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Food at Kenworthy

KENWORTHY IS A NUT FREE SCHOOL

No nut milks, nut butters, nut bars, snacks, or muffins! (Sigh).

KENWORTHY WATER

Kenworthy Kids have opportunities to drink water frequently as is necessary to good health.

Water fountains and a water fountain in every classroom have filtered water as does kitchen cooking water.

CARE & FEEDING

Children 12 Months & Younger
Beginner 1 Parents!

Visit with teachers complete the Care & Feeding Plan and then update every month while your child is younger than 12 months.

Parents label all bottles and breast milk with child’s first name and last initial. Date Breast Milk, please.

Label all clothing items and sleep-sacque with child’s first name and last initial.

LUNCH AND SNACKS

The Kenworthy School kitchen provides yummy, abundant, and healthy food for our Kenworthy Kids four times every day, including lunch, morning and 2 afternoon snacks. Classroom teachers have sealed “stashes” of cheerios, goldfish, and cheese crackers for late afternoon or as needed so that children need not be hungry.

As educators we know that maximum brain function is dependent on good nutrition. Protein is the number one brain food, critical to alertness, attention and thinking! The brain functions best when a diet includes protein, selenium (seafood and whole-grain breads and cereals), boron (broccoli, apples, peaches and grapes), folic acid (green leafy vegetables, beef, beans), zinc (fish, beans, grains), and vitamin B. All these vitamins and nutrients are more effective when obtained from a natural source instead of a supplement.

Research also shows that a “nibbling” diet, six small meals a day is friendly to a young child’s digestive system AND has more advantages to brain function than a traditional three large meals a day diet. Both thinking and behavior are enhanced. This is perfect for young children who prefer to eat smaller portions more frequently.

The Kenworthy School publishes monthly menus through the Engage Software. Menu items are selected based on nutritional considerations and balance. Children are offered “seconds” and are not required to eat anything or everything on the plate. Portions offered correspond with health and published State nutritional guidelines.

KENWORTHY MENUS

A three menu rotation is carefully planned and updated seasonally with the guidance of the director and the expertise of the Kenworthy Kitchen staff. Focus is on balance, abundance and fresh, healthy, kid friendly food.

Pureed food is available for our youngest Beginners when included on the Care and Feeding Plan. Toddler Bites provide finger foods for hand to mouth practice and practice chewing a bit when indicated by parent preference.

The Kenworthy School Menu is published via ENGAGE each Friday.

Morning Snack at 8:30
Lunch at 11:30
Afternoon Snack 2:30 (After Nap)
Late Light Snack 4:30

School guidelines, published in Worthy Ways at www.kenworthyschool.com require parents to bring food for every child in the class when they bring food from outside the
school into the classroom.

The exception to this guideline is for the family with a statement from a health care professional (MD), requiring a controlled nutritional plan unavailable in our school menu.

The Kenworthy School Campus

Environments reflect values, shape possibilities and transform how activities and learning happens. The Kenworthy School, designed with the assist of architects is informed by years of
experience in designing and accrediting school environments.

The campus is a space that encourages connections and a sense of belonging, with spaces that are flexible, bring the outside to the inside and that support the safe and comfortable experiences of children.

Light soothing colors, children’s art as well as the relevant art of artists finish the interior. Classrooms are generous, abundantly furnished and offer convenient access to storage and bathrooms.

A generous and state of the art kitchen and laundry room bring extras to the daily experiences of young learners and their family.

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Safety & Comfort

LOVIES, BLANKIES, TOYS OF COMFORT

Environments reflect values, shape possibilities and transform how activities and learning happens. The Kenworthy School, designed with the assist of architects is informed by years of
experience in designing and accrediting school environments.

The campus is a space that encourages connections and a sense of belonging, with spaces that are flexible, bring the outside to the inside and that support the safe and comfortable experiences of children.

Light soothing colors, children’s art as well as the relevant art of artists finish the interior. Classrooms are generous, abundantly furnished and offer convenient access to storage and bathrooms.

A generous and state of the art kitchen and laundry room bring extras to the daily experiences of young learners and their family.

