Covid19

Our new policy updates are linked below regarding Covid 19 safety and procedures.

SVP Covid19 Health/Illness Policy

October 2020

Staying home when sick is one of the most important ways to reduce the spread of communicable diseases, including COVID-19. This is why it is important for anyone who is sick to stay home. 

Please note the following COVID-19 Health/Illness Policy, which applies to all staff and children within this facility and is in addition to established preschool illness policy (pg. 35 Parent Manual http://www.strawberryvalepreschool.org/wp-content/uploads/Parent-Manual-2018.pdf).

1) Assessment of Key Symptoms of Illness 

Children and care providers must stay at home when new symptoms of illness develop, such as:   

  • Fever (Forehead/ Ear Temp. 38 C/100 F)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing or wheezing 
  • Loss of sense of smell or taste
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or Vomiting 

2) Stay home and monitor for 24 hours.

For mild symptoms without fever, children and staff members must stay home and monitor symptoms for 24 hours. 

3) Reassessment of Key Symptoms of Illness

  • If symptoms improve and the child/staff member feels well enough, they can return to the childcare facility without further assessment or doctor’s note.
  • If symptoms include fever or difficulty breathing, or if symptoms last for more than 24 hours or get worse, seek a health assessment by calling 8-1-1 or a primary care provider. If a COVID-19 test is recommended as a result of the health assessment, self-isolate while waiting for results (see information on how results are provided here). 
    • If the COVID-19 test is positive, self-isolate and follow the direction of public health. 
    • If the COVID-19 test is negative, return to the childcare facility once well enough to participate. 
    • If a COVID-19 test is recommended but not done, self-isolate for 10 days after the onset of symptoms and return when feeling well enough to participate. 

4) COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

 Use the COVID-19 Assessment Tool to determine if you should seek testing for:

  • Children who have, or children with others living in the same home who have just returned from international travel; or
  • Children who have, or children with others living in the same home who have been identified as at-risk of potential Covid19 exposure.

Children may not attend childcare programs while they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Green mucous nasal discharge
  • Fever
  • Unusual, unexplained loss of appetite, fatigue, irritability, or headache
  • Eye infections
  • Any rash that is not confirmed by doctor to be non-contagious
  • Known/suspected communicable diseases (measles, chicken pox, pink eye, hand foot and mouth, etc)
  • Ear infection
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea in the last 48 hours

Please use the following guidelines to help us prevent the spread of illness in our preschool by keeping your child at home with any of the following conditions:

  • Pain – any complaints of unexplained or undiagnosed pain
  • An acute cold with fever, coughing and sore throat
  • Difficulty breathing – wheezing or persistent cough
  • Fever (100 F/38.3 C or higher) accompanied by general symptoms
  • Sore throat or trouble swallowing
  • Infected skin or eyes or an undiagnosed rash
  • Headache and stiff neck
  • Unexplained diarrhea – combined with nausea, vomiting or abdominal cramps
  • Severe itching of body or scalp

If a child begins to show symptoms while at preschool, Staff will take the following steps:

  1. Immediately separate the symptomatic child from others in a supervised area. 
  2. Contact the child’s parent or caregiver to pick them up as soon as possible. 
  3. Where possible, maintain a 2-metre distance from the ill child. If not possible, staff should wear a non-medical mask or face covering if available and tolerated or use a tissue to cover their nose and mouth. 
  4. Provide the child tissues to cover their coughs or sneezes. Throw away used tissues as soon as possible and perform hand hygiene. 
  5. Avoid touching the child’s body fluids (e.g., mucous, saliva). If you do, practice diligent hand hygiene. 
  6. Once the child is picked up, practice diligent hand hygiene. 
  7. Staff responsible for facility cleaning must clean and disinfect the space where the child was separated and any areas recently used by them (e.g., classroom, bathroom, common areas). 

If a staff member begins to show symptoms while at preschool, and unable to leave immediately: 

  1. Symptomatic staff will separate themselves into an area away from others. 
  2. Maintain a distance of 2 metres from others. 
  3. Use a tissue or non-medical mask to cover their nose and mouth while they wait to be picked up. 
  4. Staff responsible for facility cleaning must clean and disinfect the space where the staff member was separated and any areas used by them (e.g., classroom, bathroom, common areas). 

