PDO Reopening

Our first days of school are currently September 2 & 3, 2020
A School Supply List can be found HERE.
The No School Calendar can be found HERE.

We are living in unprecedented times.  This comes with much confusion and concern about how to safely keep the PDO program open while keeping all of you that enter our doors safe and comfortable in knowing that we are doing everything we can to maintain a healthy learning environment for your children.

We do not require that children attending our program wear face masks unless the teacher determines they can reliably wear, remove, and handle masks following CDC guidance throughout the day. All PDO staff members are required to wear a face-shield while indoors.

Additional tables may be set up in our classrooms to help the children have more space.

Here are the changes that will affect PDO while operating during the SARS-CoV-2  pandemic:

  • Temporary removal of the indoor play area. While I know this is a needed outlet for your children, it is also the only area of the school that ALL children will come in contact with items that were handled by the other classes.  This increases the risk of spreading this virus exponentially.  If the weather permits, the children will take part in outdoor play. Again this is a temporary measure that will be re-evaluated as needed.
  • Shifting the 4’s Classroom. Because of the lack of a play area, we are going to shift the classroom to the other side of the sanctuary so we will have space for a new “reception area,” discussed later.
  • Staggering Pick-up and Drop-off Times.  Pick-up and drop-off times will be staggered by 10 minutes to help alleviate the congestion of family members inside the building. (This will take time for families and teachers to get used to, so please be patient):
    • 1’s and 3’s Class: Drop-off at 9:00 am, Pick-up at 2:00 pm
    • 2’s and 4’s Class: Drop-off at 9:10 am, Pick-up at 2:10 pm
  • Reception Area and New Flow of Traffic:  
    • Families will now enter from the side door during pick-up and drop-off, and exit through the front doors.  The front doors are to remain locked to help prevent the congestion that occurs in the front hallway during these times.  
    • Hand sanitizing stations will be set up at the entrance and exit.
    • Fellowship has mandated masks and/or shields for the adult family members entering the building.
    • The reception area will be blocked off and have floor markers for families to stay six feet apart.  This is where temperatures will be taken and check-in will occur before the children are sent to the classrooms.  All sign-in sheets will have a heading that states that their child has been free of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) for at least 24 hours. (Staff temperatures will also be taken daily.)
    • If temperatures are at or above, 100.4℉, or if your child has been experiencing symptoms of illness, they will be not be permitted access to the classrooms.  This goes for staff as well.
  • Clean and Educate. All items used in the classroom are cleaned after use so that the next person, student or teacher, to handle the object is safe from possible infection. Increased hand-washing, sanitizing, and education will be administered. 
  • Promoting Online Tuition Payments or Drop-off Payments in the Deposit Box. If you are able, we would greatly appreciate letting us know if your family could make tuition payments online.  If not, receipts can be printed or emailed to families after cash/check is placed in an envelope with your child’s name and dropped off in our Drop-off Box (This is done at many public schools already when payments need to be made).  This will limit the amount of contact for the Director as well as the line that tends to be created during tuition collection days.

These precautions may change over time as new information about SARS-CoV-2 is researched and released.  We are proceeding in the safest manner that we can, while still maintaining the program. This is to say that PDO, and all schools for that matter, must adhere to new and current laws regarding the pandemic and if those regulations change, as with school closures and stay-at-home orders, PDO must follow suit.

All of us here at PDO greatly appreciate all the love and trust that you all put into our program.