We are so excited for our Preschool and WCKids ministries to begin regathering at West Cabarrus! We have missed your families and are looking forward to the opportunity to serve and disciple your children!

We understand that social distancing can pose a challenge because we can’t socially distance children. We can, however, provide a safe and healthy environment! Keep reading to learn more about what to expect as WCKids begins to regather!

PRESCHOOL begins on October 4th! (Preregistration will open Sunday September 27 at 1:00p)

WCKIDS (Kindergarten-5th grade) will begin October 18th! (Preregistration will open Sunday October 11 at 1:00p)


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WHAT TO EXPECT

  1. ENSURING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR FAMILY

  • We understand that social distancing can pose a challenge with children (we can’t socially distance children). We can, however, provide a safe and healthy environment. We realize each family will have to make a decision on when they are able to regather. We look forward to opening up kids ministry at West Cabarrus Church.

  • The Learning Center is professionally cleaned before each gathering and will continue to be cleaned after each gathering.

  • Hand Sanitizer Stations will be available

  • ARE MASKS REQUIRED?

    • Volunteers will wear masks when not socially distanced or teaching.

    • Kids masks are optional.

      • We are not requiring children to wear masks because of the limited attendance capacity and because we are spacing kids out.

      • If you prefer your child to wear a mask, we will support your decision.


  1. PRE-REGISTRATION

    • Space is limited. We ask that each family register their child to ensure we are able to keep a safe environment.

    • Pre-registration allows parents to know if there is space available for your child to attend Preschool/WCKids Worship. Registrations will be honored until 10 minutes after the start of service then the spot will be given to any unregistered children.

    • Ages that will be able to register for preschool care: 2-4 year olds

    • Our Welcome Team will assist first time visitors at the manned station in the Learning Center.

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  1. WHEN YOU ARRIVE

  • CHECK-IN will open at 10:15am. Enter at the Learning Center front entrance where a WCKids volunteer will care for your family by assisting with a touchless check-in.

  • Parents are encouraged to use the Church Center App for a quick and easy check-in.

  • Please enter at the front of the Learning Center

  • Temperatures and Health Screenings will be taken as you enter

  • Check-in and get your name tags

  • Once checked-in, parents are asked to take their children to the restroom, to wash their hands before dropping them off in their room.

  • Preschool leaders will NOT be changing diapers. If at all possible, please use the changing stations in Room 303 before dropping your child off in their preschool room. If there is a significant reason for a diaper change during service, parents will be called.

  • We encourage all preschool parents to remain in the hallway and avoid going into the classrooms, if at all possible. Adults should continue practicing social distancing while in hallways.

  • PLEASE HAVE PHONES AVAILABLE TO RECEIVE TEXTS DURING SERVICE SO THAT WE CAN REACH YOU IN A TIMELY MANNER.


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Worship from home, if you have any of the following criteria:

  • Fever, cough or sore throat

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sudden loss of taste or smell

  • Have been diagnosed with or been in contact with anyone confirmed to have had COVID-19 (in the past 14 days)

  • Higher risk populations (65+ years of age, underlying health issues)

  • We ask that if anyone in your family is ill, no children from that family attend, and no leaders from that family serve until everyone is well. This is an adjustment to our current illness policy.

DURING WORSHIP GATHERINGS

Preschool

  • When possible, carpet squares and chairs will be used for separate seating.

  • We will do our best to offer air hugs and fist bumps; however, we will nurture and support children as needed.

  • Individual snacks will be offered. Disposable cups and sippy cups will be used for water.

  • Individual supply baggies will be used and labeled with the child's name for future use.

  • Bathroom visits will take place in the preschool bathrooms, as needed. (See above for bathroom/diaper changing protocol prior to coming to class.)

Spaces will be professionally cleaned each week. When both gatherings resume (9:00 & 10:30am), spaces and surfaces will be sanitized between gatherings.


Kindergarten-5th Grade

  1. Small Groups

    • We will have both a large gathering and small groups for Kindergarten - 5th grade. Chairs will be socially distanced.