FOOD ALLERGY & ANAPHYLAXIS EMERGENCY PLAN

Parents of children with a physician diagnosed allergy, food or otherwise, complete a Food allergy & Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan and share it with The Kenworthy School before the child’s first day at school.

The child’s Epi-pen is left at The Kenworthy School and the parent register the Epi-pen by signing a Medication Form.

The Director of the School manages the Allergy registry for all children at the school and copies of student allergies and food avoidance guidelines are kept in the kitchen and in the classrooms.

NAME ON EVERYTHING

First name and last initial on all sleep sacks, sweaters, shirts, pants, underwear, socks, shoes, jackets, toys, books, bottles etc.

While Covid-19 Safety Protocol is in place children may not move blankies or toys between home and school. These items remain at school or remain at home -parent choice. Items left at school are washed at least weekly courtesy of The Kenworthy School

CUT THOSE TINY SHARP NAILS!

Tiny fingernails grow fast and are sharp when friends reach for friends. Bath time when nails are soft is a great time to trim nails.

Hygiene and Health Safety

DIAPERS, POTTY TRAINING AND SUCH

The Kenworthy School kitchen provides yummy, abundant, and healthy food for our Kenworthy Kids four times every day, including lunch, morning and 2 afternoon snacks. Classroom teachers have sealed “stashes” of cheerios, goldfish, and cheese crackers for late afternoon or as needed so that children need not be hungry.

As educators we know that maximum brain function is dependent on good nutrition. Protein is the number one brain food, critical to alertness, attention and thinking! The brain functions best when a diet includes protein, selenium (seafood and whole-grain breads and cereals), boron (broccoli, apples, peaches and grapes), folic acid (green leafy vegetables, beef, beans), zinc (fish, beans, grains), and vitamin B. All these vitamins and nutrients are more effective when obtained from a natural source instead of a supplement.

Research also shows that a “nibbling” diet, six small meals a day is friendly to a young child’s digestive system AND has more advantages to brain function than a traditional three large meals a day diet. Both thinking and behavior are enhanced. This is perfect for young children who prefer to eat smaller portions more frequently.

The Kenworthy School publishes monthly menus through the Engage Software. Menu items are selected based on nutritional considerations and balance. Children are offered “seconds” and are not required to eat anything or everything on the plate. Portions offered correspond with health and published State nutritional guidelines.

KEEPING US CLEAN

Classroom surfaces and toys are cleaned regularly with a CDC approved bleach solution. Additionally all rattles, small toys, teethers, etc. in the Beginner classrooms are cleaned in the classroom countertop sanitizer after each use.

DIS.IN.FX treats The Kenworthy School monthly with an antibacterial fog on all surfaces, and subsequently evaluates for purpose of retreating if readings are above safe limits.

Kenworthy washes sheets, mat covers, blankies, faculty school clothing regularly to mitigate germs.

To support the goal of a clean-safe school, The Kenworthy School has two full time house-keepers and a night time cleaning crew

SAFE TOYS

Coins, marbles, any very small item can present choking and swallowing hazards. And, for some reason, young children sometimes experiment with these items by putting them in nose, ear, etc. Help us keep Kenworthy Kids safe by keeping these small items at home. Please check pockets, back packs for stashes of “fun” but risky small items.

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In the Interest of Good Health

Children, especially very young children who have not yet developed strong immunities, get sick. They get sick when they stay at home with a parent or a nanny or when they attend preschool. As a school community we are relentless in an endeavor to ensure the safety, good health and comfort of all participants in the community.

Please remember that illness is not born at Kenworthy; rather bacteria and virus enter our front doors from the outside world.
Older sibs, friends in other school settings, restaurant high chairs and booths, playground equipment at parks, grocery carts, even doctor’s office, etc. harbor germs and bacteria. As a preschool The Kenworthy School is challenged to mitigate the effects of the intrusion and manage and maintain a healthy environment for our Kenworthy Kids, faculty and staff. The first step is to make certain that children who are not in school.

