CITY OF LEWISTON CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION: https://www.lewistonmaine.gov/993/Coronavirus-Information
Pettengill Academy Daily Screening Link:
November 18, 2020
Updated COVID Policies – November 18, 2020
Pick up and Drop off
We are trying different methods to help speed up the drop off and pick up procedures. But we will need your help with this!
Here are a few things to help us:
Do not go past the table in the Lobby unless you are making a payment, it’s the one with the big “ Staff Only Beyond This Point “ on it.
We encourage parents to set up automatic payments or pay online at myprocare.com to help speed up this process and to help reduce transmission through touch surfaces.
Keep outerwear on your student when they come in, we will make sure it gets taken off and put in the student’s bag for you. Please label clothing!! This will help tremendously as many winter items are often the same color, same brand and same size. And in the event something goes home with your student that is not theirs, please let us know so we can hopefully get it back to who it belongs to.
At pick up time we will be using walkie talkies to communicate with the other runners. As soon we see your car, we will be getting your student ready to leave. This will hopefully help speed up the pick up process.
Throughout COVID-19, we will discontinue the use of nebulizers at Pettengill Academy. If a child needs breathing treatments, they will be required to stay home or use a rescue inhaler while in the care at Pettengill Academy.
Throughout the pandemic, Visitors will not be permitted in the building. This includes visitors from CDS, Case Management, and any non-essential repair. Exceptions will be made for Child Care licensing depending on status of cases in the state.
Any Zoom observations from the CDS will be scheduled on a case by case basis depending on staffing availability to do so. CDS Lessons will not be allowed due to the nature of needing a one on one during these meetings.
All potential family tours will be conducted virtually through Zoom or Facetime. If an enrolled family would like a walk through before their first day, it needs to be conducted after 5:30 pm.
Toys From Home
Toys from home are becoming an issue again. We are asking that toys from home do not come to daycare. Not only will this help with any behavior issues, it will also help contain any germs and viruses from coming to school.
It is a requirement by the State of Maine that adults and children over the age of 5 are masked at all childcare facilities in the state of Maine. ALL PARENTS NEED TO HAVE A MASK TO PICK UP OR DROP YOUR CHILD OFF. If you do not have a mask, we are requiring you to stand outside 6 feet apart. We will get your child for you.
- I don’t know anyone who enjoys wearing a mask all day, everyday. Well except maybe Batman. But having you mask up helps prevent COVID from coming to school. There are many transmission vectors in the outside world, there is only one way COVID can come to PA, our front doors. So please help us keep COVID outside.
In the case of a Positive Case with a staff or student, we will be in contact with the CDC and will follow their recommendations of closures of classrooms or whole buildings. If a member of Pettengill Academy, test positives, any close persons of contact will have to be quarantined for 14 days regardless if those persons receive a negative test.
If a member of Pettengill Academy, comes in close contact with someone who tested positive outside of PA, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days regardless if those persons receive a negative test. If it is found that a family or associate lies or is untruthful about being in close contact (intentional or not) with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 and does not quarantine exposing the school, it6 will be grounds for immediate termination.
If we need to close or have to quarantine a classroom(s), payment will still be due as tuition is based on the childcare slot not on attendance. Our teachers will continue to be paid during this quarantine based on the Family First Coronavirus Act.
This also helps us so that we can retain our teachers as well, so that when things subside we will still be here to serve you and our community for years to come.
If for any reason, we need to close the facility for a longer period of time, we will establish a different tuition payment plan based on the situation and governors orders at the time of closure.
The link for the Family First Coronavirus Act is found here, you will qualify with your employer if we have to close for quarantine: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave
Probably the toughest part about COVID the longer it goes on, especially with winter coming fast, is the inability to talk directly with your child’s teachers.
If you have questions, please call. If you have an idea, please call.
One of the next things we are trying to figure is the best way to answer questions about your student’s day as a lot of parents are asking at pick-up. We really want to get everyone in and out with the weather getting colder while also answering these questions, so if you have an idea let us know!
November 9, 2020
Updates on New Covid-19 guidelines from the CDC about Quarantine travel outside of Maine.
October 28, 2020
COVID-19 Update: Mark Wearing
May 7, 2020
March 18, 2020
To all our families that are home with your littles, we are thinking of you and we miss you all!
Today, we were able to come up with a schedule that mirrors our to help you out!
Kids thrive with consistency and routine and as we all know being thrown off can wreak havoc on their emotions and behaviors.
We have sent this as a resource please don’t feel forced to follow it, we just want to help families as much as possible. In the next few days we will be sharing more resources to help you keep your little one engaged!
March 16, 2020
“This was shared with us this morning and it was too good not to share with our associates and our supporters.” – Chantel and Zack Pettengill
I just wanted to give a little encouragement…these are interesting times and unchartered waters we are in. A global novel pandemic hasn’t occurred in any of our lifetimes. You might be getting up and feeling anxious today or saying “why in the world are daycares open if schools are closed?!”.
Because we are the Helpers. In times of crises you will often hear that we should look FOR the helpers and not at the chaos. That’s us.
The world must go on- if we all succumb to fear and the entire world shuts down…people can’t work (including many of the doctors and nurses we provide care for), critical care can’t be provided, businesses close, hourly employees don’t get paid. The government isn’t equipped to cover all these expenses and an even greater season of hardship will come.
So what do we do? We show up. We become the calm in the chaos, the light in the darkness. We provide consistency for little children who won’t understand why everything has changed on a dime. We ask “how can I help you?” and we mean it.
We GET to be a beacon, we GET to show care in a world gone mad.
Does it feel counterintuitive at times? Sure. But common sense and the CDC tells us that 80% of us will get the virus at some point in the next 18 months and it won’t be any worse than a bad cold. Obviously, those at risk have to take more precautions but for most of us with healthy immune systems it’s time to show up and do everything we can to love these kiddos and their families through the craziness.
Love you guys!
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