    • Small groups will be remain socially distanced in their classrooms

    • Small groups will be limited to 10 children (with space for guests)


  1. Large Group Kids Worship

    • Seating in the large room will be socially distanced and divided into three sections for each small group.

    • Small groups will sit together during large group.

Spaces will be professionally cleaned each week. When both gatherings resume (9:00 & 10:30am), spaces and surfaces will be sanitized between gatherings.

FAQ's

Why are we required to register? We are asking families to register so we can start with lower numbers in each room.

What if registration is full? We are holding spots until 10 minutes after service starts. If someone isn’t able to make it to service and there is a spot, we will fill them on a first come, first served basis. If there isn’t a spot, all children are welcome in the Worship Center with their family for worship!

Will children be required to wear masks and have temperatures taken? No, we are not requiring masks. If someone feels more comfortable with a mask, they are welcome to wear one. We are asking that if a leader, child, or anyone in their family is ill, that no one in the family is back in the children’s area until all are feeling better. Thank you for helping us with this.

Will leaders be required to wear masks and have temperatures taken? Yes, they will be wearing mask unless they are teaching or six feet apart.

Why do we need to take kids to the bathroom before drop-off? For children that are potty trained, a bathroom stop before drop-off will hopefully eliminate the need for bathroom trips during service. It’s a great habit to start and an opportunity to wash hands before entering a classroom.

What can we bring with us? You can bring diaper bags like you always have. If you have a blanket or other item that will help your child transition better to the classroom, you may bring it. However, please mark it and know that we can’t guarantee another child won’t touch it or play with it during class. Please leave small toys at home or in the bag.

Will we be practicing social distancing? As you know, it is very difficult to social distance children. We know that leaders may need to hold and comfort children or take their hand while walking in the hallway. We also know that children enjoy playing together and occasionally sharing toys. Although social distancing is difficult, we are also taking other precautions including limiting numbers, spacing out chairs, and doing additional cleaning.

What if my child struggles at drop-off or after I leave? We recognize that some children may have separation issues after being home with their families for several months. Our leaders are ready to help! Please communicate with our leaders if you want them go ahead a take your child in the classroom, and if you prefer to be contacted if they have trouble calming down. It will help to talk with your children about returning to church and what the routine will be. Don’t give up if it’s hard the first couple of weeks! Continue to be consistent and be excited when you talk about going to church!

Will snacks be served? Preschoolers will receive individually packaged snacks.

How are toys and rooms being cleaned? We are using the cleaner that is being used church-wide. It is safe for use around children. Surfaces and large toys will be sanitized between services and smaller toys will be changed out between services.

We have family or friends visiting one weekend. Can we sign up their children? Yes! If you have family or friends attending church with you, please register their children along with your children.

Do we have to sign up each week or just once? We need you to sign up on a weekly basis for Sunday mornings.

What if I register, but then realize our family won’t be able to attend that weekend? Please email Alexandra Santana so we can remove you from the list and another family can sign up.


ILLNESS POLICY

In our efforts to help the children of West Cabarrus be as healthy as possible, below are some guidelines for parents and volunteers to be aware of. Thank you for helping us to do our best to keep kids healthy. For some children in our church, a runny nose or slight fever is a minor illness, but for others it becomes hospitalization.

We ask that children and volunteers stay home if they have symptoms, including but not limited to the following:

  • Fever of 100 or greater

  • Runny nose

  • Drainage from ears

  • Sore throat

  • Rash

  • Productive or consistent cough

  • Red, goopy eyes

  • Vomiting or diarrhea

  • Loss of taste or smell

If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, the classroom teacher will notify a member of the children’s ministry staff. The staff will contact the child's parent and remove the child with symptoms to a separate area. A staff member will remain with the child until the parent arrives.

Please make sure your child is vomit, diarrhea, and fever-free for 24 hours (without Tylenol/ibuprofen) before they come to a classroom. If they are on antibiotics and eye drops, they need to have that in their system for at least 24 hours before coming to a classroom.

If your child has chronic problems with asthma or allergies, please let us know, as some of their symptoms may be similar to the ones stated above.

Please contact the church office if you have any questions or concerns. (704) 455-2590

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