Additionally, the school has the responsibility to notify parents of classmates when informed by a parent that a health care practitioner diagnosed their child with a contagious or communicable disease.

First line protection against the spread of germs and bacteria comes from classroom teachers who constantly wash their hands and wear protective gloves. In addition, teachers wash the children’s hands or supervise the washing of hands WITH SOAP.

Classroom teachers use a bleach solution to clean toys and classroom surfaces throughout the day. The CDC reports that of all the sprays and preps and solutions a school or hospital can purchase, a bleach solution provides the best protection against germs and illness. In Beginner classrooms a counter top sterilizer cycles pacifiers, teethers, rattles, small hand held toys that may go into a mouth after every use.

An independent cleaning contractor cleans all bathrooms, classroom counter surfaces, tables and floors at night with a disinfectant.

The Kenworthy School includes two full time talented all day, every-day-housekeepers-front-line- super-heroes-of-clean. who sanitize everything with bleach. This includes door handles, stair railings, floors, wagons, bye-bye buggies and toys. Our housekeepers launder all sheets and mat covers daily and shampoo classroom carpets regularly. Additionally stuffed animals, dolls, and doll clothes are laundered regularly. During Covid-19 Protocols faculty school clothes are laundered at school and kept at school to protect our children from exposure.

In most classes we use disposable cups, utensils and plates. When reusable items are used classroom sterilizers or commercial sanitizer in the kitchen clean these items. Kenworthy School discourages personal “sippie” cups after a child is 18 months old as another way to help keep our Kenworthy Kids healthy. A three compartment sink in the kitchen includes a bleach dip and then a rinse as required by the Health Department for cooking utensils.

Dis.In.FX, a Prevention Consulting Service based in San Antonio treats The Kenworthy School monthly with a disinfection process on all surfaces in the school. (They also contract with the TEXANS for locker rooms, training rooms, etc. treatment) This antimicrobial treatment provides another layer of protection via a fog that reaches all high touch points and areas of possible cross contamination. Subsequent to the treatment, test readings measure bacteria levels.

Another consideration for maintaining a school with minimal illness is the expectation and requirement that children and faculty are not in school when they are likely contagious. Temp checks happen before employees check in and before children enter the school. An individual with a fever of 100.4 or above is excluded from entry and participation. See Worthy Ways as well as Kenworthy Specific Covid-19 Guidelines and Policies for more specifics.

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Covid-19 Guidelines for Health and Safety

November 2020

CURRENT PREVENTATIVE MEASURES

The Kenworthy School seeks to comply with all applicable regulations, including public health orders, Texas Childcare licensing regulations, health department regulations, and, to the extent possible, recommendations from the CDC and other relevant authorities. Guidance from these authorities is occasionally inconsistent or contradictory. Where there is contradictory guidance, The Kenworthy School will first comply with those agencies exercising direct authority over our operations and will seek to obtain clarification from the relevant executives. Our preventative measures in effect at the time this Policy is adopted are attached hereto and will be updated from time to time. When updated, the preventative measures will be published to the school family via our usual methods.

DEFINITIONS

For purposes of this document, “Diagnosed” means a lab test returning a positive result for COVID-19.

For purposes of this document, “Exposed” means that a member of an individual’s household or a person with whom that individual has had close professional or personal contact receives a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.

For purposes of this document, “Symptomatic” means having a fever of 100.4 or higher; exhibiting a dry cough; exhibiting a loss of taste or smell; experiencing sustained or otherwise- unexplained shortness of breath; or, where the individual reasonably infers that another symptom or combination of symptoms is likely to be supportive of a COVID-19 diagnosis or that a test is indicated. We understand that the symptom profile of COVID-19 is continually and rapidly evolving, and that as lay persons we are not always capable of accurately assessing our own symptoms for COVID-19 risk.

We ask that out of respect for the school family, you err on the side of caution when assessing whether you meet this definition. We are dependent upon each other to implement this policy cautiously and wisely.

CURRENT RESPONSIVE MEASURES:

TEACHERS

IF A TEACHER IS EXPOSED or SYMPTOMATIC

If a teacher is Exposed, we require the teacher to be tested no less than 24 hours and no more than 72 hours from the time of exposure, and that that test be negative prior to returning to work.

