Innovation Learning Coronavirus Updates
March 13, 2020
Dear Innovation Learning Families,
We wanted to reach out to update you with information regarding COVID-19 and what policies and procedures Innovation Learning is taking to keep your children safe. We take the safety of our children, our families, and our staff very seriously. Innovation Learning is closely monitoring the situation and keeping up to date on all information regarding the virus. We will follow all protocol set forth by our partner schools, follow guidelines from the CDC and local health officials, as well as taking preventative measures of our own.
If a school is closed as a result of the virus, Innovation Learning will also close and will work with the location to determine when we will reopen. If a school is closed for an extended period, we will stay in close communication with them, work toward a solution and let our parents know via email correspondence as quickly as we can once the outcome has been determined.
The following are a few additional preventative measures Innovation Learning has put in place to help minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19 in our schools. We adhere to all state licensing guidelines, and we will continue to follow the same health and safety protocols that are already in place regarding cleaning, disinfecting, sanitizing, handwashing, and preventing illness (that have been developed by local Health and Licensing agencies).
• We have the necessary supply of sanitation and disinfecting materials available at each program.
• Our teachers are educating students on the importance of handwashing to prevent the spread of viruses. We have asked them to allow extra time for students to wash their hands before eating and when returning inside from recess.
• We are reminding students and staff to wash hands regularly; avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth; cover coughs and sneezes.
• Our staff is cleaning “high touch” areas with disinfectant solutions in our programs multiple times daily.
• We are requesting sick employees, volunteers, and program participants to stay home.
• We are expanding our existing policies and procedures related to illness and closures for our fee-paying customers. We will be communicating those updated policies and procedures directly with parents who have signed up for future programs in the coming week.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, coughing, or shortness of breath, please do not go to school or work, and call your healthcare provider.
Resources for Talking with Children about COVID-19
All of the media coverage and talk of COVID-19 can be stressful not only for adults but also for our children. If your child is showing signs of anxiety related to hearing about COVID-19, below are some resources that can help you in talking with them about COVID-19.
• National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) parent resource for talking with children about COVID-19 that school leaders can share with staff and parents when needed
• NASP parent resource in Spanish
• National Child Traumatic Stress Network parent/caregiver guide to helping families cope with COVID-19
• World Health Organization’s helping children cope with stress
We at Innovation Learning realize this is a dynamic situation, so we will continue to monitor and implement best practices and follow the recommendations of the CDC and state health organizations. We appreciate your understanding and patience. We will provide updates as additional information becomes available.
Should your school experience a closure, please feel free to contact Customer Service at info@innovationlearning with any questions. You can also feel free to call 866-239-3661 x1 but given the volume of calls regarding this issue, we anticipate email leading to a much quicker response.
Dr. Brett Prilik, Ed.D.
What They're Saying...
“We love that Innovation Learning offers interactive and fun activities that incorporate learning. We enjoy the curriculum and topics that have been explored. The teacher is dedicated to the students and it shows that he cares about their success in school.”
- Dana, Parent
“It has been a positive experience for our families and the school personnel. Innovation Learning’s services strengthen and enhance our instructional program while keeping up with the expectations we have established in our schools.”
- Bhavna Sharma-Lewis, Ph.D, District Superintendent
“The staff is so friendly and caring and take their time to really get to know, not only the children, but the parents as well. My son loves attending and is saddened on those days when he is not there, I am running behind, or I pick him up early and he does not get to see his friends…”
- Cynthia, Parent
“The kids are given a great balance of encouragement, exercise, STEAM learning, and hands-on activities to promote education and creativeness. I highly recommend this beneficial childcare!”
- Melinda, Parent
“One of the most impressive things I saw this year was the projects or "units" that the kids worked on. I am unsure of the specifics, but the children worked in groups to research volcanoes and then give a relatively formal presentation, ending with a model volcano that actually erupted! The kids were so proud to present what they learned, and all age kids were able to take part - even my preschooler.”
- Amy, Parent
“For the first time in 10 years, I am thrilled with After School services and believe in their ability to actually strengthen and enhance our instructional program while keeping with the culture we have established in our school. Pure Genius. Thank you, Innovation Learning!”
- Dr. Stephanie Musser, Executive Director, Candeo Schools
“He loves engaging in the STEM learning program as well. We have been so impressed with the things he has learned and been able to dream up through the program. We couldn't think of a better program for him!”
- Corinne, Parent
“What stood out to me about this program is the fact that my child is always doing something different. I love that he’s never bored, and he actually asks me to go more days than he currently attends!”
- Jennifer, Parent