect all toys, door handles, sink areas, and other frequently touched surfaces throughout the day. Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized, such as soft cloth toys, puppets, and stuffed animals, have been removed from the classroom. For infant, toddler, and two-year-old classrooms, the remaining sanitizable toys are broken into bins. Once a child is done playing with an individual toy, they are placed in a bin to be sanitized before they can return to the play area. At the end of the day, every toy is sanitized, regardless of which bin they are in.
Is BBMA considering lowering the cost of tuition or offering half-day/part time programs?
We currently offer part-time programs at our locations depending on availability as parents that need full time are given priority. Costs vary based on location, please call the center director for more details.
How is BBMA ensuring directors and staff are not infected? Are employees encouraged or required to get tested or get an antibody test?
Daily health screenings are given and temperatures are taken for all directors and staff.
Are directors and staff required to wear masks during the day?
Staff should wear face masks that cover the nose and mouth at all times upon entering the facility. BBMA has provided each staff member with a minimum of two cloth face masks. By the end of June, staff will have the option to use a face shield.
Are parents required to wear masks during pick-up and drop-offs?
Parents are not required to wear masks during pick-up and drop-offs, but it is highly encouraged.
How is social distancing being enforced during pick-up and drop-offs?
We have placed markers on the ground outside of the main entrance to ensure parents are standing 6 feet apart while picking up or dropping off their child. Additionally, we are only checking in and releasing students at the end of the day one at a time to ensure families are social distancing as much as possible.
How is social distancing being enforced within the facilities? How many students are in a classroom at a time?
We are limiting the number of students who can sit at each table or be in each indoor play area. Only one individual classroom group is allowed on the playground at a time. Nap time cots are labeled and consistently assigned to each child, and are appropriately distanced apart. The number of students in each classroom depends on the state’s health and safety guidelines.
How will BBMA inform parents of any potential positive cases of students or staff at each center?
Should there be any positive COVID cases in our facilities, parents will be notified immediately via phone call and by letter at pickup. While we will evaluate the circumstances of each positive case individually, it is likely that we need to close the school or certain affected classrooms for a period of time.
Are there any changes or updates to the after school program?
We are monitoring the plans of the local school districts that we serve and will accommodate as necessary when school resumes.
Do we have the option to reserve our child’s spot if we’re not ready to go back to the facilities just yet?
This varies by location. Please contact your center director for available options.