Children’s Ministry COVID-19 FAQ

What is the Cohort system and how does it work?
The purpose of the cohort system is to minimize contact with lots of different people. For example, if you register your two year old child for the 9:30 a.m. service, your child will be with the same kids and teachers for that particular quarter. In order to comply with state guidelines, each age or grade level class has a certain number of kids that we can serve (6-12 kids depending on the age group) per service. They will be taught over the course of three months by the same four teachers (two one week and two the next). All volunteers and children (over the age of two) will be wearing face masks. Those who have registered have a spot in those classes. When registration becomes full for a given class your child can be placed on a “waitlist.” This means that if a spot opens up, or that class isn’t full on a given Sunday, then your child can attend their class for the service they registered for.

What if I register my child for a specific service (for example the 9:30 a.m. service), but one Sunday we come to a different service (for example, the 8:00 a.m. service)?
In the past people could switch around which service they attended and we were flexible with the number of kids that we had each service. Under our current circumstances and cohort guidelines, we ask that you keep your children with you in the main service if you are attending a service other than the one for which your children are registered.

Health and Safety Measures
We are doing our best to keep everyone safe and healthy by wearing masks in class. Each student has their own set of art supplies and we clean all toys and surfaces between each service.

Protocols If a Class Is Inadvertently Exposed
If a class is inadvertently exposed to COVID-19, we will inform the volunteers and parents of children in that cohort, while protecting the privacy of those involved. While we have taken the recommended precautions to mitigate the spread of the virus (i.e. masks, extra cleaning, cohort system, etc.), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that those who have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 begin a quarantine procedure.

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others and helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick, or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. Unless the student or volunteer that has been exposed begins to develop symptoms or tests positive, the CDC does not specifically recommend that the remainder of their household begin to quarantine as well.

Additionally, as a precautionary measure, the specific cohort that was exposed will not meet for the next two weeks in order to prevent further exposure to the virus. Our other cohorts will remain open.