PORTICO KIDS | WHAT TO EXPECT

SAFETY Policies And Procedures During Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Portico Kids will always consider the health and safety of our children and of our Volunteer Team a top priority. We are committed to providing a high quality and safe environment for our children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are continuously monitoring the latest developments in and around our community. As more information becomes available, we are adapting and making changes to our safety measures and protocols. We are also following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health (TJHD). In line with safety measures, we are implementing the following protocols and policies in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Portico Kids Check-in process Effective April 25, 2021
1. Proceed directly to an available check-in stations and apply hand sanitizer to your hands prior to touching the screen. If no check-in station is available please wait on the marked distance markers along the ground until one is available.
2. Enter your name on the iPad and begin the check-in process and print out name tags (See Kids Team member for help if needed)
3. Attach stickers to your child(ren) and then walk up to the temperature screening station. All-persons walking past the temperature screening station must have their temperature taken prior to (adults and children)
4. Proceed directly to the classroom(s) door and hand-off your child(ren) to the Portico Kids volunteer there.
5. After service to pick-up your child(ren) please show the Kids Concierge your parent identification ticket and proceed to your child(ren)s classroom.
 
Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting
In addition to our regular cleaning, we will clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects throughout the service
(e.g., doorknobs, light switches, sink handles, countertops, shared toys). More cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting will take place during the week prior to Portico Kids opening on Sundays.

PreK-6th Graders Attending “Big Service”
  1. Individual bags of activities are available for kids going to service. 
  • Bags are divided by PreK-K (Theater & Station), 1st-3rd grade (Playground), and 4th-6th grade (Lodge).
  • Bags can include sermon notes, coloring sheets, activity pages, and crafts. Kids can take these home after service, or leave them in their bags for the following Sunday if they don’t finish them.
  • Please leave the crayons and pencil in the bag for your next visit.
  • Please leave the clipboard in the bag for your next visit.
2. Kids can pick up their bags in the Lobby.
  • The 1st time kids pick up their bags, they should write their name (ex. K. Aylor) on the label that is in the bag and affix it to their bag.
3. Kids should return their bags in Lobby at the end of service.
4. Bags will be refreshed during the week and returned to the Pick-Up table in the lobby for the following Sunday.
 
The COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging and fluid situation. Federal, state, and local orders and guidance may change frequently, therefore our policies and procedures are subject to change accordingly.

Although, Portico Kids has put in place all reasonable preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; we cannot guarantee that your child(ren) will not be exposed to or even infected with COVID-19 in the course of their time in Portico Kids. If you, your child, or someone in your household is exposed to COVID-19 or receives a positive test result, please notify us immediately so we can take appropriate action. Your name will not be shared with other attendees.
 
Although, Portico Kids has put in place all reasonable preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; we cannot guarantee that your child(ren) will not be exposed to or even infected with COVID-19 in the course of their time in Portico Kids. If you, your child, or someone in your household is exposed to COVID-19, shows any COVID-19 symptoms, or receives a positive test result, please notify us immediately so we can take appropriate action. Your name will not be shared with other attendees.
 
We look forward to serving your family in Portico Kids! 

The Nursery | A Safe Place for our Littlest Ones (6 Weeks Old - Crawling)

The Nursery is a loving place for our youngest Portico kids. Volunteers in the Nursery will spend time playing, talking, reading, singing and praying with your little one. Napping is a common pastime in the Nursery too, and there is a dedicated room dedicated to sleepy little ones. Volunteers are also happy to give your child a bottle from home. Please have as much of the bottle prepared ahead of time with water in a container and the formula pre-measured. Volunteers are not able to leave the room to get or heat bottles or water during the service.
 
To serve you best, please label all of your child’s things before dropping them off.
 
ADDITIONAL SAFETY FOR OUR BABIES DURING COVID
Nursery Volunteers will wear masks while serving. Also, your little one will be paired with one Volunteer to limit contact with others (1:1 Ratio). While they are in our care, babies will have a baby seat, play pad, and pack ‘n play just for them. Parents will be paged if a diaper change is needed during service.

The Corner | For Walkers - Children Under 3 Years Old

Kids in the Corner are able to engage in free play for the first part of service.  About halfway through service, Volunteers will share a Bible story and help the children with a memory verse to learn about  our amazing God.  Volunteers will also pray for and with the children.  
 
Following the Bible story, kids will continue to play until it is time for them to be picked up. Parents/guardians should receive a take-home sheet and memory verse card for each new lesson.
 
To serve you best, please label all of your child’s things before dropping them off.
 
ADDITIONAL SAFETY IN THE CORNER DURING COVID
Corner Volunteers will wear masks while serving. Please make sure to wash and sanitize your child’s hands before drop off. We encourage parents to change their child’s diaper/pull-up or take them to the restroom before service. Parents will be paged if a diaper/pull-up change is needed or a child needs the restroom during service. Also, there will be no snack served.   

The Theater|  For Kids 3 Years Old - Kindergarten

When kids arrive in their room, they will participate in developmentally appropriate activities for smaller groups, relationship building, and free play. Kids  can also give their offering in their room during this time. About halfway through service, Volunteers will share a Bible story and help the children with a memory verse to learn about  our amazing God.  Volunteers will also pray for and with the children.
 
To serve you best, please label all of your child’s things before dropping them off.
 
ADDITIONAL SAFETY IN THE THEATER DURING COVID
Theater Volunteers will wear masks while serving. Kids will wear masks while in the Theater. If a child will  not keep their mask on, the parents/guardians will be Paged. Volunteers can only encourage but will not force a child to wear the mask. Every effort will be made to maintain 6-feet of separation, when possible. This includes limiting the number of children per table and in each designated space during activities. All kids will have individual sets of materials that will be theirs to use while in Portico Kids.

The Playground|  For Kids 1st Grade-3rd Grade

When kids arrive in their room, they will participate in developmentally appropriate games, activities, and crafts for smaller groups, relationship building, and free play. Kids can also give their offering in their room during this time. About halfway through service, Volunteers will share a Bible story, lead discussion about the Scripture, and help the children with a memory verse to learn about our amazing God. Volunteers will also pray for and with the children.

To serve you best, please label all of your child’s belongings before dropping them off.
 
ADDITIONAL SAFETY IN THE PLAYGROUND DURING COVID
Playground Volunteers will wear masks while serving. Kids will wear masks while in the Playground. If a child will  not keep their mask on, the parents/guardians will be Paged. Volunteers can only encourage but will not force a child to wear the mask. Every effort will be made to maintain 6-feet of separation, when possible. This includes limiting the number of children per table and in each designated space during activities. All kids will have individual sets of materials that will be theirs to use while in Portico Kids.