If a teacher is symptomatic, we ask that the teacher immediately leave the premises, and obtain either a negative test result or a letter of clearance from a doctor to return to work.

Families in the class will be notified specifically, and the school family will be notified of a staff positive. The classroom will be closed for 24 hours for sanitation. In addition, co-teachers will be required to obtain a negative test before returning to work. Children in the class are not required to quarantine but may be required to leave campus for 24 hours to allow for sanitation.

 

PARENTS/CAREGIVERS

IF A PARENT or CAREGIVER IS EXPOSED OR SYMPTOMATIC

If a parent or caregiver is Exposed or Symptomatic, we require that the parent not access the building, including the car pick-up drop-offline, until that parent has obtained either a letter of clearance from a doctor and/or a negative test result or until the parent is symptom-free for 10 days.

IF A PARENT or CAREGIVER IS DIAGNOSED

If a parent or a caregiver is diagnosed with COVID-19, we require that the parent not access the building, including the car pick-up drop-offline, until that parent has obtained either a letter of clearance from a doctor and/or a negative test result or until the parent is symptom-free for 10 days. Additionally, we require a negative test and letter of clearance from the doctor for the child that the child is cleared to return to school, based on the doctor’s assessment of the caregiver’s period of contagion, exposure, decision of the doctor to test the child or children, and other factors relevant to the potential infection of the child or children. This doctor’s letter must include a date as of which the child is approved to return.

 

CHILDREN

IF A CHILD IS EXPOSED OR SYMPTOMATIC

If a child is Exposed or Symptomatic, we require that the child not access the building and that members of the household not attend or access The Kenworthy School, including the drop-off and pick-up area until the child has obtained a letter of clearance from a doctor or a negative test result, or until the child has remained isolated with members of the family for a minimum of 10 days without becoming Symptomatic. If a child is Exposed by a member of the household, the child and exposed member of the household must have a negative test and a doctor’s clearance to return to preschool as of a specific date.

IF A CHILD IS DIAGNOSED

If a child is diagnosed with COVID-19, we require a negative test and a letter of clearance from the doctor of the child or children in the household that they are cleared to return to school, based on the doctor’s assessment of the child’s, exposure, decision of the doctor to test the child or children, and other factors relevant to the potential infection of the child or children. This doctor’s letter must include a date as of which the child is approved to return. We will notify the other families in that child’s class and close the class for a minimum of 24 hours* in order to perform sanitization procedures.

Covid-19 Summary Response Chart

For Diagnosed Symptomatic Exposed
Parent or Sibling Letter of clearance  from a  doctor or for children to return with a specific date, or negative test result for child. No one from household may access building or drop-off line until negative test result or doctor clearance obtained Parent will not access building or drop-off line until
cleared by doctor, symptom free for 7 days, or receipt a negative test result. Children with no symptoms may still attend.
Parent will not access building or drop-off line until cleared by doctor, symptom free for 10 days, or receipt of a negative test result. Children with no symptoms may still attend.
Teacher Class closed for 24 hours for sanitation. Negative test result or letter of clearance from doctor required before returning to work. Families in class notified, followed by all-school notification. Co-teachers must get tested before returning to work. Children may continue to attend if not symptomatic Negative test, doctor’s clearance, or 10 asymptomatic days required before returning to work Negative test, doctor’s  clearance, or 10 asymptomatic days required before returning to work
Child Class closed for 24 hours for sanitation. Families in class notified, followed by all-school notification. Negative test, doctor’s clearance, or 10 asymptomatic days required before returning to school. Other children may continue to attend if not symptomatic Negative test, doctor’s clearance, or 10 asymptomatic days required before returning to school. Negative test, doctor’s clearance, or 10 asymptomatic days required before returning to school. If Exposure was within the household, negative test AND clearance required

Drop Off – Pick Up Courtesies & Safety!

Please use this traffic pattern to avoid fender benders or worse.

