COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan for the 2021-2022 Operating Season

Updated 9/1/2021

The Seesaw Center’s highest priority is to create a safe environment for young children to play. In order for us to open safely and to remain open during the winter months, we need to remain proactive in protecting not only our staff, but the youngest members of our community who are not yet able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Our plan for creating and maintaining a safe playspace for the 2021-2022 operating season is outlined below. The Seesaw Center also reserves the right to change or adapt the safety plan throughout the operating year as we closely monitor the recommendations from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Any changes will be communicated both on our website and social media channels. We ask that all parents and caregivers respect the decisions that the Seesaw Center’s Board of Directors has approved.

Items in BOLD are requirements for entry and use of the Seesaw Center

Promoting vaccination

  • To protect our children, including those under age 2 who cannot wear a mask, the Seesaw Center strongly encourages vaccination for all people who are eligible. Vaccination is currently the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. People who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are at low risk of symptomatic or severe infection and are less likely to transmit COVID-19 to others.
  • Proof of vaccination is not required for entry.
  • The Seesaw Center’s employees are fully vaccinated.

Consistent and correct mask use

  • Effective September 2021, the Seesaw Center requires masks for all people ages 2 and older, regardless of vaccination status, except when eating and drinking. Masks must cover the nose and mouth at all times. Masks with vents are not permitted. Shields are permitted only with the use of a mask.
  • The Seesaw Center will follow guidelines, orders, etc. from the CDC, Pennsylvania Governor’s Office, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Allegheny County Health Department regarding the use of face coverings for employees, members, and guests.

Physical distancing and cohorting

  • Eating and drinking is only permitted in the party room. Physical distancing of 6 feet is required between family groups / households while eating or drinking in the party room. 
  • Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet between family groups / households whenever possible throughout the facility.

Ventilation

  • Keep doors open whenever possible. Note that a child safety gate must be placed across the back door (next to rice table area) whenever open.
  • Use portable air cleaner with HEPA filter during operating hours.

Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

  • All employees, members, and guests must wash hands or apply hand sanitizer upon entry, after use of the restroom or diaper changing, and after eating.
  • Wash hands or apply hand sanitizer regularly throughout the visit.
  • Hand sanitizers should be stored up, away, and out of sight of young children and should be used only with adult supervision for children under 6 years of age.

Toy and surface sanitization

  • Employees will regularly sanitize surfaces, light switches, non-fabric toys and equipment.
  • Fabric toys such as dress up clothes will be rotated daily and washed weekly.
  • Parents or caregivers are asked to promptly put any toys that a child places in his or her mouth in the “yuck” bin to be sanitized.
  • Clorox wipes will be available throughout the center for parents or caregivers to use

Maximum occupancy

  • The employee on duty reserves the right to cap entrance to the Center if appropriate physical distance cannot be maintained. If occupancy limits have been reached it will be communicated on the Seesaw Center facebook page.
  • The number of members able to attend special events such as Center-hosted parties will be limited. Guests will be able to RSVP online.
  • Birthday parties are available but will have a maximum limit of 15 children (plus their attendants). 

Staying home when sick and getting tested

  • The Seesaw Center will perform temperature checks on all employees, members, and guests upon entry. People who have a fever of 100.4 ºF (38.0 ºC) or above or other signs of illness will not be admitted to the Seesaw Center. 
  • People who develop a fever of 100.4 ºF (38.0 ºC) or above or other signs of illness while at the Seesaw Center will be required to leave immediately.
  • Employees, members, and guests should stay home if they are sick, have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, or have recently had close contact (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of fifteen minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person with COVID-19.

Cleaning and disinfecting

  • Parents / guardians must clean and disinfect the changing table and eating surfaces after every use.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces at least once a day.
  • Parents / guardians are asked to wipe down toys and surfaces after their children have played with them whenever possible.
  • Any toys that have been in a child’s mouth should be placed in the dirty toy bin.
  • If someone who has COVID-19 has been in the facility in the last 24 hours all surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected