The risk in child care settings is considered low in BC as evidence shows:
it is less commonly transmitted between children and between children and adults
it is more commonly transmitted between adults and from adults to children
young children are less at risk for severe illness from Covid 19. Along with our cleaning and sanitizing measures outlined below, child care providers can support this low risk setting.
Sandpiper Preschool will avoid any unnecessary physical contact between staff and staff and children.
We will minimize close, prolonged face to face interactions wherever possible and encourage everyone to spread out as much as possible.
We will be taking our class outside as much as possible and spending some playtime outside.
Children and staff should stay at home when new symptoms of illness develop, such as:
loss of smell or taste
nausea or vomiting
If symptoms last longer than 24 hours or get worse, please call 8-1-1
If a Covid 19 test is recommended, please self-isolate while waiting for your results.
if the Covid test is positive, follow public health directions
If the Covid test is negative, return to preschool when feeling well
If a Covid test is recommended but not done, self-isolate for 10 days and return when feeling well
If your child develops symptoms while at preschool, the parent or caregiver will be called to pick up the child immediately. While waiting for the parent, the child will be isolated in the preschool office.
The staff wash all tables and chairs with a bleach solution every morning before the students arrive and every afternoon when the students leave.
The tables are washed with a bleach solution after arts and crafts and before snack and lunch.
All toys that have been played with during the class are cleaned and sanitized with a bleach solution when the class is over for the day.
The toilets are sanitized with a bleach solution before and after our students use them.
The door handles are sanitized by the school custodian twice a day.
All surfaces in the kitchen area are wiped and sanitized with a bleach solution everyday.
Daily Health Declaration
Sandpiper Preschool Revised December 9, 2020
1.Has your child had FEVER, COUGH, DIARRHEA, UPSET STOMACH, VOMITING, RESPIRATORY or any other ILLNESS in the past 48 hours?
2. Do you believe your child is sick, or may be coming down with a sickness? COVID 19 or other?
3. Has your child received TYLENOL, ACETAMINOPHEN, ADVIL, IBUPROFEN, or any other symptomatic medication in the past 48 hours?
4. Has anyone in your household or family recently been tested for COVID19?
5. Do you have reason to believe that your child has had contact with a case of COVID19 in the past 2 weeks?
6. Has anyone in your family returned from outside of BC in the past 2 weeks?
If the answer to any of these questions is YES, your child may not attend care today.
PROTOCOLS FOR CHILD CARE
Access to child care facilities
Implement a policy stating that workers, children, parents, and caregivers must not enter the workplace if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days. Communicate this policy to workers, parents, and caregivers. Post signage at entrances to the workplace reminding people not to enter the site if they have symptoms associated with COVID-19. At drop off, implement a daily “yes/no” verbal confirmation that children do not have symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other respiratory disease. Do not accept a child if the answer is yes.
» Workers with symptoms of COVID-19 must be excluded from work, stay home, and self- isolate until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious disease, and their symptoms have resolved.
» Communicate to parents and caregivers the requirement for them assess their children daily for the presence of symptoms of common cold, influenza, COVID-19, or other infectious respiratory disease prior to drop off. Parents and caregivers must keep their children at home until they have been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, and their symptoms have resolved.
Develop and communicate policies around the management of staff and children who become ill while at the facility. Train employees about the symptoms associated with COVID-19 and the protocols in place in the event that a child becomes ill while at the facility.
Use telephone or video conferencing when possible to meet with workers, parents, and caregivers.
Limit or prohibit visitors to the facility.
Pick up and drop off
Drop off and pick up should occur outside of the child care setting where the age
of the child and building design make this reasonably practicable.
Implement strategies to ensure physical distancing is maintained at drop-off and pick-up areas. Consider staggered drop-off and pick-up times, using multiple entrance points if available, and placing markers at entrance points to support physical distancing.
If parents or caregivers have to enter the facility at pick up or drop off , establish a policy that only one parent or caregiver enters the facility.
Avoid close greetings such as hugs and handshakes. Child care and day camps:
Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
Establish hand washing, hygiene and respiratory protocols for everyone in the
Set up hand hygiene stations at the entrance to the workplace. Provide alcohol- based hand sanitizer stations where a sink is not available. Ensure there is an adequate supply of hand washing supplies and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Require workers, children, and others to wash their hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer immediately upon entering the facility. Keep hand sanitizer out of the reach of children and supervise its use.
