Dothan daycare plays it safe while restrictions are lifted


DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — For many parents, one particular addition to Governor Kay Ivey’s order could provide some much-needed help when it comes to childcare.

Ivey’s order went into at 5 p.m., but some daycares around the area are delaying opening up. Covenant Preschool and Childcare has been open under strict guidelines and is doing what it can to help other daycares.

“We’ve opened up extra rooms, Sandie Scott said. “We’ve added staff as we have two teachers per classroom that one is teaching, and one is following along cleaning. They’re taking turns doing that. There’s somebody always in there following along cleaning, disinfecting helping the children stay healthy.”

Though they have more children than usual, Scott is trying to keep the number per classroom at a minimum.

“We can personally have 99 at our center, and it depends on age per classroom how many children can be in a classroom, but I do try to keep each one at a minimum, and it’s usually lower than the state ratio,” Scott said.

Scott said they are doing more cleaning than usual like cleaning toys and the playground after use by one group of children. They also are doing temperature checks throughout the day.

“Even though they’re lifted, we’re still following the cleaning,” Scott said. “You know, we’re doing it just as much. It’s required us to do more cleaning than we usually do. We stay clean anyway, and we’re cleaning throughout the day, but it’s just added times throughout the day that we’re doing that.”

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