If your child ever needs to get tested for COVID-19, this article published by Mayo Clinic provides a video of a child getting swabbed and provides guidance on how to prepare your child for testing.
For the safety of our practitioners, our students, and those around us, we have daily COVID-19 screenings in which our practitioners confirm that they are feeling well and are symptom free before starting their work. We make an extensive effort to provide alternative coverage if needed, but it is not guaranteed.
We provide our team with proper PPE including, but not limited to, disposable masks for us and the children in our caseload, hand wipes, hand sanitizer, and gloves. We are always open to providing different types of PPE, including eye shields, if requested by our practitioners. We also recently have provided our practitioners with warm winter gear (moisture wicking under layers, wool socks, fun/playful mittens, hand warmers, etc.) as we recognize that being outside is the safest place for us to interact with our students during this pandemic. The majority of our practitioner’s student sessions are outdoors. We never schedule a practitioner to go to more than one indoor location (currently, we are only going indoors at 1 school) per day.
In addition to our name badges, our team wears large buttons with a friendly photo of themselves. These buttons ensure that children are greeted by a smiling face, even when they can’t see our smile!
We have COVID-19 protocols in place that are CDC compliant should any Learning Seeds team member test positive for the virus. Learning Seeds will perform contact tracing in addition to reaching out to local health officials for COVID-19 reporting and follow their guidance for next steps.
Learning Seeds recognizes indirect exposures to COVID-19 may occur. If practitioners believe they may have been indirectly exposed (i.e. their child's classmate is having COVID symptoms/tested positive for COVID), we support our practitioners in taking a 72 hour pause on their in person sessions. The 72 hour pause allows a practitioner to gather more information, take precautions, and get tested. Out of an abundance of caution, we support this pause. It is our expectation that if a practitioner is taking a 72-hour pause, they will get tested in order to have a definitive data point that will give them, the company, schools, and families confidence to return back to in person services. Although contact tracing isn't required in regards to an indirect exposure according to the CDC, we encourage transparency with the students, families, schools, and fellow employees you've been in contact with. In the event a pause occurs, we will notify the school if there are any changes in coverage for a particular school day.
Children and Learning Seeds are both so lucky that these two talented puppeteers were quarantined together, and excited to partner with early childhood practitioners. Thank you, Sarah Nolen and Puppet Motion!
We have stabilized our local practice. In response to C19 we have additionally launched a mostly volunteer team to scale the reach of our experts and support families online. Your donation will go directly towards making more puppet shows, social stories, webinars and online content to children, teachers and families