It’s been awhile since I posted – it’s been a whirlwind for the past five weeks, trying to adjust to all the challenges and changes presented by this pandemic. I hope you’ve all been well. Some of you stayed open for your families who are essential workers, and for that I am grateful. You have likely experienced significant decreases in your numbers of both staff and children. Others needed/opted for closure and are preparing to reopen in the next few weeks.
You may be wondering about safe practices under these circumstances. The CDC provides excellent guidance for child care centers that stayed open, and it is relevant for reopening centers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html#pickup
The guidelines include modified social distancing, intensified cleaning and disinfecting efforts, modified drop off and pick up procedures, and health screenings upon arrival.
Caring for Our Children provides excellent guidance on proper cleaning practices: https://nrckids.org/CFOC/Database/3.3.0
Pay particular attention to Appendices J and K for cleaning schedules and choosing appropriate products. Additionally, the EPA provides guidance on approved products for cleaning and disinfecting: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
These are still uncertain times, and I will do my best to help you navigate through these rough waters. The Maine CDC and your licenser can provide additional guidance.