Important Updates

Hello families,

I am sorry for the delay in getting a message to you in 2021. It has already been quite the start to the New Year!

All of the children have transitioned beautifully into their new classrooms. They are making new friends every single day. I have been seeing so many fun activities planned by our amazing staff! I love my brief moments of visiting the classrooms and having the children tell me all about what they are learning.

I wanted to take a moment today to write to you about something slightly more somber in tone. At our last staff meeting LCLA staff acknowledged possible unrest that may occur in our city ahead of the inauguration. Since we are located moderately close to the Capitol and downtown areas, we reviewed all our lockdown procedures. In the event of any unrest, we will communicate closely with emergency personnel per our policies and protocols. As always, in the event of any emergency, our first priority is to ensure the physical safety of the children in the building. Once we have ensured all staff and students are safe, we will work quickly to issue parent communication.  

We know how scary these moments can be for even us, as adults, to process. We do encourage you to answer questions your children might have in a developmentally appropriate and honest way. We will also do this within the walls of LCLA. Knowledge is power. We want every student to feel safe and empowered.

Here are a few resources to read or listen to that might help support you in answering questions or addressing concerns of your children.

https://www.npr.org/2021/01/08/954927953/bonus-what-to-tell-kids-when-the-news-is-scary

https://www.seattlechildrens.org/health-safety/keeping-kids-healthy/development/coping-with-trauma-disaster/

Please feel free to email or call me if you have any questions or concerns,

Amanda

Thank you!

Thank you to all the parents who contributed to our staff appreciation/holiday lunch last Friday. We had individual,delicious taco boxes from Steenbock’s on Orchard. I didn’t get a picture of it, because it was just so good. Below is a picture of some of the other ways we showed appreciation to the staff through December. Each gift had a cheesy quote that I really enjoyed reading to the staff each morning.

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday break!

Holiday Break & 2021 Closing Dates

Hello,

Just a reminder that we will be closed Thursday, December 24 – Friday, January 2nd for Holiday Break.

When we come back on Monday, January 4th some of the children will be starting in their new classrooms. Please feel free to call me or ask your current teachers where your new drop off location will be.

I have attached the 2021 Spring & Summer closing dates. Please put these dates on your calendars.

I also want to take this time to thank all of you for your patience with all of the changes that we have had to endure during 2020. I know that some of these changes have not been easy on you, your children, the teacher or even administration. We truly all have worked together as one big family and I could not be more grateful for the teamwork from both the staff and all of the families. I wish only the best for all of you in the New Year.

As always please don’t hesitate to email or call me with any questions or concerns.

Happy Holidays,
Amanda Wilfert

Possible Snow

Good Morning everyone,

Just a reminder that we are expecting rain to turn into snow around 3pm this afternoon. Please keep an eye on the weather and plan accordingly. We want to do our best to get everyone home before the bulk of the bad weather hits!
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Snack Menu and December Closings

Good morning,

Attached is December’s snack menu. I made a small mistake on the menu and we will be closed on Friday, December 18th for a Professional Development Day. A reminder that we will be closed Thursday, December 24th – Friday, January 1st.

Your children’s current teacher’s now have the list of what classroom your child will be moving to in January. I appreciate the understanding and kindness I have received from so many of you, knowing that these aren’t easy decisions. We do believe these are some good changes that will be great for the children and teachers as well.

As always please feel free to email or call me if you have any questions. The easiest number to usually call me at is 608-233-1610.

Thank you,

Amanda Wilfert

Changes to Classrooms in January

Dear families,

As you may have noticed, we have had a few staff changes lately. Some staff members have left, which has made it necessary for us to reevaluate how we staff our pods, as well as the makeup of the pods themselves.

Consistency is very important to LCLA not only for your family, but for our staff as well. Due to staffing circumstances, despite our best efforts, it has been a challenge to stick to our pods. Due to what I have observed over the past few weeks, I have been working to create new pods that allow more flexibility. My goal with the new pods has been to get similar ages back together in the classrooms, while also keeping siblings and relatives in similar pods. The goal in making this transition is to keep from having to change things again.

I know many of you, especially newer families, have bonded well with your children’s teachers and gotten use to the dynamics. We appreciate that during these unprecedented times you have continued to trust us with your children. Your flexibility and kindness have proven once again why the LCLA community is such a special one.

I understand that hearing that more changes are coming is stressful during this time and I can only assure you that a great deal of thought and consideration has gone into this. I have listened to teachers needs, observed in classrooms with Alyssa to look at children’s needs and talked to parents about what has been going well and not so well for their children in the mixed age groups.

Your current teachers will be able to give you the information on what classroom and teachers your child will be moving to. We can also talk one on one over the phone or in email.

We plan to make this change when we come back from holiday break. The children would start in their new classrooms on Monday, January 4th.

As always please call or email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Amanda Wilfert
littlechicksdirector@gmail.com
608-233-1610

November Scholastic Information

Dear Families,

During the COVID crisis, you can choose where to have your books shipped: to your home or delivered to me with our class order. With a $25 order, you will get FREE shipping and a FREE Book (use code: READS).

