Fall 2020 Happenings

Fall 2020 Happenings

Special points of interest:

  • First Day of School August 12th, 2020
  • Last Day of School May 27th, 2021
  • No changes to the holiday schedules
  • Adding 7th Grade
  • Absence Credits Now Available
  • 50% of our families participated in our survey!
We have some great news to share! We will be returning to in person classes in the Fall of 2020. Our first day of school is August 12th. This aligns with the calendar we had previously posted prior to Spring Break. The only change we are making to our calendar is to extend the year through Thursday, May 27th. Our previous release date was May 25th. This builds 2 extra days in regardless of any closures we may incur. Our ultimate goal is to continue providing our students the warm, caring and engaging atmosphere that makes Sherwood so unique. During our summer adventure camps we have had the opportunity to work the kinks out of check in procedures, class sizes and transition periods to continue providing the most “normal” school experience

possible while keeping everyone safe and healthy! We will continue our morning and afternoon health checks, we always have and always will wash hands very regularly including when first arriving at school and before going home. We always have and always will utilize the best and safest cleaning products on the market. Our primary sanitizer used for counter and table tops in classrooms and on backpacks each morning is an odorless, EPA rated, food surface safe disinfectant and sanitizer that kills bacteria and viruses within 1 minute. Toys that have been placed in the mouth, coughed on or sneezed on are removed from play and washed with soap and water. We also have two steam sanitizers on hand to disinfect toys throughout the day. Each evening our buildings are cleaned by a

professional service that also utilizes high quality virucide products. This is the same company and crew we have used for years. Finally, we have Reme Halo air sanitizing systems on all six of our air conditioning units. In addition we have Germ Guardian air sanitizing units in each classroom without a direct return air vent. Our stringent health policy will remain in effect. Additionally, we will continue to conduct routine temperature checks throughout the day and will require students who have sick families members at home, to remain home until the incubation period for whatever communicable illness they may have has passed and the child is clear. Please keep in mind, we still have several weeks before school starts and these policies will be fined tuned as we navigate this new awareness. Not just of covid, but of all com…

Survey Results!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our online survey! We are using the results to form our plan of action for now and for moving forward into the fall. It is very obvious from the survey that we all have a common goal; to provide the children a safe yet warm and stable learning environment with in person classroom experiences and socialization opportunities! Many of the results were pretty evenly divided. It is incredibly heart warming to see how trusting you all are of Sherwood and our mission to educate each and every child. Your trust is not taken lightly and we are honored. A whopping 90% have asked for a traditional school calendar as well as no masks on teachers or children With those results in mind, our mask policy will remain the same. Students are not required to wear masks, teachers have the ability to make the personal choice to wear one or not. Should the county or our licensing authority enact a mandatory mask policy, we will revisit and make decisions that will enable us to comply with regulations AND be in the best interest of the children.

Stopping the Spread!

Stopping the Spread!

You do your part…

  • Stay home if you are sick! If you are showing any symptoms of illness, STAY HOME! Students must also stay home if they are in direct contact with a sick family member.
  • If you have traveled within the last 14 days to any Covid restricted travel area, STAY HOME!
  • If you have been in direct contact with anyone who is lab confirmed positive, STAY HOME for at least (14 days-Covid, 4 days-Flu, 3 days-Strep) from the last know date of exposure!
  • Report to administration immediately any known exposure to Covid/Flu/Strep/RSV and any other communicable disease that may impact Sherwood.
  • Sanitize/wash your lunch boxes everyday, backpacks, & nap materials every week!
  • Check your temperature BEFORE coming to school each day and report at sign in.
  • Parents, please do not enter the facility without consent. All drop off and pick up will take place on the front porch.

And we will do our part!

  • Walk all children to class after washing their hands.
  • Sanitize all materials coming into the school.
  • Restrict access to the facility. Tours after hours only.
  • Wash hands often and provide hand sanitizer as needed.
  • Check temperatures throughout the day for students and staff.
  • Strictly enforce our sick policy already in place for children and teachers.
  • Sanitize all toys between groups of children.
  • Maintain Reme Halo units on all AC Units and run them!
  • Keep the classes as one and not mix groups of children as often as possible.
  • Always be honest and transparent about any known exposures or cases.

Together we CAN make a difference and provide not only a safe educational experience for our children, but an extraordinary experience!

I, Staci Mayhill, owner and operator of The Sherwood Academy agree to do my part diligently and work each and every day to provide the safest and healthiest educational environment possible!

