STIRLING, NJ - Sumara and Inman Ahmad re-opened their doors of The Goddard School in Long Hill Township for essential workers' children back on May 20th and will reopen to other parents beginning June 15. The school is currently offering a full schedule of Summer Camp options for children between the ages of one and eight years.
Even before COVID-19, The Goddard School of Long Hill held cleanliness, sanitization, and safety to a high degree. The school, who just celebrated their one-year anniversary last month during this pandemic, had installed the state-of-the-art Zono Sanitization Cabinet to ensure faculty members could effectively sanitize toys and other objects used by children to help keep classrooms as germ free as possible. The eco-friendly, chemical free sanitization system helps fight against infectious diseases, according to Zono’s website.
Since COVID-19 and re-opening, The Goddard School has new health and safety rules to follow the guidelines set by the CDC for the safety of their staff and families.
"Here at The Goddard School, nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our children, families and faculty," said Sumara Ahmad.
The following are their procedures in place:
Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
Our new routines for drop-off and pick-up are designed to ensure our School stays Healthy and Safe. We require the Parents and teachers to Wash their hands prior to opening our main entrance. A Hand Washing Station is installed outside the school for parents and faculty to use before entering the school.
Only one family at a time will be permitted inside the foyer, where our administration will conduct a quick health screening to ensure your child does not have a fever above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or other flu-like symptoms.
We then take your child to the classroom. For pick-up, a teacher will bring your child to the foyer.
We keep a six-foot distance during drop-off and pick-up.
Practicing Social Distancing
We are practicing social distancing in the classroom throughout the day. The children will remain in the classroom or on the playground with their teachers and classmates. For added safety, different classes will not interact with one another, and all special events and visitors will be canceled until further notice.
Keeping Areas Clean
Our teachers are implementing an even more rigorous cleaning routine, and all high-touch surfaces and objects will be sanitized regularly throughout the day, using an EPA-registered hospital grade disinfectant. These include all learning materials, playground structures, light switches and door handles.
The ZONO Sanitizing Cabinet, using OZONE Disinfection is used throughout the day. ZONO is a revolutionary sanitizing system that sanitizes toys, stuffed animals, rest mats, electronics, and more.
Zono controls microbial contamination, killing bacteria, viruses and fungi. It is an important part of a comprehensive sanitizing routine.
Food Prep Procedures
Teachers are continuing to wear gloves while helping children with snack time and lunch. We will discontinue family-style servings at snack time. The teachers will serve children individually.
As an additional means of protection, teachers are wearing face coverings at School to help prevent the spread of germs. Seeing their teachers wearing face coverings will be a new experience for children, which is why we are doing our best to help familiarize them with this concept before returning to School. Teachers are happy to schedule video chats with families while wearing their face coverings so children can see them and ask questions.
Additional Healthy Practices
Our faculty members will also adhere to healthy practices, including the following:
- Practicing hand washing protocols with the children regularly throughout the day that includes washing hands before entering the school.
- Changing into their clean uniform and school shoes after entering the building.
- Providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer in the foyer for parents to use during drop-off and pick-up.