We at the Inspire and Innovation Lab are committed to taking important steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are taking several informed decisions to minimize the risk of exposure to both the staff and the children in our care. We also rely heavily on you, the parents/guardians to take appropriate precautions to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Anyone showing signs of illness of any kind or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 should not attend lab activities.
Symptoms of COVID-19
• Shortness of breath
While symptoms in children are similar to adults, children may have milder symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include loss of taste or smell and cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Sore throat, headache, vomiting and diarrhea are less commonly reported.
*Fever is determined by a thermometer reading 100.4 or higher or by subjective signs such as flushed cheeks, fatigue, extreme fussiness,
chills, shivering, sweating, achiness, headache, not eating or drinking.
❑ Before arrival: as parents/guardians, be on the alert for any symptoms of COVID-19. Keep child(ren) home if showing any signs of illness.
❑ Depending on the number of children signed up at the lab, we may assign drop off doors to limit contact between staff and children**. Please be aware of your child’s drop off door. Please be sure to drop off your children at the correct door. (Ideas behind online sign in/sign-out?)
❑ Hand hygiene stations will be set up at each entrance, so that staff and children can clean their hands as they enter the lab. A staff member will be at each door to ensure children follow proper hygiene protocol upon entering.
❑ If possible, the same guardian or designated person should drop off and pick up the child every day. Avoid designating those considered at high risk such as elderly grandparents who are over 65 years of age. If someone other than the guardian or designated person picks up your child(ren), we ask they stay outside and call. We will bring the child to the door.
❑ Only children signed up for programming and staff who are required for daily operations will be allowed inside the lab. Guardians or designated person will be asked to remain by the door.
❑ Send two clean masks with your child every day. Assist them in putting on their masks before they enter the building.
❑ Inspire Lab Staff will evaluate each child for potential signs of illness. If a child shows any signs of illness they will be required to leave.
❑ Staff will conduct temperature checks
❑ Inspire Lab Staff will follow proper hygiene protocol as deemed by the CDC.
** We want you to be aware that social distancing is an extremely hard concept for some children to implement and therefore it is not feasible to assure we will be able to maintain social distancing at the lab. However, we will still build the concept with the children.