Covid-19 Health & Safety Guidelines


LAST UPDATE: April 2022

Bonjour Chers Parents,

We would like our families to know that our top priority is the safety and well-being of our students, staff and their families. After careful consideration of all the current sanitation and safety guidelines, parents’ and staffs' concerns, and after many hours of discussion and planning, we feel confident that we will be able to provide a safe environment for students.

We have summarized the most important information we currently have available for families to help you make an informed decision regarding the enrollment of your child at LFS. It is possible that some information below will change. Please note that due to the pandemic, LFS internal guidelines and safety procedures may be subjected to additional changes throughout the school year.

We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding while we navigate through these challenging times.

Cordially,
LFS Director

Social Distancing at School

We will welcome three separate cohorts that consist of 10 to 15 children each. Toddler and Preschool classrooms will be combined when needed. Pre-k will be kept independent, safe pod within our school. Each Cohort will do activities only within their own classroom, will eat together, and go to recess at separate times. Children and staff will be required to wear masks and occasionally face shields. Children will learn to play together at a distance :)

Please watch the video posted on our website under the enrollment tab to learn more about our safety practices in the classroom. Please note some of our safety practices may change when we receive the final guidelines from the Office of Childcare.

Health and Safety Protocols

All health and safety protocols will be in compliance with the guidelines of the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority. Due to the age of our children, we have additional health and safety precautions to keep classrooms safe. This includes, but is not limited to, physical distancing, visitor restrictions, consistent groupings, cleaning protocols, etc.

The Little French School’s (LFS) is a private nonprofit school that has been serving the community for over 35 years. Our number one priority during this pandemic is to keep our families and staff safe while keeping our doors open. We were able to do so thanks to our internal Covid-19 guidelines and the diligence of our families and staff.

If staff, students or family members are unwell or showing any of the following symptoms, please stay home and keep your child home:

  • Fever of 100.4 degree F or higher

  • Chills

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

  • Cough

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose associated with any other symptoms

  • New loss of smell and taste

  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

  • Muscle or body ache

  • Fatigue

The majority of LFS children remain unvaccinated at this point and are considered at risk. Therefore, our mask mandate will be maintained until further notice. Please note that this policy is subject to change as the Covid-19 situation unfolds. Thank you for your flexibility and due diligence while we navigate this pandemic together.

I. General Guidelines Whether you are vaccinated or not, we still ask parents, staff and students to continue taking the following precautions:

  • Wear a mask as you may still be at risk or transmit the virus to others.

  • Social distance when possible.

  • Wash hands often and for at least 20 seconds, the time it takes to sing “Frère Jacques” with soap and warm water. If you cannot use soap and warm water, use hand sanitizer and sing “Frère Jacques” anyway.

  • Quarantine/Isolate: Stay home and keep your child at home if they are sick or if you (parents, family members) start to have Covid-19 symptoms, ”S’il vous plait”. See your healthcare provider.

  • Please follow the Little French School’s guidelines for out-of-state and international travels and testing.

  • If there was a suspected exposure event (travel, social gathering, close contact with a symptomatic person), staff, parents or students have to isolate and get tested with a PCR Covid-19 test no earlier than 5 full days after the suspected event. For example, if exposure happens on a Monday, then Day-1 of quarantine starts on Tuesday and testing can be done at the earliest on Sunday.

II. COVID-19 Response If a student, or staff member tests positive, notify the school immediately

  • In order to come back to school, the individual must isolate and get tested with a Covid-19 antigen test administered by a healthcare professional no earlier than 5 full days after the individual gets the positive test result, and is symptom free. For example, if a positive diagnosis is received on a Monday, then Day-1 of quarantine starts on Tuesday and testing can be done at the earliest on Sunday.

  • Household members and close contacts of the individual who tested positive, who drop off/pick up at the school will also need to provide a negative PCR test result before returning to LFS.

  • Everyone in that pod (students and staff) who was exposed will have to quarantine for 5 full days, from positive case confirmation day, get a PCR Covid-19 test at the earliest on Day-6, and provide a negative result to the school before returning. However, if staff members are not able to come back to maintain the student/teacher ratio, classroom reopening may be delayed.

If a member of the household tests positive, notify the school immediately!

  • The student or staff from that household has to isolate and get tested with a PCR Covid-19 test no earlier than 5 full days after they obtained the positive test result, and/or when symptom free. For example, if a positive diagnosis is received on a Monday, then Day-1 of quarantine starts on Tuesday and testing can be done at the earliest on Sunday.

III. LFS Travel Quarantine Policy Please be aware that if staff, families and students travel, they will have to follow one of the procedures below:

A. Travel for Unvaccinated Individuals

  • 5 full days of quarantine upon return for all unvaccinated individuals and a PCR Covid-19 test at the earliest on Day-6 with a negative test result.

B. Travel for Fully Vaccinated Individuals (Please provide proof of vaccination). People are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after they have received the final dose of their Covid-19 vaccine series. If anyone is fully vaccinated, they should still take steps to protect themselves and others such as distancing and mask wearing. Please follow the procedure for safe travel created with fully vaccinated individuals in mind.