New Emergency Rules for Child Day Care Providers – Effective June 25, 2020

New Emergency Rules for Child Day Care Providers – Effective June 25, 2020

June 25, 2020

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission has enacted new emergency rules (PDF) related to health and safety standards for child day care operations.  These emergency rules include many of guidelines from the Open Texas Child Care Checklist (PDF).

The emergency rules require you to operate in accordance with the Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open released by the Centers of Disease Control in addition to the requirements described below.

Caregiver Requirements
The emergency rules require you to:

  • Ensure all caregivers have taken required health and safety training related to COVID-19 through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
  • Encourage all employees age 65 and older to talk to their health care provider to assess their risk and to determine if they should stay home.

Screening Requirements
The emergency rules require you to:

  • Implement screening procedures that align with the CDC’s most recent guidance.
  • Conduct daily screening of anyone who enters the operation and denying entry only to those who fail the screening criteria.

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
The emergency rules require you to:

  • Implement drop-off and pick-up procedures that limit possible exposure between families and child care staff, such as staggering drop-off and pick-up times.
  • Complete pick-up and drop-off of children outside the operation, unless there is a legitimate need for the parent to enter.

Diapering Procedures
The emergency rules require you to follow current minimum standards related to diapering, and:

  • Wash the child’s and caregiver’s hands before beginning.
  • Wear gloves.
  • Post diaper changing procedures in all diaper changing areas.

Soiled Clothing Requirements
The emergency rules require you to ensure all children and caregivers have multiple changes of clothing available in order to change any clothing with secretions on it. If clothing becomes soiled with bodily secretions, you must:

  • Place contaminated clothing in a sealed plastic bag to be sent home with the child or caregiver, or wash in a washing machine at the operation.
  • Wash the child’s and caregiver’s hands.
  • Not allow a child to wear another child’s clothing.

Environmental Health
The emergency rules require you to:

  • Adjust the HVAC system if possible, to allow fresh air to enter the operation.
  • Limit machine washable cloth toys to one person at a time and launder toys before being used by another child.
  • Post signs describing handwashing steps near sinks used for handwashing.

Food Preparation
The emergency rules require you to:

  • Have a sink used exclusively for food preparation if your operation prepares food.
  • Serve children individual meals and snacks. Family style meals may not be served.

We appreciate your continued effort to keep the children in your care safe.

Summer Camp 2020

Summer Camp 2020

Enrollment Begins March 2, 2020

Each of this year’s summer camps will benefit the koalas of Australia.

We have 9 exciting 1 week camps to offer this summer! Fun for all! Infants-12 years old!

Each camp’s curriculum is tailored to meet the fun level of each age group. It’s time to bring on the summer fun!

AUSTRALIA
June 1-5

ROBOTS
June 8-12

SHARKS
June 15-19

PROCESS ART
June 22-26

LEGO
June 29-July 3

DISCOVERING NATURE
July 6-10

POTTERY
July 13-17

SURVIVAL ISLAND
July 20-24

STEAM
July 27-31

DISCOVERY * ADVENTURE * SERVICE

Each of this year’s summer camps will benefit the koalas of Australia.

Supply Fee $25 per child (non refundable).

Learn More >>

Book Fair dates: February 10-14

Book Fair dates: February 10-14

Dear Parents and Families

Did you know that reading 20 minutes a day with your child is the best investment your family can make in their future? Research shows that children who read just 20 minutes per day score in the 90th percentile on standardized tests. Come to the Book Fair to stock up on the books your child will love reading and ignite your home reading habits. This flyer is just a small sample of what will be available at the fair! We invite you to come and shop with us next week. You may also send cash with your student or set up an e wallet and we will take them shopping. Every purchase made at our fair supports our classrooms, our teachers and our literacy program!

Please mark your calendars to visit our Book Fair and discover your child’s next favorite book!

Save the date!

Book Fair dates: February 10-14
Shopping hours: 7am-5pm
Special activities: Daily contest and drawings!

Introducing Book Fair eWallet! Let your child shop the Fair cash-free with our NEW digital payment option. Learn more on our Book Fair homepage and get started creating an account: http://www.scholastic.com/bf/thesherwoodacademy1

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our Online Fair at http://www.scholastic.com/fair. Our Online Fair is available from February 5 to February 18.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Happy reading!

Sincerely,
Ms. Staci
The Sherwood Academy