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A WARM WELCOME

Welcome to The Clifton School! We are glad you want to learn more about us! The Clifton School’s mission is to provide state of the art childcare and education for employees of Emory, CHOA, and the Centers for Disease Control and full-time Emory students that recognizes and respects the rights of children, early childhood educators, and families.

The Clifton School is a full-day, year-round program for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years.  We also offer summer camp for children ages 5 to 9.  Our school has two site locations near Emory University in Atlanta, GA. One is on Clifton Road and the other on Clairmont Road.

Hours of Operation: The Clifton School’s hours of operation are 7:00AM-6:00PM.

Both locations are licensed by the State of Georgia. The Clairmont & Clifton Road Sites are both nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).   As a not-for-profit corporation, we are managed by a Board of Directors composed of representatives of EmoryChildren’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our daily operations are administered by the Executive Director and the Site Directors.

QUICK LINKS

Meals

Find this month’s standard and vegetarian menus, see our allergy policy, and more.

Calendar

2023-2024 school calendar, upcoming special events, and inclement weather.

Tours

We’d love to meet you! Come see the environment of The Clifton School first hand.

Enroll

Start the process of enrolling your child in The Clifton School today!

REMINDERS
WHAT’S NEW

Nut Policy

Please keep in mind that The Clifton School is a nut free school. When participating in holiday parties please bring pre-packaged foods with the ingredients listed on the label to ensure allergy information can be noted.

Closings

The Clifton School will be closed February 19, 2024 for Professional Development Day.

Inclement Weather Policy

During times of inclement weather, both schools will be open. They will be staffed by as many employees as possible, depending on the number of employees who can safely travel. However, in the event that BOTH Emory and CDC close, announce a later opening time or an early closing time, we will do so as well. In the event that the weather should turn icy during the day, we request that parents pick up their children as soon as possible, so that our teachers are able to travel home safely. This information will be relayed through our calling post, email listserv, posted on our website and when possible local news channels.

 

Updated Covid-19 Practices

All vaccinated and unvaccinated children who have been exposed while in the early childhood, environment are not required to quarantine as long as they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. They can attend school. However, they must test if they develop symptoms within 10 days of the exposure. Testing with a home test kit is allowed. If they test positive, they must follow our isolation policy. 

All vaccinated and unvaccinated children who have been exposed outside of the school environment are not required to quarantine as long as they do not have COVID-19 symptoms. They can attend school. However, they must test if they develop symptoms within 10 days of the exposure. Testing with a home test kit is allowed. If they test positive, they must follow our isolation policy. Families must provide a written plan for how they will keep the person who tested positive for COVID-19 isolated.   

Isolation Policy (currently being reviewed for updatesOur current policy requires that if your child has COVID-19 they can return to school after 10 days of isolation if they are symptom-free. We follow this practice because young children cannot strictly adhere to masking for the second 5 days of the isolation period. In addition, there are times throughout the day when none of the children wear masks in the classroom. These times include meals, naps, and outside play.

However, the CDC provides guidance for removing masks sooner than day 10 with two sequential negative tests. The guidance states:

•            If you have access to antigen tests, you should consider using them. With two sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10. Click here to learn more about the guidance.

Therefore, if your child (2 years+) is in isolation, they can test after day 5 and return to school on days 8 or 9, if they have two sequential negative tests 48 hours apart and are symptom-free without the use of fever-reducing medications. This would allow your child to return to school before day 10.

Updated Sick Child PolicyIf a child has any of the following symptoms, they must be excluded from the childcare setting and can return after 24 hours of being symptom-free.

1.           Sore throat

2.           Persistent hacking cough

3.           Conjunctivitis

4.           Muscle aches

5.           Difficulty breathing

6.           Vomiting

7.           Diarrhea

8.           Headache

9.           Unknown rash or sores

10.         Behaves as if they are not well enough to participate in daily activities

11.         Fever at or above the threshold temperature of 101.0° F (including temperatures that would meet this criteria, if not for the use of fever-reducers.)

If one of the symptoms is a fever, they must remain fever-free and symptom-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and can return with a doctor’s note.

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