  • If staff, students or members of the same household are traveling alone in a private vehicle or visiting other fully vaccinated families or friends, without any unvaccinated children, then that individual or group is exempt from the quarantine rule. However, individuals must monitor their health and get tested if they present any Covid-19 symptoms.

  • If a fully vaccinated staff, or student are traveling domestically or internationally (Airplane, Train, bus etc), then that individual will need to quarantine for 5 full days, get a PCR Covid-19 test at the earliest on Day-6 and provide a negative test result before returning to school.

  • If a fully vaccinated household member travels without the student, then that student does not need to quarantine. However, individuals must monitor their health and get tested if they present any Covid-19 symptoms. We will appreciate it if a different pick up and drop off is assigned to the student during the first 5 days after return.

C. Quarantine for Siblings

  • If the sibling (s) of a student enrolled at LFS is required to quarantine by his/her school, then the sibling enrolled at LFS will also be required to quarantine .

  • The student will need to quarantine for 5 full days, get a PCR Covid-19 test at the earliest on Day-6, and provide a negative result before returning to LFS.

  • Household members who drop off/pick up at the school will also need to provide a negative PCR test result before returning to LFS.

We want to remind families of the importance of following LFS internal health and Covid-19 safety guidelines. Our goal is to keep everyone safe while providing high quality care to families in our community. Please remember that children are still at risk. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe.

*This is subject to change as needed.

Additional Covid-19 Fees

For the 2022-2023 school year, all COVID-19 related expenses are included in tuition. Due to the Covid-19 sanitation protocols (added cleaning and sanitation cycles, air purifiers, hand washing stations, etc.) monthly expenses for LFS have increased.

In-Person Instruction

2021-2022 School Year

In-person instruction at a young age is very important to get the students used to their daily routine and to building relationships with their teachers and peers.

LFS Operating Hours for 2021-20212 Academic Year:

  • 8:30am - 2:30pm

Because of the extra cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting that the staff need to do this school year, the Little French School will close at exactly 2:30pm to allow enough time to perform the daily sanitation protocols. We ask that parents pick up students no later than 2:30pm.

2022-2023 School Year

The Little French School will be potentially providing full-day care availability if there is sufficient parent demand.

LFS Operating Hours for 2022-2023 Academic Year:

  • 8:30am-5:00pm

Because of the extra cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting that the staff need to do this school year, the Little French School will close at exactly 5:00pm to allow enough time to perform the daily sanitation protocols. We ask that parents pick up students no later than 5:00 pm.

Materials

Each child will have their own set of materials, mat, book bin, and manipulatives to prevent spread in the classroom.

Seating / Meals / Napping / Airing

Children will have assigned seating. Shared tables will be equipped with clear dividers. For students 4 and under, children will be able sit at their assigned table and remove their mask for brief periods of time. We will then encourage them to wear a face shield. Students who are five years old may temporarily replace their mask with a face shield to take a break from wearing a mask.

At snack and lunch time, children will again be seated at their assigned table (and seat) with clear dividers.

Children will nap without wearing a mask, so they will be spaced out with a head to toe positioning throughout the classroom.

We will be regularly airing out (doors open if weather permits) our classrooms throughout the day and each class will be equipped with a portable air purifier device.

Curriculum

Due to the new Covid-19 restrictions as well as the safety and cleaning protocols that will include extra hand washing and keeping the 3 cohorts separated at all times (strict schedule), we are fully aware that we will have to compromise on some of the curriculum enrichment / extra classroom activities such as group games, sensory projects, baking, cooking, school events, birthday parties (no outside food) and field trips. Please rest assured, however, that we will do our best to preserve our core curriculum during this academic year.

We are committed to embark on this one-of-a-kind journey and to adapt as days go by to provide the best and safest learning environment for our students and staff at school.

We will work closely together with families to adjust our routines and curriculum at any time if needed.

Procedures

General Information

Face mask: LFS will require all students, staff and parents to wear a face mask. Families will need to provide 6 masks for their child. Please note that masks need to adhere to our school’s guidelines:

  • Child size mask

  • Ear loops

  • Nose clip

  • Comfortable but tight fit

If your child is not used to wearing a mask, we kindly ask you to start safely practicing putting on and taking off a mask and to give opportunities to your child to wear a mask at home for a few minutes every day. You may wish to watch this Masked Heros video with your child.

Face Shield:In addition to a face mask, each child should have one face shield that stays at LFS (it will be sterilized daily). The face shield will provide your child some protection when s/he needs a short break from their mask, will serve as extra protection (face mask + face shield) as needed, and allow for observation of speech as needed (ex, learning sounds).

Classrooms: Access to the classrooms is limited to students and staff only. We regret to inform you that parents will not be allowed to come into the classrooms to stay in compliance with the safety guidelines issued by the Office of Child Care.

Drop Off Procedure

  • Only one parent will be allowed into the courtyard at drop off and pick up.