Drop Off

The Brinkman Street gate is the ENTRANCE Gate.

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During Covid-19 Safety Protocols

Dropped off on South Parking Lot:
Beginner 1, Kindergarten and Primary (two’s)
Dropped off on North Parking Lot:
Children, Beginner 2 and 3 (toddlers), PreK 3 and 4

Pick Up

The 28th Street Gate is the EXIT Gate.

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Parking Lots!

  • School parking lots, including The Kenworthy School, are PRIME targets for purse, computer and key snatchers. Please never leave valuable items including children in an unlocked car on Kenworthy parking lot.
  • Avoid leaving a child in a car. EVER. Even for a few seconds.
  • Our parking lot is VERY BUSY. If you need assistance wrangling children, please let someone in our front office know. We can help.
  • When dropping off and picking up, please pull forward, remain with your car until a Kenworthy staff member greets you. If you are picking up outside usual pick-up times, please give us a quick call.
  • Following the Covid-19 Protocol Kenworthy families cooperate with modified drop off and pick up procedures including temp checks with a family thermometer for kids outside of the building. Once on The Kenworthy parking lot, parents check kids in and out using the Engage App.
  • To keep exposure rates down and Kenworthy Kids as safe as possible Parents and all individuals not employed by The Kenworthy School do not enter the building. Please review details in the Covid-19 policy document.

While on campus please follow these safety requirements

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Guidelines at Kenworthy

SIGN IN AND OUT

During Covid-19 Safety Protocol parents may sign their child in using the Engage App after they drive onto The Kenworthy parking Lot. As a “back up” plan the drop-off Kenworthy faculty member can sign the child in commensurate with the temp check.

Post Covid-19 Protocol Parents sign their child in at the Procare Sign-in keypad in the front entry hall using their unique sign-in
code. At the end of the day use the unique code to sign out their child. When parents authorize neighbors, grandparents, relatives to bring their child to school or to pick up their child, the person uses the parent code or the parent can arrange for a unique code for these individuals in advance.

WE MASK UP!!

Under Covid-19 Protocols all faculty, staff and employees are required to wear a mask covering nose and mouth when on The Kenworthy School campus. We support parent preferences for
masks as an option for children three and over.

KEEPING US HEALTHY

To attend The Kenworthy School each student has a Statement of Good Health from a medical professional and is in compliance and on schedule with State of Texas immunization requirements.

SCHOOL CALENDAR

The Kenworthy School calendar varies significantly from the HISD Calendar, and Kenworthy remains open more days. Kenworthy is closed for major holidays, and transition days between school years. Days Kenworthy does not have school are highlighted on the annual Kenworthy School calendar.

Important events and days Kenworthy is closed are posted on the chalkboard, on http://www.kenworthyschool.com, on the Communication Board in the entry, and are announced in the monthly Worthy Words school newsletter and reminders are sent via Engage.

TEMP CHECKS

Under Covid-19 Protocols a temperature check showing less than 100.4F is required for all children, faculty, staff, and employees before entering The Kenworthy School building

KENWORTHY SCHOOL CLOSURES

Fall of School Year 2021-2022

  • August 24-26, Meet the Teacher Virtual or on Campus TBA!
  • August 27 & 30, Kenworthy School Closed to Reset Classrooms for 2021-2022 School Year
  • August 31, Welcome! FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2021-2022
  • Monday, September 6, 2021 Labor Day
  • November 24 at 3:00 PM
  • November 25 & 26 Thanksgiving
  • December 23 at 3:00 PM
  • December 24 and 27, Winter Holidays
  • December 30 at 3:00 PM
  • December 31, News Years Celebration
  • January 1, Kenworthy School is Closed for New Year’s Celebration
  • April 15, Kenworthy School is Closed for Spring Holiday
  • May 30, Kenworthy School is Closed for Memorial Day
  • June 3, Last Day of Academic School Year for Kindergarten
  • June 6, Summer Quest Fun Begins
  • July 1, 4th of July Celebration & Parade – Wear Red, White & Blue
  • July 4, Kenworthy School is Closed for Independence Day Holiday