Frequently asked questions
How is Abacus ensuring safety of my children at this time?
Our top priority is ensuring the safety, health, and well-being of our students, staff, and families. We have existing policies and protocols in our daily operations to ensure everyone’s safety. We will also be implementing all CDC and OCDEL guidelines to prevent any COVID19 virus outbreak in our preschool. For extra safety, we have taken the following steps:
- replaced all rugs from the classrooms with waterproof plank flooring
- installed touchless auto-dispensing soap and disinfecting units
- purchased UV-C light wands for disinfecting teaching materials and furniture in the school.
What Are Your Sanitation Guidelines?
Students and staff will be required to:
- To wash hands frequently & thoroughly with soap (minimum of 20 seconds).
- Cover your mouth and nose if / when sneezing or coughing.
- Refrain from touching your own nose, mouth and eyes.
- Refrain from touching each other or sharing items.
- Bring extra pair of shoes for school use only.
- Minimize bringing in personal belongings to school.
- Wear facemasks. This also applies to children: ”Children 2 years old and older are required to wear a face covering as described in the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Order for Universal Face Coverings” . Abacus will provide washable facemasks to our students, teachers, and parents.
- Wellness check each staff and student when they come into the building. Wellness includes no contact temperature check, visual signs of cough, colds, sore throat or shortness of breath.
- Wellness check is to be repeated at random times during the day.
- Send students home if it appears they may have a fever or flu-like symptoms.
- Use UV-C light wands and/or disinfectant on surfaces, handles, shared objects regularly throughout the day.
- Teach and encourage students to allow physical distancing between each other in the classroom & play area whenever possible.
- Use face shields and/or facemasks.
What Are Your Safety Guidelines?
DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL IF YOU ARE SICK
If your child is showing any possible COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath, aches, sore throat, diarrhea), or if you have any of these symptoms, please stay home! We are asking everyone to think of the health of the community as you decide whether to go to places where you are in close contact with others. If your child is sick, stay home. If you are sick, have a healthy adult take them to school. Ideally if there is anyone in your home that is showing symptoms, all should stay home. If you have any visitor to your home that has come from an outbreak state like Florida, please have that person self-quarantine and let us know so we can be more vigilant with your child.
OFF-LIMITS TO ADULT NON-STAFF MEMBER
We are limiting the entry of non-staff adults in our main building. Parents and guardians are only able to drop their kids from our main doors. Parents and guardians will not be allowed access even to our main lobby. Our inner entrance doors will remain locked the entire day. Please ring the doorbell to announce your arrival for drop-off/pick-up.
CONTACTLESS SIGN IN / SIGN OUT
Our childcare management app, Brightwheel, which we use to sign in and sign out kids has a no contact sign in / out. All you need to do is scan the QR code posted on our main doors to sign in / out your child. Please watch this YouTube video on how easy it is to do your sign in / out process. Please make sure that you have the Brightwheel app installed on your smart phones.
MINIMIZE PERSONAL BELONGINGS
In order to ensure that we keep a sanitized environment, we ask that you refrain from having your child bring personal belongings that are not needed for the day.
- One personal blanket and naptime bedding will be allowed to be brought for your child in a personal bag, and sent home each week to be washed.
- We ask that you bring an extra jacket for your child that we can keep in school until this pandemic is behind us.
- If your child has an extra pair of shoes that we can keep in school, please bring them in. We will have them use this pair of shoes instead of the shoes they have when they are dropped. We will keep these shoes sanitized.
ISSUED FACE MASKS
Per the newest CDC guidelines and recommendation of wearing masks in public, we are issuing your kids and our staff face masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Will You Suspend Operations At Abacus If School Districts Close?
- If any civil authority will require us to close. This can come from the Federal, State, County or City government as well the OCDEL Licensing which regulates all Child Care and Preschools in PA.
- If any staff member, student or a household member of any of our students & staff is identified as a patient under investigation or confirmed case of COVID-19, we will be suspending operations for a minimum of 3 days to sanitize and deep clean the building. Suspending operations will be assessed daily.
We want to make sure that we are able to provide service to our families and parents during these instances where it is most needed. We have an emergency plan in case of a mandatory shutdown.
A decision to close schools is always a last resort. Closing schools would be done with great care, transparency, and in partnership with public health. If public health determines schools should close before we hit the threshold outlined by the civil authorities, we will.
What Are The Tuition Guidelines Should Abacus Suspend Operations?
If we suspend operations due in situations pursuant to safety for COVID or any other illnesses, or governmental mandate, or some such Force Majeure event, we can refund tuition and/or offer credit as follows:
- 10 days or less of closure Tuition will be assessed in full
- 11-20 days of closure Tuition will be assessed at 50%
- 20+ days of closure Tuition not charged and space held
What If I’m Nervous About Sending My Children To School Because Of The Coronavirus
Parents are ultimately responsible for their children’s health and safety, including whether to send their children to school during a health scare. We respect all parents decision but for a Force Majeure situation, we are unable to offer any refunds. Our parent handbook requires a paid 2 week notice to drop attendance.