COVID-19 REOPENING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Common symptoms include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Other symptoms may include muscle aches, fatigue, headache, sore throat, runny nose, and loss of smell and taste. The virus typically spreads by droplet through coughing and sneezing, personal contact with an infected person, or touching an infected surface and then the face ‐ mouth, nose, or eyes.

The Ministry of Education and the local Health Unit provided all child care operators with strict enhanced policies and procedures for the safe re-opening of child care centres. In addition to the added responsibilities of our management team and our front-line educators, our families will need to follow the new protocols in order to keep everyone as safe as possible. Operators will be notified by the appropriate authorities when these protocols can safely be lessened and/or lifted and this information will then be shared with our families.

Gan Chabad Preschool has developed policies and procedures to comply with the Ministry of Health guidance requirements. This document has also been developed in accordance with the Ontario Ministry of Education: Operational Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak: Child Care Re-Opening to support centers in reducing the chance of virus introduction and spread within their settings, and the existing Gan Chabad Policy and Procedures Handbook. While the focus of this guidance document is on the new health, safety and operational measures that are required in order to safely re-open child care, please note that every effort will be made to uphold the welcoming and caring environment that child care provides for children and families.

Definitions

  • Close Contact for the purpose of this policy, a close contact is defined as an individual who has been within less than a two-meter distance for over 15 minutes without the use of PPE, or who resides in the same home.

  • Cohort For the purposes of this policy, a cohort is defined as a group of children and the staff members who take care of them, who stay together throughout the duration of the program for a minimum of 7 consecutive days (one week).

  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Clothing or equipment worn by individuals designed to protect the wearer from injury or the spread of infection or illness.

  • Physical Distancing Physical distancing refers to the practice of maintaining a minimum distance of 2 meters between subjects.

  • Special Needs Resources (SNR) Services Refers to all individuals who provide services to children requiring additional supports in the child care environment.

  • Essential Service Workers Individuals employed in sectors deemed essential in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Policy

This policy is intended to be used in conjunction with all of Gan Chabad’s Health and Safety policies and procedures. In the event of a conflict between this policy and Gan Chabad’s policies, this policy will prevail. Advice of the local public health unit must be followed at all times; in the event of a conflict between this policy and advice of the local public health unit, public health unit guidelines will prevail.

 

Protocols for the Safe Re-opening of Gan Chabad

Group sizes for Re-opening

Children will be grouped together in “cohorts.” A cohort is defined as a group of children and staff members assigned to them, who stay together throughout the duration of the program for a minimum of 7 days.

  • Cohorts will not mingle with any other cohorts throughout the program in order to prevent cross contamination. Each cohort will have an assigned classroom and must remain together throughout the day, without mixing with other cohorts, including staff.

  • Cohorts will be separated during outside play times. They will be using the playground at scheduled times.

  • Cohorts will not be able to join together in the mornings or the evening – the Overbrook location has reduced hours of 8:55AM- 5:30PM for children as we do not have staffing available for early opening for both separate classrooms and have left time at the end of the day for enhanced cleaning.

  • Adequate staffing will be scheduled so that another educator does not need to enter a cohort for the purposes of covering breaks or lunches. In the event that another educator may be requested to cover in a cohort, (sudden staff illness, etc.) that educator will maintain social distancing and wear a face mask, face shield and PPE.

 

Staffing

Overbrook location

Prenursery class

DECE: Morah Shana Bracha       

ECA: Morah Sarah

Nursery class

ECE: Morah Leanne

Morning ECA/Afternoon ECE: Morah Rachel

There will be an additional “runner” position that works 8:45 AM – 12:45 PM, and afternoon runner working from 1:10 PM-5:30/6:00PM. This position will assist with taking children to their rooms in the morning and with cleaning and disinfecting toys, high touch areas, the playground, and the bathroom between use for the cohort groups.

As much as possible, supply staff will be assigned to a specific cohort.

 

Bathurst location

 

ECE morning: Morah Karen

ECA morning: Morah Ruth

Afternoon ECA: TBA

ECE afternoon: Morah Limor

3rd ECA: Morah Chelsey

 

Adequate staff have been hired so that coverage can be maintained within cohort groups, and to allow for proper cleaning and disinfecting throughout the day.

