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St. Luke’s Children’s Center Covid-19 Policy
During this pandemic, the safety of our families and staff is our top concern. With everything changing day-by-day, we want to assure you that SLCC will continue to provide a safe and healthy environment for our families and staff. We have implemented the following to help minimize the risk of COVID-19:
Check-In/Out will be conducted at the entrance in the lobby of both buildings. Parents will not be allowed to proceed throughout SLCC to the classrooms until further notice. This will minimize any outside traffic and help us to practice social distancing as recommended by the DSS/DHEC/CDC. SLCC will have Safekeepers available during primary drop off and pick up times to assist our friends to class. Temporarily, children will be signed in/out by the Center Director and/or other designated staff using a Master Roster. The temporary SLCC hours of operation throughout the summer will be 7AM to 5PM to adequately staff the school. Please ensure you are available or have an alternative pick up person available.
Since fever is a symptom of COVID-19, temperatures of staff and children will be taken. Staff temperatures will be taken upon arrival. Children’s temperatures will be taken upon arrival and after nap time. A temperature of 100.0 (100.4-COVID-19 symptom) warrants being seen be a physician or self-quarantine. A child/staff member cannot return to the Center without a written physician’s clearance letter.
SLCC Sick Policy Enforcement
The SLCC sick policy and school exclusion list in the Parent Handbook will be strictly enforced. We understand that although there may not be signs of fever, which is a symptom of COVID-19, other symptoms such as cough or excessive runny noses still could indicate a sick child, and children with these symptoms will not be allowed at school.
The History of St. Luke’s Children’s Center
St. Luke’s Children’s Center was first established as a ministry of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in 1973. During that first year, our teachers excitedly set out with 2 classes and 35 students. Their first directors, Joyce Dubis and Elizabeth Snyder, wrote, “Our goal is the development of the whole child – mentally, physically, and spiritually, allowing opportunity for individual attention so that each child can progress according to their own ability and develop a good self concept. Our curriculum for our children includes an open classroom situation with opportunities to grow through art, music, language experiences, field trips, health, safety, home-living and dramatic play, interest in books, math readiness, physical education, active outdoor play, sciences, and a special time for snacks and relaxation.”
Although many years have gone by since we began, and our center has grown a lot over the years, St. Luke’s goals and curriculum are not too different today than they were back at the the beginning. We are still committed to the development of the whole child – mentally, physically, and spiritually, and we allow our children continual opportunities for learning and growth as they create, build, investigate, and set out to discover the world around them.