Enrolling preschool students in Turlock!
Enrolling preschool students in Turlock!
The newest California State Guidance has made face coverings a recommendation rather than a requirement in California schools as of March 12, 2022, regardless of vaccination status. Turlock Nursery School does not require masks at this time. We will respect the personal choice of each family to wear or not wear a mask. We can assist children and we have face coverings available for adults and children on site.
As we move forward, State Licensing requires that we follow recommendations from the local health department when they are more restrictive than state guidance. Currently masks are strongly recommended to reduce the spread of COVID-19 by both the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA.
To find out more about why we've put these new policies and stipulations in place, click the link below to visit our licensing provider's website.
As requirements and recommendations continue to change, updates will be visible here and made official through updates to our Parent Handbook.
Q: What happens if my child tests positive for COVID-19 or develops symptoms while at home or when at school?
A: TNS will not allow any individual who has a COVID-19 positive test result or COVID-19 symptoms to enter the school until they have completed their isolation period. Currently, COVID-19 testing is not required in order to return to a California preschool at the completion of the isolation period, but they must meet the requirements outlined below.
If a child develops symptoms during a school day, TNS staff will separate the child from others in an established isolation area, while being supervised by an adult (staff member or parent volunteer). TNS staff will then notify the family to pick up the child right away.
If a parent volunteer develops COVID-19 symptoms while at the school, they should be sent home immediately and instructed to follow up with their health care provider.
Parent participants and children may return to school when:
*Loss of taste and small may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
*The Turlock Nursery School Board of Directors will review the most current state regulations and will make a decision based on current recommendations on a case by case basis.
Q: What practices will TNS put in place to help mitigate the effect of potential exposure/transmission of COVID-19 at the school?
A: TNS will require all staff and other adults at the school wear masks, and practice frequent hand washing. TNS will teach students the best ways to wash and sanitize their hands, how to sneeze without spreading germs, and all other practices in which to reduce the spread of germs.
TNS will also follow the Step-By-Step Cleaning and Disinfecting for Nursery School Program recommendations provided by the California Department of Pesticide Regulations (CDPR), which include the routine cleaning of toys, floors, play equipment, refrigerators, counters, and other high touch areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks).
For a full list of the day-to-day cleaning regulations that TNS follows, please refer to the CDPR licensing communications, found here: https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/schoolipm/training/step-by-step_cleaning_for_child_care_providers.pdf
Q: What cleaning and disinfecting supplies will TNS utilize to clean and disinfect the school?
A: TNS will abide by the acceptable list of products that are EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19, available here: https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/guidance-cleaning-and-disinfecting-public-spaces-workplaces-businesses-schools-and-homes
Additionally, diluted household bleach solutions may be used if appropriate for the surface. TNS follows all manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation.
Q: What will happen if a COVID-19 confirmed case is reported at TNS?
A: As required by TNS' licensing, if a COVID-19 confirmed case is reported, the school must:
Additionally TNS will:
All parents are required to sign acknowledgment and agreement to this release of liability statement in order for their children to register and attend TNS.
I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and that the CDC and many other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing. I further acknowledge that Turlock Nursery School (TNS) has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
I further acknowledge that TNS can not guarantee that my child(ren) will not become infected with the COVID-19. I understand that the risk of becoming exposed to and/or infected by COVID-19 may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of myself and others, including, but not limited to, teachers, students and other parent participants.
I voluntarily seek preschool education for my child provided by Turlock Nursery School and acknowledge that I am increasing my child(ren)’s risk of exposure to the COVID-19 by engaging in participation and instruction at the school. I acknowledge that my child must comply with all set procedures to reduce the spread while on school property.
While on school property I attest that:
I hereby release and agree to hold Turlock Nursery School harmless from, and waive on behalf of myself, my child(ren), and any personal representatives any and all causes of action, claims, demands, damages, costs, expenses and compensation for damage or loss to myself and/or property that may be caused by any act, or failure to act of the school, or that may otherwise arise in any way in connection with any interactions at Turlock Nursery School. I understand that this release discharges Turlock Nursery School from any liability or claim that I, my child(ren), or any personal representatives may have against the school with respect to any bodily injury, illness, death, medical treatment, or property damage that may arise from, or in connection to, any participation at Turlock Nursery School. This liability waiver and release extends to the entirety of the school together with all employees, students, and parent participants/volunteers.
Our next board meeting will be Wednesday, March 29th at 6:00pm...join us!