Covid-19 Update: April 14th

April 14th, 2020

Jack & Jill Families,

First off, we hope you all are doing well during these incredibly busy and stressful times. We are all working to adjust to the new “normal.” As the situation continues to evolve and we learn new information, we are updating our policies to continue to provide the best and safest care for your children. As the coronavirus continues to impact us, we want to reassure you that Jack & Jill Childcare remains fully operational. As the stay-at-home order is modified and children return to our program, we have put measures in place to keep our facilities secure and clean.

We have set the following measures in place to enhance our social distancing:

Summary of Recent Changes Jack & Jill has been working with the local and State health departments, the Department of Human Services, our contracted Public Health Nurse, and Governor Walz’s Children’s Cabinet to help ensure children have safe and healthy learning environments.

Social Distancing Strategies

  • Each group of children are kept in a separate classroom with the same daily staff.
  • Children currently attending will remain in their existing classroom setting with the current daily staff.
  • Children absent for an extended period and return to the program will be placed in a classroom setting daily with the same staff and will not be mixed with the other children.
  • The mixing of children will be staggered for playground times, transitions in the corridor and lobby areas.
  • Classrooms have been separated by partition walls to allow for a maximum group size of 10 children for active learning and active play areas.
  • Staggered learning times for learning, including art, large motor, fine motor, and active play time.
  • Playgrounds have been separated into separate play areas to allow for a group size of 10 children in each assigned space.
  • Staggered entry and exit times to allow for transition in and off the playground, on the sidewalk, and in the building commons space.
  • Nap mats and cribs spaced out as much as possible and children will be placed head to toe for napping.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Changes Effective April 20, 2020 As of Monday, April 20th, curb side drop-off and pick-up begins for all families. Contact between parents and staff members will adhere to the social distancing recommendations.

  • Staff will greet children outside as they arrive.
  • Designate a parent to be the drop-off and pick-up daily to limit direct contact as much as possible. Ideally the same parent/guardian should drop off and pick up the child every day. We ask grandparents or those with serious underlying medical conditions should not pick up children.
  • Infants may be dropped off in their car seats. All infants will need to be awake upon arrival to be accepted in a car seat. Families should label their child’s car seat with a luggage tag and the child’s first and last name. Car seats will be stored out of reach on the car seat holders.
  • Upon arrival in the building children will wash their hands with soap and water before joining their classroom for the day.

Starting Wednesday, April 15th, current families attending will receive a phone call to set a daily drop-off and pick-up curb side time. Alternate daily drop-off or pick-up times can be scheduled via phone call to each of the main offices. Phone systems are synced and are answered by office staff at each site.

  • Blaine Site: Phone: 763-784-1451 Pre-Kindergarten and School Age Children: Side door of the building entrance directly into the classroom

  • Infants, Toddlers and Preschool Children: Main Entrance – children will be split on the sidewalk and main entrance and the door near the kitchen will be used.

  • St Anthony Site: 612-455-8955 Pre-Kindergarten and School Age Children: Drop-Off and Pick-up at the far sidewalk on the west side of the building.

  • Preschool Children: Door C (the newest entrance) Infant Children: Door B (to the left of door C in the front of the building)

  • Toddler Children: Door A (main childcare entrance-side of the building)

Screening of Children Upon Arrival Jack & Jill will assess children at the time of drop-off for illness, and families may be asked the following screening questions: Does the child have any of the following symptoms:

  • Temperature/Fever of 100.4 degrees F or above: Yes/No
  • Cough: Yes/No
  • Shortness of Breath: Yes/No If all of the ABOVE are NO, the child can now enter the program. If ANY of the ABOVE are YES, the child WILL NOT BE ALLOWED to join the program for the day.

May Attendance Many of you have been required to work from home for the month of April. Families will be called to confirm their May schedule and arrange for a curb side drop-off and pick-up time. Upon return, all children will go through the Screening Process noted above.

School Age Care Daily school age care and on-site learning is available for your school age child in Kindergarten through age 12. Full and part-day options are available. Many children have been doing their daily elementary school day lessons on site in a maximum group setting of 10 children. School age interest and registration is being accepted at:

Exclusion Children who become sick at school will be separated and sent home as soon as possible. Upon notification of a sick child of any illness, the child will be isolated until they can be picked up in under the required one-hour timeframe. If a child has a fever, they will be excluded from returning to the program for 72 hours fever free and absent of fever-reducing medication.

Cleaning and disinfection protocols have been intensified, including: Schedule for daily cleaning and disinfecting for surfaces, objects that are frequently touched, including toys and games. Schedule for daily cleaning and disinfecting for surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, nap pads, and toilet areas.

  • Geneon Mister Cleaning System: An electrolyte solution is used nightly in each building, using a hospital grade disinfectant, that kills 99.99% of all germs, viruses, etc. This cleaning system is used by airlines, cruise ships and hospitals. This system has been in use at our buildings for 5 years and used weekly. We have intensified the usage by spraying the buildings nightly. All areas, toys, surfaces, etc. are misted in this process.

  • Daily cleaning schedule to clean and disinfect all toys in each classroom.

  • Machine washable cloth toys laundered daily.

  • Toys are not shared with groups of children in other classrooms.

  • Infant crib sheets laundered weekly, or daily as needed. Parents required to take home toddler and preschool blankets weekly for laundering.

  • Personal clothing items of each child, including blankets, should be in a labeled bag, to be used at the time of drop-off and pick-up.

Food Preparation and Meal Service Jack & Jill Childcare contracts with Premier Catering, a separate entity of the program, and the employees working preparing meals do not work within the caretaking of the childcare setting.

  • Meals continued to be prepared in a commercial kitchen setting.
  • Meals are served to the child’s disposable plate.
  • Food preparation is not done by the same staff who diaper and/or caretake for the children.
  • Classrooms have separate food preparation sinks and are not used by the children.
  • Children continue to wash their hands prior to and immediately after eating.
  • Staff wash their hands before preparing food and after helping children to eat.

The health and happiness of your family is what is truly important. We hope that all of you are in good health and coping well during these uncertain times.

We appreciate your continued support.

Warm Regards,
Carol L. Arens