Now enrolling preschool students in Turlock!
Now enrolling preschool students in Turlock!
To find out more about where and why we've put these new policies and stipulations in place, visit our licensing provider's website at:
To read the State of California's Guidance for Childcare Providers and Preschools, click below.
Q: As a parent participant, will I be required to wear a mask while engaging in school activities?
A: Yes. Parents and staff in all preschool facilities must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth, unless they have an exemption as outlined in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance, in which case they must still use an acceptable alternative. A face shield with a drape on the bottom edge is a nonrestrictive alternative for staff who are exempt from wearing a face covering due to a medical or mental health condition or disability that would impede them from properly wearing or handling a mask, a hearing impairment, or to communicate with an individual who is hearing impaired.
Q: Will my child be required to wear a mask to attend TNS?
A: CDPH currently requires all individuals who are two years of age and older to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth, unless they are (1) eating or drinking and able to maintain 6-foot distancing; (2) outdoors and able to maintain 6-foot distancing; or (3) exempt due to a medical condition, mental health condition, disability, hearing impairment, or one of the other exemptions* (see face shield section for alternatives to masks). Our California Licensing department regards child masking as a guideline.
TNS acknowledges that children may experience an adjustment period to wearing a mask correctly and for long periods of time, therefore parents should send their children to school with a mask and TNS staff and parent participants will encourage them to wear their masks by modeling correct wear and practices surrounding masking.
*A face shield with a drape on the bottom edge is a nonrestrictive alternative for children two years and older who are exempt from wearing a face covering due to a medical or mental health condition or disability that would impede them from properly wearing or handling a mask, a hearing impairment, or to communicate with an individual who is hearing impaired.
Adults will also ensure that the use of face coverings does not cause children to overheat in hot weather.
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.
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 individuals at the school to wear masks, practice frequent hand washing, and maintain social distancing when available. 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.
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