The Coronavirus and Covid-19
We invite you to learn more about us and join our program for an exceptionally safe and rewarding learning and development experience for your child and your family. It derives from your child’s inclinations, interests, fascinations, and family cultural influences and is conducted in a medically safe, educationally rich, and emotionally supportive and stimulating environment.
Competent — C5 Children’s School is fortunate to have many seasoned, highly skilled professionals who take an unfailingly positive and confident approach to addressing issues that arise in daily work and in special circumstances, such as the emerging Coronavirus outbreak.
We work skillfully and respectfully with our enrolled and alumni families and with our building management and local and state government officials to address the relevant science, evolving guidelines, and the health directives that are available and are issued.
Then, we take great satisfaction in creating the safest and highest possible quality environments for children, families, staff, and the interconnected surrounding community.
Much of our approach to the virus and our strategies for mitigating it are serving as a model for other educational programs. We enjoy our work, and we enjoy sharing to improve the conditions for children everywhere.
You are welcome to contact us for details beyond the information that is provided here. www.c5children.org/about-us/contact-us/
Planning — We have developed a comprehensive Coronavirus Health & Safety Plan for each of our centers. They are very similar. We also plan ahead for emerging issues in close coordination with these area resources: C5’s Caterer, Chefables; the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) Childcare Team; First 5 of San Francisco; the City’s Child Care Planning and Advisory Council; the City’s Children’s Council; and the City’s Office of Early Care and Education.
Research — Our investigations have kept pace with the latest scientific findings, related product and equipment producers specifications, local and state health department perspectives, and government announcements and directives. We also conducted two site visits with a consulting architect from the Low-Income Investment Fund (LIIF) organization and a site visit with the environmental engineer from the San Francisco Department of Public Health.
SFDPH Directives — We closely follow all of the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s directives related to early childhood.
State Directives — We work in concert with the State of California directives regarding re-opening and operating, including handling cases that may occur within our enrolled families, staff, and children attending our program.
Cleaning — We clean the centers at the end of the day after children leave and key areas again before the school day begins. Our designated kitchen and housekeeping staff also continue to clean high touch areas and elements in the main traffic areas within the centers throughout the school day.
Safe Distancing — We practice safe social, physical, and structural distancing. Staff members stay at least 6 feet away from each other and parents when interacting and 12+ feet away when possible. We know that the research has shown that the primary transfer of the Coronavirus is by air and tiny aerosol droplets that carry the particles that can travel well over 12 feet, hang in the air, and move through spaces with air currents in tidal pools and venturis of air flow.
Guests — We operate the centers primarily with only staff and children. Parents and vendors stop at the front door to transfer children and other items into the centers.
Parents — Before each parent brings their child to school, they check for symptoms of illness, including those for the Coronavirus. They arrive at their child’s center for screening before entry and leave their child with a staff escort, who takes the child to their classroom. Parents, other guests, and regular service personnel or vendors do not enter the centers. Parents can be in contact with the school in a wide variety of ways: by phone to the reception desk, Office Manager, Center Director, their child’s classroom’s cell phone, by text, email, FaceTime, video conference, and our highly interactive private, secure website posts and forums. Parents voluntarily share their travel plans, general virus-related health, and ongoing information about how their child is doing at home, including socially, emotionally, physically, and developmentally in line with the in-school curriculum and other activities. Parents follow and support the organic child-centered Weekly Plans based on the children’s interests and the Daily Stories that present with photos and text what actually happens in the classrooms each day.
Comprehensive Screening — We wear and use protective equipment to conduct extensive screening in an exclusive, protected area outside of the entrance to each center when children are dropped off. Parents arrive ahead of time in the morning, stay safe distances from others, answer a questionnaire on a tablet computer, have their child’s temperature taken, and exchange any essential information about their child to pass on to teachers. Each child then enters the center and sanitizes hands and shoes or changes into their own indoor shoes and is escorted to their classroom by a C5 staff person.
Air Purifiers — We haveHigh powered IQAir HealthPro hyper-HEPA+ floor model three-stage air filters — of the type found in hospitals, surgery rooms, and clean rooms — located in every classroom and main processing areas. These units remove Coronavirus from the air and other ultra-fine particles smaller than a virus. They also remove smoke particles and harmful fumes and gasses.
