2021 COVID UPDATES

10/21/2021: Over the last few weeks, we have had to turn several children away or send them home because they arrived at school with a runny nose or other COVID symptom. The Fairfax Department of Health requires us to deny entry to any child with any of the COVID symptoms.  Fairfax DOH also requires that we receive either a doctor’s note or Negative COVID test result before any child can return after having any one of these symptoms. If your child has any of the below symptoms, DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.  Make sure your spouse or other caregiver is also aware of our rules if they bring or pick-up your child. Sending sick children to school could infect other children and staff resulting in the class(es) having to be shutdown or cancelled for a length of time determined by the DOH.  Our staff follows the same rules, so if the teacher gets any of the symptoms, they get a COVID test or note from the doctor prior to returning to school.  We also have some immune-compromised children in the school.  Remember, the children are not vaccinated.  These policies are in place to protect all children, the staff as well as your entire family. So if your child develops any symptoms, get a COVID test or see your doctor to get a note clearing your child to return to school.

People developing any these symptoms may have COVID-19 and are not allowed in school:

  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms.

Prior to beginning preschool this fall, all Parents should have reviewed and signed the Fall 2021 Parent COVID Agreement. Please refer to that document or call us with questions.

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We are currently reviewing new COVID guidance for the fall. Check back soon for COVID updates for Fall 2021 Preschool.

We can say that children and staff will be required to wear masks. Parents will also be required to wear masks while in the dropoff and pickup line.

Social distancing will be practiced to the extent possible.

Class start/end times will be staggered by 15 minutes to limit the number of people at checkin/pickup.

All classes will meet for 2 1/2 hours. Snack has been removed from the class schedule due to the increased risks of not having children in masks and the fact that only a few children can sit at a table at the same time. The snack process usually takes 30+ minutes by the time the tables and chairs are cleaned and sanitized, all children wash their hands, snacks are distributed, snacks are opened, hands are re-washed and tables and chairs are cleaned and sanitized again per Virginia DSS regulations. Removing snack therefore adds an extra 15-30 minutes to class activities.

Preschool checkin and pickup will be done at the Schoolhouse doors.

We will adapt activities to our outdoor classrooms as much as possible.