Fairyland School Staff Training

Reopening Plan

This is a working document; I have done my best to address every requirement put in place by the State of Illinois, DCFS, IDHP and the CDC as well as to anticipate situations that might arise and how they will be handled. The Reopening Plan will be updated weekly to reflect any new policies, rules, situations and clarifications.  Each week all staff members will receive an updated copy.  All questions, suggestions, clarifications and concerns are welcomed.

Restrictions in The First Four Weeks

Classrooms will operate under the following maximum group size

10  children ages 2 and up

Children must be assigned to one room where they will stay all day including for meals and snacks

Children may leave their assigned classroom to use the bathrooms and play outside

Only one group can be on each playground at one time

Large playground equipment will be sanitized between use by different groups

Whenever possible playground toys should be assigned to a classroom

Children may not change rooms/groups and groups may not be mixed at any time of the day

Regular staff may not switch groups

No one may walk through a room to get to another location

A designated “floater” can go into two different classrooms provided that they wear a smock that they change for each room

Qualified substitutes are allowed to fill in for regular staff that are out sick or on vacation

When possible programs should staff at least 2 adults per classroom

One staff is permissible at the start/end of the day as long as ratios are maintained

It may be necessary to restrict hours of operation or enrollments in order to assure proper staffing

After Four Weeks without Any Disease Transmission

Programs may increase to 70% capacity if the following conditions are met

Program directors must review the Reopening Plan with DCFS

A minimum of 50 sq ft of space per child is available for all children 2 years and older

Program can provide additional 4 sq ft—beyond regular licensing—of sleeping space per child for infants and toddlers to ensure cribs and cots can't be placed 6 feet apart

The expanded group size limit per room after 4 weeks without disease transmission is as follows

10 two year olds

15 three year olds

15 four year olds

Ratios will remain the same as per licensing regulations

Onsite Illness

Any child who becomes ill while at FNS will be isolated in one of the classrooms that is currently unoccupied

The child’s parent will be notified and expected to immediately pick up the child

The child will be excluded from care until after 24 hours without symptoms while free from medication

The parent will be required to send an email when symptoms cease without the use of medication so that we can begin the 24 hour countdown.  The countdown will not start until we hear from the parent, forgetting to notify FNS will extend the amount of time the child is excluded from care.  The countdown will NOT be retroactively started.

The program director will monitor absenteeism for staff and children, confirming the reason for absence by phone no later than noon and follow up with the health department as needed.

If any staff or child who tests positive for COVID-19 the program director will:

immediately notify CDC and  DCFS by phone and follow up in writing by the end of day

notify every staff member and enrolled family either in person or by phone

assist the health department with contact tracing

Daily Health check

Everyone will undergo a health screening upon arrival at the center

A visual check for symptoms such as flushed cheeks or cough

A verbal confirmation that everyone in their household is healthy and symptom free

A touch-less temperature scan

Child with a fever of 100.4 or higher cannot be taken in for care

Any adult with a fever of 100.4 or higher may not leave a child for care

Any staff member with a fever of 100’4 or higher may not work

Parent Covid19 Information

Precautionary Measures:

1. Household must remain out of the center if any member of household has or has been in close contact with anyone who has:

(a) A confirmed case of COVID19

(b) Traveled from an area which is experiencing widespread community transmission of Covid19

(c) Should you or any household member have any of the following symptoms, we ask you to remain out and notify the center.

* Fewer of 100.4 or higher

* Cough, Sore Throat, Difficulty Breathing

*Muscle Aches

*Loss of Smell or Taste

Face coverings

Each child attending Fairyland is required to bring 2 face masks from home

Everyone, adult or child over the age of 2, entering the building must wear a face mask when arriving, departing and in common areas

In self contained classrooms all staff will wear either a face mask or a face shield

In self contained classrooms all children aged 2 and up will wear a face mask when practicable

Face covering are optional when outside for both staff and children

Face coverings for children are not allowed during naptime

A safe storage option for staff and child face masks will be provided by FNS

Children and staff will wash hands every time their face covering is put on or taken off


Every classroom will be sanitized thoroughly prior to opening each day

Every classroom will be sanitized thoroughly at least once each morning, during nap time and each afternoon

Every classroom will be sanitized thoroughly prior to closing each day

Playground equipment will be  sanitized after each use

Bathrooms, sinks and “waiting” chairs will be  sanitized after every use

Commonly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches and countertops will be thoroughly sanitized repeatedly throughout the day