All orders also earn FREE Books for our centers. Thank you for your support!

Center Order Due Date: 11/25/20

Connect and Shop Our Class Page: https://orders.scholastic.com/PLMQY

Shop the flyers with your child:
https://scholastic-clubs.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=675893

Please feel free to forward the Center Page link to extended family and friends who may want to support your child’s reading.

Amanda

Class Code: PLMQY

COVID Policy Update

Hi everyone,

With cold and flu season upon us I have been getting many questions regarding COVID. Below is a document we created that, hopefully, answers many of those questions and concerns.

Please feel free to email or call me if you have any other questions or concerns.

Amanda


LCLA COVID-19 Protocol

Our Family Handbook, received at the beginning of the semester states:

DAILY HEALTH CHECK
At our centers, as children arrive for the day staff will observe them for signs of illness. Parents are asked to honestly inform the staff how their child is feeling. We ask for the cooperation of all families in trying to maintain a healthy environment. Please tell the staff if your child has been experiencing any of the following symptoms, if your child has visited a health care provider within the past 72 hours, or has been given medications such as Tylenol, cough syrup, etc.

If your child has been diagnosed with a communicable illness, exclusion guidelines from the Wisconsin Division of Public Health will be followed as needed. In addition, if your child experiences any of the following, we ask that you keep your child home.

To protect your child and others from contagious illness, please keep your child home if he/she:
• Has any communicable illness
• Has had a temperature of 100.4*F or higher – either under their arm or by mouth during the last 24 hours
• Has vomited during the last 12 hours
• Has had diarrhea (runny, watery, or bloody stool) in the amount of two episodes in the last 24 hours
• Has red eyes with white or colored drainage from the eyes
• Has head lice or nits
• Has cold sores with drooling
• Has a rash with fever or change in behavior

COVID & PANDEMIC POLICIES

LCLA will continue to do our daily health checks; during COVID and/or any other health pandemic; it will be a screening. LCLA staff will ask you health questions about both your child and your household and take your child’s temperature.

During a pandemic we may have to rearrange classroom structures to limit exposure of people in one area. This could mean that LCLA has more mixed age groups with siblings together and staff members with their children in similar pods. We will always seek family input before making these changes.

We reserve the right to close if we deem it necessary for safety of staff and children enrolled in the center. We will seek the input of local health authorities before making these decisions.

Regular tuition fees will continue to be due every Friday, even if we have to close a classroom or the center. If for any reason you need to cancel your contract we will follow the Voluntarily Contract Termination section.

Due to the increase in cases in Wisconsin, we will be taking extra precautions when determining if it is safe for your child to attend. The following list will serve as our guideline. However, we will also confer with our owner Becky Ketarkus. She is a registered nurse currently working for MMSD as a school nurse. We intend to take every situation case by case to ensure quality care while maintaining everyone’s safety.

LCLA Symptoms List

LCLA uses resources from Public Health Madison Dane County (PHMDC), Department of Health Services (DHS), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to compile this symptom list. 

Symptoms are considered consistent with COVID-19 when one of the symptoms marked with a (^) or two of the other symptoms are present and above baseline for that individual:
• Fever of 100.4 degrees F or higher^
• New or persistent cough^
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing^
• New loss of taste or smell^
• Fatigue • Congestion or runny nose
• Chills
• Nausea or vomiting
• Diarrhea
• Headache
• Muscle or body aches
• Sore throat

LCLA Illness & Exclusion Policy*

Parents/guardians will keep child(ren) home if the child is ill, or if they are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as outlined in the LCLA Symptoms List (seen above).  Children may return only when they receive a negative COVID-19 test or a note from a health care provider stating the child is COVID-19 free AND the child’s symptoms MUST be improving.

Parents/guardians will keep the child home if within the last 72 hours, anyone living in the same home as the child are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as outlined in the LCLA Symptoms List.  If anyone in the home tests positive for COVID-19, or if the child or someone living in the home has knowingly been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, parents/guardians will notify the school and will keep the child home. 

Children will return only when they have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for 72 hours, their last contact from a COVID-19 positive individual was 14 days or more ago, there have been no additional household COVID-19 positive tests, and with a note from a health care provider that the child is COVID-19 free. 

If anyone in the home tests positive for COVID-19, or if the child has knowingly been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the family will notify the school and proceed with the appropriate option below:
a
. If anyone in the home tests positive for COVID-19, the child quarantines for 14 days and can return only with a negative COVID-19 test in addition to any further PHMDC recommendations for testing. LCLA will advise with the timing of the test to decrease the possibility of a false negative.
b
. If the child has had close contact with someone who has had a positive COVID-19 test, the child quarantines for 14 days and can return only with a negative COVID-19 test in addition to any further PHMDC recommendations for testing. LCLA will advise with the timing of the test to decrease the possibility of a false negative.
c
. If someone living in the home of the child has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the child will remain home until the close contact receives their COVID-19 test results back. If positive, refer to A. If negative, the child may return to school.

