Daily Safety Precautions*
AYS understands the importance of social distancing and maintaining a clean program during this critical time. Therefore, we will be taking extra precautions to protect your children from COVID-19. We will continue to work with key health partners and will be constantly reviewing the most up-to-date information to ensure our program policies and procedures are correct. To help you understand what we are doing to keep your children safe, please see some of our daily precautions below:
- Each child will receive a daily wellness check before entering the building
- Children will play in small groups of 15 or less with one staff member to maintain 6-feet social distancing guidelines
- Each group will be separated by at least 10 feet
- Frequent cleaning and sanitizing of tabletops, chairs, doorknobs, toys and other surfaces that children touch the most
- Public touch points such as entry/exit handles, hallway rails, bathrooms, etc. will be cleaned and sanitized twice a day
- Children will be separated as much as possible during meal/snack times
- Children will not be drinking directly from drinking fountains, but will use these fountains to fill up their personal water bottles
*Safety precautions are subject to change to remain aligned with CDC and FSSA guidelines in order to ensure the safety of all children and staff.
Mask and Face Covering Policy (effective July 9th, 2020)
Pursuant to Marion County Public Health Order 20-2020 and in support of the efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, all AYS staff and other individuals in AYS program spaces (including children) must wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth when indoors, or when outdoors in a situation where adequate social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible (including outdoor games, activities, or fire drills).
This requirement does not apply to:
- Children who are two years of age or younger
- Individuals who are hearing or speaking impaired and for whom a mask or face covering is an obstacle to communication
- Individuals who are unable to wear a mask or face covering for physical, medical, or health-related reasons
- Individuals who are alone in a room, such as in a private office
- Individuals who are traveling in their own vehicles
- Individuals for whom wearing a face mask or covering would present a risk to their safety due to a workplace hazard or other OSHA/building safety law requirements
To support the Marion County Public Health Order:
- All children are required to arrive at the program wearing a clean mask or face covering
- Each child will also need to bring:
- An empty sealable plastic bag with their name on it to store their primary face covering
- One additional clean mask or face covering in a sealable plastic bag with their name on it to use in the event their primary mask/face covering becomes dirty or is otherwise unusable
AYS will ensure any soiled cloth face coverings are returned home for washing. For additional useful information about the proper use and care of face coverings, click here.
While we understand this may be a burden to children and families, please know that AYS will continue to ensure safe, fun, and enriching activities for your children. We even have some creative activities that help kids learn about the importance of face covering use as well as social distancing. We are here to support your family’s health and safety, while ensuring your kids have a safe place to learn and grow when school is not in session.