Memo of Understanding SVP – COVID-19

October 2020

In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we feel it is important to clarify that Dr. Bonnie Henry has confirmed and encouraged childcares to remain open, where possible, to serve families that are needing childcare. 

Strawberry Vale Preschool will continue to follow all updated protocols and procedures as outlined by the Health Authorities and CDC. 

Given these important requirements, it is imperative that we are resolute in our health policy, and that all parents understand and agree to the following additional requirements: 

Provision of Care

Minimized frequency of direct physical contact is a reasonable expectation for the age/development of our preschool children. We do not claim to be able to meet physical distancing in our daily interactions at preschool. Children will be supported to have minimized direct contact with one another and physical distancing strategies will be implemented where possible in the childcare setting amongst staff.  Toys and equipment will be designated for each class group and cleaning of high touch surfaces and equipment will meet the new standards of protocol for childcare.

Illness and Attendance

Children may not attend Strawberry Vale Preschool if they exhibit any symptoms of respiratory illness or fever. Please refer to our new Health Policy on the SVP website under the Covid19 tab. http://www.strawberryvalepreschool.org/covid-19-policies/

There are no exceptions to this illness policy.

Symptoms associated with COVID-19 are similar to many common respiratory illnesses that may be circulating through schools/childcare settings. The two most important ways to prevent and control respiratory viruses, including COVID-19 are:

  • Stay home when ill. Children and staff who are ill with respiratory illness symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, and/or muscle aches) are to stay home from preschool.
  • Consistent practice of good respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene.

There is an expectation that individuals residing in the household with any child attending Strawberry Vale Preschool are to be taking all precautions possible to limit their exposure to COVID-19. 

Withdrawal

With the end of the Temporary Emergency Funding (TEF) Program, Strawberry Vale Preschool’s withdrawal policy has reverted to regular policy. (See the full policy on page 60 of the Parent Handbook) http://www.strawberryvalepreschool.org/wp-content/uploads/Parent-Manual-2018.pdf

  • Notification of withdrawal from the preschool shall be made in writing to the treasurer

one month in advance effective the first of the month, or one month’s fees shall be paid in lieu of notice. 

If a family has withdrawn their child(ren) due to COVID-19 and seeks to return to their original space while the pandemic is still ongoing, Strawberry Vale Preschool will make every reasonable effort to accommodate the family.  However, Strawberry Vale Preschool will not ensure that space is available to the original family until the pandemic passes.

Temporary Closure

If Strawberry Vale Preschool temporarily closes due to COVID-19 and is receiving the TEF for the period of the closure, the preschool will not charge any fees for the duration of the closure.  If the preschool closes on or before the 15th of the month and fees have already been paid, the preschool will refund the families 50% of their fees or provide the equivalent credit towards future fee payments.  The executive may offer a credit or alternative arrangements in lieu of a refund however all decisions will follow the TEF Guidelines put in place by the Ministry of Children and Family Development.    

Arrival/Departure

Parents are not currently permitted to access our facility.  Drop off and sign in will occur at the gate. Please wait with your child at the orange cone markers indicated on the sidewalk, ensuring social distancing (2 meters). Allow space for the family ahead of you to clear the “bridge” area before coming forward to drop off your child. 

Child transition into the yard **Staggered Drop off in effect

  1. Staff will meet you at the gate to receive your child into the yard. Staff will have you confirm a health check and will sign your child in.  Emergency contact # must be valid during class time and you must be available for immediate pick up should they display any symptoms outlines in our Health/Illness Policy
  2. Your child will hang their backpack on the fence and proceed to wash their hands before going off to play.  Food bags, water bottles and daily supplies will be kept in your child’s backpack. Please send your child’s helmet as they will not be provided.

 Child transition at end of program **Staggered Pick up in effect

  1. Please wait outside the fenced yard.  We ask that you adhere to the physical distancing markers and wait until the family at the gate has left before moving forward to the gate.  
  2. Staff will assist your child to wash their hands, gather their belongings and will meet you at the gate to sign out.

For the well-being of children, staff and families, open transparency and candor is required around all the above requirements. Although this may lead to some challenging conversations, staff and families need to acknowledge and respect their necessity and their intention of care during the pandemic. We sincerely appreciate your compliance and understanding.