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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. For COVID-19 illness, as a licensed operation, all students must wait for at least 10 days before returning to programming after testing positive. 

As a requirement for a licensed child care program, families will be notified if there are any positive test results and individual confidentiality will be maintained. We request that all families notify the Creative Action site coordinator as soon as it is determined that their child enrolled in the program has tested positive for COVID-19.

Drop Off

  • Handwashing
  • Pod group attendance

Pick Up

  • Outside pick up
  • Masks required on all district campuses, including outdoors
All Creative Action 5-day programs are licensed by the state and are required to follow specific guidelines known as the 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. All items will be used in cohort groups, individual materials will be offered when needed.  
Social distancing (3 ft) between participants will occur whenever possible.
In accordance with AISD’s policy, masks will be optional on campus. Staff will continue to wear masks. 

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. 

Creative Action requires OST programming staff to:

  • Conduct daily personal temperature checks and symptom check
  • Wear a 2-layer reusable mask or medical grade disposable mask in office/programming
  • Support participant hand washing and sanitizing procedures in accordance with DFPS requirements
  • Wash or use hand sanitizer before entering the program site and or Creative Action office
  • Follow a specific set of guidelines based on exposure levels

   *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.

  1. Diarrhea (2 or more loose stools).
  2. Difficulty or rapid breathing.
  3. Asthma or severe upper respiratory infection unless parent provides evidence that child is under physician’s care.
  4. Vomited within last 6 hours.
  5. Yellowish skin or eyes.
  6. A temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher and/or has had a fever during the previous 24 hours.
  7. Mucus with green or yellow color, unless child has been on antibiotic therapy for 24 hours.
  8. Undiagnosed rash.
  9. Sore throat.
  10. Severe cough.
  11. Chickenpox, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, impetigo, diphtheria or herpes simplex.
  12. Untreated scabies, tinea corporis or capitis (ringworm).
  13. An ear infection, unless provided notification that child is under physician’s care.
  14. Untreated head lice.
  15. Pinkeye.
The child must be clear of all symptoms for 24 hours before returning. (This means no Tylenol/Motrin during these 24 hours.)
 
For COVID-19 illness, as required by Child Care Licensing, all positive COVID-19 cases must stay home for at least 10 days. If students are symptomatic, they can return after day 10 from symptom onset as long as symptoms have subsided and they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. If they are asymptomatic, they must stay home for 10 days after the day they were tested.

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.
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