March 16, 2020
In the past few days, I have diligently researched our current situation. We are wading in unprecedented waters. Our goal at Hanford Christian is to provide the best care for children and support for families that we can. Friday I contacted multiple preschool directors, the county licensing office and researched all available information from the CDC. The recommendation at that point was to limit social interactions of over 250 people. The preschool directors, concerned about their working families were going to do their best to stay open. As the weekend unfolded, the recommendations moved toward social distancing in all activities. We can do our best to limit at risk interactions in the classroom, but we cannot provide adequate space for the current recommendation. We cannot in good conscience continue to operate if doing so has a suspicion of putting our kids, families and teachers at risk. We will be closed tomorrow and through the current weeks to come pending further information. I will be reaching out to you in the upcoming days with resources for keeping your child academically engaged through these peculiar times. Today as I searched for answers in prayer, the Lord gave me Psalm 95:6-7 “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture the flock, under his care.”
As you stress over the upcoming changes in your life, remember that we are ultimately under His care. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call.
I am sure you are all aware of the current pandemic. Right now you are likely being inundated with news, rumors and emails about the current virus that is circling the globe. First of all, I would like you to know that we are doing everything within our power at Hanford Christian Preschool to protect our little ones. I am checking local CDC reports and State licensing recommendations on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. Beginning February 27 we began taking several steps to increase our current strategic and thorough infectious disease control in our classrooms. The steps the staff were instructed to take are listed below.
Hand sanitizer needs to be out for the parents during sign in/out times then, removed for the children's safety
As the children come in the door, they need to be directed to the sink to wash hands prior to going to the rug.
If you observe a child cough or sneeze in their hands, remind them to use their elbow and send them to wash their hands.
If a child is observed touching their nose or using a tissue, send them to wash their hands.
Each of you have been given hand sanitizer for your apron pocket, please sanitize the child's hands right before you serve their food. They will still wash hands in the sink before snack/lunch but they inevitably touch a lot of things before they actually eat.
Please make sure you have the children wash their hands when coming back into the classroom from recess or any other campus activity.
This week we increased our procedures by removing all community sensory items from the classrooms (playdo, flubber, etc.) In addition to the daily sanitizing regimens in the classroom, we will be sanitizing the play structure and exterior bathrooms. We are monitoring children for any signs and symptoms associated with the virus as listed by CDC. They include:
If your child is experiencing any of the above symptoms to any degree, please keep them home for the day. If your child suffers from allergies that produce these symptoms please provide a notice from the doctor for school. The CDC reports that cases can have very few symptoms in one person and be severe for the next. Together we can do our part to protect our little school community by erring on the side of caution until we have further information. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.
At Hanford Christian Preschool we spend our days singing, dancing, praying and praising. Our multidimensional approach to learning includes art, science, music, math, writing, social growth and spiritual growth. We are excited to have new partnerships across campus as we begin art mentorships with 7th and 8th graders and music with the Kindergarten department. Our highly qualified staff are consistently involved in Professional development and workshops to offer the best classroom experiences based on the newest science and research in our field.
Chapel Praise and Worship
A Note From the Director
Howdy from Hanford Christian Preschool Department! I am excited to embark on another year of serving God through loving children. Last year I observed God move through our little department. We are blessed to be on a campus that nurtures our growth and affords us the opportunity for so many wonderful experiences for the children. There have been many firsts including, music mentors with kindergarten, art and bilingual literacy with middle school, and reading buddies with first graders. We welcomed new staff, expanded our meal services with Mrs. Atsma, piloted a summer program, extended our hours of operations for working families, and update our classrooms to align with Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale Standards.
At every turn, our amazing team has been challenged with not only growth but improvement. They have been committed to ongoing education and professional development. They often spend weekends or evenings engulfed in college coursework or at KCCAQ workshops. I look forward to another year of watching my team grow as we serve the Hanford Christian Community.
What is Your Teacher Super Power? Staff Development 2019