A Chico daycare ramps up safety protocol

A coronavirus exposure at a Butte County daycare is causing concern for other local facilities.

Posted: Jul 24, 2020 5:41 PM

CHICO, Calif. - A coronavirus exposure at a Butte County daycare is causing concern for other local facilities.

"Luckily for us that hasn't happened to us and hopefully it doesn't happen to any other facilities," Danae Luper, Director at Storybook Schoolhouse.

The schoolhouse has remained open throughout the pandemic, but the director says they've ramped up protocol and sanitation after Butte County was put on the watch list.

"As long as your following the guidelines from CDC you can stay open its just the ones that aren't following the guidelines that probably can't," said Luper.

Luper said at first the number of kids they took in dropped.

"As some of the stages were lifted they started coming back so that was really good and so now we're almost at back at capacity but not quite but still it's getting better," said Luper.

Luper requires everyone to wear face masks in the facility.

"It's good but under the mask, it's really sweaty," said Lauren a student at the school.

"When they first arrive at school we take their temperature and check them in then we have them go to the bathroom and wash their hands for 20 seconds, we have activities set out for their 4 to 6 feet apart," said Luper.

"We have like legos building logs and we can also do like art," said Braxton, a student at the school.

"And then we have them wash their hands every hour soap and water," said Luper.

They have a therapy dog on hand for the kids too!

"With all the grownups here that are keeping us safe I feel really safe around them," said Lauren.

Luper told Action News Now she plans to stay open and help parents out if schools don't open in the fall.

"It would just cause an enormous drop in the economy period so its really important for preschools schools centers to stay open and just follow the protocol," she said.

"If you stay safe you can get through COVID-19," said Braxton.

The Storybook Schoolhouse has two cleaning services, one that comes during the day and one after-hours to sanitizing and clean surfaces, equipment, and toys.

Action News Now is working to find out which daycare was exposed. 

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