Dear Church Family,

I am excited to tell you that we will be reopening our nursery for children aged 4 and under on Sunday, Oct. 25. Our nursery director Fran Drell, in coordination with our staff, has been putting together a plan to re-open our nursery as safely as possible in accordance with guidance from the CDC and others that have safe functioning nurseries. Of course our nursery will come with some new policies, procedures, and requirements for parents.

Check-In

  1. Check-in will take place in the hallway. Social distancing of 6ft will be maintained between all parties at check-in. We request no more than one adult per child at check-in to minimize crowding.
  2. At check-in parents will need to answer standard questions about COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, and international travel.* In addition both the parent and child will have their temperature taken with a touch-less thermometer. An affirmative answer to any of these questions or temperature of 100.4F or greater will disqualify a family from the use of the EPC nursery on that Sunday.
  3. At check-in parent’s will be required to provide contact information to be logged with the date and their temperatures for potential contact tracing purposes.

Staff & Procedures

We are delighted to welcome back our regular nursery staff of Alisha Jones and Melissa Dugas!

  1. All nursery staff will answer the COVID-19 symptoms, exposure, and international travel questions*, as well as have their temperature taken every Sunday. They will not be allowed to work in the nursery if they answer in affirmative to any of the questions or have a temperature 100.4 F or greater.
  2. All nursery staff will wear masks and goggles. They will also wear gloves during the check-in and check-out procedures. In addition staff will sanitize their hands regularly while working the nursery and specifically between handling different children.
  3. Any parents who wish to remain in the nursery with their child will be required to wear a mask and wash or sanitize their hands prior to entrance.
  4. No snacks will be served in the nursery. Parents are encouraged to bring a sealed and labeled cup of water for their child. Parents may take their child out of the nursery for a snack or toilet break if they desire.
  5. All toys will be sanitized prior to use in the nursery. Any toy that has been used by a child will be removed from circulation after they are finished and put into a bin for sanitization before it is returned to use in the nursery.
  6. Should a child develop symptoms of illness while using the EPC nursery, they will be removed from the nursery, and their parents will be contacted to come and get them. The parents of other children will be notified and asked to come and get their child while the nursery is being re-sanitized.
  7. Should a nursery worker develop symptoms of illness while working in the EPC nursery, they will notify the nursery director and remove themselves from the nursery. Parents will be notified of the situation and asked to remove their children until the nursery is re-sanitized.
  8. If a suspected/confirmed case of COVID-19 occurs involving anyone who has utilized nursery service, families who may have been exposed will be notified via phone and/or email.

We look forward to providing this ministry to all the families that attend our worship services on Sunday morning.

Grace & Peace,
Pastor Greg

*COVID-19 Questions
1. Within the past 2 weeks, have you or anyone in your household experienced any of the following symptoms: Fever of 100.4 F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, excessive tiredness or lethargy, sudden loss of smell or taste, sore throat, muscle/body aches, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting.
2. Within the past 2 weeks, have you or anyone in your household been exposed to someone with a lab confirmed case of COVID-19, or to someone currently awaiting lab test results for COVID-19?
3. Within the past 2 weeks, have you or anyone in your household traveled outside of the country?

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