 

 

 

Working with the Local Public Health

While the Ministry of Education is providing guidance on how to operate child care during the COVID-19 pandemic, child care centres must follow the advice of local public health officials when establishing health and safety protocols, including how to implement the provincial direction. The following guidelines and protocols are being implemented by Gan Chabad staff.

 

 

Communication with Families

  • Daily communication with families to provide information and details about their child’s day will be done through Hi Mama App, and our private Facebook groups. Posts will be done daily and include at least 1 picture of each child daily. All staff will be trained in Hi Mama, and designated staff will be responsible for inputting data throughout the day.

  • In person meetings with new and existing families will be kept to a very bare minimum. HiMama communication, telephone calls and Zoom meetings will replace in person meetings during the re-opening phase as much as possible.

 

  • Tour of the class will take place Wednesday September 2nd at Overbrook, and Thursday September 3rd at Bathurst, where parents can drop supplies and set up cubby area and take a “tour of the class”. This will also be chance to meet class teachers from a distance. Allows for children into the daycares with their parents to ease transition.

  • Family events such as holidays found in the Gan Chabad Calendar will be run virtually, unless restrictions ease and we are allowed to have non-essential people enter the Daycares. More details of these events will be shared closer to the date of those events.

 

Screening for Symptoms

All individuals including children attending child care staff, parents/guardians, and visitors must be screened each day before entering the child care setting, including daily temperature checks.

  • Unless it is necessary to support the individual needs of a child, parents will not be permitted to enter the centre. Staff will escort the child to their classroom once they have passed the screening process, and to the pick-up location once notified that parents have arrived.

  • Parents and guardians will be informed of this requirement and reminded through visible signage at the entrances and drop-off areas.

  • Supervisors will arrange staggered drop-off and pick-up times for children to support physical distancing through these transitions.

  • Screeners will take appropriate precautions when screening and escorting children to the program, including maintaining a distance of at least 2 meters (6 feet) from those being screened, and wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) (i.e., mask and face shield)

  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 70% alcohol content should be placed at all screening stations. Dispensers should not be in locations that can be accessed by young children.

  • Temperature checks will be conducted for all children, staff and visitors upon arrival and prior to entering the centre. Individuals with a fever (37.8C or above) will not be permitted to enter.

  • Daily records of screening results will be maintained on premises, and will include the name, contact information, time of arrival, and departure and screening results for each individual who enters the centre.

  • Gan Chabad will maintain daily records of screening results and records are to be kept on the premises for 12 months.

 

Drop-Off and Pick-up Procedures

 

Drop Off

  • Staggered drop off times will be provided. Parents are to come at their assigned time to drop off their child. If there is a child already at the screening table, they should wait in line, a two metre/six feet distance away from each other.

  • Parents should not go past the screening area. Staff will wear appropriate PPE and will be available for taking the child from the screening table to the child’s program room.

  • Parents are encouraged to use HiMama to connect with their child’s educator about the drop off routine. We would appreciate any information about the child’s evening and night to be communicated to us through HiMama as well.

  • Educators are encouraged to use HiMama to communicate any information about the drop off routine as well.

Pick Up

  • Parents should sanitize their hands and then ring the buzzer (at Overbrook), and then sanitize again after use. At our Bathurst location, parents should call 5 -10min ahead of pick up time so that staff can bring the child into the screening room to be picked up.

  • No one is to go past the front entrance and should obey social distancing while waiting for their child to be brought to them. Staff will wear appropriate PPE and will be available for bringing the child from the child’s program room to the parent or designated caregiver, outside.

  • Parent’s patience is appreciated as we go through the process of returning their child/children to their care.

  • Educators are encouraged to use HiMama more frequently during the re-opening phase. As you will not be greeting your families in the morning or having communication with them at pick-up, it will be more important to make those connections with families during the day. Families may be anxious about this re-opening phase and will require more assurance and connection from you. Lots of pictures of happy play and fun stories will take precedence for a while.

