COVID Policies FOR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Keeping our students, staff, and families healthy and safe is important. Creative Action OST is a licensed after school childcare program, and we continue to monitor recommendations from DFPS, CDC, and APH. Please note, Creative Action reserves the right to adjust or modify these policies at any time.
Frequently Asked Questions
As stated in the Creative Action Family Handbook, for the safety and health of all our children and teachers, sick children need to be at home. Please do not send your child to the program if s/he has had any of the following described conditions during the previous 24 hours:
- an oral temperature of 101 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or an armpit temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and/or has had a fever during the previous 24 hours;
- asthma or severe upper respiratory infection;
- vomited within the last 6 hours;
- sore throat; and/or
- severe cough.
For a list of all medical conditions, please see the Family Handbook for your afterschool program.
The child must be clear of all symptoms for 24 hours before returning without the use of fever-reducing medication. Families will be notified if there are any exposure concerns and will be informed if quarantine is necessary for a specific group of students, however, individual confidentiality will be maintained.
Our regular program schedule will continue however each participant will be assigned a pod(group) that will move through the programming day.
Snack time will occur in pods and will continue to follow the Minimum Standards Protocol of handwashing and disinfection at each campus.
- Temperature Checks for participants
- Pod group attendance
Outside pick up – Authorized pick-ups will not be allowed to enter the school building per district regulations. Additional programming procedures required by individual campuses will be communicated to families at that campus.
All Creative Action 5-day programs are licensed by the state and are required to follow specific guidelines known as Minimum Standards. These guidelines include following health and safety procedures, such as students and staff washing hands before eating, after being outdoors, after using the restroom, after administering first-aid, and after handling cleaning supplies.
In addition to hand washing procedures, staff are required to clean and disinfect tables in a three-step process that is used by our students regularly.
Items that can be disinfected will be disinfected at the end of each programming day, items that are unable to be disinfected in traditional disinfected processes, i.e books used by adults for circle time will be sealed for 72 hours before use.
All items will be used in cohort groups, individual materials will be offered when needed.
Per Austin ISD mandates, Creative Action After School students and staff will be required to wear masks until further notice. For more information about this mandate, read more on the Austin ISD website.
Creative Action facilitator protocols:
- Daily temperature checks and symptom checks.
- Wear a 2-layer reusable mask or medical-grade disposable mask.
- Support participant hand washing and sanitizing procedures in accordance with DFPS requirements.
- Wash or use hand sanitizer before entering the program.
- Vaccination information is regularly shared and encouraged.
For the safety and health of all our children and teachers, sick children need to be at home. Please do not send your child to the program if s/he has had any of the following described conditions during the previous 24 hours. Also be advised, if your child exhibits any of the following signs while at Creative Action, s/he will be isolated immediately and you will be contacted to come pick up your child. When you have been contacted because of illness, please pick up your child within the hour. It is very important you have alternative care for your child when s/he is sick. We know it can be a very frustrating time when a child is sent home because of illness. No tuition adjustment will be made for absences due to illness.
- Diarrhea (2 or more loose stools).
- Difficulty or rapid breathing.
- Asthma or severe upper respiratory infection unless parent provides evidence that child is under physician’s care.
- Vomited within last 6 hours.
- Yellowish skin or eyes.
- A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and/or has had a fever during the previous 24 hours.
- Mucus with green or yellow color, unless child has been on antibiotic therapy for 24 hours.
- Undiagnosed rash.
- Sore throat.
- Severe cough.
- Chickenpox, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, impetigo, diphtheria or herpes simplex.
- Untreated scabies, tinea corporis or capitis (ringworm).
- An ear infection, unless provided notification that child is under physician’s care.
- Untreated head lice.
The child must be clear of all symptoms for 24 hours before returning. (This means no Tylenol/Motrin during these 24 hours.)
While we regret the inconvenience caused by strict adherence to these guidelines, our concern for all the children dictates a very conservative approach when dealing with health matters. Because of conflicting medical opinions about the advisability of re-admitting children receiving treatment who still appear ill, Creative Action will err on the side of safety when making such decisions and ask for your tolerance and understanding.