Changes Coming to New Bees
The Office of Child Care and the State of Oregon have released new guidelines for care centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below is a basic rundown of the most visible changes affecting parents and children attending New Bees.
All tours, parent-teacher conferences, and other in-person activities will be conducted virtually. Photos and video of the care rooms will be posted on our website in the coming weeks.
New Bees may now enroll and maintain a stable population of 10 children in each care room and a stable cohort of 12 for each room. **Outdoor play times will be staggered so that separated groups do not intermingle while at the center.
All children over the age of 5 are provided with a face covering/shield while at the center. Children over 5 will be asked to wear face coverings/shields prior to entering the care rooms. Parents may request that any child between ages 2 and 5 be issued a mask, so long as the child may put on and remove it without assistance.
Children are not disciplined or sent home for the inability to wear or put on a face mask. Children under 2 do not wear face masks while at the center.
For all child hand-offs between parents and staff, parents will be asked to remain outside of the entrance door while our staff members perform health checks and while any children are escorted to the care rooms. Parents are also asked to wear face masks/shields while dropping off or picking up & to maintain a distance of 6 feet when not engaged directly in handing off a child to a staff member. Please be advised, staff may ask whether you or your child have been exposed to a person or persons who have tested positive for COVID-19, or have a presumptive case, within 14 days.**Toddler parents, please be aware that drop off and picks ups can be performed in the same manner at the door to the Busy Bee room on the center's north door (closest to the playground fence).
All staff members, service providers, visitors/volunteers must wear a face covering/shield while inside the center. All staff members, service providers, visitors/volunteers & children must take health checks prior to entering the care center. Any parent or adult visitor or volunteer must clear a health check and register a temperature below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Any person who registers a fever above 100.4 will be asked to remain at home for a minimum of 14 days, to visit a medical professional, and to return only after being symptom free for 24 hours.
Parents will be contacted for immediate pick up if a child presents the following symptoms: fever, unusual cough (meaning a symptom that is uncommon to any child), shortness of breath, rash, head ache, sore throat, diarrhea, or vomiting. Children presenting symptoms of said illness will be "isolated" in the lobby and supervised until parents/guardians/authorized adults arrives for pick up. Parents will be advised to see a medical professional and asked to return only when the child is symptom free after 24 hours/after 10 day quarantine in lieu of testing positive for COVID-19.
No child can be denied care for testing positive for COVID-19, so long as said child has quarantined for 14 days and remains symptom free for 24 hours. No adult can be denied access to child care for testing positive for COVID-19, so long as said adult has quarantined for 14 days and remains symptom free for 24 hours.
Children are allowed to use hand sanitizer under adult supervision. If parents wish to provide a specific brand, it may be supplied in a backpack/diaper bag. All hand sanitizer products must contain 60-95% alcohol. **Parents of infants, please know that all infants' hands must be washed before and after every meal, bottle feeding, diaper change. Caregivers are asked to apply Aquaphor to infant hands after washing to reduce irritation.