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Childcare During COVID, Reopening Assessment and Planning Tool

By Net Assets posted 19 days ago


(from WITF) Throughout the pandemic, many child care centers have stayed open for the children of frontline workers — everyone from doctors to grocery store clerks. YMCA of the USA and New York City’s Department of Education have been caring for, collectively, tens of thousands of children since March — and both tell NPR they have no reports of coronavirus clusters or outbreaks. The protocols that the Y and New York City came up with in March were strikingly similar to the CDC’s May recommendations, as well as guidelines now being considered by states and districts. Local YMCAs grouped “pods” of no more than nine children with each adult. This often meant using spaces like basketball courts or even boardrooms, taking advantage of buildings that were otherwise closed. They also came up with creative handwashing and social distancing protocols to make these new processes fun for children. 

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(from Johns Hopkins, Tuscany Strategy and CHEA) A new toolkit developed for colleges to assess their readiness to open amid the COVID-19 pandemic may prove useful to K-12 independent schools. It poses four central questions to determine readiness to resume on-campus instruction for each of the major COVID-19 alert levels. The guide is organized into sections on leadership, cross-functional, and functional workgroups to support comprehensive planning efforts across various institutional groups. It also links to an Excel assessment tool, an online risk calculator and online Smartsheet planning tool, among other resources. 

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