COVID Health and Safety Protocol:
Discovery Village has carefully interwoven both the mandatory and recommended health and safety guidelines for Child Care programs in New York State in a playful and non-stressful manner. This includes: daily health screenings for children and adults, very frequent hand washing and sanitizing throughout the day, professional cleaning and disinfecting after hours, personal protective equipment, social distancing for adults, small learning pods with the same teachers and small group consistently for children to limit exposure, exclusion from program with symptoms that could indicate COVID until cleared by a doctor to return, individual toy and materials for children disinfected between use, individually plated food for meals, and transparent communication with families.
State of the Art Video Surveillance Cameras and Secure Keyless Entry System:
Classrooms and doors are protected with video surveillance cameras. Monitoring screens are positioned both in the back office and in the entryway to the school. Our Director and CEO also have access through their phones. Parents are welcome to observe children in classrooms at any time on the monitoring screen at the school entryway. Our state of the art Kisi keyless entry system allows access only to people authorized by the school. Parents and staff members gain entry during school hours through an app. When a staff member or family member leaves the school their access is immediately withdrawn. Additionally, the school’s CEO can lockdown the facility from her phone.
CPR, First Aid, Medical Administration Training (MAT) and Safety Drills and Reviews:
All staff receive on-site CPR and First Aid training. Numerous staff members, including the entire leadership team have Medical Administration Training. Staff and students participate in monthly fire drills as well as lock down drills several times a year. There is regular review with staff on safety protocol and procedures, including special medical needs of children that might require special attention. There is also regular review of food and other allergies of children.