Fun Wise® Math has worked diligently to develop a safety strategy that prioritizes the health and safety of our students, families, and instructors. Our strategy is designed so that we can accommodate and respond to changing circumstances.
This strategy is not a return to pre-pandemic normal. We must all consistently do our part to reduce individual and community risk of the spread of COVID-19. The safety of our students, families and instructors depend on the following actions:
- meet or exceed CDC guidelines and/or Federal, State and Local mandates
- wearing face masks and physical distancing
- practicing proper hand hygiene and cleaning protocols
- following illness protocols: staying home if you are sick or instructed to
Meet or Exceed Government Guidelines
- It is important to be aware of the CDC guidelines for safety for preventing Covid – 19 spread especially as new updates are announced.
- It is important to be aware of government mandates and safety measures in your area especially for safety protocols. One specific example is that mask mandates even in the Tampa Bay area may vary based on county and can change. The age requirement for children is an essential piece of information to make sure to stay updated on regularly.
Mask & Physical Distancing
- Masks should be properly fitted and worn at all times during classes or lessons.
- Try to refrain from eating or drinking during the duration of the class or lesson to minimize touching the mask. Drinking water or other beverages before or after class and lessons is preferred.
- Masks must be worn by adults in Fun Wise Math classes. Children are required to wear masks based on local mandates but strongly suggested for all students ages 2 and older.
- Masks must meet these criteria provided that it fits these quality expectations:
• fully covers nose and mouth;
• fits snugly but comfortably over the nose and against the side of your face;
• is secured with properly fastened ties or ear loops;
• is made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable.
• Minimum of 3-ply
• Refrain from touching your mask once it is on and class/lesson begins.
- Face shields will not replace masks but may be worn in addition to a face mask that meets the above guidelines.
- It is recommended to have disposable masks on hand to provide students or adult participants.
- Follow guidelines for 6 feet apart during classes or lessons.
- Use a type of marker to seat participants about 6 feet apart.
- Develop games where students are in their own personal space to maintain social distancing.
- Communicate safety about staying 6 feet apart during Rule #2 Be Safe at the beginning of class. “Stay socially distanced while playing games”
- Sit apart from students during lessons as much as possible. For an in-home lesson, sitting across from each other at a table or a couple chairs away promotes safety. Note: This is one of the hardest guidelines to follow with young children so all other safety precautions become even more important including masks and hand hygiene.
Cleaning Protocols and Proper Hand Hygiene
Our educators have been instructed and are following the CDC Guidelines for Cleaning and Disinfecting all materials, toys, and items used to conduct classes and lessons. Specifically, the team is cleaning all items before use and separating used items during class or a lesson in a “to clean” container or bag. In addition, cleaning can occur onsite during class or a lesson with CDC approved cleaners.
CDC recommendations regarding hand hygiene are as follows:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or before eating / drinking and after using the restroom.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol or other approved products. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION PROTOCOLS
For Fun Wise® Math educators and families:
If you or anyone in your household has tested positive . . .
Or if you or anyone in your household has had symptoms . . .
Or if you believe you have been exposed to someone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 within the last 14 days with exposure defined as masked or unmasked contact within 6 feet for 15 or minutes or more with a person who has COVID – 19 symptoms or has tested positive.
Please follow these guidelines:
- Quarantine for 14 days after exposure. This is because symptoms can take 2-14 days to develop. While in quarantine, you must stay home, separate yourself from others, monitor your health and follow directions from your healthcare provider. You should not get a test until a minimum of four days after exposure as it will may be less accurate or based on CDC guideline.
- If you have symptoms, you should consult with your healthcare provider. S/he knows your health history and can determine if your illness is COVID-related and direct you to whether you should be tested. You may return to classes or lessons when you no longer have symptoms and when your healthcare provider instructs you that it is safe.
- If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you should isolate entirely even from members of your household, and, per CDC, must stay home until all of the following criteria is met:
• 10 days from the date of your positive test date
• 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
• Improvement in other COVID-19 symptoms
- Private lesson students learning remotely may continue with lessons based on whether the instructor is sick, student is sick and if the sick person is well enough to participate.
- If an instructor is exposed, experiences symptoms or tests positive, please contact Fun Wise® Math immediately to determine options for a substitute, reschedule or cancelling a program.
Safety at Home
Please practice and reinforce good prevention habits with your family both for your own sake and for the benefit of our students, instructors and the entire Fun Wise® Math community.
Should your child feel sick at all, please keep him/her at home and call your family doctor immediately. According to the CDC, “people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.” Symptoms include new onset or unusual:
- Fever greater than 100 degrees F or chills
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
NOTE: This plan is a living document. Fun Wise® Math will continue to monitor this pandemic and update protocols as necessary. In addition, it is next to impossible to identify every possible scenario, and there will be uniqueness in many circumstances related to class locations and private lessons.