COVID-19 Safety Plan

SEPTEMBER 2020

First Level Protection – Access To Facilities


The first level of protecting staff and children is elimination of any additional persons on the site. Therefore, classroom access will be limited to the children and staff only. We will have a maximum of 16 children, with 2 to 3 staff present. Staff will maintain 2 meters distance from each other at all times.

Children, parents and caregivers must not enter the classroom if they have symptoms of COVID-19 or have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

Parent consultations/meetings will be conducted by phone or email rather than in- person classroom meetings. Zoom calls can also be arranged if necessary.


Second Level Protection


The second level of protection is to install barriers such as plexiglass to separate people. We do not require this at this time as our space allows for sufficient physical distancing.


Third Level Protection – Administrative Controls


Rules and Guidelines Established:

• Occupancy limits, as outlined above, will be posted.

• Children in the ECE setting are not required to social distance; however, they will be encouraged to keep their hands away from their friends as much as possible at school. We will guide them in learning about awareness of personal space, both theirs and their classmates and teachers.

Families must provide the following documentation on a daily basis, prepared at home before leaving for school, to the teacher before the children may enter the classoom:


MOUNTAIN MONTESSORI EARLY LEARNING CENTRE

FAMILY INTAKE FORM

1. Do you, or your child/ren, have any of the following symptoms that are new or unusual for you? Circle One

- Fever Yes No

- Cough Yes No

- Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing Yes No

- Sore throat Yes No

- Runny nose/nasal congestion Yes No

- Feeling unwell/feeling tired Yes No

- Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea Yes No

- Muscle Aches Yes No

- Conjunctivitis Yes No

2. Have you or your child/ren, in the past 24 hours, been administered any medications (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, homeopathic, etc.) to treat any of the symptoms listed above? Yes No

3. Have you or anyone in your household travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days? Yes No

4. Have your or your child/ren had close contact (face-to-face contact within 2 metres/6 feet with someone who is ill with cough and/or fever? Yes No

5. Have you or anyone in your household been in contact in the last 14 days with someone who is suspected of having, tested or confirmed positive for COVID-19? Yes No

___________________________ ____________________

PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE DATE

Please print out this page as you will need one every day your child comes to school.

Fourth Level Protection

If it is deemed the first three levels of protection are not enough to control the risk of infection, the use of masks will be considered. Staff will wear masks in common areas of Hume School; ie if they need to go to the office, photocopy, etc.

CLEANING PRACTICES

• Staff will clean/sanitize once a day for most surfaces, and high-touch surfaces twice a day with spot cleaning in between as needed. Gloves and masks will be used to clean/sanitize. Cleaning will be done before children arrive in the morning and after the morning session.

• High touch surfaces (common surfaces) to be cleaned twice a day include doorknobs, light switches, handles, tables, toilets, faucets.

• All materials used by the children and staff will be cleaned daily.

Hygiene/Handwashing Practices

• Children will be required to sanitize their hands before and after working with an activity. Activity that has been used will be placed in a “to be cleaned” area and will only be returned to the shelf after cleaning.

• Children will be required to wash their hands immediately upon arriving at school, before and after snack, before and after bathroom usage.

• Staff will be required to wash their hands upon arrival, before and after eating, before and after bathroom usage, and just before leaving.

• Staff handwashing or sanitizing to be done before and after working with individual students.

• Children and staff will follow coughing/sneezing guidelines as per WorkSafe BC. Posters will be placed in bathroom and classroom.

POLICIES

Our workplace policies ensure that workers and others showing symptoms of COVID-10 are prohibited from the workplace. These include:

• Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 in the last 10 days. Symptoms include fever, chills, new or worsening cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, and new muscle aches or headache.

• Anyone directed by Public Health to self-isolate.

• Anyone who has arrived from outside of Canada or who has had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case must self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms.

• Visitors are prohibited or limited in the workplace.

Should employees/children fall sick at school:

• Employees who start to feel sick at school will be asked to wash hands and put on a mask, and to isolate. Employee will be sent home and must schedule a doctor’s visit and use the self-assessment tool on Thrive BChttps://bc.thrive.health/ and then call your local testing center to arrange a COVID test or isolate for 10 days and return to school based on doctor’s recommendation.

• If employee is severely ill; i.e. difficulty breathing, chest pain, 911 will be called.

• Surfaces that the employee has come in contact with will be cleaned and sanitized.

• Children who start to feel sick at school will be asked to wash hands and put on a mask, and to isolate, accompanied by staff who will also wear a mask. Children will be sent home and must schedule a doctor’s visit and use the self-assessment tool on Thrive BChttps://bc.thrive.health/ and then call your local testing center to arrange a COVID test or isolate for 10 days and return to school based on doctor’s recommendation.

• If employee is severely ill; ie difficulty breathing, chest pain, 911 and parents/caregivers will be called.

• Surfaces that the child has come in contact with will be cleaned and sanitized.

Communication Plans and Training

All staff will be provided with this Plan to ensure they are aware of the policies and procedures, including staying home when sick.

Signage for Occupancy Limit, Handwashing and Entrance Restriction, including visitors and staff, will be posted at our main entrance to the classroom.

Supervisor will monitor staff and the workplace to ensure policies and procedures are being followed.

As changes in government rules and regulations occur, changes will be made to our policies and procedures as necessary. Staff will be involved in this process.

Following is the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool:

BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool

If you need help or guidance in another language, please call 8‑1‑1 which provides translation services in 130 languages.

The Ministry of Health in partnership with Thrive Health created this self-assessment tool to provide up-to-date guidance and recommendations for testing and follow-up for COVID-19 that follows BCCDC guidance. It is not a diagnostic tool and does not replace the advice of your healthcare provider.

Note that this self-assessment tool is intended for COVID-19 only. Your symptoms may not be related to COVID-19 and could require you to seek medical attention. If you are uncertain and/or feel very sick, contact your family doctor/nurse practitioner or call 8-1-1.

Last updated: 7/10/2020 2:30 pm PDT

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