Air Quality Monitors — We also have IQAirVisual air quality monitors located in every classroom and reception area. They tell us by remote before school and throughout the day how well we are continuing to succeed in cleaning the air of large, medium, small, and fine particles, droplets, and aerosol mist that can also carry Coronavirus.
We continuously monitor outside air by means of comprehensive data sets that include: the USA Environmental Protection Agency’s AirNow.gov system of wide-area and local air quality monitors; the PurpleAir network of monitors; the IQAir network of monitors; three key websites for wildfire smoke, wind direction, and air quality forecasting; and, Weather.com and other sites for weather elements forecasts.
HVACs and Building Air Systems — Since the Coronavirus also transfers significantly by air and having high-quality air moving rapidly and exchanging often are critical to mitigating the transfer and absorption of the virus, we work closely with our host buildings to adjust the HVAC systems as necessary to provide the best possible air at all times. They have highly rated MERV-13 and MERV-14 air filters.
Learning Groups — For safety and to mitigate transmission of the Coronavirus, the children in every classroom meet each day and work all day long with the same continuous group members, up to a maximum of 12 children, with the same teachers as an ongoing learning group. They also eat, sleep, and play outside as an in-tact group separated from other children’s groups and staff.
Extensive Information — We share with parents and family members information about children’s activities during the day by means of online photos, videos, and Daily Stories in line with organic Weekly Plans and interests emerging from individual children and their learning groups.
Accessibility — Parents, family members, building management, and government agencies can reach us 24/7 to get or give essential information, including alerts, processing medical concerns, and clarifying regular curriculum, policies, and business issues.
Daily and Weekly Information — We provide regular and frequent information about how the new health and safety processes are working as part of our Daily Stories and Weekly Plans for each classroom. The posts are on our private, secure website Connections where every enrolled family has access to information from all of the classrooms in our two, soon to be three, centers. The posts are interactive and the information, including photos of daily activities, is downloadable. Parents, immediate family members, and extended family members from around the world connect daily for the latest news and classroom activities.
C5 Staff —
C5 Staff Depth, Experience, Orientation, and Skills: https://www.c5fol.org/welcome/staff/
San Francisco Department of Public Health Childcare Team, Email: Schools-ChildcareSites@nullsfdph.org
First 5 of San Francisco https://www.first5sf.org/
City’s Child Care Planning and Advisory Council http://sfcpac.org/
City’s Children’s Council https://www.childrenscouncil.org/
City’s Office of Early Care and Education https://sfoece.org/
Low-Income Investment Fund: https://www.liifund.org/
C5’s Caterer, Chefables: www. http://chefables.com/
C5’s Coronavirus Health & Safety Plans – Example, our SFPUC Center
Guidance for Child Care Programs: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html#ScreenChildren
Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Cleaning and Disinfecting: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html
San Francisco Department of Public Health COvid-19 Health Directives https://www.sfdph.org/dph/alerts/coronavirus-health-directives.asp
Schools and Childcare Issues During COVID-19: https://www.sfdph.org/dph/COVID-19/Schools-Education.asp
Getting Tested, Isolating at Home: https://www.sfcdcp.org/Home-Isolation-Quarantine-Guidelines
Procedure if a child is exposed or tests positive for COVID-19: https://www.sfcdcp.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/COVID-19-Health-Checks-Programs-For-Children-And- Youth-FINAL-06-09-2020.pdf
Procedure if the staff is exposed or tests positive for COVID-19: www.sf.gov/business-guidance-if-staff-member-tests-positive-covid-19
Air Quality —
C5’s Air Purifiers: https://www.iqair.com/room-air-purifiers/healthpro-series
C5’s Air Quality Monitors: https://www.iqair.com/air-quality-monitors/airvisual-pro
U.S. Government Environmental Protection Agency: www.AirNow.gov
San Francisco Bay Area Air Management District: https://www.baaqmd.gov/
Wind Direction and Speed 1: https://www.sailflow.com/search/39.259/-122.417/7
Wind Direction and Flow 2: https://windy.app/forecast2/spot/217968/San+Francisco/map
Wind Direction and Temperature 3: https://www.windy.com/?37.211,-122.036,8
Overall Weather and Forecasts – San Francisco, CA: https://weather.com/weather/today/l/69bedc6a5b6e977993fb3e5344e3c06d8bc36a1fb6754c3ddfb5310a3c6d6c87