COVID-19 Response

  • The health and safety of our Lakeside community is our highest priority.

    We are living through unprecedented times during the COVID-19 public health emergency.  Please be assured that Lakeside takes the health and safety of our students, families, and staff very seriously. In addition to all of the measures detailed below, all of the Children’s Center staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

    In accordance with the San Francisco Public Health Department and Community Care Licensing, we have implemented the following guidelines.  Please note that because the situation is fluid, guidance does change from time to time, so please anticipate that if such updates occur, that this information will be updated, and such protocols will go into effect right away.  It is important that everyone in our Lakeside community follows the recommendations from the local, state, and federal health authorities to keep our school safe and reduce the risk of exposure.

  • School Drop Off and Pick Up and Health Screenings

    Family members will be asked to drop off and pick up their children at the exterior doors of their child’s assigned classroom.  The yard gate will be open at 7:30 am - 8:45 am, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm, and 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm for the Caterpillar, Butterfly, and Firefly classrooms.  The Ladybug classroom has its own exterior door.  At this time, drop-offs and pick-ups will not occur in the classrooms or the hallways as there is not adequate ventilation for parents and family members to congregate. Pick-ups beyond 4:00 pm will be conducted at the front door of the school. 

    All children must be initially screened for COVID-19 symptoms at home according to the SFDPH Parent Handout.  This screening will also be included in our Brightwheel system.  In the Fall, we will be rolling out our new sign-in and out system through Brightwheel.  Please be sure every family member dropping off and/or picking up has the Brightwheel app installed on their personal device as well your child’s unique 4-digit PIN.  You will scan a QR code at the entrance of the classroom to sign in and out.

  • COVID-19 Testing

    Our staff undergoes weekly COVID-19 PCR testing.

  • Limited Visitors

    Anyone entering the school building will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and must have a face covering while indoors.

  • Limited Class Sizes

    Our four classrooms remain in steady pods with their respective teaching teams. Classes never intermix or mingle during the school day.  Ratios remain at 1:4 to 1:6.

  • Physical Environment

    Honeywell HEPA air purifiers, Purell hand sanitizing stations, and additional portable sinks are located throughout the school.  Air purifiers are running continuously while windows are opened for additional ventilation.

    Children will have their own sets of materials, including a vinyl cushion for circle time, a box of crayons, markers, scissors, and glue.  Shared materials among students are regularly cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected between uses.  

    Children are required to bring their own lunches. To prevent cross-contamination, snacks provided are individually packaged or wrapped and served to each child as opposed to family-style.  Children are seated as far apart as possible when eating and drinking. 

    Children will have their own nap bags where they will store their mats, nap blankets, and loveys.  Nap mats are spaced out with alternating head-to-toe arrangements.

  • Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

    All toys, materials, and equipment, including the play structure and sandbox, will be cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected according to our school’s cleaning schedule.  Lysol, Clorox, Oxivir, and Purell are our primary cleaning agents.

  • Travel Advisory

    Because children are ineligible currently for COVID vaccines, Lakeside follows the California Department of Public Health's guidance on testing and quarantine for any domestic and international travel for unvaccinated people. If you are not vaccinated, but choose to travel domestically, get tested with a viral test 1–3 days before travel and 3–5 days after travel. A copy of the negative test result after travel is requested upon returning to school. Also, even if you test negative, stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel.   If you don’t get tested, stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.  No matter your vaccination status, wear a mask indoors while on public transportation or in a transportation hub. Wearing a mask outdoors while traveling is no longer required, but still recommended for unvaccinated individuals.  If you are not vaccinated but choose to travel internationally, Lakeside requires a 10-day at-home self-quarantine after travel.  Please follow the CDC's Safer Travel Tips for Families with Unvaccinated Children. Children who travel within California do not need to quarantine or get tested upon returning to San Francisco unless they or anyone in the household are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

  • Community Compliance

    All students and families are required to abide by the health and safety guidelines if there is any breach of the guidelines and/or false information regarding health screenings provided, enrollment is subject to suspension or termination without a refund at the sole discretion of Lakeside Presbyterian Center for Children.

  • COVID-19 Notification

    All students, families, and staff are required to inform the school immediately if they or anyone in their household:

    • Exhibit any of the COVID-19 symptoms.
    • Have been in contact with a known positive COVID-19 case; and/or
    • Have tested positive for COVID-19
    • Should there be a positive case of COVID-19 at Lakeside, all affected students, families, and staff will be notified as well as SFDPH and Community Care Licensing.  Classrooms and/or the school will close accordingly for deep cleaning, sanitization, and disinfection.
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