Preschools remain open to serve essential personnel families

The Reno Gazette Journal posted data from the Washoe County Health Department including the list of preschools that remain open under Governor Sisolak’s declaration that preschools/daycare centers are considered emergency essential businesses amid COVID-19. The article can be read in entirety here: SNACS Preschool and others remain open.

All preschools/daycare centers are under the licensing of Washoe County Social Services and additionally regulated by Washoe County Health Department in addition to other local, state, and national agencies. Most participate in the Silver State Stars program for the Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) through the Office of Early Learning and Development under the Nevada Department of Education. Preschools/daycare centers are required to follow normal regulations as well as the emergency regulations that were established in response to COVID-19.

SNACS Preschool is a nationally accredited program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and ranked a 4 out of 5 stars (4 stars instead of 5 due to physical facility barriers like asphalt ground covering between two buildings). SNACS Preschool has adopted additional safety guidelines while we remain open including:

  1. Healthy teachers only report to work. Those with compromised immune systems or who feel sick, stay home.
  2. Serving only children whose primary caregiver (parent of guardian) work as essential-duty personnel during the COVID-19 state of emergency.
  3. Serving only healthy children (temperatures taken at the door).
  4. Parents/guardians not permitted to enter the center to ensure social distancing and limit traffic inside the center. Door drop-off and pick-up required.
  5. Children remove shoes upon entering and all items sanitized upon entry.
  6. Teachers will wear scrubs and booties over their shoes to work. Teachers shower and sanitize clothing and other items as soon as home.
  7. Teachers wear gloves and have additional protective gear if needed.
  8. Promote healthy precautions – social distancing as much as possible, frequent hand-washing, sanitizing, etc.
  9. Parents/families expected to self-quarantine during non-work hours and report/communicate to teachers/admin any potential exposures.
  10. Communicate with families through technology to facilitate learning, health, safety, and updates.
  11. SNACS admin will withdraw any family ignoring policies or acting in ways that do not support the health and safety of others in the SNACS Community from the program.
  12. SNACS admin will provide Prek grant children with distance learning (at home) upon return of spring break.

This is an unprecedented time for the SNACS community. The SNACS team takes the health and safety of students, families, and staff seriously. We appreciate families adherence to the health and safety guidelines to so everyone can learn and grow together during this unprecedented time.