  • Both parent and child are required to wear a mask at all times.

  • Enter through the North gate (Parking lot / LFS sign), exit through the South gate (opposite side under the breezeway).

  • A staff member will take both the child and parent’s temperatures and ask some questions.

  • Teachers will sign in the child on both the tablet and sign in form.

  • Child will take off his/her coat and hang it on a hook outside of the classroom.

  • Parent and child will proceed to the handwashing station closest to the child’s classroom and both parent and child are required to wash hands.

  • Parent will knock on the window to inform the teacher of the student’s readiness to enter the room and say goodbye to the child.

  • Parents should follow the instructions as communicated by the teachers (lunchbox, water bottle etc)

  • Teacher will welcome the student.

  • Parent will exit through the South gate.

Pick Up Procedure

  • A staff member will take the parent's temperature. Only one parent will be allowed into the courtyard.

  • Enter through the North gate (Parking lot / LFS sign), exit through the South gate (opposite side under the breezeway).

  • Parent will proceed to the hand washing station closest to the child’s classroom and wash hands

  • Parent will knock on the window to notify the teacher of his/her presence

  • Teacher will wash the student’s hands with hand sanitizer before exiting the classroom. We kindly ask you not to wash your child’s hands at pick up to speed up the pick up routine and to avoid having too many families waiting together in front of the classroom. Thank you for your understanding!

  • Teacher will bring the child outside of the classroom

  • Child will put on his/her coat and exit with the parent through the south gate.

  • Teacher will sign out the child on both tablet and paper sign out form.

Note: We kindly ask you to keep interactions with other families to a minimum during pick up and drop off. If parents want to chat, we kindly ask them to wait until they are outside the gates. Merci.

Recess Time - Procedure

We have daily recess for all cohorts. Due to the separate cohorts, recess time for each group will be limited as follows:

  • Morning recess: 25 minutes

  • Afternoon recess: 15 min (unless child is napping)

Playground structures, benches and tricycles will be sanitized daily between cohorts.

Tuition

This year more than ever, tuition will play a key role in the survival of our school. In an attempt to provide the safest and healthiest environment for our students, we decided to keep our group sizes small and invest in extra materials to keep children safe. That means that tuition will not cover our expenses. For this reason, we are requiring that parents commit to a one year enrollment contract. Monthly tuition will be due for the duration of the academic year.

If LFS transitions to exclusive school wide online Zoom learning for more than 1 month due to Covid-19 related government regulations, monthly tuition will be adjusted (to be determined by LFS board). Once it is safe to resume to in person learning, tuition will be readjusted to its original monthly amount.

LFS Cleaning Protocols

We are going to strictly follow all the cleaning guidelines from the Office of Child Care. We will clean, disinfect and sanitize the following items daily or after each use:

  • Classroom doors, handles/knobs, restrooms, flush handles, sinks, paper dispensers, soap dispensers, high touch surfaces, circle mats, nap mats, light switches, coat hangers

  • Chairs, tables/table guards, ALL USED TOYS and manipulatives

  • Toilet seat, flush handle, restroom door handle, sink, soap dispenser

  • Sign in/out tablet

  • Carpets will be vacuumed daily

Please note that the safety of students, staff and our families is our top priority at LFS. For that reason, the above internal safety guidelines and protocol will be subject to change to continue keeping everyone safe.

For questions and concerns, please contact us at: bonjourlfs@gmail.com


MERCI!


Additional Resources

Kids & Masks

Suggestions for Children Face Masks and how to help them get used to wearing them.

If you are still looking for a well-fitting face mask for your child, here are different styles that have worked well for children last year. Please make sure your child wears a clean, well-fitting mask every day.

1. Amazon

Some of you are still trying to buy KN95 masks for your children. Many brands are unfortunately sold out. We came across this site on amazon. Masks are still available at this point.

We hope this will be helpful. They can be a little too long under the chin. No problem, however. At school, we cut a little piece under the chin so it is more comfortable and it works great :)

2. Kollecteusa.com

3. Home Depot

4. Starks.com

Here are some resources to help your child get used to wearing a face mask:

COVID-19 PCR Testing Sites in Eugene

Free PCR Testing Sites

Below is a list of free PCR testing sites in Eugene. You can register online with one of these testing clinics. Walk-ins are also available. Some of the sites use saliva and others use nasal swabs.

1. Lane County Fair Ground - You stay in the car and an agent will give you a small plastic bag with everything you need to collect the saliva sample. All is done while you and the children stay in your car. Click here for pre-registration link.

2. The University of Oregon also has a testing site. Here is the link to pre-register for testing on campus. It is for everyone and it is also free.

3. The Hult Center Here's the link to another testing site at the Hult Center with results typically coming back after 2 hours.

4. Valley River Center there is a Covid Clinic at Valley River Center. Their technicians do the nasal swab on children through the car window, and PCR results are emailed within under two days. Here is the link .

For all the testing sites, all you need to do is pre-register online using the links, and results are received via email. It is a very simple yet efficient process!

Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe and healthy!