September 16th, 2020

At Little Jewels our number one priority is the safety of our staff and students. We have taken certain safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while still ensuring that your children are provided with the high-quality care that our families expect from Little Jewels.Thank you for your understanding and support as we work with the new protocolsand restrictions.The Little Jewels Leadership TeamIn addition to the already strict cleaning protocols used to maintainthe cleanliness of the center, you will also see the following being implemented in the center:

  1. Only one parent will be allowed into the building to drop students off. All adults will be required to wear a mask upon entry.
  2. Daily temperature checks for all students, parents and staff upon arrival will be administered at the front desk.
  3. Lower student to teacher ratios in the classrooms.
  4. No combining of classes, including the closure of the cafeteria for meals until further notice.
  5. 6 foot distancing in classrooms including table spots and cots.
  6. Increased handwashing for everyone that enters the building.
  7. All staff will be required to wear a mask while in the building.
  8. Heightened illnesses policies including a lower max temp of 100 degrees to be in the building. (Staff and students included.)

Thank you for your understanding and support as we work with the new protocols and restrictions.Thank you for your understanding and support as we work with the new protocols and restrictions.

The Little Jewels Leadership Team

August 2020

Dear Little Jewels Families,                                                                  

With the minute by minute changes during this unprecedented time, there is so much uncertainty about what each new day will bring. We hope that this notice finds you and your loved ones in good health. We are thankful for those who are doing their part to keep our world safe and we are thankful for the opportunity to provide a loving and SAFE home away from home for your family.

At Little Jewels our number one priority is the safety of the children in our care and the staff who provide that care. We have taken certain safety precautions to prevent the spread of COVID 19, while still ensuring that your children are provided with the high-quality care that our families expect from Little Jewels. While we know that these procedures may be inconvenient, we feel that they are necessary to ensure that we are doing what we can to prevent the spread of this virus.

Our staff have always had strict cleaning protocols to maintain the cleanliness of the center. In addition to that, here is an outline of the actions that we have implemented:

  • Curbside pick-up and drop-off – No parents or family members will be permitted to enter the center unless absolutely necessary. We are eliminating foot traffic in the center and will have a designated staff member meet you outside the front door to receive or release your child. Staff will check your child in/ out on the Brightwheel app daily. If there is no one at the front door to receive your child please call the front desk and we will have a staff member greet you at the front door. We will have a staff member posted at the front door from 6:30-8:30 am and 3:30-6 pm. The center’s phone numbers are as follows; Oakland: 309.662.0303, Evergreen: 309.808.0006, Williamsburg: 309.808-0051. Please allow yourself an additional 10-15 minutes as there may be some waiting at high drop-off and pick-up times.
  • Drop off procedures if raining:
    • Please pull into our north entrance, stay in your vehicle and line up along the sidewalk. 
    • Bring your child(ren) to the screening table under the awning. 
  • Drop off procedures if not raining:
    • Park anywhere in lot and bring your child(ren) to the screening table under the awning.
  • Pick up procedures rain or shine:
    • When you arrive, please message the classroom teacher so they can have your child ready for the staff who are bringing children to the front door. 
    • Please pull into our north entrance, stay in your vehicle and line up along the sidewalk.
    • Place a sign in your window with your child’s first and last name. 
    • Staff will bring your child(ren) out to you. This will help us know who is next in line and prevent children from running out into the parking lot. 
  • All children will have daily health checks conducted during curbside drop-off. This means that a staff member will be asking you questions about your child and will taking their temperature. Any child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher, or with COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to enter the center and may not return without a doctor’s note.
  • All staff (and parents and visitors if absolutely necessary) entering the building will have temperatures checked every day and will not be permitted to enter any classroom with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • In accordance with the regulations set by DCFS during this phase, we will limit the size of our classroom groups to 8 or fewer babies and 10 or fewer children age toddler through school-age until further notice.
  • Children will not be permitted to combine with other age groups or classes. All children will eat in their rooms and will not gather for morning prayer and pledge in the Baker Room.
  • When sitting at the tables, or carpet teaching staff will do their best to space children out so that they can maintain a safe distance. During nap time cots will be placed head to toe with a safe 6-foot distance between them.
  • All children and staff will wash their hands immediately upon arrival and through-out the day.
  • If we must close due to someone testing positive for COVID-19, we will be notified by the Department of Health and we will keep an open line of communication with families regarding self-quarantine procedures and when we would be reopening our doors.
  • Child seats will not be able to remain at the center until further notice. Diaper bags and back packs will not be permitted either. Please bring any items for your child in a disposable plastic bag and replace daily. Please limit the items your child brings from home, if they must bring an item it will be placed in their cubby immediately upon arrival at the center. If the items travels back and forth between home and the center it will need to be laundered daily.
  • At this time, we are not requiring children to wear a mask. If you have a child who is 3 and older and would like your child to wear a mask please make sure you provide one. Staff members will be required to wear a mask.

At this time, we need to come together as community and help keep everyone healthy. If your child is feeling ill, please keep them at home. Additionally, if anyone in the household is experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please stay home, consider seeing healthcare professional, and keep your child at home. If your child is sent home sick, they must be symptom free for 24 hours and have a doctor’s note to return.

Please know that keeping our students healthy is always a priority. With these protocols in place, and with your help, we will do our best to prevent the spread of this virus. This is a constantly changing situation and these procedures are subject to change at any time. Thank you as always for your support and trust.

Thank you,

The Little Jewels team