COVID-19 Policies & Procedures
In accordance with direction from the Governor, TABS will remain open so long as the Long Island region is in Phase IV and the daily COVID-19 infection rate remains below 5% over a 14 day average.
To protect all the members of our educational community, TABS administrators and educators have implemented a new set of health-related policies. In determining these protocols, we prioritized complying with the recommendations of the CDC, the New York State Department of Health, and the Suffolk County Board of Health. Additionally, we consulted our team of licensure experts as well as a designated healthcare consultant.
To maintain a healthy educational environment, it is critical that everyone consistently follow the health policies outlined below.
This policy framework is a work in progress that requires flexibility, and we will revise it when necessary as the situation evolves. Please note that we have also amended the Parent Handbook with additions including an Infectious Disease/COVID-19 Health Policy, Sample Emergency Procedures, a Policy and Procedure Agreement, and a new Tuition Agreement Contract.
For those of you with additional questions, please reach out to us at any time. I wish you good health, and, remember, we're in this together. I look forward to working with all the members of our community to ensure our student’s health and successes in the year ahead.
Lisa Marie George, Owner
Each day upon arrival all staff, students, and guardians will have their body temperatures scanned. Individuals with a temperature at or above 100.0° will be asked to return home. If you have a fever, you will not be permitted to return to school for 72 hours. 24 of those hours a person must be fever free without the aid of any fever reducing medications. Furthermore, no one will be permitted to return from any dismissal or absence without a doctor’s note.
Students are not required to wear masks, but staff and guardians are required to where facial coverings at all times. We have been given confirmation that our staff is able to wear face shields while outdoors in addition to face shields and masks when 6ft social distancing is not possible. While indoors for any reason face masks are required to be worn at all times.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Parents are not permitted in any of our facilities and will not be able to linger during drop-off or pick-up. Please send one person per student each day both in the morning and afternoon. We ask that you remain mindful of those dropping off before and after you. While weather remains nice, we will aim to have arrival and dismissal take place outside of your child’s class’ respective playground / designated outdoor learning area. Please be punctual.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up Times
If your child is a Full Day Program student, your hours are from 9:00am-3:00pm.
If your child is an Extended Day Program student, your hours are from 8:00am-4:00pm.
If your child is registered for our Early Drop-Off Program, your child should arrive at 8:00am daily.
If your child is in the Half Day Program, a link for SignUp Genius will be sent to all families for you to choose from 3 drop-off / pick-up times:
8:45 am – 11:45 am,
9:00 am – 12:00 pm, or
9:15 am – 12:15 pm.
Hand sanitizer will be available for all children each day upon arrival and when transitioning between activities. Our Assistant Teachers will use disinfectant spray on all common areas, outdoor play equipment and materials after use. These practices are in addition to frequent hand washing of all students and staff throughout the day. Each student will be given a personal supply bag for items such as crayons, marker, pencils, scissors, etc. to be used while in school and which will remain at school at all times.
Students will be assigned to a classroom and continue to enjoy daily activities together with their peers as they have in the past. This year, groups will not come together for any extra programs such as Early Drop, Lunch Bunch, Caring Cottage, or Workshops. This decision has been made in an effort to limit students' exposure to others during this time (i.e., to keep the same group of children in one space and on one playground / learning area).
Snack and Lunch
Please be sure to send in a “NUT FREE” lunch in addition to 1 “NUT FREE” snack for Half Day Program students and 2 “NUT FREE” snacks for Full and Extended Day Program students, and plenty of water each day your child comes to school. We prefer the snack and lunches be packed separately. All items should be labeled with your child’s name.
Our daily schedule will continue to include themes, art and crafts, music, and movement, and center-based learning experiences. Other activities will also be included that have been deemed essential, and can be implemented following the mandated safety guidelines. Though we understand that Dramatic Play and Sensory Activities are valuable experiences for our students, those activities have been put on hold and / or will be altered as the school year continues. We also understand that some children may require a comfort item during the first few weeks of school.
Therapists are considered essential and can provide their services within our program. We are only encouraging children with an IEP to receive services in the school building. All private services can and should be done in your home.
A copy of our sick child policy will be distributed on visiting days. It is important for all caregivers to be vigilantly monitoring for symptoms. Sick students and staff are required to stay at home. As always, our staff members are mandated to take preventative actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness on a day-to-day basis.
We are asking everyone to notify us with any weekend and / or travel plans where public transportation will be used, social distancing may be a concern, or the destination includes a NYS deemed COVID-19 hot spot. Please be mindful of all of our students, their families, and our staff members when making weekend / travel plans while your child is enrolled at TABS.
An additional SignUp Genius link will be sent for one guardian to sign up for visiting days. Visiting days are not limited to one day. You can attend all 3 days with your child, for 30 minutes, should you feel that this will benefit your child in the transitioning process. All families will be required to sign an attestation stating that they have not traveled to a designated “hot spot” within 14 days of the visiting day(s), have not come in to contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus, and that no one in the household is experiencing symptoms at the time of their visit.