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How dangerous is Covid-19 for my child at Himawari?

This is a difficult question that many parents are facing right now.  Is it safe to send my preschool child to Himawari Preschool?

As of today (August 11) I think the best answer is to compare Covid-19 to something similar we have had in past school years:  the Flu (Influenza).

Here is a link to the CDC website for Covid-19      For everyone tested in the US and having Covid, 1.6% were ages 0-4 and 5.9% were ages 5-17 (as of Aug 10).  Only 0.025% of infected children ages 0-4 (30 kids) and 0.037% of infected children ages 5-17 (43 kids) have died from Covid so far.  If we use March 10 as the beginning of the pandemic, then we’ve had 155 days, or 42.5% of a year:  so yearly deaths could be estimated at 71 deaths ages 0-4, and 101 deaths ages 5-17.

Here is a link to the CDC website for Influenza     The CDC thinks that there were 35.5 million cases of the Flu in the US in 2018-19.  Of these, 10.2% were ages 0-4 and 21.6% were ages 5-17.   0.8% of infected children ages 0-4 (266 kids) and 0.6% of infected children ages 5-17 (211 kids) died from the Flu.

Comparing the US rates of these 2 diseases, kids ages 0-4 are much more likely to get the Flu and have serious complications, as well as kids age 5-17.

Also, the general population positive rates for Covid-19 tests in over a 7-day average in Wayne (4.7% as of 8/9/20) and Oakland (4.6% as of 8/9/20) are both below 5%.  The statewide positivity rate is currently at 2.3%, and you can see an updated number at this link.  This is a good (low) rate and acceptable for opening school.

So preschool age kids 3-5 years old have more personal risk from the Flu than from Covid.  This should help us understand the risk of sending our kids to Himawari Preschool this year.

ひまわり幼稚園2020-21年 申し込み状況 – Himawari 2020-21 Enrollment Status

The current enrollment status (as of 8/11/2020)

Sora class 4, 5 day (ages 4-5):  full (waiting list)
4-5才児 そら組4-5日クラス 定員を満たしております。

Hana class 3 day (ages 4-5):  still openings available
4-5才児 はな組3日クラス 募集中

Niji class 4-5 day (ages 3-4): full (waiting list)
3-4才児 にじ組4-5日クラス 定員を満たしております。

Kotori class 3 day (ages 3-4):  still openings available
3-4才児 ことり組3日クラス 募集中。

おうちであ・そ・ぼ3月~6月!(Let’s play at home (March-June)

幼稚園の遊びや生活をもとに、お家でできる、遊びのヒントを紹介しています。少しでもお役に立てればうれしいです。
Here’s a listing of our Himawari Preschool ideas for things to do while we all stay at home. Keep watching for new updates until we come back to school in June!

春探しカード:可能であれば印刷して、外でいろいろな”春”をお子さんと一緒に見つけてみてくださいね。
Signs of Spring Search Cards: you can print these out and discover Spring around you together with your child!

なわとびカード:お子様の様子に合わせて無理のないよう、できることから挑戦してみてください。園では、4-5才児クラスでなわとびを行っています。
Skipping Rope Challenge: something we do this time of year at Himawari Preschool with our 4-5 year olds… feel free to try them together

あちらこちらでたんぽぽが咲き乱れ、緑の芝生に黄色が映えていますね!たんぽぽでの遊び方を紹介します。ぜひたくさん、試してみて下さいね!
Dandelions! Some people think of them as weeds, but together with kids you can enjoy a sign of Spring together!

20 Seconds Handwashing Song

Here at Himawari Preschool, handwashing is an important part of daily routine. We teach 9 “stages” to handwashing, and use a Japanese song to time it so we can wash our hands longer than 20 seconds.

日本語で

せっけんさんは いいにおい
[soap, you smell so nice]

おかしの におい
[smell like candy]

おはなの におい
[smell like flowers]

かあさんの かあさんの におい
[smell like, smell like Mama]

せっけんさんは かあさんよ
Hey soap… here’s Mama!]

ぶくぶく あぶく
[sudsy, sudsy bubbles]

かわいい あぶく
[pretty, pretty bubbles]

あぶくの あぶくの かあさん
[sudsy, foamy bubbles with Mama]