Overview of DNALC COVID-19 Safety Net Guidelines
The DNALC is committed to providing a safe place for hand-on science. Depending on prevailing circumstances and CDC and New York State Health Department guidelines, our COVID-19 Safety Net provides for distanced workstations, individual equipment, daily temperature monitoring, and fully vaccinated instructors.
Current COVID-19 Safety Net Guidelines PDF Updates to these procedures will be incorporated as summer approaches.
To provide a safe environment for students visiting our labs, we have adopted the following safety procedures and precautions:
- receive a temperature check upon entry to the building.
- sanitize hands upon entry to the building.
- wear masks at all times.
- adhere to social distancing guidelines, which are clearly marked throughout the building.
- be grouped into cohorts with staggered drop-off and pick-up times.
- only use the restroom one at a time.
- submit the Daily Health Screening for their child electronically each morning of instruction.
- wait until they are notified their child is cleared before leaving student check-in.
- remain outside for drop-off and pick-up, which will take place outside in front of the building.
- contact the DNALC at firstname.lastname@example.org if they can’t consent to the forms, if their child is unable to attend the day of, or for any possible circumstance that affects their child’s attendance or time on site.
Educators and staff working on site will:
- follow social distancing guidelines and wear masks at all times.
- be fully vaccinated.
Within the building, a number of precautions have been implemented:
- Signs and floor markings have been put in place to assist your child with finding the correct classroom, finding the appropriate seating in the classroom, using the restroom, and exiting the building.
- Students will sit at their own lab benches, socially distanced six feet apart, with a maximum of eight students per class. No more than two classes of eight will be in the building at once.
- Students will have individual sets of materials and equipment that will not be shared, including a writing utensil and paper for note taking.
- A camera will be used for teacher demonstrations so a close-up view of lab techniques can be projected and easily seen.
- The building will be cleaned twice daily.
- Between classes, classroom surfaces and equipment will be cleaned and disinfected in accordance with CDC guidelines using the product PeroxigardTM
You will receive an email with the following important information:
- Participation Agreement—This document details what is expected to participate in our own site classes. If for any reason you can’t agree to the terms of participation, contact us and we will explain what other options may be available.
- Important information about which cohort your child belongs to, classroom safety, drop-off and pick-up procedures, and health screening.
Day of Class:
- Submit the Daily Health Survey—children cannot participate without this. A link to electronically submit the survey will be emailed each day of instruction. If you agree to the daily health survey, type in your child’s name and choose the correct response. A new health survey needs to be submitted EACH day of participation.
- Encourage your child to use the restroom and eat before they arrive on-site. No food will be permitted in the building, and there is no eating or drinking in class
- Park curbside in front of the building. Wearing a mask, accompany your child to the front door and wait at the designated location. Once your child has passed the temperature screening and you are notified your child is cleared to participate, you may leave. Please remember that parents are not allowed inside the building and you should not leave until you are told you can do so. If your child has a fever, they will not be allowed to participate.
- If your child becomes sick during class you will be notified right away. Children who report that they are not feeling well will be quarantined in our auditorium until they are picked up. Call the front desk when you arrive and your child will come outside to go home with you.
- Upon exiting the building, students are dismissed from the front patio of the Learning Center. When you arrive to pick up your child, park curbside and wait there for your child.
If you or your child test positive for COVID-19, please remember to inform the contact tracer that your child was at the DNA Learning Center so that we are notified to take the appropriate precautions to protect the students and staff.
If the DNALC needs to be closed, you will be notified right away. If a camp or class is already underway, you will be given the option of continuing that class when it is safe to do so or to request a partial refund. Rescheduled classes will be given new dates on the same day and time schedule as originally established. If you do not wish to continue the class on the new dates, you will be issued a partial refund for the camp or class. If a cancellation occurs before a camp or enrichment class has started, you will be offered the option of a full refund or to reschedule. If a child cannot continue a camp due to illness, you will be issued a partial refund. In certain cases, you may be able to choose an on-demand option to complete the camp at home with kits and pre-recorded video.
Please note these exceptions to our normal cancellation policy only apply to a COVID-19 specific situation involving one or more students in the camp or class.