Require workers to wash their hands regularly throughout the day, including:
» When they arrive at the workplace and before they go home » Before and after handling food (raw, cooked or pre-packaged),
» Before and after giving or applying medication or ointment to a child or self
» After assisting a child to use the toilet
» After using the toilet
» After contact with body fluids (e.g., runny noses, spit, vomit, blood) » Before donning and after donning personal protective equipment
» After cleaning tasks
» After handling garbage
» Whenever hands are visibly dirty
• Support children to wash their hands regularly throughout the day, including: » When they arrive at the workplace and before they go home
» Before and after eating and drinking
» After using the toilet
» After playing outside
» After sneezing or coughing
» Whenever hands are visibly dirty
• Provide education and direction to workers and children to:
» Cough or sneeze into their elbow sleeve or a tissue.
» Throw away used tissues and immediately perform hand hygiene. » Not touch their eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
Child care and day camps: PHYSICAL DISTANCINGPhysical distancing
Workers should maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from each other. Where this is not possible, for example when transferring a very young child from one worker to another, plan and communicate the work task in advance to ensure that time spent in close proximity is minimized.
Consider incorporating activities involving books, individual games to encourage physical distancing between children.
It is not always possible for workers to maintain physical distance from children, and between children, when in care. Adhere to the principle of physical distancing where possible, by:
» Minimizing the frequency of direct physical contact with children.
» Forming a number of separate play areas in order to space children apart. Note that children who live in the same home do not need to maintain physical distance from each other.
» Creating smaller groups or cohorts of children and keeping these groups separate from each other.
» Minimizing the number of different workers that interact with the same child or group of children.
» Organizing snack/meal areas to space children apart.
» Including the use of outdoor space for various activities, including snack/ meal time, while adhering to physical distancing and hygiene principles.
Cleaning and disinfection
Remove toys from the workplace that have surfaces that are not easily cleaned,
such as plush stuffed animals.
Remove unnecessary items from the workplace to reduce surfaces that could
Identify all common areas (e.g., washrooms) and frequently-touched surfaces (e.g., door knobs, cupboard handles, light switches, faucet handles, tables, chairs,
toys). Develop and implement a cleaning and disinfection schedule and procedures in accordance with the BC CDC’s Cleaning and Disinfectants for Public Settings document.
» General cleaning and disinfecting of the workplace should occur at least once a day.
» Frequently-touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day.
Child care and day camps:
Toys and objects that children have placed in their mouths should be set aside, for example in a “to be washed” bin, until they are cleaned and disinfected. Toy, objects, and surfaces known to have been in contact with bodily fluids should be cleaned as soon as possible and between uses by different children.
Wash towels between uses by different children.
Consider installing hands-free sinks and hand driers.
Empty garbage containers daily at a minimum.
If a worker or child leaves the workplace due to symptoms of COVID-19, clean areas those individuals were in, including surfaces they may have touched, immediately upon their departure.
Maintain an adequate supply of cleaning and disinfection products and materials.
Use of personal protective equipment (PPE)
COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings states that personal protective equipment, such as masks and gloves, are not needed beyond those used by staff as part of regular precautions for the hazards normally encountered in their regular course of work.
Where PPE has been identified for tasks prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, continue to use this PPE when performing these tasks.
Wear disposable gloves when cleaning body fluids (e.g., runny nose, vomit, stool, urine).
Determine what PPE may be required for workers who are responsible for cleaning and disinfection. Read product labels and Safety Data Sheets to help make this determination.
Meals and snacks
Do not allow sharing of food or drink by workers or children.
Do not allow children to participate in food preparation.
Establish a procedure for receiving and handling parent and caregiver provided food items and containers (e.g., lunch boxes). Consider designating a tabletop/ countertop receiving area and ensure this area is sanitized. Food provided by parents and caregivers should be stored with the child’s belongings or, if refrigeration is required, it should be kept in an area designated for the child’s grouping or cohort, where applicable.
• Reusable dishware, glasses, and utensils must be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
Other methods to control risk
Limit sharing of supplies and equipment (e.g., pens, telephone, tablets, computer
mouse) between workers.
Provide adequate amounts of high touch materials, such as art supplies, in order to minimize sharing between children.
Child care and day camps:
Store children’s belongings separately.
Ensure adequate ventilation and open windows if possible.
Have children outside wherever possible, including play time, snack time, and for
learning activities. Related links
See the following links for additional information, guidance, or resources that may assist you in the development of your plan.
• BC CDC COVID 19: Public Health Guidance for Childcare Settings
For more information
The information on this page is based on current recommendations and may change. For the latest guidance, please see the health information from the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and the latest news from the government of British Columbia.
If you have a question or concern
Workers and employers with questions or concerns about workplace exposure to COVID-19 can call WorkSafeBC’s Prevention Information Line at 604.276.3100 in the Lower Mainland (toll-free within B.C. at 1.888.621.SAFE). You’ll be able to speak to a prevention o cer to get answers to your questions, and if required, a prevention o cer will be assigned to assess the health and safety risk at your workplace.
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