As COVID-19 continues to grow, the news, CDC recommendations, and state licensing rules are changing daily. Today, we received a letter from the Utah Child Care Licensing Department with some new health and safety rules effective immediately. Many of these rules are safety precautions that Small World has already put into place. However, some changes will need to be made.
“The provider must ensure that staff, children, and household members are screened for fever, cough, and difficulty breathing at the beginning of the day on arrival, and not allow any symptomatic individuals to enter the facility.”
Beginning Thursday, parents and children will be met at the front door; parents will no longer be permitted to enter the building without their temperature being taken and a quick heath assessment. Management will meet you at the front doors and take the temperature of each child and give them a quick health assessment before taking them to class. To speed up the drop-off process, if you have any doubts about your child’s health or temperature, please take their temperature before coming to the childcare center. If your child is not feeling well, please keep them home. Any symptomatic children will not be permitted to enter the building.
“The provider must restrict groups of people to ten or less. These groups include children and caregivers. The provider can allow more than ten people in the facility only if each group of ten individuals or less is in a room separated by full walls from the other groups.”
Including teachers in the count limits our classroom sizes even further than some of them already were. We want to continue to provide care for those of you that need care. If you are able to work from home or are not currently working, please keep your children at home so that we can accommodate those that need care and do not have any other form of childcare available to them.
These changes are mandated by Utah’s Child Care Licensing and we must comply in order to remain open. Small World always welcomes new licensing rules, as they are put into place for our safety and protection. We ask that you please be patient at drop-off, as it will take longer with these protocols in place.
We will continue to inform you of changes as we learn of them. Thank you for your continued understanding and support.