Building Bridges Preschool
COVID Safety & Re-Entry Plan

IF/THEN- Covid-19 Symptoms, Scenarios, and Determinations
of Class/School Closures

Building Bridges Preschool is committed to top safety standards and procedures during these difficult times of the COVID pandemic. Please download the helpful guide below (PDF).

If / Then Guide

What to Expect In-Person

In adherence with the New York City Department of Health mandate, Building Bridges requires all employees, volunteers, parents, children, and essential visitors to complete the COVID-19 Exposure and Screening Questionnaire daily prior to entering Building Bridges Preschool.

A staff member will perform a daily health check of each child prior to entering the building. This includes but is not limited to a temperature check, symptom check and completing a Family/Caregiver Covid-19 Exposure questionnaire.

All Building Bridges staff will wear full face visibility masks that blocks aerosols, fluids and sprays from faces and meets American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) level 3 standards. Masks will be required for all staff during the school day.

Each class will enter and exit the school through a separate door. Drop off and pick up will be staggered to minimize the number of people outside the door at any one time. Social distancing measures must be upheld.

Building Bridges provides a healthy snack. Lunch must be provided by the family and not shared with others. Utensils will need to be sent from home.

No visitors will be allowed into the building. A staff member will meet families at the door during arrival/departure.

No home toys will be allowed at school, except for lovies if a child is having a difficult time transitioning.

Note: This plan is subject to change based on incoming citywide, state, and federal guidelines and regulations.

New Policies & Procedures

Each teacher will be assigned one group of children. There will no longer be “floaters” or teachers who interact in multiple classes.

Any child or staff member who is sick or demonstrates even mild symptoms will not be allowed into the building. All members of a household, including a caregiver, MUST quarantine for the mandated 14 days if any one family member/caregiver tests positive for Covid-19.

All children and staff will be required to wash hands upon entering and exiting the school, after using the bathroom, changing a diaper, prior to eating and/or in general, when needed.

If there is a case of COVID-19 reported in a classroom, all close contacts, (adults and children in that static group) will be identified/contacted. The classroom will be professionally disinfected and closed for 24/48 hours. All close contacts must stay home for 14 days from the last contact with the diagnosed individual. *Maintaining static groups of children avoids creating more close contacts. Other classes will operate as usual.

Building Bridges is requiring all staff to be tested prior to the start of school. We will follow the NYCDOH ongoing testing requirements. Daily health checks will be performed on all staff. All staff have participated in the mandated 3-hour training of COVID-19 symptoms and preventative precautions prior to reopening.

CDC approved disinfecting/sanitizing products will be used on all surfaces throughout the day. Our professional cleaning service will continue to clean and disinfect all areas of the school daily.

All classes will meet NYCDOH requirements to minimize potential transmission and exposure of the virus.

Whenever possible, schools will use outdoor play areas and maximize airflow throughout their facilities.