When is the center reopening?

The CU Children’s Center will reopen for currently enrolled students and families on Aug. 10, 2020.  

The CU Children’s Center will open to all families beginning Aug. 24, 2020.

Can you further explain the phased reopening of the Children’s Center and what parameters must be met in order to move to future phases?

The Children’s Center will begin phase one upon reopening on August 10th. The hours of operation will be 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and only currently enrolled families will be in attendance. 

Upon phase 2, the Children’s Center will increase hours of operation from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Children’s Center will slowly begin enrolling new families. Staffing will be adjusted accordingly to accommodate new families and increased capacity. 

Upon phase 3, the Children’s Center will increase hours of operation to 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and plan to resume meal service. The Children’s Center will continue enrolling new children. Staffing will be adjusted accordingly to accommodate new families and increased capacity.  

The main parameter regarding the Children’s Center moving to future phases is time. We have named the parameter of time between each phase. Phase 2 will begin two weeks after phase 1 began. The CU Children’s Center will transition into phase 2 beginning the week of Aug. 24. The decision was made to allow the CU Children’s Center time to ensure well-established policies and procedures with current families. We will utilize reduced class sizes to assist your children in getting used to their new environment and transitioning back to school.  

Phase 3 is scheduled to begin approximately six weeks after phase 2 began (eight weeks from phase 1). The decision was once again made to ensure well-established policies and procedures with new and current families prior to increasing hours of operation.

If campus must close or move to all virtual classes in the fall due to a COVID outbreak, will childcare be forced to close again? In other words, should we be prepared for the possibility that the center will close again?

The Children’s Center is a licensed childcare center and therefore follows a different and additional set of guidance than campus alone. In the event that the University must close or move to virtual classes, it does not immediately mean that the center will also close. The Children’s Center will work closely with University leadership in the event of a campus closure. The Children’s Center does not plan to close again unless it is deemed necessary to maintain the health and safety of the community, or if there is not an ample need for childcare services. The main goal of the Children’s Center is to safely remain open to support your family.

What are the criteria for shutting down the CU Children’s Center again, and what notice will parents have ahead of time?

It is the goal of the Children’s Center to remain open. Some criteria that may cause for shutting the center down are if federal, state, county or city order stating the operation of childcare centers needs to be closed. There is much we have learned regarding COVID-19 and the decision making which would require closure. For example, depending on the level of contact tracing and student and family impact, a confirmed positive SARS-Cov2 test within the center community may not merit a full center closure and not all classrooms may close. Closure in the instance of a positive case will be determined in consultation with Boulder County Health Department.  Parents will be given as much notice as possible, but depending upon the situation, the Children’s Center may be unable to give parents advanced notice.

What will be the max number of children or classroom capacity for children in each classroom?

At full capacity, which we do not expect to reach this year, the maximum number of children in each classroom are Bear - 10, Penguin - 12, Tigger - 15, RR - 14, Rainbow - 24.  Upon reopening, our classroom group sizes and number of children within the center will be significantly reduced. Classrooms will be opening at between 25% - 50% occupancy. The Children’s Center hopes to rebuild enrollment and the number of students over time upon reopening, but we expect to operate at reduced occupancy for quite some time.

If a student, teacher or parent registers a fever or other symptoms, how long will they need to stay home before being allowed to return to school?

The health and safety of our children and community is extremely important. Children’s Center staff will be working very closely with Boulder County Public Health and our school nurse regarding any signs or symptoms of illness and necessary exclusion. The goal of the Children’s Center is to care for healthy children. We will be utilizing the Boulder County Decision Tree to help determine exclusion. Unless we have a clear alternative diagnosis (ex. allergies, asthma, strep throat) from a medical provider, the child will be instructed to go home and isolate until there is no fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers), and other symptoms have improved for at least 72 hours and at least 10 days has passed since symptoms first appeared.

If a student, teacher, or parent tests positive for SARS-Cov2, how will this be handled and how long (if at all) will the CU Children's Center be closed for cleaning, etc.?

The situation will be handled on a case-by-case basis with health and safety for our community leading our decision. All positive SARS-Cov2 test results will be shared immediately with Boulder County Public Health. The decision of closure in the instance of a student, teacher or parent testing positive will be determined based on many factors including potential number of those impacted, contact tracing and guidance from health professionals. The Children’s Center will remain open or will close based on the specific details regarding the positive case and recommendation from the health department. The goal of the Children’s Center is to care for well children by well staff. In the instance a student, teacher or parents tests positive for SARS-Cov2, we will inform parents of necessary information in a timely manner.

We are currently on the waiting list. If we decide to forfeit or pass our spot for enrollment upon reopening in the fall semester, will we lose our spot on the waitlist for future enrollment?

No, we allow families to alter their preferred start-date and forfeit their enrollment two times. Upon the third decline to enroll, we will remove the child's name from the waitlist. If your family is removed from the waitlist and would like to resume your spot on the waitlist, you will need to complete a new waitlist application, pay a new waitlist fee and, after submission of both, your name will be placed at the bottom of the waitlist with your preferred start date.

Can you explain pick-up/drop-off times in more detail?

At this time, we will not be granting parent access to the Children’s Center so that we can limit intermingling and ensure a safer and healthier space for the children and staff within the center. All drop-offs and pick-ups will be completed in the front of the center. In order to ensure a timely drop-off for your family, we recommend staying on a schedule, if possible, dropping off at a similar time each morning. We will have, at minimum, two staff members supporting drop-off and pick-up and will add additional staff as needed. We will begin checking children in five minutes prior to opening.

What steps will be taken to ensure distancing outside of the school?

