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St. David's Center is carefully re-launching center-based services in Minnetonka and Minneapolis as of the week of April 27, including day treatment programs and pediatric therapy. The majority of our early intervention services will continue to be provided by telehealth. Close
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COVID-19 MODIFIED CENTER-BASED SERVICES TWELVE-POINT PLAN

 

Protocol Summary

Introduction: Safety and health are of utmost importance. This plan is dynamic and will be continually updated to reflect emerging information and best practice recommendations from our Medical Director, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

  1. CHILD AND FAMILY SICKNESS AND SYMPTOMS

Parents will be required to answer two questions daily related to child and family symptoms:

  • Child Illness: Does your child have the following symptoms? New onset or worsening cough OR shortness of breath OR at least two of the following: fever of 100.4° or higher; chills; muscle pain; headache; sore throat; new loss of taste or smell?
  • Child Exposure: In the last 14 days, has your child been exposed to anyone (within 6 feet for a prolonged period of time, typically 30 minutes or more) who has tested positive for COVID-19?

If the parent answers positively to one or both questions, the child will be unable to participate in center-based programming, and may return according to the following parameters:

  • Child Illness: Your child may return to St. David’s Center after 10 days past when symptoms appeared or 3 days with no fever and improvement of respiratory symptoms, whichever is longer.
  • Child Exposure: Your child may return once 14 days past exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

 

  1. CURBSIDE DROPOFF AND PICKUP

All children will be met curbside by teachers or therapists at designated doors near classroom or clinic spaces. Parents/guardians and the public are not be allowed in the building until further notice.

 

  1. CONTAINMENT OF GROUPS WITHIN THE BUILDING

Our programs will be offered within small group “pods” throughout the building that will not intersect throughout the day (e.g. in designated hallways, stairwells, and restrooms). Community spaces such as the lobbies and gym spaces will not be used for programs.

 

  1. OUTDOOR PLAY SPACES

Outdoor play spaces will be used Monday through Thursday on a rotating basis by the pods with no use Friday through Sunday before use by the next pod the following week. Public use of our outdoor spaces will be completely prohibited; playgrounds will be locked.

 

  1. GROUP AND THERAPY SIZES

Day treatment groups and early childhood education classes will be limited to 12 or fewer children, plus adults. Pediatric Therapy will provide the option to families of either one-on-one treatment or to share a treatment space with another therapist and a peer to create opportunities for shared engagement.

 

  1. CLEANING AND DISINFECTING

We will follow a strict cleaning and disinfecting protocol throughout the building that includes regular cleaning with specified frequency in all classrooms, treatment spaces, hallways, stairways, kitchens, and other spaces.

 

  1. HANDWASHING

All children and staff will wash hands using proper handwashing techniques when entering the building and regularly during their time on-site.

 

  1. MASKS AND OTHER PROTECTIVE GEAR

Staff working with children should wear cloth face coverings (i.e., masks) during the workday as much as possible and are required to wear masks at specific times. All other staff must wear masks anywhere in the building outside of an individual workspace. Other protective gear will be available and recommended for staff who work with children who bite and spit.

 

  1. STAFF CLOTHING

Staff working with children will wear one set of clothes to and from work and bring a second set of clothes to wear during their workday. Staff will bring clothes home daily to launder.

 

  1. SOCIAL DISTANCING WITH ADULTS

Staff will practice disciplined social distancing (at least six feet apart) throughout the building and grounds (meeting spaces, office suites, kitchens, restrooms, the break room, and other spaces).

 

  1. CHILD OR STAFF WITH SYMPTOMS DURING PROGRAM DAY

If a child or staff develops symptoms while on site, s/he will be sent home with instructions to remain off site 10 days past when symptoms appeared and 72 hours post-fever. The areas within that pod will be cleaned and disinfected before programming resumes the following day.

 

  1. CONFIRMED CASE

If a positive case is identified within a pod, St. David’s Center leadership will work with the Minnesota Department of Health and follow their guidance, closing a portion of the building as instructed by MDH, and communicate with all staff and families impacted. The areas within the pod will be cleaned and disinfected before resuming programming in accordance with guidance from the MN Department of Health.

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In addition to email, all communication related to COVID-19 from St. David's Center will be posted to our blog.

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Resource links for current COVID-19 Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Minnesota Department of Health

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Your support is needed now, more than ever. Your gift will help St. David’s Center provide necessary supports to children and families during this public health crisis, including a wide-range of mental health services via telehealth and childcare for emergency and essential workers. With your support we will come out of this crisis stronger than ever.

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Strategies to Reduce Risk of Getting Virus

Clean your hands often.

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.

Clean your hands often.

Avoid close contact.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people.

Avoid close contact.

Stay home if you're sick.

Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.

Stay home if you're sick.

Cover coughs and sneezes.

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

Cover coughs and sneezes.

Throw used tissues in the trash.

Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Throw used tissues in the trash.

Event Cancellations

All St. David's Center events are cancelled until further notice. Follow our calendar for the most up to date event information.

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