Current COVID19 Precautions

COVID-19 Handbook Addendum

*We try to keep the latest COVID precautions and program updates here. When there is a conflict between this information and the handbook, this webpage will be considered the most current information

Operating Hours

  • Shine Nurture Center Office Hours: 8:00am – 4:40pm

  • See calendar for days off.

  • AM Drop-Off & PM Pick-up

    •  The car line drop-off procedure will continue for Fall 2021-Summer 2022. Car Line Etiquette Details Here!

    • Beginning August 2021:

      • Preschool:   Drop-off – 8:00am – 8:20am; Pick-up – 4:00pm – 4:20pm

      • Infants & Toddlers: Drop-off – 8:20am – 8:40pm; pick-up – 4:20pm – 4:40pm

      • Shine In Home Hours: Drop-off 8:15am-8:30am; Pick-up 4:00 - 4:30pm

    • Parents must pick-up and drop-off during set times except under extenuating circumstances (e.g., doctor’s appointments/emergencies), repeated late drop-offs or pick-ups is cause for dismissal from our program.

    • Parents with siblings at Shine Nurture Center may pull into a parking space to wait to drop the second child off, or drop-off/pick-up as close to the overlap time as possible (i.e., 8:20am and 4:20pm). However, an infant or toddler can NOT be dropped off at 8:00am along with their preschool age sibling, as teachers will not be prepared yet.

    • Drop-offs will include a visual inspection of the child for signs of illness. We will begin the school year with temperature screens in the morning.

    • No parent entry to the building and enclosed play area at drop-off and pick-up times; We will continue to share updates and pictures via brightwheel and monthly newsletters & lesson plans.

    • We will host community gatherings and special events days with caution when possible.

Daily Routine adjustments

  • We will be outdoors as much as possible, even more than past years. We have added shaded areas to the playground areas and will also spend lots of time in the woods at Shine Nurture Center (woods are used by toddlers & preschoolers primarily). 

  • When indoors, every effort will be made to give children sufficient space to prevent crowding (especially during naps) and to increase ventilation (opening doors, windows, and running air filtration).

  • We will not run a fear-based program. Children WILL be able to play with their friends, run, hug, and touch each other. As always, we will say “kissing is for family members only” and we will try our best to keep babies from gnawing on each other. However, despite our increased measures of protection,  parents should expect that the children at Shine will share germs with friends (and us teachers too), and we acknowledge that play and touch are an essential part of childhood. 



  • Teachers who are not vaccinated must continue to wear masks during pick up and drop off and anytime they are inside working with children or other staff members.

  • Teachers who are fully vaccinated may choose to wear a mask or not. Teachers who are vaccinated must provide their vaccination card, so that Shine has a copy on file.

  • Parents who are vaccinated no longer need to wear masks at pick up or drop off. Parents who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a mask at these times.

  • Children are not allowed to wear masks during the school day at Shine.



  • Children will wash their hands upon arrival. 

  • Children and staff will wash hands very frequently during the day - including but not limited to: at drop-off, before eating, after toileting/diaper changes, after wiping/blowing noses, upon coming inside, & anytime hands are dirty. 


Cleaning & Sanitization 

  • Cleaning and sanitizing practices will be intensified.  Toys & Works that are used will be sanitized daily. Items that are put in mouths will be removed immediately to be cleaned and sanitized. 

  • We will routinely clean, sanitize, and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched (doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops, desks, chairs, cubbies, and playground structures, etc.) 

  • We have hired a weekly cleaning crew to supplement the cleaning that teachers do daily. 

  • A HEPA air filter has been added to each classroom. 


Snacks / Meals

  • We will eat meals and snacks outside whenever possible. 

  • Parents must provide 1 labeled sippy cup or water bottle for water for your child each day.  We will not use water cups in the classroom at this time.



  • The cots and cribs will be spaced out as much as possible.

  • Cribs and cots are sanitized at the end of each week. 


Items to bring from home

  • All families are asked to please minimize the items brought from home to Shine - do not include unnecessary items in your bag. Children should not bring in toys other than their one cuddly. 

  • Infants: We will supply crib sheets and lightweight blankets - do not send rest items with your infant.

  • Toddlers & Preschoolers: Please bring 1 rest blanket for your child and one cuddly item in one small bag on Mondays. We will send these items home to be laundered on Fridays. 

  • All families: Please bring 2 extra sets of clothing for your child in a labeled ziplock bag. If your child soils his/her clothes and we use the back-up, please bring 1 more set the following day. Please make sure these items are freshly laundered. 

  • Shine provides sunscreen & bug spray. 

  • Children who are bottle-fed will need to bring labeled bottles from home. Please give bottles in a bag to the staff member at drop-off. 

  • Children who are in diapers will need to bring diapers and wipes in. Cloth diapers will be sent home daily. 

  • Reminder: No jewelry (including amber necklaces), coins, or small toys should be brought or worn to Shine. 

Updated Sick Policy for Enrolled Children

  • Shine acknowledges it is typical for young children to have runny noses and cold symptoms. In the past we would not have asked children to stay home for mild symptoms, however Shine will be more cautious and strict with the sick policy this year.

  • All illness symptoms listed in the handbook as cause for staying home still apply (e.g., fever, pink eye, etc. please see handbook for full list).

  • In addition, if a child has yellow or green snot, they should stay home.

  • If the child has a clear runny nose and one or more additional symptoms (e.g.,diarrhea, cough, sneezing, etc.) they should stay home.

  • If a child has a clear runny nose and NO other symptoms, they can attend Shine.

  • If illness symptoms develop over the course of a day, parents will be called to come pick up their child.

  • The child should stay home until all cold symptoms resolve (with the exception of a clear, runny nose ONLY).

  • The child should stay home as long as they have exclusionary symptoms even if they have tested negative for COVID.

Vaccination Policy

  • Staff members are encouraged but not required to be vaccinated.

  • The office tracks the vaccination status of teachers & staff members, but will not release this information to anyone else.

  • Quarantining, masking, and other procedures may vary based on the vaccination status of teachers, according to the latest best practices guidelines.


Suspected or Confirmed Diagnoses

  • Shine will notify all enrolled families if there is a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 exposure at Shine, but we will not release the identity of the person diagnosed.

  • If there is a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis at Shine, we will work with the local health officials to determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended closure is needed to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19.

  • If a child is in a home with or has a direct exposure to someone who later tests positive for COVID, that child should go into quarantine for 10 days since their exposure to that person. If the child or other family members develop symptoms, we ask that the child remain quarantined from Shine until all family member’s symptoms are resolved.

  • If a child is diagnosed with COVID, that child should remain home until all symptoms are resolved. All of the children and employees in that child’s classroom will quarantine according to the current CDC guidelines. Parents must provide documentation from the child’s health care provider that states they are no longer contagious and able to return to Shine. The classroom will be deep cleaned and sanitized before re-opening.

Shine reserves the right to close or halt the program at any time, including if there is a suspected or actual diagnosis of COVID-19 and/or if there is a large spike in cases locally. We will do our best to stay open, but in all likelihood we will have to close for some days this school year.  Monthly tuition may be used to cover up to 10 days (2 weeks) of closure (for any reason) per school year and there will be no reimbursement for closures of 10 days or less.