Dear Clayton Family –
Normally at this time of year, Clayton is wrapping up our after-school programs and preparing for a fun-filled summer day camp for children across Tarrant County. Of course, this year is different because of COVID-19.
The past eight weeks have been challenging for everyone as we have juggled changes to our work schedules, parent and teacher expectations around online learning, and so much more while trying to walk the safest, healthiest path for our families. Here at Clayton, we have been doing our best to provide much needed services to Tarrant County healthcare workers and other essential personnel at our One Safe Place Child Development Center while following health and safety guidelines from the CDC, public health officials, and governmental leaders.
As the state begins phased opening of some businesses, we are receiving more questions from parents about when Clayton will be opening again and when summer programs will begin. The most important thing to know is that Governor Abbot’s recent guidelines continue to restrict childcare agencies to serving only essential personnel. It does not set a date when childcare programs or summer camps will be allowed to open to the general public.
Despite the unknowns related to the state’s decisions regarding childcare, Clayton’s leadership has been working with school district officials to put in place new health and social distancing protocols so that we are ready to provide the care you will need for your children. Here is what we know so far:
- The earliest Clayton may open our summer camps is Monday, June 29th. By early June we will make another announcement regarding our summer camp plans based on the latest available public health guidance. As you would expect, our key criteria is whether or not we can provide a safe, healthy experience.
- We are still working with our district partners to identify the campuses best suited to the new health guidelines. Group sizes will be limited to 9 children and we will be operating out of individual classrooms rather than large meeting spaces.
- Camps will not include field trips and swimming opportunities since we will not be able to avoid large groups and use buses to move students to off campus events. Specialty camps will not be offered as part of our effort to limit outside enrichment providers in the camps.
- There will be new processes for dropping off and picking up your child including daily temperature checks, limited parent access to the center, no shared meals and strict guidelines around acceptance and pick-up of children with any symptoms of the virus. These new processes will be shared when we have a date for re-opening.
- Registration payments that have already been made are available for refund or may be considered a charitable contribution. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to receive a refund.
Clayton intends to be there when you need us and we look forward to seeing all of our Clayton Kids as soon as possible. We are also committed to making sure we reopen in the safest, most responsible way which means our timeline may change and our programs may look different when we all come back. Hopefully, we can help each other adjust to this new reality the virus has created.
Any announcements about summer and school year programs will be sent by email, posted on our website, and shared on our Facebook page, so please check back with us regularly. If you have any questions or feedback, please reach out to any of us.
Director of Programs
Associate Director of Programs
Clayton Youth Enrichment is actively taking measures to inform our staff and children on how to minimize the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 virus.
Clayton Youth Enrichment is instructing all employees and students to be especially diligent about the steps they should be taking to avoid the flu or any other virus, which have been in place since the start of flu season. For example:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Ensure that there are ample facilities to wash hands, including tepid water and soap, and that third-party cleaning/custodial schedules are accelerated.
- Follow updates from OSHA, the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding additional precautions. https://www.osha.gov/Publications/influenza_pandemic.html
Symptoms of COVID-19 virus
The virus symptoms manifest as a mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) believes at this time that symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Unfortunately, at this point there is no easy way to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus. A CDC-developed laboratory test kit to detect the COVID-19 coronavirus began shipping in February to select qualified U.S. and international laboratories.
How is the current COVID-19 coronavirus transmitted?
People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose, or mouth. Therefore, it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick. The CDC recommends as much as 6 feet. It is possible to catch the virus from someone even before they have symptoms, but little is known about this aspect of the virus at this time.
Can the virus spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects?
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
We have received many questions from parents and guardians about how the Coronavirus is different than the flu or a cold. This chart was created by the World Health Organization and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and we are sharing it to help our families and staff understand the common symptoms of the various illnesses we see at this time of year. If you have additional questions, please contact your doctor.
CORONAVIRUS, FLU, COLD OR ALLERGIES?
All four illnesses can share similar symptoms, but there are signs that can tell you which one you may actually have. For example, the common cold rarely produces a fever, unlike the flu and the coronavirus. Conversely, sneezing is not a symptom of the flu and coronavirus like it is for the cold and allergies.
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