COVID-19 Safety Procedures
At The Foundations School, health and safety are a top priority. Our guidelines and practices follow local, state, and national safety guidelines, as well as those implemented by the CDC. The Foundations School will be implementing the following health and safety practices:
Attendance / Sick Policy
Before the start of each school day, students’ and accompanying guardian temperatures will be taken. Any one experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must stay at home.
Everyone in the building will be required to wear masks at all times. While The Foundations School will have an extra supply of masks, students must bring their own masks. Limited touching of face mask will be encouraged to reduce the spread of germs.
Daily, frequent cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces will be performed between each use and at the end of each day. The facility undergoes nightly sanitation as provided by the contracted cleaning company.
We ask that families commit to safety precautions in their home lives in order to protect the wider school community and allow for the school to remain open for all. We have taken the Palm Beaches Pledge to show our commitment to your health & safety.
All students and families will be required to answer screening questions related to COVID-19 before they can begin the school year.
Handwashing & Hand Sanitation
Hand sanitizers will be accessible in each classroom. In addition, students will partake in handwashing sessions throughout the school day.
Pick-up and Drop-off will be conducted outside of the facility. Inside of the building, walls and floors are marked to show proper distancing. Seating is also spaced according to CDC guidelines.
Classes (Cohort Groupings) at The Foundations School have been separated by age and limited to no more than a 12:1 (student to teacher) ratio. Cohorts do not mix and are provided their own bathrooms to help minimize cross-contamination.
We are committed to outbreak prevention, response and recovery!
The Foundations School is currently seeking the GBAC STAR™ accreditation which is the cleaning industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities.
GBAC STAR is the gold standard of prepared facilities. This accreditation means that a facility has:
Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
Highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How will you manage the mask requirement and social distancing with young children?
We will manage masks and social distancing in all the delightful ways we know how. We will add mindfulness and reverence so the children can get used to the routine as much as possible. When the children need breaks, we will generously allow for spurts of outdoor time in small groups.
What is your contingency plan if the State of Florida requires the school to close its physical doors?
If the government requires a school closure or if the science and data are showing that it is not safe to remain open, we are prepared to follow the CDC guidelines for school closures.