Whenever possible sanitizing will be done when the children are not present

Child Arrival

Parents will be strongly encouraged to drop off and pick up at the front doors without coming inside the center.  If a parent feels like they must come in they may not enter any classroom and they must wear facemask and shoe covers

All children will be released into the care of the assigned receiving staff at the front door

Receiving staff will conduct the visual & verbal health check and temperature screening

Staff will record on the sign in sheet the child’s name, drop off time, the answers to the health check screening and the adult & child temperatures

Receiving staff will take the child inside and immediately supervise hand washing

Receiving staff will take the child to their classroom

Classroom staff will supervise the children in putting on their “school” shoes

All children must arrive by 9:00 am at the latest

Staff Arrival

Arriving staff must use the front door

Arriving staff must pass a visual & verbal health check and a temperature screening

Arriving staff will record all information from the health check and temperature screening with a  own pen

Arriving staff will remove their “home” shoes before entering the building.

Arriving staff will immediately wash hands upon entering the building

Arriving staff will change into their “school” shoes and may change into “school” clothes if they wis

All personal items will be stored in the teachers’ lounge

Arriving staff will then go immediately to their assigned area

Child Departure

Designated departures hours are 3:30-5:30 pm

If parents need to pick up outside of the designated departure hours they must call to make arrangements for their child to be brought to them at the front doors

Designated departure staff will ID parents at the front door as needed before they go to get the child from the classroom

Staff  will sign the child out

Designated departure staff will notify the classroom staff that the child is leaving

Classroom staff will assist the child in removing their “school” shoes and putting them away

Classroom staff will assist the child  washing hands and  then put on their facemask

Designated departure staff will walk the child to the front door and release them to the parent

Staff Departure

Staff will be notified when they are relieved for the day

Staff will clock out ( time cards)

Staff will remove their “school” shoes and may change into “home” clothes if they wish

Staff will wash hands

Staff Lunch breaks

Classroom staff will be relieved for their lunch break by the second classroom staff member or by the assigned “floater”

Staff will wash hands

Staff will sign out ( clock out)

Staff who are staying on site for their lunch break can eat/drink only in the designated lounge area

Staff should maintain a 6’ distance in the lounge area

At the end of their break staff should wash hands

To resume duties staff should sign in ( clock in)

Staff member who are leaving the building for lunch must change into “home” shoes and may change into “home” clothes before leaving the building

Upon arrival back at the center staff must change into “school” shoes and may change into “school” clothes

After lunch staff should immediately return to assigned area


All soft and/or hard to clean items such as stuffed animals & dress up clothes will be removed/or not used during the day from all classrooms

Classrooms are set up to the extent that it is possible to maintain 6’ between the children

There is only one chair/space at each table/activity except that tables that are at least 6’ long may have a chair at each end

No tables, chairs or equipment can be moved from its current placement, if necessary staff may put tape on the floor to designate where each piece belongs

Children may take their choice of activity to their seat regardless of which shelf it came off of unless it is inappropriate such as a paint being taken to a seat that is on the carpet

Assigned seating may be used if feasible

Food will be brought into the room by cook or the designated “floater”

All food will be served by the classroom teacher, no family style serving 

Classroom teachers will clear all dishes and sanitize tables as the children finish eating

Leftover food, trash and dirty dishes will be removed from the room by the secondary classroom teacher or designated “floater”

Children will nap in their assigned classrooms

The maximum space possible will be left between cots and the children will be placed either toe to toe or head to toe

Children will never be allowed to sleep head to head

No water fountains are to be used

No field trips are allowed


Twos will use the diaper change stations and/or bathrooms individually as needed

Classroom staff will sanitize the diaper change station/bathroom after each use

Children 3 and up will go to the designated “bathroom

If one classroom staff member is with 10 children they will each sit in a chair and take turns using the bathrooms and washing hands

Classroom staff will sanitize toilets and sinks between each use

Classroom staff will utilize stories, songs and finger plays to keep the children occupied while all children finish using the bathroom

If two classroom staff member are present then one staff member will remain in the classroom with 8 children while the second staff member takes 2 children out to use the bathroom and then return them to the classroom

After the staff member sanitizes the bathroom she will take 2 more children out to use the bathroom and wash hands repeating this sequence until all children have gone

Hand washing

All staff member will be vigilant with their own hand washing as well as with the children’s hand washing

Children will wash their hands at all times required by DCFS

Upon arrival at the center

Before and after each meal or snack

Before and after cooking or other food experiences

After using the toilet or having diapers changed

After wiping or blowing his/her nose

After touching items soiled with body fluids or wastes (e.g. blood, drool, urine, stool or vomit), even when gloves are used

