We are a private preschool and have been deemed essential by governor's order. We are very proud to have stayed open during the whole Covid-19 crisis and offer our current parents and new - essential - parents a safe space for their children.
We have been following all guidelines (CDC, VDH, VDSS, Governor's Mandates) diligently, even when they were often conflicting and inconsistent.
We do not need another government body(DOLI) have us comply with yet another standard, potentially creating more confusion.There is no consistency, e.g. DOLI requires the return to work policy to be 72 hours fever free, and 7 days with no symptoms, while the CDC requires 24 hours and 10 days! Face coverings instructions are unclear - is it when social distancing cannot be maintained, or at all times, as feasible? The challenges with social distancing and young children are not mentioned at all in any of the specific regulations. Just as it is hard for medical personnel or law enforcement to social distance, it is hard for our teachers in dealing with young children.We do not need the threat to be thrown in jail or with a hefty fine.