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NBCC NOTICE TO FAMILIES


 As NBCC sets to reopen we are collaborating with our local schools, preschools, and health departments   to align procedures & protocols to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is all of our intentions to protect   our community, students, & teachers so that we may remain open and on campus. 

 With direction from the CDC and SCCPH we are following every recommended precaution and establishing routines and   systems for seamless drop offs and pick ups, and for everything else in between. 


 With this in mind, we must stay cognizant of the age group that we are working with. Children ages 3-5 are   tactile by nature and learn through social interactions and environmental engagement. They do not understand the   concepts of 'not touching their faces', social distancing, or covering their coughs and sneezes.  


 In knowing these characteristics of this age group, and in knowing the regulations that are being put forth,   NBCC will manage their cohorts with vigilant attention & intention. This is going to be quite   the undertaking, because even with the best of precautions and protocols, children are going to get sick with coughs,   colds, flues, and fevers. 


 When this happens (and it will), NBCC will use extra criteria, in addition to our current sick assessment protocols, to   address and manage each child's illness. With these protocols in place and with the guidelines   from the Santa Cruz County Health Department & CDC, we will have baselines on knowing when to take further action. 


 These times are unprecedented and as our community goes back to work, and as we send children back   to school, there is no doubt, going to be underlying anxieties & worries.


 We would like to address this topic.


 We are anticipating that when word is communicated about illness in your child's classroom, that it   may trigger intensified feelings of parental concerns & protection. Valid concerns about whether or not, these illnesses   and/or symptoms are COVID related and whether your child was exposed. Amygdala's will be   on high alert and adrenaline will be flowing. These physical body reactions may produce automatic panic.

 

 NBCC is going to ask that families refrain from 'panic mode' as a first response. We   are creating a communication system for this very situation and will share it with the community when completed. As   we finalize this document we would like to propose that our home/school community prepare for these inevitable   moments and think about how to mindfully respond. 


 This is because, in the unfortunate instance that we do have a COVID case or exposure, we will need to work together   quickly, seamlessly, and compassionately. NBCC will follow all mandated protocols and will communicate       immediately pertinent information and next steps for families and the school. We will also abide by all privacy laws. 


 If we do have a confirmed case, we will request that families refrain from judgement or   shaming, as traumatizing stigmas can be related to this virus. The last thing that we want to do at NBCC is alienate one   of our valued community members. These sorts of behaviors are a form of social oppression and lead to   peoples silence and internal suffering; things that NBCC stands firmly against. It is a part of our   mission to cultivate community and build bridges. 


 Remaining open is our common goal and we must work together to make it through this year. 


 This is going to take our community's participation, communication, cooperation, and compassion. It will require   extra vigilance on all of our parts and extra patience and flexibility.  


 Everyone at NBCC is working diligently preparing for every child's safe return and exceptional   early educational experience!


 Let's do this!


 With Much Love, Compassion & Hope,  
 

 Jonnie, Allie, Karyn, & the whole NBCC Team

 


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