Our Policies & Procedures

Children's Ministry

Hand Washing & Sanitizing

Hand washing or hand sanitizing will be done at the following times in the indicated manners for all children, volunteers and staff:

  • At arrival to the program: handwashing will be required of all children, volunteers and staff.

  • After arts and crafts: handwashing or sanitizing required.

  • After bathroom use: handwashing required.

  • Before leaving the program: hand sanitizing required.

Bathroom Procedures

We ask that you take your child to the bathroom before dropping off in our program. If your child needs to use the bathroom, a volunteer will contact you to take them. We will be required to follow the DVCC’s Restroom Use Policy.

Items from Home

During this time, the only item allowed from home is your child’s Bible, please ensure to label it with your child’s name.  Please do not send any other items with your child, including bags, backpacks, toys, etc.

Food & Drink Policy

We will not be serving snack at this time. We will provide bottled water for each child. We urge parents to ensure that their children eat and drink before coming to services and that they have a snack and a drink ready for the way home.

Cleaning & Disinfecting

We will continue to follow our normal cleaning and disinfecting procedures, but will include:

  • Disinfecting all tables and chairs at the end of the program.

  • Disinfecting all toys and supplies as needed and at the end of the program.

Social Distancing

We will make every effort to ensure that your children are interacting and playing safely together.  To the best of our abilities, we will be grouping children by family and spacing seating appropriately. We will also provide individual supplies, such as pencils, glue sticks, etc., for each child, which will be disinfected after being used. However, we will not refuse to touch, hold, or hug any child for comfort and reassurance as this is essential for their socio-emotional well-being and development but in doing so we will take every precaution to ensure everyone’s safety.

Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedures

The safety and security of the children attending DVCC Children’s Ministry programs is our highest priority. To ensure the security of the children, DVCC Staff and Volunteers will adhere to the following procedures:

Drop-Off

  • Drop-off begins 15 minutes before the start of any worship service or event where children’s program is being offered.

  • Each child must be accompanied by a person 16 years old or older when dropped off.

  • Each individual child must be checked-in by a parent/ caregiver and will receive a sticker with all of their pertinent information and a 4-digit code on it.

  • Each parent/ caregiver dropping off a child will receive a similar sticker with a matching code.

  • Under no circumstance may a parent drop-off a child who has not been properly checked-in and received by a DVCC Children’s Ministry team member.

  • Under no circumstance may a parent leave a child in any of our classrooms unattended.

Pick-Up

  • Please be prompt and pick up your child up from our programs immediately after the service.

  • To eliminate congestion in the hallways, doorways and classrooms, we ask that only one parent/ caregiver comes to pick up their child.

  • Each parent/ caregiver must provide the sticker with the matching code of their child at the time of pick-up.

  • All stickers will be collected before the child is dismissed.

  • A child will never be released to anyone but their assigned parent/ caregiver or authorized pick-up person 16 years old or older.

  • Under no circumstance will a child be released to a sibling or another child under 16 years of age even with the sticker with the matching code.

  • Under no circumstances will a child be allowed to leave any of our programs or events alone.

Communication

To the best of our abilities, our communication will be done electronically via email, text message or phone call.  We want to remain in good communication with you, so please make sure that your phone number and email address are up to date in order to receive important information regarding our Children’s Ministry Programs and Special Events. We encourage you to call or email the Children’s Ministry Director with any questions or concerns.