Safety & Health Procedures (Before and Post Pandemic)
Teaching children safety and hygiene has always been a huge part of our curriculum, school routine and atmosphere. Classrooms, and our garden, have always been equipped with sinks. Teaching children how to maintain healthy hygiene practices, including washing their hands properly, cleaning their noses and food service and eating habits, are taught early on in the first weeks of school. Small Hands has always had a sickness policy that requires a doctor’s report before a child can return to school following a contagious illness.
During the pandemic, we began working with a doctor, who helped us establish new policies and procedures in regards to overall health precautions and social distancing standards at each of our campuses and who follows up with the daily health checks of our staff and students. We have introduced well-marked social distancing rules both outdoors and indoors and taken the necessary precautions of labeling and separating students’ supplies.
Beyond these measures, we have transitioned to doing Outdoor Education and are committed to this through the early fall until extreme weather no longer permits us to be outside.