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COVID 19 Update – 5/26/2020

Dear Yard Families-

As many of you may have already seen or heard, Illinois updated its Restore Illinois plan- youth programs and camps are now allowed to open in Phase 3, which means we could potentially open up as early as next week. We have continued to pay our staff while we have been closed and we have been cleaning and updating the building and our procedures (see below) to be ready to safely re-open when the time came. When you feel safe allowing your child back into a group setting is an incredibly personal and individualistic decision, we just want to be ready for you when you are ready- especially for those now in need of child programming because they need to return to work. We will likely resume operations with just our Mighty Tykes classes, soccer skills, and summer camps- all groups in these classes will be limited to nine participants plus a coach. Below is a list of the changes to physical space and our policies and protocols that we have put in place over the past two months.

The Yard has been incorporating CDC, DCFS, IDHS, IDPH, and GOECD guidelines to try and create a safe environment for your children. Our large open spaces, state-of-the-art ventilation systems, and natural light throughout the building and classrooms make us a uniquely safer environment relative to some other facilities. Below is a summary of some of the upgrades and improvements that we are implementing:

Physical Space

  • We have replaced all our HVAC filters in units and increased the amount of outside air the units bring in- the air turns over in the building a few times every day
  • We have installed clear non-permeable acrylic barriers at all of our reception desks to make check in and out safer
  • We have created a butterfly garden and increased outdoor nature-based programming to get the kids outside more
  • We have increased hand sanitizer stations throughout the building for employees, parents, and children
  • We have spent three weeks deep-cleaning all of the classrooms, common areas, and equipment
  • Programs will initially operate with groups of less than ten children to facilitate social distancing
  • Employee workstations have been reconfigured to allow for 6’ social distancing
  • Water fountains, except for the touchless refill stations, have been taken out of service
  • Signage has been placed throughout the building highlighting face covering requirements, social distancing guidelines, and cleaning protocols
  • The playtower and inflatables are closed for the initial opening phase

Policies and Protocols

  • Employees must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth in the classrooms and when within 6’ of others
  • Camper groups will be limited to 9 campers plus a coach, and the groups will be led by the same coaches each day
  • Children over the age of two must wear face coverings when and where practical
  • Employees or children with any COVID-19 symptoms will be immediately isolated and removed from the building as quickly as possible
  • Disinfection of high touch surfaces is increased to hourly
  • Daily check-in wellness checks and touchless temperature screenings of all employees and students
  • Employees must complete COVID-19 related health and safety training before returning to work
  • Employees and students are not allowed to come to, or remain at, the facility if sick or symptomatic
  • We are doing our best to keep COVID vulnerable employees home from work
  • Employees or students that contract COVID-19 shall remain out of the center for a minimum of 14 days and will need to be tested before returning
  • If anyone associated with our center contracts COVID-19, they will have to remain out of the center for 14 days, the center will be shut down for 48 hours for cleaning and disinfecting
  • External suppliers will not be allowed into the center

This is just a summary of some of the items we are doing- we are currently working through over fifty pages of regulations from five different governing bodies, as well as best practices in our and other industries, to get ready for all of you. As we get closer, we will send out a more detailed opening plan to all of you. One note- we are also looking at several other upgrades to our HVAC systems: we have extensively researched UV radiation, bipolar ionization and far-spectrum UV, as well as others. The issue is that there is very little reputable third-party research done on these new systems, and the current research ranges from ineffective to possibly mildly effective, with some having possible negative side effects. We will continue to monitor these systems and will implement something when it is proven to be effective and safe.

We look forward to having your children back in the building and are continuing to work to make the environment as safe as possible in the meantime.

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