May 23, 2020

What is the “re-opening plan” for New Creation Preschool?

Based on “pre-COVID 19” information, I am generating 2020-2021 class lists like I typically would. The start date for 2020-2021 is scheduled for September 8. In addition, I am imagining different scenarios that we could phase to as needed. Each scenario includes me as teacher for all classes and us meeting at New Creation Preschool. 

Each scenario also assumes potential practices for staff…things like mask/glove wearing by staff (we don’t know how this will look in a few months), a schedule of outside time (one option is doing preschool primarily outside), windows open with fans for cross ventilation (we are so fortunate for this option in our building), physical barriers between children for teacher guided times (if I ask a group of children to come to the journal table, I will have plexiglass barriers between each of us), physical barriers to create “safe play spaces” (plexiglass so children are alone in their space but can see friends right next to them), washing toys/equipment after being used by a child (i’m imagining toys divided into tubs that are single use before taken to kitchen for sanitizing), etc.

One thing that is consistent between all scenarios: I will not make guarantees with children’s behaviors.

I can’t guarantee a preschooler would keep a mask on. I can’t guarantee that a child wouldn’t walk into another “safe play space.” I can’t guarantee that a child wouldn’t toss a toy into another child’s space for that child to pick up. I can’t guarantee that a child wouldn’t come to preschool infected but asymptomatic. I can’t guarantee that a child wouldn’t cough because they drank their water too fast. I can’t guarantee that children wouldn’t hug. I can’t guarantee that a child wouldn’t hug their teachers. I can’t guarantee that a child wouldn’t spew respiratory droplets because of their enthusiastic talking…and more than ever I am committed to maintaining our dignity preserving, love based, curiosity motivated behavior management in the classroom.

Deep breath.

If you completed an enrollment application for 2020-2021, you will receive an individualized “reopening plan” based on the information you gave. There will also be space for you to share concerns, questions or schedule preferences. There is no obligation for you to attend in 2020-2021 and no enrollment fee. There is time to “wait and see.”

While I am committed to coming up with the safest practices we as a staff can implement, this will not eliminate the risk of you sending your child to preschool. Following guidelines from KDHE, the CDC, USD 373, the NAEYC, we will do what we can. 

The adults are the safe keepers. The children are children. 

With cautious hope and humble gratitude,

Ms Kristin

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on march 19, in light of the COVID-19 health crisis, we made the unprecedented decision to close our building for the remainder of the school year. supporting our families via email, text and social media started immediately. starting march 24, live circle times began on facebook. these are free and open to the public as well as all supplemental material provided.

developmentally appropriate skills and concepts are explored through the lens of the covid-19 pandemic, offering children an opportunity to notice their feelings.

our circle times have reached around the world and featured in local news. the primary goal of new creation preschool has always been to add life, love and laughter to the lives of young children. we are grateful to expand the school family.

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a non-profit outreach of New Creation Fellowship Church since 1994
221 Muse Street Newton KS 67114
316.217.5650
contact Kristin Neufeld Epp, director/teacher:
newcreationpreschool@gmail.com

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