Health and Safety Protocol during COVID Outbreak
Quarantine for 14 days if you have no symptoms and any of the following apply:
• you are returning from travel outside of Canada (mandatory quarantine)
• you had close contact with someone who has or is suspected to have COVID-19
• you have been told by the public health authority that you may have been exposed and need to quarantine Isolate You must isolate if any of the following apply:
• you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or are waiting to hear the results of a lab test for COVID-19
• you have symptoms of COVID-19, even if mild • you have been in contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19
• you have been told by public health that you may have been exposed to COVID-19
• you have returned from travel outside Canada with symptoms of COVID-19 (mandatory)
Physical (social) distancing
• There will be no non-essential visitors at the program.
• The provision of special needs services may continue with consultation of Halton Region Public Health Unit.
• Video and telephone interviews will be used to interact with families where possible, rather than in person.
• Ministry staff and other public officials (e.g. fire marshal, public health inspectors) are permitted to enter and inspect a child care center, home child care agency and premises at any reasonable time with proper PPE’s.
• Parents will not go past the front door. Children will be dropped off and picked up in care of staff at front door.
• No volunteers or students are allowed at the program.
• When setting up the play space, physical distancing of at least 2 metres must be maintained between cohorts and should be encouraged, where possible, between children within the same cohort: o
• Spreading children out into different areas, particularly at meal and dressing time;
Montessori School & Daycare
• Teacher will try to incorporate more individual activities or activities that encourage more space between children; and using visual cues to promote physical distancing.
• In shared outdoor space, cohorts must maintain a distance of at least 2 meters between groups and any other individuals outside of the cohort.
• Shared spaces and structures that cannot be cleaned and disinfected between cohorts should not be used.
• Recognizing that physical distancing is difficult with small children and infants, additional suggestions include: planning activities that do not involve shared objects or toys; when possible, moving activities outside to allow for more space; and avoiding singing activities indoors