Mini University, Inc. Home Office
115 Harbert Drive
Beavercreek, Ohio 45440
Toll Free: (877) 429.9400
Phone: (937) 426.1414
Fax: (937) 426.5650
Update as of July 29, 2020:
You may have heard Governor DeWine announced that Ohio child care centers can start operating at previous state ratios and class sizes beginning August 9th. According to the state, while there have been confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio child care centers, based on the contact tracing done, these cases have not been spread through child care but rather in the community. It is reassuring to hear the guidelines put in place for child care have been successful in keeping children and teachers safe.
We are waiting on some additional information from the state and we will be sending a survey to families and our team next week. We want to gather information about the health and safety procedures we have been implementing before making decisions about possible changes. We will keep you informed and at this time, we do not anticipate many changes occurring before September.
August is typically a month of transition, as our “oldest children” and a few teaching staff go “back to school.” We also are mindful that COVID-19 is still very present in our communities and we want to continue ensuring we do everything possible to keep everyone safe. The timing of the governor’s announcement seems to align to the start of K-12 schools, but we will carefully plan our next steps and slowly make adjustments without making wide-sweeping changes. What we’ve been doing has worked and we have had almost no cases of COVID-19 at Mini U! We want to keep it that way.
Thank you for your patience and support as we enter one more stage of pandemic transition. We look forward to hearing your input as we balance the needs of serving more families while keeping everyone healthy. I know all of us look forward to resuming a more normal daily life, and I guess we’re learning a little bit of patience along the way. Thank you for trusting us with your children and being part of our School Family.
We wish you well!
We are excited to be serving families again at 4 of our locations! The following programs opened:
- Montgomery County
- Miami Valley Hospital
- Wright State University
- Miami University
Our Sinclair Community College program has an anticipated re-opening of August 2020.
Please see below for an update on our Health & Safety Policy Changes as well as contact information for each Program Administrator if you have additional questions:
Health & Safety Policy Changes
We are excited to welcome families back to our program! We have adopted some new policies and re-trained our great team to ensure our center is the safest, cleanest environment for your children. When we re-open, we will be taking extra precautions to support the health and safety of your children, your family and our staff.
Thank you for reading and following these important Health & Safety Policies and procedures below. Please contact the Program Administrator with any questions:
DROP OFF AND PICK UP POLICY / PROCEDURE – Family is Permitted to Enter
Drop Off and Pick Up Procedure and Child(ren)/Family Daily Health Screenings:
In order to reduce direct contact and limit the risk for coronavirus transmission, Mini University is restricting parent/family access to its entryway and hallways. Accordingly, families are encouraged to not enter the child’s/children’s classroom or other areas in the building during drop off and pick up. We also appreciate families doing their best to not bring additional siblings into the program unless they are being cared for by our program.
- Before Coming to the Center: Daily Temperature & Health Check
- See the attachment about our new procedures for families to take their own and their child’s temperature at home. Your child’s temperature is then logged into Tadpoles and confirmed at drop off. If you “forget” or do not have a thermometer at home, your child’s temperature will be taken before drop off. ODJFS has determined any person with a temperature 100 degrees or higher may not enter the center. (We are also monitoring the health and temperature of our staff and we appreciate your help taking responsibility for yourself and your children.)
- Thank you for reviewing the following questions prior to coming to the center. If you answer “Yes” to any, please stay home and help us keep everyone safe and healthy!
- Do you live with anyone or have you had close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
- Do you or anyone in your household have a fever, cough and/or shortness of breath?
- Do you or your child have any other signs of communicable illness such as a cold or flu?
- Families will be greeted at the entryway door by the Enrollment Coordinator or a Center Administrator.
- Upon arrival for drop off and pick up, the parent/family member is encouraged to use the hand sanitizer provided at the entryway door.
- After clocking into Procare and using the TAP machine, if applicable, families will take their child/children to their classroom and drop off from the hallway. We appreciate families not entering the classroom.
- Families are required to wear facial coverings/masks when entering the center.
- Your child will wash his/her hands in the classroom upon arrival and before departure. As always, your child will also wash his/her hands multiple times throughout the day.
- Thank you for maintaining proper 6’ social distancing. To minimize contact with Enrollment Coordinators at the office, please email or call the Program Administrator with questions when possible:
- Miami University: Lauren Kolks 513.529.8383 email@example.com
- Sinclair ECEC: Lucy Salgado 937.512.2234 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Montgomery County: Britney Leavelle 937.461.9027 email@example.com
- Miami Valley Hospital: Nicole Myrick 937.224.3916 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Wright State University: RaNae Street 937.775.4070 email@example.com
CHILD HEALTH & MEDICATION
- Staff have received training on COVID-19 symptoms as well as preventive measures.
- Children who start to experience symptoms of respiratory illness, including a fever >100 while at childcare, will be isolated from other children until they can be picked up. We appreciate you quickly picking up your child if contacted!
- Until further notice, all program field trips have been suspended.
- Thank you for limiting requests for anyone in the center to administer medication. Please update any Health Care Plans for emergency medications.
- Children have been separated into smaller groups that fall within state guidelines.
- We will not share equipment between groups and will clean and sanitize throughout the day.
- All classroom and outdoor playground schedules will ensure each group remains separated throughout the day to reduce the number of children in one area and to reduce the possibility of viral transmission.
- Staff will disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, light switches, faucets, toys and games that children play with multiple times throughout the day.
- We will perform an enhanced deep cleaning every night in all areas, on all touched surfaces.
- Staff always have access to anti-bacterial hand sanitizers and disposable gloves and use them as needed.
- Staff will wash/scrub their hands and children’s hands a minimum of hourly (noted by the CDC as the most effective preventive measure).
- No program tours will be given until further notice to reduce the number of visitors in the building.
MEAL PREPARATION & SERVICE
To minimize the spread of germs during food service, we have implemented the following practices:
- Staff will not combine groups or classrooms of children during meals or snack time.
- All surfaces will be disinfected before and after meal preparation and feedings using EPA-approved disinfectant products.
- All staff will wash hands before and after meal preparation, serving and feeding.
- Staff will guide and direct children to wash hands before each meal or snack.
- Each child’s meal will be plated and served by staff, instead of served family-style.
- To further minimize the spread of germs, we are providing soy and almond milk so families bring minimal food from home. Any food from home is packed in a disposable, labeled container each day, and placed on the cart outside of the kitchen.
- Teachers will distribute meals and snacks to children.
- Children will not share eating utensils.
STAFF HEALTH & WELLNESS
- Staff have received additional training on infection control and workplace disinfection.
- Staff will not share their phone/devices, meals or utensils with one another or children.
- Staff will check their temperature at the beginning of each shift and notify their supervisor if >100 as well as self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and notify their supervisor if any develop (fever or respiratory symptoms). Staff will not enter the center with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19.
- Staff will wash their hands immediately upon entering the program and multiple times throughout the day.
- Staff will not be allowed to work if they are feeling ill or experiencing respiratory symptoms.