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Dear ECELP Parents and Families,

We are pleased to announce that we have received approval to re-open the LSU ECELP on Monday, June 22. Staff will return to work the week prior to put extra precautions in place, practice procedures, and ready classrooms in order to receive your child(ren) safely. We are taking these extra steps to support the health and safety of your children, your family, and our staff. In order to minimize additional people in the building, as per Phase II guidelines, we are modifying our operating hours to 7:30am - 4:15pm, which is a 9-hour workday for all staff.

We request that you bring your child’s nap mat (clearly labeled), and a change of clothes for your child to the center between June 15 – 18. All items from home will be laundered at the center prior to being used in the classroom and weekly after they are used. It is recommended that children over the age of 2 wear a mask; please send a zip lock bag with 3 clearly labeled masks for your child. The masks will be laundered weekly and remain at the center. Diapers must be sent in an unopened package and will be wiped down prior to being brought to the classroom. Infant classes will receive more specific instructions from the Associate Director and/or their child’s Teacher.

Our new polices have been written in accordance with both the CDC and Office of Public Health. For more detailed information on our policies, please see our Pandemic Health Precautions & Procedures. Below are a few of the changes to our policies and procedures:

Check-In and Pick-Up
  • We request that the same parent drop off and pick up each day to minimize contact with multiple people.
  • Drop off in the morning will be from 7:30am - 8:30am. If you will be dropping off after 8:30am, you will need to call the center when you arrive at 225-578-7882. A staff member will meet you outside and will follow the same procedures outlined below.
  • Families will be met at the covered area at the front of the building where the Associate Directors will greet the child(ren). There will be signs indicating the lane closest to the building for children on the Infant/Toddler side of the building with the outer lane for children on the Preschool side of the building. Parents and other family members will not be allowed inside the child care facility. Prior to parents leaving the site, we will take the temperature of your child(ren) and ask parents to confirm that their child has not been on fever reducing medication in the last 24 hours and does not have shortness of breath or a cough.
  • Children and staff will be required to wash their hands immediately upon entering the building, and hourly throughout the day. When children are received for drop-off, they will be escorted into the nearest handwashing sink where their hands will be washed.
  • Pick up in the afternoon will be from 3:15pm - 4:15pm. If you will be picking up before 3:15, you will need to call the center when you arrive at 225-578-7882. A staff member will meet you outside and will follow the same procedures outlined below.
  • Upon arrival to pick up your child, a staff member will bring your child out to you. Doing so will limit direct contact and help us to maintain social distancing. You will be provided with a color-coded name tag to place in your window to expedite this process.

Healthy Environment
  • Each classroom will self-quarantine. This means that classes will not combine with any other classes during any part of the day, including on the playground. Teachers will not ‘float’ between classrooms. This is to keep from spreading germs between classrooms.
  • We will not share toys, etc. and will clean between uses.
  • Staff will disinfect high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, light switches, faucets, toys and games that children play with on an hourly basis.
  • Staff will wash their hands and children’s hands hourly. 

Child Health
  • Staff will receive education on COVID-19 symptoms, as well as preventive measures.
  • Children who start to experience symptoms of respiratory illness, including a fever of >99.4 while at child care, cough or runny nose, will be isolated from other children until they can be picked up.
  • Children who are sent home will be required to stay home 7 days after the illness begins, or at least 3 days after the resolution of fever, whichever is LONGER, AND resolution or improvement in respiratory symptoms. Children will not be allowed to return without a doctor’s note.  
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we implement these new procedures. Our goal is to minimize disruption, while at the same time keeping you, your family and our staff healthy and well. 


Cynthia DiCarlo, PhD
Executive Director

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