School of Rec FAQs


Q1. How are you grouping the children?

Children will be placed in groups of 12. They will be with the same group of children and staff daily. Family members will remain together and be placed in the same group.

Q2. What are you doing to make sure children keep their distance?

Children will sit in the same seat every day. Masking tape, hula hoops and carpet squares will be used to create personal space. Although the Sonoma County Health Order does allow children within the same group to co-mingle, program staff will arrange furniture and activity spaces to maintain 6 ft. separation whenever possible.

Q3. Will staff explain what social distancing means?

Staff will talk to children about social distancing and answer any questions they may have. Parents/guardians will be provided with a tip sheet to learn about social distancing.

Q4. How do you keep young children socially distanced and safe?

Staff will be modeling social distancing and giving frequent verbal reminders. We will also incorporate role play and storytelling to help children adjust to keeping their distance.

Q5. Will children and staff need to wear face coverings?

Children and staff will be required to wear their face coverings indoors during program hours and during drop off and pick up. During distance learning times, children will be spaced a minimum of 6 feet apart from each other so that they may participate without their face covering. When playing outdoors and while eating lunch, children will be able to remove their face coverings, but every effort will be made to keep the children and staff six feet apart.

Q6. Will you be screening for COVID-19?

Yes, both staff and children will be screened daily by asking if they have any symptoms that the CDC has identified as COVID-19 symptoms. Additionally, all staff and participants’ temperatures will be taken each morning.

Q7. What happens if someone has a temperature?

If during the screening process it is discovered a child or staff member has a temperature, we will ask the child or staff to leave for the day. They will not be able to return until their temperature is in the normal range for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine. Children will be monitored throughout the day for any signs of possible illness.

Q8. How often will you be sanitizing/cleaning the facility?

In addition to nightly janitorial service, staff will frequently clean all touched surfaces and will be trained on how to disinfect and sanitize all surfaces of the facility. 

Q9. How often will the children be washing their hands?

There will be scheduled breaks to implement and enforce strict hand washing guidelines for all staff and children. Hand sanitation and washing will at minimum be at each transition of activity and or every hour. Signs will be posted in restrooms and near sinks that convey proper hand washing techniques.

Q10. Will the children have access to hand sanitizer?

Staff will always have hand sanitizer with them, and each room will have a large pump bottle for children to use.

Q11. What are your restroom procedures?

Children will be taught to use a clean piece of toilet paper (or foot) when flushing and opening and closing doors. Signage will be posted with pictures to remind children of restroom procedures.

Q12. How often will you be cleaning the restrooms?

The restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times a day and janitorial staff will clean at night.

Q13. What precautions will be taken during lunch?

Children will wash their hands before lunch and will not be allowed to share food. Tables and chairs will be disinfected before and after meals. Plenty of tables will be set up and children will be spread out while they eat.

Q14. Can parents or guardians come into the facility?

In order to maintain social distancing and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, parents will refrain from entering the facility. Parents will be provided with a phone number to call in the event that they need to pick up their child early, and staff will then escort them to their car.

Q15. How does the process for drop off work?

Steele Lane Learning Hub

During the first week of the program, parents will park and escort their child to staff in the courtyard outside the main entrance of the building where program directors will conduct a brief health screening. Parents and children will then be directed to their groups, where staff will confirm emergency contact information. While group meeting locations will have ample space to allow for social distancing, parents and children must wear face coverings during check-in.

After the first week of the program, parents may pull up alongside the curb outside the courtyard. Their child will then exit, and parents may drive away once staff have completed the brief health screening.

Finley Learning Hub

Parents will pull up alongside the curb in the roundabout between the Community Center and the Aquatic Center. Staff will then complete a brief health screening and collect necessary emergency contact information.  

Q16. How does the process for pick up work?

Steele Lane Learning Hub

Parents will drive towards the rear entrance of the facility where program directors will conduct a brief drive through health screening. Upon successful completion of the health screening children will then exit the vehicle and will then be directed to their groups. Staff will lead then them to their designated learning space. While group meeting locations will have ample space to allow for social distancing, parents and children must wear face coverings during check-in.

Finley Learning Hub 

Parents will pick up their child in the traffic circle between the Community Center and the Aquatic Center without having to exit their car. Parents will be provided with a phone number to call if they need to pick up their child early, and staff will escort them to their car.

Q17. Do parents/guardians have to wear masks at drop off and pick up?

Yes, parents and guardians should wear masks at drop off and pick up for the safety of staff and program participants.

Q18. Will children be sharing classroom and art supplies?

Each child will have their own set of basic craft materials (crayons, glue stick, pencils, pens, markers, etc.) to be kept on site in individual plastic Ziploc bags. Some supplies that can be easily sanitized between uses will be shared. 

Q19. How are you cleaning supplies and equipment?

Soapy water and cleaning solution (out of reach of children) will be used to clean supplies, games and equipment. Staff will also be sanitizing and disinfecting frequently throughout the day, in addition to scheduled morning and evening cleanings.

Q20. How are activities being modified for safety?

Program staff have chosen projects and games that can be implemented safely with COVID-19 precautions firmly in place. We are closely following all CDC protocols and Sonoma County Health Orders to keep staff and children safe.

Q21. Can children bring a backpack with personal belongings?

All personal items should be labeled and kept in a bag/backpack to ensure items are separate from others. Children will be limited to how frequently they will be able to access their backpacks.

Q22. How will my child be able to participate in their distance learning sessions?

Each day, children will bring their laptops/chrome books and earbuds to the program. Each group will have their own learning-dedicated room with ample electric outlets and Wi-Fi bandwidth. Each week, parents will communicate their child’s distance-learning schedule to staff so that they can ensure each child’s full participation in their distance learning.

Q23. Will staff assist my child with their homework?

Yes. Program staff have ample experience working with children and have received additional training on best practices for homework assistance.

Q24. What kinds of activities will you do when the children are not participating in distance learning?

Staff have prepared a multitude of fun, interactive activities to keep all program participants engaged throughout the day. Outdoor play will take place at nearby parks. When not participating in distance learning, children also have the option of reading books they bring from home.

Q25. Will program staff guarantee that my child completes all their schoolwork and receives good grades?

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the parent to communicate class schedule and assignments to program staff, and the responsibility of the student to make an honest effort to complete their work. In addition to enforcing and maintaining a learning-friendly environment, program staff will continuously remind students to participate in all their virtual learning sessions and to complete all their assignments.