 

Visitors

 

  • There will be no non-essential visitors at the program.

  • The provision of special needs services will continue.

  • Use of 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 centre at any reasonable time.

  • There will be no specialties, volunteers allowed into the daycares at this time.

Space Set-Up and Physical Distancing

 

The Ministry recognizes that physical distancing between children in a child care setting is difficult and encourages child care staff and providers to maintain a welcoming and caring environment for children.

 

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: i.e.

  • spreading children out into different areas, particularly at meal and dressing time;

  • incorporating more individual activities or activities that encourage more space between children

  • using visual cues to promote physical distancing – placing only 2 chairs at tables with adequate space between

 

Recognizing that physical distancing is difficult with small children, additional suggestions include:

  • when possible, moving activities outside to allow for more space; and

  • avoiding singing activities indoors

  • planning activities that do not involve shared objects or toys

 

Practice Physical Distancing

  • Practice physical distancing (i.e. a two metre/six feet distance) as best as possible between children during activities while still permitting interaction and socializing to occur.

  • Physical distancing must not compromise supervision or a child’s safety, emotional or psychological well-being.

  • Maintain physical distancing as best as possible between cohorts in common areas: Use visual markers/cues spaced two metres/six feet apart (e.g. tape on the floor, pylons, signs) in common areas such as entrances and corridors.

  • Regularly remind children to keep "hands to yourself”.

  • Reinforce "no sharing" policies and procedures. This includes the current practice of not sharing food, water bottles or other personal items.

  • Limit the number and types of personal items that can be brought into the child care setting, and provide individual cubbies or bins for each child’s belongings. *We ask parents to only send one change of clothes, one pair of indoor shoes/ outdoor shoes , a hat, and one package of diapers and wipes. We encourage you to come to our classroom tour/ supply drop day to bring these items.

Overbrook class tour/ supply drop: Wed. September 2nd from 10:00AM-11:30AM

Bathurst tour/supply drop: Thurs. September 3rd from 10:00AM-11:00AM

  • Personal items must be clearly labelled with the child’s name to prevent accidental sharing (this includes shoes and jackets).

  • Plan activities and games that increase spacing between children while promoting social interaction.

  • Avoid activities that involve shared objects or toys.

  • Avoid activities involving singing, shouting, or speaking loudly indoors.

  • Directors, Supervisors and all other non-program staff will limit their movement between rooms, doing so only when absolutely necessary. Where it is necessary for these individuals to be in a classroom, they will maintain physical distancing and wear full PPE including a face mask and face shield.

Requirements for toys, equipment and play materials

Toys and activities within each cohort must of a nature that is easily cleaned and disinfected. It is recommended that books, puzzles, cardboard items etc. that are absorbent and cannot easily be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, be limited or removed from the classroom. Books can be “batched” for 7 days and then be rotated to be used.

 

Indoor sensory activities should be avoided – no indoor sand play, water play, playdough

  • The only exceptions would be if you could guarantee single use. i.e. playdough in individual baggies meant for 1 child only, water play in a single bin that is cleaned and disinfected between each user

 

  • Only provide toys and equipment that are made of materials that can be cleaned and disinfected.

  • Remove all plush toys.

  • Toys must be cleaned and disinfected at least twice daily and not shared amongst different cohorts. (Suggested cleaning time, naptime and at the end of day while class is outside)

  • Mouthed toys must be separated, cleaned and disinfected immediately after the child has finished using it.

  •  Clean and disinfect toys using two sinks method is acceptable if washing and rinsing are done in the first sink, then bleach disinfecting is done in second sink and then left to air dry. 

  •  Ensure required disinfectant contact times are achieved or alternatively allow toys to air dry.

  • Dry toys in a designated area that is separate from bathrooms, change tables and protected from sources of contamination. (Overbrook third room, Bathurst downstairs*).

  • Suspend group sensory play activities.

  • Items that cannot be readily cleaned and disinfected (e.g. books) should be batched. Batched items can be rotated on a weekly basis.

