Policy Name: Health COVID 19
Revision Date: September 2020
The Health COVID 19 Policy provides updated procedures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 and maintain healthy environments for children and staff attending the SMS and SELC. All parents, children and staff who have travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days or where identified by Public Health as a close contact of a confirmed case must stay home and self-isolate according to current provincial and federal orders. All parents, children and staff who have symptoms of a common cold, influenza, Covid 19 or other infectious respiratory disease may not enter the SMS or SELC until a symptom free period of 24 hours has passed OR they have been assessed by a health care provider and it is determined that their condition is not contagious and it is safe for the child or staff to return to school (SMS) or the daycare (SELC). Children will be assessed daily before being permitted to enter the school (SMS) or daycare (SELC). Children and staff developing symptoms while at the school must be sent home immediately.
Daily health assessment/declaration:
- All children will be assessed daily before they are permitted to enter the school (SMS) or the daycare (SELC). For SMS school children: This can be done either through a verbal questionnaire conducted by their classroom teacher which means a parent/guardian must be present to answer verbally or through a paper questionnaire filled in by the parent/guardian the morning before arrival at school. The paper questionnaire must be handed to the classroom teacher before the student may enter the school. See Appendix A For SELC daycare children: By signing your children in at the SELC parents/guardians are automatically declaring their child has met the Health Covid 19 Policy requirements.
If children or staff show symptoms:
- Children or staff who have symptoms of a common cold, influenza, COVID-19 or other infectious respiratory disease must remain home and may not enter the SMS school or the SELC building until a symptom free period of 24 hours has passed OR they have been assessed by a health care provider and it is determined that their condition is not contagious and it is safe for the child or staff to return to school or daycare.
If children or staff develop symptoms while at school (SMS) or daycare (SELC):
- If a child develops symptoms while at school or daycare, they must be moved to a separate area from others in a supervised area until they can go home.
- The child’s parent/ guardian or another emergency contact must be called to pick the child up right away.
- The staff supervising the sick child should maintain a 2-meter distance from the ill child if possible. If this is not possible then the staff member must wear a mask or use a tissue to cover their nose and mouth.
- The staff should also provide the child with a tissue/mask and other necessary support to minimizing illness transmission for example, opening outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the area.
- Once the child is picked up the staff member must wash their hands and clean and disinfect the space where the ill child was, utilizing personal protective equipment. Wash hands when finished even if gloves were worn.
- If a staff member develops symptoms while at work, they should go home right away.
- If this is not possible, they should move to a separate area, cover their nose and mouth with a mask or tissue, ventilate the room and maintain a 2-meter distance from anyone else.
- Once the ill staff leaves, a remaining staff member must clean and disinfect the space where the ill staff was, utilizing personal protective equipment. Wash hands when finished even if gloves were worn.
If you have questions regarding Covid 19 Symptoms call 8-1-1.
Approved Sept. 15, 2020:
Stephanie Griffiths, President SOMSS Board of Directors