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COVID19 POLICY

At Little Garden Learning, your children’s safety is our foremost concern. For children to thrive and build a relationship with nature, it is imperative that they and their families feel safe within our program. Given the current worldwide pandemic, we need to adapt many of our policies, practices, and procedures to reduce the coronavirus spread and do what we can to keep our children protected. The following policies have been developed based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Washington State Department of Health, Snohomish County Health  District, and the Seattle/King County Public Health. Due to the unpredictable nature of this virus, we anticipate that our LGL policies will be updated multiple times due to recommendations by state and local authorities. Any updates to these policies will be communicated and posted here.

Adapted Policies and Procedures in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Health Screening

At-Home Screening: While our program participants are not required to fill out pre-screening forms, parents are asked to informally screen children daily for symptoms before bringing them to class.​

  • Has your child has any of the following symptoms within the last day that is not caused by another condition?:

fever (100.4F) or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, unusual fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, recent loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea​?

  • Has your child been in close contact with anyone with a confirmed case of COVID19?

  • Has your child had a positive COVID19 test for active virus in the past 10 days?

  • Within the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told your child to self-monitor, self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID19 infection?​

 

Physical Distancing Measures

  1. Group Sizes: Activity areas will be limited to 5 students at a time. Total group size will not exceed 14 students. Cohorts will be limited to small groups of 7 children :1 instructor. 

  2. Masks/Face Coverings: All students and instructors will wear a face covering while with us at LGL to the extent possible.  Students must have a face covering with them each day. Please pack extras as backup. Teachers will have extras when needed

  3. Arrival and Departure: All caregivers entering Little Garden Learning must be vaccinated and mask up to pick up and drop off their students.

Hygiene and Cleaning

  • Hand Washing is always available while in the garden.  However, while in the forest we will use either an alcohol-based hand gel or wipes with at least 60% alcohol. Students must clean/sanitize their hands in the following situations: 1. Arrival  2. Before and after snack or lunch 3. Before Cooking Projects 4. After using the restroom.

  • Restroom Facilities: Toileting and subsequent handwashing are the ONLY times students are indoors. Only one student (and teacher when necessary) at a time.​

Sickness During Program

Students and staff must stay home if they exhibit any symptoms (listed above), or answer “yes” to any of the screening questions listed above.  Students and staff may return to the program based on information in the following chart from the WA DOH.

 If a student or staff member comes into contact with a COVID19 positive person, program participants will be notified. If a student or staff member is confirmed as COVID19 positive, the affected program will be paused for all participants and will resume when each participant is tested and receives a negative result.

All of our staff, including teaching assistants, have been fully vaccinated

What Our Families Are Saying

"When our kids joined Little Garden, we wanted them to have the opportunity to be outdoors and safely play with other kids during Covid. Little Garden has met this need and so much more. Our children are outside learning and thriving. We would send them to Little Garden for their entire elementary education if it were possible!!"

-Ruthie N. (very satisfied, relieved, and grateful parent of a 4-year-old and a 7-year-old)