Your children’s safety is our utmost concern as we return to in-person children’s programming at 9 and 11:15 am on Sundays. With that in mind, below are some questions and answers to what in-person children’s programming will look like. These processes aim to guard the health of all of us.
Children’s programming will be offered for children ages 6 weeks through 3rd grade during the 9 and 11:15 am services.
Contactless check-in stations will be located outside of the Preschool Building for Nursery and outside of St. Philip’s Hall (follow the pinwheels) for Children’s Chapel.
While under the current COVID-19 restrictions, Nursery will be held for the duration of the Worship hour. Drop off and pick up will be at the same location. For Children’s Chapel, children will return to the Sanctuary during The Peace.
At drop off you will be asked a couple of screening questions:
- Has your child experienced any symptoms (shortness of breath, fever, coughing, sore throat, chills, nausea, diarrhea, loss of taste/smell) of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours?
- Has your child been exposed to anyone who has tested positive in the last 14 days?
Your child’s temperature will be taken with a touchless thermometer. Temperature must be below 100.0 to enter.
Face coverings will be required for all children participating in Children’s Chapel. Children participating in Nursery will not be required to wear a mask but children 2 years and older are encouraged to wear a mask.
Children will be given a badge at drop off and parents will be given a corresponding sticker that will be matched at pick up.
Families are asked to contact the church office immediately if they, or someone in their household, are showing symptoms of COVID-19 after attending a CFM program so that the proper safety procedures can be followed.
Children and staff who have a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test will not be able to come back to children’s programming until ALL three of the following conditions have been met:
1. Three days or 72 hours have passed since the recovery with no fever-reducing medication; AND
2. Improvement in symptoms; AND
3. Ten days have passed since symptoms first appeared
If a child or staff member has symptoms but does not get evaluated by a medical professional or tested for COVID-19, they may not return to children’s programming until completing the three-step process listed above. If the individual has symptoms but wants to return to church before completing the stay at home period, they must do ONE of the following:
- Get a medical professional’s note that clears them to return based on an alternative diagnosis; OR
- Receive two negative COVID-19 tests at least 24 hours apart
Children or staff who come into close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days and may not return to children’s programming during that time.
The CDC defines close contact to include anyone who came within 6 feet of an infected individual for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before illness onset until the time the patient is isolated. Close contact occurs in this situation regardless of whether the individuals wear face coverings.
Communication will be provided to the parents of all children who came in contact with a COVID-19 positive child or staff member.
Please do not attend children’s ministry programming if anyone in your household is showing symptoms or has been exposed to a known COVID case in the past two weeks or has had a fever over 100.0 degrees.
1. If a child has displayed new or worsening signs or symptoms of COVID-19, the Director (or designated staff member) will assess the situation and determine if the child needs to be sent home.
a. These symptoms may include: cough – shortness of breath or difficulty breathing – chills – repeated shaking with chills – muscle pain – headache – sore throat – loss of taste or smell – diarrhea – feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Children who are ill will be separated from the other children, the parent/guardian called or found on campus, and will need to be picked up immediately from the Nursery or Children’s Chapel.
3. Communication will be provided to the parents of all children who came in contact with a COVID-19 positive child or staff member.
4. Staff members displaying COVID-19 symptoms will follow the same protocols including isolation from children and other staff members.
All children’s ministry staff will be required to wear masks. Children attending Children’s Chapel will be required to wear a mask. Children attending the Nursery are not required to wear a mask but children age 2 years and older are encouraged to wear a mask.
Each child will be temperature checked upon arrival as well as asked screening questions. Staff will also be temperature checked as well as asked the screening questions prior to serving.
We will clean and disinfect each classroom before use as well as wiping down all common/shared areas before and after children’s programming. Hand sanitizer will also be provided and children will be asked to sanitize their hands or wash hands before participating in children’s programming.
Parent cell phone numbers are written on security tags and attached to the child so that parents may be reached in the event that immediate communication is needed. The tags also note other key information such as medical instructions for the staff.
Please bring a diaper bag containing the following: Several diapers, wipes, change of clothes, bottles (please label with your child’s name), pacifier (if needed), bib, and any special items specific to your child. Spill-proof cup with water and nut-free snack if desired.
To help mitigate risk as much as possible, adults working in our children’s programming have completed health and safety training related to COVID-19.
We would love to see you use your time and talents with the Children & Family Ministry! We have places for you to serve not only teaching children but helping with check-in and other duties. Please email Jen Chapman if you’re interested. Interested adults must complete a background check and will be trained in all safety measures and policies before serving in CFM.