- Daily screening and mask wearing for all KL staff
- Mask wearing for children (at the discretion of parents and staff)
- Small, consistent groupings of children with dedicated staff (10 children per group max with 1-2 staff members per group)
- Practicing social distancing throughout the day
- Hand washing/hand sanitizing upon entering and exiting the KL, before and after meals, and other key times of day.
- Regular sanitation of all equipment, play areas, eating areas, etc.
- Visual assessment of children’s health throughout the day
- Screen your child! This includes checking your child for symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, gastrointestinal symptoms, new loss of taste/smell, muscle aches, or any other symptoms that feel like a cold. Anyone with a fever of 100F or above or any other signs of illness will not be able to attend the program.
- Wear a mask when entering the Kids’ League.
✔A warm greeting from our amazing staff!
✔At our check-in station, a staff member will ask you to give:
✔Verbal verification that your child and any household members have not had any of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours:
- Fever (temp. of 100°F or above), felt feverish, or had chills
- Sore throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea, nausea, vomiting)?
- Fatigue? (Fatigue alone does not exclude a child from participation.)
- New loss of smell/taste?
- New muscle aches?
- Any other signs of illness?
✔Verbal verification that you have not given your child medicine to lower a fever.
✔Verbal verification that you have not had close contact with a person known to be infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) within the past 14 days.
*Please note that if any of these items cannot be verified, your child will not be able to attend the Kids’ League.*
✔Sign your child in and give written confirmation that your answers to the verbal verifications are accurate.
✔Your child will then be directed to join his/her group for the beginning of a great day!
✓Backpack/Bag to hold their items
✓Two masks each day in a labeled bag(The Kids’ League encourages children who are able to wear a mask to wear it, but this is up to the discretion of the parents)
✓A lunch. To keep lunches cold, we recommend that ice packs be included with the children’s lunches, if desired. To keep food warm, we recommend the use of an insulated Thermos container.
✓Refillable water bottle labeled with your child’s name
✓Swimsuit and towel for water activities
✓Younger campers, or campers who are at risk of having accidents,should have an extra set of clothes available in their backpack.
According to DEEC, the Kids’ League needs to encourage the wearing of masks or cloth face coverings when possible and at the discretion of the parents for children who can safely and appropriately wear, remove, and handle masks.
Since this matter is up to the discretion of the parents, if you feel that you do not wish your child to wear a mask, please communicate this to our administrative staff.
Additional DEEC regulations on mask wearing for children:
(a) When children can be safely kept at least 6 feet away from others, then they do not need to be encouraged to wear a mask.
(b) Masks will not be worn while children are eating/drinking, or engaging in active outdoor play, if children are able to keep physical distance from others.
(c) Children will be supervised when wearing a mask. If wearing the face covering causes the child to touch their face more frequently, staff will contact parents and see if they wish to reconsider their child wearing a mask.
(d) Families should provide their children with a sufficient supply of clean masks and face coverings for their child to allow replacing the covering as needed. Families must have a plan for routine cleaning of masks and face coverings, clearly mark masks with child’s name, if applicable, and clearly distinguish which side of the covering should be worn facing outwards so they are worn properly each day. Washable masks and face coverings must be routinely washed at least daily and any time the mask is used or becomes soiled, depending on the frequency of use. When possible, masks must be washed in a washing machine in hot water and dried fully.
What is the KL doing to stay up-to-date with current health regulations and updates from DEEC and local health officials?
Sarah Noland is our COVID-19 Regulations Coordinator and is regularly keeping up to date and implementing any changes suggested by DEEC, the Westford Board of Health, and other applicable agencies. If you have specific questions regarding COVID-19 regulations, please reach out to Sarah Noland. Phone: (978) 692-6733 or by e-mail: email@example.com.
The children will be placed in group sizes with up to 10 children and 1-2 staff members.
The Town of Westford has closed their beaches to all groups and summer camps like the KL. Therefore, beach days are no longer an option. As of now, current regulations also do not permit us to attend the various field trips we had planned.
In place of these outings, we are planning alternative activities such as water activities, ice cream parties, balloon artist, carnival day and more. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!
Please inform us if your child will be absent via e-mail or phone call. We do not need to know why your child is absent unless it is because of illness. In that case, please let us know that it is health-related as we are required to keep records of illness-related absences.
We have a complete protocol in place as required by DEEC if a child is exposed to COVID-19 or contracts it. This includes the following regulations:
If a Child Becomes Symptomatic: If a child becomes symptomatic, programs must follow the protocols below: (1) Immediately isolate from other children and minimize exposure to staff. (2) Whenever possible, cover children’s (age 2 and older) noses and mouths with a mask or cloth face covering. (3) Contact the child’s parents and have the child picked up as soon as possible. (4) Follow the program’s plan for the transportation of a child who has developed symptoms and who relies on program transportation.
If a Child or Staff Contracts COVID-19: Sick children or employees who are COVID-19 positive or symptomatic and presumed to have COVID-19 must not return until they have met the criteria for discontinuing home isolation and have consulted with a health care provider. Determine the date of symptom onset for the child/staff. Determine if the child/staff attended/worked at the program while symptomatic or during the two days before symptoms began. Identify what days the child/staff attended/worked during that time. Determine who had close contact with the child/staff at the program during those days (staff and other children).
(1) If the individual tests positive for COVID-19 but is asymptomatic, isolation may be discontinued when at least 10 days have passed from the date of the positive test, as long as the individual remains asymptomatic. For example, if the individual was tested on April 1, isolation may be discontinued on or after April 11 if the individual still has no symptoms.
Notifying Required Parties: In the event that a program experiences an exposure, programs must notify the following parties. (1) Employees and families about exposure but maintain confidentiality. (2) Local board of health if a child or staff is COVID-19 positive. (3) Funding and licensing agencies if a child or staff member has tested positive.
Self-Isolating Following Exposure or Potential Exposure: In the event that a staff member or child is exposed to a sick or symptomatic person, the following protocols must be followed. (1) If a child or staff has been exposed to COVID-19, regardless of whether the individual has symptoms or not, the child or staff must not be permitted to enter the program space and must be sent home. Exposed individuals must be directed to stay home for at least 14 days after the last day of contact with the person who is sick. The program must consult the local board of health for guidance on quarantine for other children and staff and what additional precautions will be needed to ensure the program space is safe for continued child care services. (2) If an exposed child or staff subsequently tests positive or their doctor says they have confirmed or probable COVID-19, they must be directed to stay home for a minimum of 10 days from the 1st day of symptoms appearing AND be fever-free for 72 hours without fever reducing medications AND experience significant improvements in symptoms. Release from isolation is under the jurisdiction of the local board of health where the individual resides. (3) If a child’s household member or staff’s household member tests positive for COVID-19, the child or staff must self-quarantine for 14 days after the last time they could have been exposed.
If an Exposed Child or Staff Remains Asymptomatic and/or Tests Negative for COVID-19: If the exposed individual remains asymptomatic and/or tests negative for COVID-19, they must remain in quarantine and continue to monitor for the full 14 days.
For more info on all procedures being implemented, please refer to State Regs. https://eeclead.force.com/resource/1591618751000/Min_Req
E-mail is the best way to contact us and we will respond within 24 hours. For urgent matters, please call us at (978) 692-6733.
If any of our staff or children are exposed to COVID-19 or contract the virus, we will inform the families whose children are attending at that time, while maintaining confidentiality.
If you or your child contract COVID-19, we will refund you for any time missed because of the illness and/or quarantine time.