Health & Safety Measures 

Our highest priority is the safety of our students, staff, and families. HMS follows strict guidelines as a licensed facility. We are in constant communication and follow the latest requirements dictated by the NJ Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) and NJ Department of Health (DOH). 

 

Using these guidelines and best practices, we have developed the following protocols to minimize the risk of illness to our community. 

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Screening & Admittance Protocols

  • Hand Washing will be required when entering the building for all staff and children. 

  • Drop off times will be staggered by program in 10 to15 minute intervals. 

  • Parents will be required to wait in the pick up area to drop off and pick up their child. 

  • Stay home if sick. Parents must be on alert for signs of illness in their children and to keep them home when they are sick for at least 48 hours.

  • CDC travel guidelines will be monitored and adhered to throughout the year. 

Social Distancing Measures

  • Outdoor time will be staggered and each child will be required to wash hands upon return.

  • Students who require rest and nap will be at least 3 feet from other students and/or laid head to toe.

Safety & Hygiene Inside the School 

  • Hand washing for each child upon arrival and through certain intervals during the day.

  • Gloves will be worn while changing diapers, handling food, or other high-contact activities.

Cleaning & Sanitizing Procedures 

  • Frequent cleaning, disinfection, and sanitization of classrooms and common areas throughout the day.

  • Sanitizing pumps in each classroom and common areas.

  • Children's bedding and nap mats are stored individually and separated. 

Food Preparation and Meal Services

  • Staff must ensure children wash their hands prior to and immediately after eating. 

  • Children and staff will be required to wash hands before and after lunch.

Outdoor Time & Off-Site Activities

 

  • Field trips and other off-site activities are prohibited, with the exception of off-site activities within walking distance of the facility.

  • While outdoor playtime is permitted on shared playgrounds with conditions, HMS plans to conduct walks and utilize the open areas near the school for outdoor activity.

Classroom Management 

 

  • Children will be escorted to the classroom by an HMS employee. 

  • Your child will go to the sink and wash their hands before the beginning of their day, before snack/lunch, and after recess. 

  • Each child will be assigned a table in the classroom. The table is where the child will do any table work as well as eat snack and lunch. 

  • Materials are cleaned frequently throughout the day and items that are 'mouthed' will be set aside to be cleaned right away.

  • Every child will have their own work materials when possible such as their own colored pencils, erasers, etc. 

Licensing & Inspections 

Our operations are inspected and monitored on a regular basis by the Department of Children and Families. Governance and oversight help ensure all staff and school procedures consistently operate according to state laws and provide our families with an additional level of comfort and security.