LACIA COVID-19 Office Safety Precautions in Effect During the Pandemic

We do not feel that virtual testing adequately and ethically captures the true strengths and challenges of our students, nor do we wish to delay appropriate intervention and cause further disruption in their education and development. The following precautions are in effect during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect our patients and help slow the spread of the coronavirus as we conduct in-person testing:

  • Everyone is required to wash their hands immediately upon entering the office and at regular intervals during appointments (e.g., during breaks).

  • There is a sink with soap and paper towels available in the office for handwashing at regular intervals. Restroom soap dispensers are maintained and everyone is encouraged to wash their hands.

  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is available in the testing rooms and the waiting room.

  • All LACIA staff wear masks.

  • All visitors to the office wear masks.

  • LACIA staff and visitors will all practice social distancing (i.e., maintaining six feet distance) as much as possible.

  • Testing offices are equipped with plexiglass tabletops and sneeze guards that are disinfected regularly throughout the day.

  • Pencils, pens, iPads, computers, and other items (including testing stimuli) that are commonly touched are thoroughly sanitized after each use.

  • As much as possible, interior doors are left open to reduce the need to touch doorknobs.

  • We schedule appointments at specific intervals to minimize the number of people in the office.

  • There will be no more than two LACIA staff members and two patients in the office per day.

  • Testing appointments are scheduled back-to-back to minimize the risk of exposure between appointments.

  • We ask all patients to wait in their cars or outside until no earlier than 5 minutes before their appointment times.

  • We ask that parents drop off their children and return at the end of the testing session rather than waiting in the waiting room. When developmentally appropriate, LACIA staff will meet patients in the lobby of the building and walk them up to the office so that parents do not enter the building. LACIA staff will also walk patients down to the lobby at the end of appointments for pick up.

  • Physical contact is not permitted.

  • Tissues and trash bins are easily accessed. Trash is disposed of on a frequent basis.

  • Common areas are thoroughly disinfected at the end of each day.

  • All patients will be required to complete a pre-appointment attestation. Anyone with a positive pre-screening or who appears visibly sick will not be permitted on the premises.

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