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Daycare directors, parents making sure measures are in place to protect kids from rare COVID-related illness

Raven Brown
Updated: May 22, 2020 05:57 PM
Created: May 22, 2020 03:15 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — As parents begin to go back to work, some are worried about childcare and getting their children back to school safely.

Kids at Faith Child Care and Nursery school are getting fresh air seeing some of their old friends again.

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“Everything is just so uncharted for all of us, just everything is new,” Director Sharon Davenport said.

She said they reopened Monday and are taking serious precautions.

"Including the teacher, we have under 10 people per room, and it’s much less right now,” Davenport said. 

They usually have 86 kids in their program, but they currently have eight. As of now, no parents are allowed in the building. If they do go in, they have to get their temperature checked and wear a mask.

All kids and staff are also screened with updated hands-free sign-in and sanitization protocols. 

“We sent everything out to the parents that we’ve been doing with our sanitation, disinfecting, having staff take their temperatures, wearing masks, so we’ve definitely amped things up,” Davenport said. 

She said with the new rare COVID-19-related illness that can affect children, their goal is to make sure they’re returned home safely.

“There’s been a little bit more perse of a scare with that illness that's going around with the children, but they know that we want to keep them safe," Davenport said. "That’s our priority, and they know that."

Some parents like Loni Moreno are weighing their options. She has a little concern putting their kids back in school.

“This whole virus is invisible, and that’s what makes it even more scary and unfortunately, when you’re dealing with children, you can tell them to not touch their face, you can tell them to wash their hands, but they’re just forgetful,” Moreno said. 

Some parents, like Loni Moreno, are weighing their options. She is slightly concerned about putting her kids back in school.

“This whole virus is invisible, and that’s what makes it even more scary and unfortunately, when you’re dealing with children, you can tell them to not touch their face, you can tell them to wash their hands, but they’re just forgetful,” Moreno said. 

She’s a mom of a two and said while there is a sense of relief things are starting to get back to normal, there’s still a lot of uncertainty with this new illness.

“It either comes down to you home school your children, or you send them and pray every day that the people that you’re going to leave your children with are going to take these extra measures,” Moreno said. 

Child care centers and families are trying to do the best they can to navigate the unknown.

“It’s so important because we don't want anyone to be sick, and no one wants to be sick," Davenport said. "Then there's just so little that they don't understand, so we're really trying to do our best to make sure that we're doing our part."


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