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Elam Hearts and Hands

at Elam United Methodist Church
1073 Smithbridge Rd

Glen Mills, PA 19342


Phone: 610-459-2911

Fax:  610-459-3588


Kelly Forwood, Director

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Elam Hearts and Hands - Health and Safety Plan

2022-2023 School Year 


School Entrances: There will be two entrances utilized during the drop off and pick up times. The Children’s Day Out classes will enter through their separate classroom door by the small parking lot. The preschool classes will enter through the main preschool doors, located on the side of the building by the playground; up the pathway to the glass doors. Follow the colored crayons specific to your child’s classroom, drop off at the door, and then exit the building the way you entered. Lunchbunch pick up will be through the main preschool doors. 


Drop Off/Pick Up Times

For the Children’s Day Out Program, the doors will open at 9am for drop off and 12pm for pick up. 


For the Preschool Program, the main preschool doors will open at 8:55am, so families have a chance to get their children to their particular classrooms. Classroom doors will open up at 9am. For pick up, the main preschool doors will open five minutes before the classroom doors open at: 12pm (school dismissal), 1:30pm  (Lunchbunch dismissal) and 3pm (Lunchbunch dismissal). 


Hand Sanitizer: There will be bottles on tables as you enter the building, if needed. They are not mandatory, as the children will be washing their hands once they enter their classrooms.


Washing Hands: Hand washing will be done inside the classroom upon arrival. Children will wash their hands before and after eating, and after toileting, sneezing, or coughing. 


Daily Home Screening: Evaluate your child’s health before bringing him/her to school each day. Keep your child home if he/she is experiencing respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms. Refer to the Parent Handbook (given out at the Parent Orientation) under “Health Policy” for further information. 


Daily Health Checks/Temperature Checks: The teachers will do a visual health assessment of each child upon entering the classroom. If there are health concerns, parents will be notified immediately. If a sick child is to be dismissed from school, a staff member will care for that child in a designated isolation room until a parent comes to pick up.  


Cleaning and Disinfecting: There will be routine cleaning and disinfecting (with an EPA-approved disinfectant) of the tables, chairs, floors, bathrooms, sinks, railings, toys, and specific touch points within the classrooms and throughout the building in areas where the children participate.


Masks: Mask wearing within the building and classrooms will be up to the parent’s/guardian’s discretion. We will support any children/families who may choose to wear a mask. We have processes in place for any children wearing masks during the school day. 


COVID Positive Cases/Isolation: If your child tests positive for COVID, he/she must isolate for five days (day 0 being the day of symptom onset or the test date if no symptoms). To return to school after the isolation period, he/she must be fever free for 24 hours, without fever-reducing medication, and symptoms must be improving. After isolation, for those who experienced symptoms, the CDC recommends wearing a mask through day 10. 

Close Contacts: If a child within a classroom tests positive for COVID, that particular classroom will be notified of the exposure. The classroom will remain in session. Although the CDC recommends those exposed wear a mask for a full 10 days while monitoring symptoms, mask wearing will be up to the parent’s/guardian’s discretion. If symptoms develop, isolate immediately, get tested, and stay home until you know the result. If your test result is positive, follow the isolation guidelines.


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