Kidzone Covid 19 Safety plan
Updated February 14,2021
Our safety plan acknowledges risks and describes protocols to reduce the risks for children. parents and staff.
We are following the Public Health Guidance document for child care settings, updated February 12,2021.
Entrances:duct tape markers 2M apart for staggered entry. Sign in /out and Health agreement are accessible at Mindy’s window. Hand sanitizer is available at the window and also at the door at the playground . Every child and staff member are required to have a health agreement. Temperatures may be checked at the door. We ask families to enter the building ONLY if necessary. Parents/representatives who enter the building are asked to wear a mask. KZ has disposable masks available should you require one.
Children and staff with allergies need a doctor’s note with description of typical symptoms in order to attend .Children or staff will not be permitted in the centre if they have cold, cough, flu symptoms, including fever or any respiratory illness.
Any child who starts to show symptoms of illness while in daycare, will be isolated with a teacher ( masked ) until they are able to be picked up. Parents are required to have a backup plan for pickup , as the child is required to be picked up within an hour of the parent being contacted.
Please make sure your approved pick up list is current.
Inside the centre : Children wash their hands upon arrival, at washroom breaks, before and after meals, after outside play , with frequent reminders about hand washing throughout the day.
We respect physical distancing rules where possible, understanding not all physical distancing rules are appropriate or possible with young children. ( see Child Care Professionals of B.C. Covid 19 Technical Implementation Guidelines for Child Care Facilities or public Health Guidance for child Care Settings updated September 25,2020)
Children will be spaced at meal times, and reminded frequently to avoid touching each other.
Trips to the washroom will be staggered to avoid crowding.
Children are considered low risk , and are unlikely to spread Covid 19 to adults.
The physical space requirements for licensed child care settings set out in the child care regulations mean that there is sufficient space to support physical distancing recommendations of the Provincial Health Officer. Therefore child care centres can safely operate at full capacity.
School age rooms: in order to facilitate contact tracing, the school age children are kept in separate “ bubbles” so that they are seated at tables and playing in a floor area only with children who are attending the same school.
Transportation: it is recommended that children five and older wear masks on the school bus and sit in an assigned seat. Siblings may be seated together. The bus is sanitized daily using a botanical viricide approved by Health Canada.
Enhanced cleaning protocols: frequent touch surfaces ( door handles, door edges, light switches , phone, bathroom areas) are sanitized multiple times per day. Indoor toys are sanitized throughout the day. After closing, staff apply a safe, approved sanitizer through every room, and also sanitize the outdoor ride ons and strollers.
Masks and gloves are always available to staff.
Staff are asked to distance from each other as an example to the children.
Staff are asked to wear a mask when indoors and interacting with other adults, except when there is a barrier in place or physical distancing can be maintained.
For young children, masks are optional, based on family preference.
Staff may choose to wear a mask indoors when engaging in prolonged , close interaction with children, after giving consideration to the potential impact on visual cueing, and non-verbal communication with children.
Elementary students’ mask use should also be based on their personal or family choice. Masks do not need to be worn outside.
Masks must be worn on the bus .
( BCCDC - Public Health Guidance for K-12 Schools, Updated February 4,2021.
Exception: Children under the age of two should not wear masks, as it may interfere with their breathing. Also, Masks encourage children to touch their faces more, potentially causing masks to be more detrimental than helpful. Children
also partially learn speech and inference from their teacher’s facial expressions a basic lip reading . Masks may be removed for demonstration purposes, social distancing to be observed at that time.
Staff are expected to stay home when they are unwell. ( Fever, muscle ache, cold, cough or worsening chronic cough, respiratory illness , gastrointestinal illness )
Wearing a mask while in the centre remains a personal choice.
Staff are aware they may be asked to come in to work or stay later than their shift, due to another staffs absence. We have a teacher on call, prepared to cover for illness. Parents are aware of the possibility of short notice should the daycare need to close because of either positive Covid contact or the our inability to maintain child staff ratio due to an unprecedented number of staff away.
Visitors: all visitors to the centre will be logged in for contact tracing.
Parents / guardians are not considered to be visitors. Alternate pick up people ARE considered to be visitors, and will be logged in.
Any safety concerns should be brought to the attention of management right away. We will address and correct concerns in a timely manner.
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