All adults 12 years of age and older must wear a mask or facial covering while outside of the daycare. If you need assistance acquiring a mask, please let us know. We will have decals and signs to assist with distancing outside. Adults will be verbally reminded to remain distanced. If families travel to school in a personal vehicle, it is recommended that they wait in the vehicle until the family in front of them is done dropping off.

Are you/the center willing and planning to ask parents to take special precautions if they send their kids back to school (e.g. no indoor dining)?

The Children’s Center strives to maintain health and safety for our Buff community. Therefore, it is necessary that all community members follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. All families and staff are asked to follow CDC, state, county and city orders, guidance and recommendations pertaining to––but not limited to––travel quarantines, mask ordinances, isolation and quarantine.

What will phase 2 operation look like?

Upon phase 2, the Children’s Center will increase hours of operation from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Children’s Center will slowly begin enrolling new families. Staffing will be adjusted accordingly to accommodate new families and increased capacity.

What will phase 3 operation look like?

Upon phase 3, the Children’s Center will increase hours of operation to 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and plan to resume the meal service. The Children’s Center will continue enrolling new children. Staffing will be adjusted accordingly to accommodate new families and increased capacity.

How big are classes during phase 1?

Upon reopening, our classroom group sizes and number of children within the center are significantly reduced. Classrooms will be opening at between 25% - 50% occupancy. At this time, the smallest classroom is predicted to have 3 children, and the largest classroom is predicted to have 10 children.

What additional precautions, if any, are you taking for your workers at the facility?

All Children’s Center staff are required to wear a mask while working within the Children’s Center, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more from other adults, and to wash hands often. All classrooms and staff will operate in cohorts, limiting unnecessary exposure with additional adults and children. Each employee will also complete a daily health screening form prior to coming to work. All staff will have their temperature taken prior to entering the building. If a staff member is feeling ill, they will be instructed to remain home or will be sent home for the day. Teachers will be required to follow the same protocol as stated on the decision tree.

Will CU students be working at the center? What additional precautions, if any, are you taking for CU students working at the center?

At this time we do not have any CU student employees on our teaching team. With the center's reduced capacity, there is not a need for student employees at this time. 

All employees, including student employees of the Children’s Center, are required to wear a mask while working within the center, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more from other adults, and to wash hands often. All student employees will operate in cohorts alongside full-time teaching staff, limiting unnecessary exposure with additional adults and children. Each employee will also complete a daily health screening form prior to coming to work and have their temperature taken prior to entering the building. If an employee is feeling ill, they will be instructed to remain home or will be sent home for the day. All employees including student employees would be required to follow the same protocol as stated on the decision tree.

What are the criteria for the transition from phase 1 to phase 2? How will the center make decisions about transitioning from phase 1 to phase 2?

The CU Children’s Center will transition into phase 2 beginning August 24. This decision was made to allow the CU Children’s Center time to ensure well established policies prior to increasing hours of operation, class sizes and teaching staff.

What conditions would force a transition back from phase 2 to phase 1?

We do not plan to transition back to phase 1. Conditions that may force a transition back to phase 1 could be a state, county or city order stating the operation of childcare centers needs to be modified for example 10 children capacity per classroom.

My child is scheduled to graduate, can they remain in the Rainbows Room?

Yes, of course! We are allowing all currently enrolled families the option to remain in the Rainbow Room at the Children’s Center. If you plan to have your child remain in the Rainbow Room and have not yet confirmed your enrollment, please do so as soon as possible.

Will the drop-off for toddlers be at the front of the main building or in front of the toddler annex?

At this time, all drop-offs will be completed in the front of the center to ensure an organized system that allows for the student's health and safety to be of utmost importance. We will certainly work with your family to establish a drop-off routine that works for you, however we do recommend staying on a schedule, if possible, dropping off at a similar time each morning. This will allow us to establish a routine to best support a quick, loving, successful drop-off. We will have signs and decals to assist with physical distance.

If a teacher gets sick, will they be allowed to take sick days to stay home, and then return to work after getting better?

All Children’s Center staff are required to complete a daily health screening form prior to coming to work, and all staff will have their temperature taken prior to entering the building. If a staff member is feeling ill, they will be instructed to remain home or will be sent home for further determination. Teachers will be required to follow the same protocol as stated on the decision tree. All Children’s Center staff are eligible for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and have the availability to use their personal accrued vacation and sick time.

What is the estimated delay at 8 a.m. (one of us teaches in the morning)?

We hope to work with families so there is not a delay in drop-off or pick-up procedures. It is recommended to provide yourself five minutes to complete the drop-off procedures, but it may be quicker. We will begin our first drop off five minutes prior to opening. We will have, at minimum, two staff members supporting drop-off and pick-up to ensure a smooth, quick drop-off and transition to school and work.

Is 99.4F send-home a typo or is that the cut-off temperature correctly stated? If this is not a mistake, what is the reasoning for this low temp?

Our community's health is a priority. Therefore, we have made the decision to tighten our illness policy. We have chosen, as a center, to utilize 99.4 degrees, a degree lower than the CDC stated fever temperature, as our cut-off temperature. We will be taking temperatures daily and tracking the information we gather. If your child typically runs warm, we will see a trend in tracking. If your child walked or rode a bike to school, exerting themselves, and we receive an elevated temperature, we will re-temp again five minutes later. This policy was not put in place to send children home who are not ill. It is to ensure the safety of our community.

Will the Children’s Center be hosting a preschool graduation ceremony?

Yes, the Children’s Center will be hosting a preschool graduation for all 2020 graduates. Preschool graduation is currently being planned and it is our intention to make this a meaningful event which also supports the health and safety of families, children and staff.