Families are expected to report any known exposures to COVID-19 positive individuals to the school immediately. If a child becomes ill while at school they will be appropriately isolated until a parent/guardian can pick up the child. Any child who becomes ill while at LCLA must be picked up within 30 minutes of notification (30 extra minutes may be allowed if discussed and approved by LCLA).

Children who are given pain medication for non-illness purposes must have their temperature taken before taking, and then again 2 hours after the period of effective pain medication.

Staff Member & Teacher Illness

• No staff member or teacher may report to work if they are ill, or if they are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as outlined in the LCLA Symptoms List. Staff members and teachers may return only when they have received a negative COVID-19 test or a note from a health care provider stating they are COVID-19 free AND have improving COVID-19 symptoms.
• LCLA is operating under the assumption that faculty and staff will conduct a COVID self-screening at home. Operating under this honors system reporting, LCLA will assume that faculty and staff who report to work are not ill, exhibiting symptoms from the LCLA Symptoms List, have not been exposed to COVID, and have not been told to quarantine due to COVID-19. If this honors system reporting is not effective, LCLA will need to implement active reporting onsite.
• Any staff member or teacher showing signs of illness will leave immediately and seek COVID-19 testing. The school will report to families any known exposures to COVID-19 positive individuals, or positive cases within a household, while respecting the privacy of the individual. Employees who have symptoms must notify their supervisor and seek a COVID-19 test.
• No staff member or teacher may report to work if anyone living in their household are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test.
• If anyone in the home tests positive for COVID-19, or if the staff member, teacher, or someone living in the home has knowingly been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the staff member/teacher will notify the school and proceeds with one of the following:
a. If anyone in the home tests positive for COVID-19, the staff member/teacher quarantines for 14 days and can return only with a negative COVID-19 test in addition to any further PHMDC recommendations for testing. LCLA will advise with the timing of the test to decrease the possibility of a false negative.
b. If the staff member/teacher has had close contact with someone who has had a positive COVID-19 test, the staff member quarantines for 14 days and can return only with a negative COVID-19 test in addition to any further PHMDC recommendations for testing. LCLA will advise with the timing of the test to decrease the possibility of a false negative.
c. If someone living in the home of the staff member/teacher has had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, the staff member/teacher will remain home until the close contact receives their COVID-19 test results back. If positive, refer to A. If negative, the staff member/teacher may return to school.
• Staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, or have another COVID-19 related absence in accordance with this policy, will continue to receive pay during that time off.
• Staff members who choose to take pain medication for non-illness purposes must take their temperature before ingestion, and then again 2 hours after the period of effective pain medication.

Exclusion Criteria

• No student, staff member, or teacher will be permitted inside the building if they are ill, or if they are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 as outlined in the LCLA Symptoms List. If an individual is excluded due to COVID-19 symptoms, they will not be permitted back on the premises until they have improved symptoms AND provide staff with documentation from a health care provider that the child/employee is COVID-19 free.
• There is mandatory 14-day quarantine exclusion for any child or staff person in a household or who has knowingly been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Confirmed COVID-19 cases will be reported to the Public Health department by calling (608)266-4821 within 24 hours. LCLA will follow all Public Health procedures in addition to school policy.
• If there is a reported positive COVID-19 case within LCLA, we will defer to Public Health to determine if any exclusions or closures are necessary. Regular tuition fees will continue to be due every Friday, even if we have to close a classroom or the center. If for any reason you need to cancel your contract we will follow the Voluntarily Contract Termination section.

November Updates

Good morning everyone,

I cannot believe that we are already into November, 2020 sure has been an interesting adventure.

A reminder that we will be closing at 4:30 on Tuesday, November 3rd to allow enough time for staff members to vote.

I am sad to report that Tiffany, from our Pine classroom, will be leaving LCLA for a new adventure. Her last day will be Wednesday, November 11th. Tiffany has been with LCLA for four years and has been an incredible team member, teacher, co-worker, and friend. I along with many of you are going to miss Tiffany so much. As a teacher and director at LCLA I have learned so much from her as she always made me want to do and be better. I know she will go on to do amazing things and inspire others as well.

Many of you have already asked who will be stepping into the Pine room. Mr. Clayton will be back in the Pine room with Ms Lp. I know this will be sad news for some of the Willow classroom children. Ms Rachel and Ms Alyssa will still be the consistent teachers in Willow.

As always please feel free to email me with any questions, concerns or feedback.

Best regards,

Amanda

Scholastic Book Orders

Good morning,

NEW! During the COVID-19 crisis, you can choose to have your child’s online book order shipped right to your door or delivered to LCLA with our center order.

All orders earn FREE Books for our centers—thank you for your support!

Center Order Due Date: 10/30/20

Connect to Our Center Page:
https://orders.scholastic.com/PLMQY

Shop the flyers for your child’s grade together:
https://editions.mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=670608

Please feel free to forward the Center Page link to extended family and friends who may want to support your child’s reading.

Ms Amanda
Class Code: PLMQY