York Day Nursery's COVID Safety Plans

We will implement this plan across all of our campuses to provide the safest environment that we can to all of our children and families:

All families must sign a new waiver of liability before we can care for their child.


Overall Guidance

  • All staff must wear a facemask during working hours, unless DHS, CDC, or local Emergency Management gives other recommendations.

  • Avoid touching your face.

  • Children - Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately.

  • Wash hands frequently (e.g., before and after meals, after coming inside, after sneezing, blowing your nose, or coughing) with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • All children and staff will be provided easy access to soap and warm water for hand washing.

  • To minimize contact during drop-off/pick-up, parents will remain outside the building for sign-in and -out of their children. Staff will be posted at entrances with a walkie-talkie from 6:00 am- 6:00pm to assist in drop off and pick up.

Considerations for Ratio, Group Size, and Capacity

  1. Structure spaces for children in a way that allows facilities to implement specific social distancing guidelines.

  2. Consider limiting the total number of children in the facility in order to follow the social distancing guidance and the guidance of this document (e.g., stagger groups at lunch and outdoors). Total facility capacity should be limited as much as possible.

  3. Ten children per group - Ratio and group sizes should be adjusted to support this guidance.

Promote personal space. If you are able to store belongings outside, or in a limited area, please do so.


A. Children:

1. Upon arrival

a. Each child will have his/her temperature taken. No one with a temperature of 100.4℉ or higher will be allowed to stay in the program.

b. All parents will be asked the following questions at the start of each week before they drop off their child.

● Have you or anyone in your house traveled to another country in the last 14 days?

● Have you been in contact with someone under investigation for, or with a confirmed case of coronavirus?

● Have you or a family member been instructed to self-quarantine?

● Are you experiencing symptoms of illness? If so, what symptoms? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, the child will not be allowed to stay.


B. Staff:

  1. Upon arrival

    1. Staff will have their temperature taken each day. Any staff with a temperature of 100.4℉ or higher will not be allowed to work.

    2. Staff will also have the following questions asked of them.

 ● Have you or anyone in your house traveled to another country in the last 14 days? ● Have you been in contact with someone under investigation for, or with a confirmed case of coronavirus? ● Have you or a family member been instructed to self-quarantine? ● Are you experiencing symptoms of illness? If so, what symptoms? If the answer is “yes” to any of these questions, the staff member will not be allowed to stay.


2. Staff are expected to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and notify Supervisor, if any (fever or respiratory symptoms) develop.



Check-In Procedures:

The following protocols will be in place at all times during Check-In (Supplies needed are gloves, paper towels and disinfectant): All staff must wash their hands when they arrive at work.

 • Childcare staff will escort child to bathroom to wash hands as soon as he/she arrives

• 2nd staff will check the child’s name on the roster

• Parents should not enter the facility, if possible. If the parent needs to, he/she needs submit to a temperature check, as well.

• All staff will wash hands once Check-In is over, or sooner, as needed.

• Staff should refrain from touching their face.

Check-Out Procedures:

The following protocols will be in place at all times during Check-Out (Supplies needed are gloves, paper towels and disinfectant):

 • Staff will work Check-Out; must wear gloves

• Parents will stay at Check-Out desk and show staff their ID

• Upon verifying ID, staff will sign the student out on the roster

• Runner will be sent to bring the child from the classroom to the parent.

• Wipe down pen and clipboard after each use.

• Staff should refrain from touching their face.


A. If a child develops symptoms of a fever of 100.4℉ while in the program, the following will take place:

1. Isolate child immediately away from other children and staff in an isolation room (Conference Room).

2. Notify YDN leadership immediately. Admin will call the parent for pickup.

3. Follow cleaning guidelines immediately in the area the child was.

4. Start developing a timeline and list of children who were with that child

B. Exclusion Policies: Follow standard exclusion criteria for illness

1. Anyone who has had close contact (defined by the CDC as being within 6 feet of someone for 10 minutes or more) with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 should remain home for 14 days after their last contact with the COVID-19 patient.

2. If someone in their household (children or staff) has symptoms of respiratory illness, consider asking them to remain home until at least 72 hours after symptom resolution (absence of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication and improvement in respiratory symptoms).

3. Recommend exclusion of children or staff who are considered high-risk, including older adults or people who have serious chronic medical conditions. To determine whether you meet a high-risk category, please consult PA.gov COVID-19 guidance on vulnerable populations.



Meal Preparation:

● Disinfect all surfaces at the beginning of each shift, as well as before meal preparation and feedings, using CDC and EPA approved products.

