Our Covid Response
Our City of Pembroke Pines Early Development Centers will open for the 2021-2022 school year on Monday, August 16, 2021 (for part time VPK we will open on Wednesday, August 18).
The City of Pembroke Pines Early Development Center maintains that we can safely care for children if they are following the prescribed health protocols. Please note the following Covid19 Health and Wellness policy, which applies to all staff and children within this facility:
On arrival, parents will sign their child in using the sign-in sign-out books located in the hallway by the front office. After signing in, you will walk your child to his/her classroom, ring the doorbell, and give your child to the teacher in the classroom. Parents will not be allowed to enter the classroom. At pick up, you will sign your child out in the same book, and walk back to the classroom, ring the doorbell, and retrieve your child from the teacher at the door.
When you come to pick up your child, please be sure to bring a photo ID, at least until the teacher gets to know you. If you do not bring a photo ID, the teacher will not release the child to you.
Please go to our website (www.ppines.com/centraledc) and read our parent manual. The manual has a great deal of information that you need to know.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all children this school year. The menus canbe found at:
All children ages 2 to 5 will be required to wear masks. Parents, teachers, administrative staff and visitors will be required to wear masks.
Children will not need to social distance within their class/age group. Other class/age groups will be kept in a separate location at all times to minimize cross contamination.
Sanitation and hand washing will be strictly enforced. We generally use bleach water solutions for disinfecting and sanitation, as well as other approved products.
These policies are subject to change as needed and necessary, and are not all inclusive.
(Reference: Health Authority memo; COVID19 in childcare)
Additionally, our regular health and wellness policy stands:
Children may not attend the child care program while they have any of the following symptoms:
· Unusual, unexplained loss of appetite, fatigue, irritability, or headache, eye infections.
· Unexplained rashes or any rash that is not confirmed by a doctor to be non-contagious.
· Known or suspected communicable diseases (measles, chicken pox, pink eye, hand foot and mouth, etc.) ear infection, nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea in the last 48 hours.
· Covid-19 symptoms include fever over 100.4 degrees, coughing, and shortness of breath.
Please note that the health department will not let us attempt to distinguish whether the symptoms are caused by COVID-19 or another cause such as allergies or a common cold. Any one of these symptoms prevents a child from attending preschool until they have been symptom free for 24 hours. Children should stay home if they have come in contact with anyone who is exhibiting the above symptoms including, but not limited to, immediate family members. A negative Covid-19 test (PCR not rapid), must be submitted before a child can return to the classroom.
If your child exhibits any of the above symptoms while at preschool, they will immediately be isolated (to the extent possible) from other children, and you will be called to take them home. Children exhibiting Covid-19 symptoms and a positive PCR must remain away from school for a City mandated “10 days from the start of the symptoms”. A negative PCR test is required in order for the child to return to school.
Runny nose and watery eyes are not COVID-19 symptoms and do not require keeping a child home from school; however, either of those symptoms in conjunction with a second symptom, especially, fever over 100.4 degrees, coughing or shortness of breath prevents a child from attending school until presentation of a negative Covid-19 PCR test.
Thank you for your cooperation. Let’s all try to stay healthy and safe.
Susan L. Cohen, MS
Early Childhood Education Administration
"Learners today...Leaders tomorrow".