IPP & Morning Program Covid Protocols

 June 1, 2020


While vaccination is allowing relaxation of some protective measures against COVID-19 for
many people this summer, the children who participate in the Morning Program will still be
unvaccinated and at risk for catching and spreading COVID-19. Due to this fact, IPP - our staff,
participants, and families - must remain vigilant to protect our community. IPP will continue to
observe and enforce protective measures against COVID-19 in order to keep our children and
all of Fishers Island safe.

In compliance with New York State Guidance, recommendations from the CDC, and IHP Policies:

  • All participants and staff will be screened for symptoms on arrival each day.

  • Masks are required indoors at all times for all staff, participants, and visitors (parents, guardians, babysitters, etc.), regardless of vaccination status.

  • Masks must be worn outdoors at all Morning Program sites by all staff, participants, and visitors (except those under 2 years of age), when physical distancing cannot be maintained. 

    • Masks must be well fitted and cover both the nose and mouth. Bandanas or buffs are not acceptable unless worn over a proper cloth or disposable mask.

    • Masks may be removed by staff and participants for certain activities (eg, eating and drinking) at the instruction of the Director of the Morning Program.

  • Masks are required for everyone at Morning Program pick-up/drop-off, including all parents, guardians, visitors, family members, siblings (except those under 2 years of age), babysitters, etc.

  • Eating and drinking will only be allowed outdoors except in the case of extreme weather. Participants and staff will maintain 6’ distancing while eating and drinking regardless of the location.

  • Hands and high-touch surfaces will be cleaned regularly.

  • Participants are strongly encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test prior to attending the Morning Program.

  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 may not come to any Morning Program sites. 

    • An individual who tests positive for COVID-19 may return to Morning Program sites after 10 days following the positive test if they remain asymptomatic. If symptoms develop, they may return after they are cleared by a doctor’s office, OR after 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND 24hrs with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

    • If a child receives a positive test for COVID-19 within two weeks (14 days) of their attendance at the Morning Program, their parent/guardian must notify the Director of the Morning Program as quickly as possible.

  • Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 may not come to any Morning Program sites. 

    • If a child must be kept home from the Morning Program due to symptoms of COVID-19 or a suspected exposure to COVID-19 outside of the Morning Program, their parent/guardian must notify the Director of the Morning Program as quickly as possible.

  • Children who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 while at the Morning Program will be isolated from the rest of their group and sent home. 

    • Children exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 should remain at home and may not return to the Morning Program until they are cleared by a doctor’s office, OR after 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND 24hrs with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

  • Any person who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, may not come to any Morning Program sites, unless they are fully vaccinated* against COVID-19.  This includes anyone identified as a “close contact” of an individual with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

  • Children should NOT come to the Morning Program if someone in their household is sick with COVID-19 symptoms or has a confirmed case of COVID-19, even if the child is not showing symptoms.

  • Exposed persons and those identified as “close contacts”, including children, must be cleared by a doctor’s office to return to the Morning Program or may return after 14 days have elapsed since their last exposure to that individual if they do not develop any symptoms of COVID-19. If they develop symptoms, they may not return to Morning Program sites until they are cleared by a doctor’s office, OR after 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND 24hrs with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

  • Fully vaccinated* individuals (including staff, parents, caregivers, etc.) may return to Morning Program sites following an exposure to COVID-19 immediately, unless instructed to quarantine or isolate by a healthcare professional.

  • Anyone who is in quarantine or in isolation for a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 or due to exposure to COVID-19 may NOT come to any Morning Program sites. 

 

Refunds:

  • If your child tests positive for COVID-19, or if your child’s session is cancelled due to COVID-19, you may request a refund of your paid tuition for the impacted session(s), or you may donate these funds to IPP to help cover program costs. Partial weeks will be prorated for the days missed. Refund requests may be refused by IPP in certain circumstances, such as if the child/family is found to be in violation of the IPP COVID-19 Policy or Protocols. Requests should be made to ippreg@gmail.com within 1 week of the end date of the cancelled session.

  • If your child is quarantined due to exposure outside of the Morning Program and is unable to attend the morning program, you may request a refund (by emailing ippreg@gmail.com) for the impacted session(s) in line with the below schedule:  

    • >1 week before the start of the session: 75% of the amount you paid for the session.

    • Within a week of the start of the session: 50% of the amount you paid for the session.

    • After the session has started: nothing.
       

Counselor Leave Policies:

  • If a counselor is quarantined due to exposure to COVID-19 outside of the Morning Program and unable to come to work, they will not be paid for time missed.

    • Fully vaccinated* counselors who are exposed to COVID-19 or identified as a close contact of an individual with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or stay home from work unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional.  

  • Counselors who develop symptoms of COVID-19 must not report to work and must notify the Director of the Morning Program as quickly as possible. 

    • Counselors who show symptoms of COVID-19 or have a confirmed case of COVID-19 may not return to work until they are cleared by a doctor’s office, OR after 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND 24hrs with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.

    • Counselors who test positive for COVID-19 must not come to work and must notify the Director of the Morning Program as quickly as possible. If they remain asymptomatic, they may return to work after 10 days following the positive test.

  • If part of the program is closed due to COVID-19, but the counselor can still work, they will be reassigned to another area.  

  • If the whole program is closed due to COVID-19, counselors will be paid half of their wage for up to three days per week that they would have worked.

 

Any necessary changes to these policies will be published on islandpeoplesproject.com and clearly communicated to families and participants prior to their enforcement.

 

*People are considered fully vaccinated:

 - 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, OR

 - 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.