● All staff will wash hands before and after meal preparation, feeding, and toileting/diapering

● Staff and children will not eat at the same time to allow staff to adequately clean hands and disinfect surfaces between meals




• Wear disposable gloves for all tasks in the cleaning process, including handling trash. Additional personal protective equipment (PPE) may be required, based on the cleaning/disinfectant products used and whether there is a risk of splash.

• Remove gloves carefully to avoid contamination of the wearer and the surrounding area.

A. Cleaning Surfaces

1. Clean surfaces using soap and water.

2. Practice routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. High touch surfaces include: Tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, sinks, etc.


B. Cleaning Classroom Materials

1. Remove materials from the classroom that are harder to clean (e.g., soft toys).

2. Follow regular cleaning protocols and use an EPA-registered disinfectant that is active against coronaviruses.

3. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout the day and at night.

4. Clean and sanitize all toys at the end of the day.

5. Clean any machine washable items on the hottest temperature setting on the washing machine.

6. Keep a designated bin for separating toys that have been in children’s mouths. When a child is done with a mouthed toy, place it in a bin that is inaccessible to other children and wash hands. Clean and sanitize prior to returning to children’s area.

C. Disinfecting

1. Use EPA approved disinfectant that maintenance has provided.

2. Clean the area or item with soap and water or another detergent, if it is dirty. Then, use disinfectant.

3. Follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend:

 • Keeping the surface wet for several minutes to ensure germs are killed.

• Precautions such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.


A. Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

1. Always wash immediately after removing gloves and after contact with an ill person.

2. Hand sanitizer: If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. However, if hands are visibly dirty, always wash hands with soap and water.

3. Additional key times to wash hands include:

• After blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing

• After using the restroom.

• Before, during and after preparing food.

• Before eating food

• Before and after treating a cut or wound.

• After touching carpet

• After contact with animals or pets.

• Before and after providing routine care for another person who needs assistance (e.g., a child).



 • Practice social distancing of children six feet apart and separating children into smaller groups that fall within state or local guidelines of a ratio of 1:10 (to include 1 adult and 9 children), or follow DHS guidelines for younger children.

• To the degree possible, maintain the same groups from day to day. This will help reduce potential exposures and may prevent an entire program from shutting down if exposure does occur.

• Use hula-hoops, poly dots or approved floor tape to mark six-foot distances. If sitting at tables, students should be at opposite ends (head of table), with no more than two per table.

• Room should never have more than ten people in them, including staff. The only exception to this is the gym with the divider curtain down, and no more than ten on each side. Staff are included in this count.

• Do not share equipment, and clean equipment in-between uses.

• Limit the mixing of students from groups - no combining into larger groups during Check-In and Check-Out

A. Ten children per group - Ratio and group sizes should be adjusted to support this guidance. Incorporate social distancing within groups to the degree possible, aiming for at least six feet between children and minimizing the amount of time children are in close contact with each other.

1. Eliminate large group activities.

2. Limit the number of children in each program space.

3. Increase the distance between children during table work.

4. Plan activities that do not require close physical contact between multiple children.

5. Limit item sharing. If items are being shared, remind children not to touch their faces, and wash their hands after using these items.

6. Limit use of water or sensory tables, and wash hands immediately after any use of these tools.

7. Minimize time standing in lines.

8. Incorporate additional outside time and open windows frequently.

9. Avoid gathering in larger groups for any reason. Outside time and lunch should be taken with their group (no large gatherings or combining groups.)

B. Outside play

1. Offer outdoor play in staggered shifts. If multiple groups are outside at the same time, they should have a minimum of six feet of open space between outdoor play areas, or visit these areas in shifts so that they are not congregating.

2. Always wash hands immediately after outdoor playtime.


Expectations: Stations need to be individual activities. We still need to practice social distancing during these activities. After each use by youth, disinfect or sanitize the stations.

Approved Stations:

  • Legos

  • Lincoln Logs

  • Plastic Manipulatives

  • Non-Foam Blocks

  • K’Nex Building Sets

  • Toy Cars

  • Plastic Action Figures

  • Drawing w/markers and colored pencils (NO crayons)

  • Dramatic Play (Plastic Kitchen, Plastic Doll House, etc.), as long as it is individually, and cleaned after each child use

NOT Approved Stations:

  • Play-Dough

  • Kinetic Sand

  • Board Games that are paper

  • Soft Surface Blocks

  • Cloth Toys

  • Dress Up Clothes

  • Crayons

  • Anything that does not air dry within 10 minutes of applying sanitation solution

CDC guidelines are subject to change and these guidelines will change accordingly.