Kindergarten works to keep children under five healthy from COVID-19
Kindergarten works to keep children under five healthy from COVID-19

Kindergarten works to keep children under five healthy from COVID-19

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – There are still children for young people to wear masks or get the COVID-19 vaccine, and in kindergartens where the mask policies change, children may be at a higher risk of getting the virus.

It is difficult right now for some parents of children under the age of five who do not have the opportunity to disguise themselves or be vaccinated. Although some kindergartens in Fayetteville are very aware of how vulnerable these children are, they are taking many steps to keep COVID out of their classrooms.

The mother of a two-year-old and director of the Parkside Playschool, Paige Scoggins said their success in keeping COVID cases low is due to their many outdoor classrooms and indoor mask policy.

“We haven’t had much spread at all here,” Scoggins said. “No outbursts. So I think it has to do with our outdoor time.”

Prioritizing time outside also seems to be the trend with other kindergartens.

“If it’s nice outside, they go outside,” said Courtney Cary, director of My Other Mother Child Care and Preschool. “They even hold classes outside sometimes. Fresh air and vitamin D are for me so crucial to a child’s immune system.”

Children and staff do not mask in My Other Mother Child Care and Preschool. Although Cary said they are sensitive to children who show symptoms and send them home. They also have their 10 day quarantine in place in case a child is exposed.

“The numbers are falling, but I feel it’s not time to let go of your guard,” Cary said.

My Other Mother Child Care and Preschool also checks temperatures and gets children to wash their hands on arrival. They have also changed their policy for parents. Parents can no longer visit classrooms or go beyond the entrance.

Although she said the hardest part for the masked teachers is making sure to keep children away from their faces when holding or cuddling them.

Another parent of a child under the age of five and a physician at Infectious Diseases at Mercy Fort Smith, Kevin Davis, said children in this age group are less likely to get serious illness.

“If you want to try to limit certain social interactions when there are many cases of COVID, I think it’s fair, but I do not know if I would worry too much about it for the average child,” Davis said.

Dr. Davis also said that we have many more resources to help young children when they get COVID than we had two years ago.

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