COVID Update: WH Kids Reopening Plan
WH Kids is excited to slowly begin reopening our ministry. Listed below are the guidelines and policies we will be following during Phase 1 of our reopening plan.
– WH Kids programming will reopen Sunday, September 13th during the 10:45am service for children ages 1 through 5th grade.
– We will be limiting our capacity to 25% in our spaces in order to provide adequate social distancing. Capacity orders were given to us by the Town and Country Fire Marshal.
– As weather allows, we plan to take children outside for play and learning in order to allow for a more open environment. Masks may be encouraged but will not be required during play. Children going outside will stay in their classes. Touch-free activities will be encouraged (jumping rope, hula hoops, chalk, running, etc.). Any playground equipment will be disinfected after usage.
– We will adhere to the following CDC recommendations to ensure health and safety on Sunday mornings:
- Spaces will be sanitized and cleaned prior to the arrival of families at the church. This includes, but is not limited to, high traffic areas in the church and things which may be touched regularly (light switches, door handles, countertops, toys, furniture, etc.).
- Families will be asked to “sign up” online each week they plan to attend WH Kids to ensure we have enough space.
- Families will be asked to complete a health screening (including a temperature reading) prior to dropping off at WH Kids. This should be completed electronically the morning of or will be available as a hard copy at check-in.
- All volunteers will also complete a health screening (including a temperature reading) prior to their time serving.
- Children and adults will be encouraged to wash their hands often, including when they enter the classroom/building. In areas where there is not an easily accessible sink, alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be made available.
- All WH Kids volunteers and kids (over the age of 3) will be asked to wear masks using current CDC guidance. Children will be expected to wear a face-covering unless there is a medical reason the face should not be covered. Volunteers will be trained in proper mask usage and will be able to assist children when necessary.
- Children ages 4-5th grade, meeting in the Doxa, will practice social distancing (6 ft) with the help of the room set up and volunteers throughout the duration of the morning.
- Parents will be discouraged from entering the children’s spaces; we will ask them to drop them at the door to each room.
- There will be no snacks distributed during Phase 1.
- Following Sunday morning programming, we will follow safety and disinfection guidelines per the CDC recommendations.
Children ages 1-3 years old
- Because of the age of the children, we will not require masks for the children.
- As much as possible, we will try to promote social distancing with this age group. However, we do not think it is possible to enforce it at this age.
- In conjunction with the rest of WH Kids, this class will follow guidelines on cleaning/sanitizing, hand washing, and no food/snacks during Phase 1.
- In this classroom, we will adhere to CDC recommendations for toy usage – including but not limited to, only using toys that can be cleaned, setting aside and cleaning mouthed toys, and discouraging the sharing of toys.
Children ages 4 through 5th grade
- This class will adhere to the general guidelines for the ministry.
- Children will participate in Kids Ministry Lesson/Activities as a large group and small groups (age-divided) all while maintaining social distancing guidelines.
- Materials and supplies will be made available for children individually.
- Proper sanitizing/cleaning methods will be used (per CDC guidelines) before, during, and after WH Kids as necessary.
Notification of Symptoms
- If a child develops any of the following symptoms (see below) or tests positive after participating in WH Kids Programming, parents will be asked to alert the Director of Children and Family Ministries as soon as possible (and seek medical care).
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- The Director will ensure and protect the confidentiality of the child and family with symptoms/a positive test and will demonstrate ethical and professional conduct.
- At the point where a child who has attended WH Kids tests positive for COVID, the Director will notify other families who have been exposed following the CDC recommendations on their website.
If you have any questions regarding our reopening plan, please reach out to Ally Keaton.
We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with your family and feel honored that you would entrust us with the health and safety of your child. We can’t wait to see you!