After handling pets or other animals

After outdoor play or returning from a field trip

Before and after using the water table

Staff will wash their hands at all times required by DCFS

Upon arrival at the center

Before and after eating or drinking

Before preparing, handling or serving food

After using the bathroom or helping a child to use the bathroom

Before and after changing a diaper

After wiping or blowing own nose or helping a child to use the bathroom

After handling items soiled with body fluids or wastes (e.g. blood, drool, urine, stool or vomit), even when gloves are used

After handling pets or other animals

After outdoor play or returning from a field trip

Before and after assisting the children at the water table

Before and after dispensing any medication

Before and after administering first aid

After caring for a sick child

When changing rooms or caring for a different group

Staff  and children will wash hands using the DCFS required procedures

Turn on faucet, wet hands under the warm running water

Apply sufficient liquid soap to develop a good lather

Lather the fronts, backs, between fingers, under fingernails, and up to the forearm areas of the hands and scrub vigorously for at least 15 seconds

Rinse hands thoroughly under the warm running water, holding the hands downward so that water runs off the fingertips. Unless using a foot-operated valve or the water automatically turns off, leave the water running

Use a disposable towel to dry hands thoroughly

For hand faucets, turn water off by using the disposable towel instead of bare hands to avoid recontamination of clean hands

Discard the towel in a covered waste receptacle

Modification for infants and young toddlers: for children that are too young to wash hands by themselves, staff will wash their hands for them using the above techniques.  As they are developmentally ready, staff will teach children proper hand-washing techniques and assist and supervise the procedure as needed


Visitors will be kept to an absolute minimum and they may not enter any classroom being used by children

All visitors must wear a facemask and shoe covers at all times

This includes delivery drivers, repair people and anyone else that has to enter the building to work or monitor

There will be no parent tours conducted. Parents will be referred to our website to view classrooms and watch our promotional tour.


Children should go outside whenever possible and stay out as long as possible

Windows should be opened whenever possible

Curriculum activities should be done outside whenever possible

Block play, dramatic play and gross motor should be provided outside to allow for more space in the classrooms

Staff should encourage children to play spread apart and to take turns on the playground equipment whenever possible

Whenever possible put limits on the number of children that can play in one area or one piece of equipment at a time


All bulletin boards should be set up in assigned classroom

If we have enough children to have more than one classroom per department then each room will do a different unit and then trade so a full set of curriculum material is available

Science, math, fine motor, art, reading and music should be provided in each classroom

“Group circle time” will be done with children seated individually at tables

Getting Ready for Reopening

Program directors will make a good faith effort to reach every family and find out when they will need care and what days/times they will need care

Program directors in consultation with the executive director will make decisions on how many and which children can return at this time

Program directors will prepare a staffing plan

Program directors will contact all staff and confirm work schedules

Program directors will attend and participate in all training sessions both virtually and onsite

Program directors will go shopping and stock the center with all of the groceries needed to resume food service

Program directors will oversee the set up of an arrival/departure station at the front door

Executive director will oversee the set up of all classrooms to meet the new restrictions

Executive director will order an necessary equipment and supplies to meet new requirements

Executive director will write and continually update the Reopening Plan and share updates weekly with all staff and with DCFS

Executive director will meet with program directors to go over all new rules, regulations, policies and procedures

Executive director will conduct a meeting to address any employee concerns or anxieties about returning to work

Executive director will conduct a series of onsite trainings for all staff to go over specific changes in rules, regulations, policies and procedures

Two business day before reopening all staff will return to a regular number of work hours and attend training sessions and work on preparing the environment for the return of the children


Notifications may be: in-person, text message, phone call, email or print form


Executive director will arrange for the following supplies & equipment to be purchased and made available in addition to any and all regularly available supplies and equipment

3 washable, reusable faces masks for each employee

Mask storage containers(bags) for staff and children

A washable, reusable face shield for each employee

Smocks for “floaters”

A supply of pens for sign in sufficient number to last one day without being reused until after they are sanitized

Shoe covers for any visitors

Chemical sanitizer for the environment

Hand sanitizer for arrival/departure station, classrooms and staff

Misters for sanitizing playground equipment

Visual signage will be posted throughout facilities regarding hygiene, social distancing, mask and more.


4350 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641

Phone: 773.725.1246
Fax: 773.725.6825

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday
6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m

During Covid-19 6:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m

By Appointment Only

Child care assistance available for qualified families!

We accept enrollment applications on a year round basis!