 · Items should be taken out of rotation after use, placed in a sealed container and set aside for seven days before reusing.

· Consider providing individualized bins or packs for art materials and supplies for each child. Label these bins to prevent accidental sharing.

 

 

 

Playground strategies

  1. Outdoor play time will be scheduled so that cohort groups are not passing by each other in common areas.

  2. Each cohort of children and staff will be provided with a “bin” of toys and designated gross-motor toys to use in the playground, all items (i.e. shovels, pails etc.) need to be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

  3. The sand box may be used by two children at a time, with sand toys disinfected before a different child uses it. 

  4. Educators will be responsible for applying sunscreen to every child. You will use gloves for applying sunscreen. Remember that proper hand hygiene should be exercised before putting on gloves and after taking gloves off. Gloves should be changed between each child.

  5. Sunscreen bottles should be cleaned and disinfected before and after applying sunscreen.

Protocols When a Child or Staff Demonstrates Symptoms of Illness or Becomes Sick

 

In order to help keep all children and staff safe and healthy, staff, parents and guardians, and children must not attend the program if they are sick, even if symptoms resemble a mild cold.

 

  • Symptoms to look for include but are not limited to: fever, cough, any shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, new smell or taste disorder, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, chills and a general feeling of being unwell. (refer to screening tool)

  • A single, symptomatic, laboratory confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member, or child must be considered a confirmed COVID-19 outbreak, in consultation with the local public health unit.

  • Outbreaks should be declared in collaboration between the program and the local public health unit to ensure an outbreak number is provided.

  • Children, child care centre staff, and students who are symptomatic or have been advised to self-isolate by the local public health unit, must not attend the program.

  • Asymptomatic individuals awaiting results may not need to be excluded and should follow the advice of the local public health unit.

 

If a child or staff member becomes sick while in the program, they should be isolated and family members contacted for pick-up.

Toronto Public Health will be notified, and their advice and direction will be followed. (416 338-7600).

 

Parents/guardians of ill children and ill or unwell child care staff will be directed to seek COVID-19 testing at assessment centres, and to call Telehealth or their primary health care provider to determine if further care is required.

 

  • The TPH will provide any further direction on testing and isolation of any close contacts. If the ill child/staff is tested for COVID-19 and their test result is negative, they can return to the centre after being symptom free for 24 hours and they pass the screening.

  • Child care staff and children who were exposed to an individual who became ill with symptoms (i.e. suspected COVID-19 case) must continue to be grouped together (i.e. cohorted), and monitored for signs and symptoms of illness:

  •  Supervisors must inform parents/guardians of children who were exposed to the ill child, and advise that they should monitor their child for symptoms.

  • Child care staff must not work in other child care settings. They must also be advised to avoid being in contact with vulnerable person or settings where there are vulnerable people.

 

Child care staff and children exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 must be excluded from the child care setting for 14 days.

  • These individuals must self-isolate at home and monitor for symptoms for the next 14 days.

  • Individuals who have been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 should get tested as soon as any symptoms develop.

  •  If asymptomatic, individuals who have been exposed are also encouraged to get tested any time within 14 days of the potential exposure. They will need to continue to self-isolate for 14 days even if the test is negative.

 

Important: Individuals who choose not to access COVID-19 testing will be required to remain at home for a period of 14 days after the onset of symptoms.

 

Program Statement/Activities

 

Gan Chabad will continue to implement our program statement. It is recognized that there may be approaches outlined in the program statement which may not be possible due to physical distancing.

We will not be required to make updates to our program statement during the re-opening phase.

 

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting policies and procedures

Gan Chabad will utilize an enhanced daily cleaning practice to ensure a sanitary environment for children, families and staff. Enhanced cleaning measures will include daily toy/resource disinfection procedures.

 

We will be required to adhere to the following cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

 

Definitions

 

Cleaning: refers to the physical removal of foreign material (i.e. dust, soil) and organic material (i.e. blood, secretions, microorganisms). Cleaning removes, rather than kill microorganisms. Warm water, soap and mechanical action (i.e. wiping) is required to clean surfaces. Rinsing with clean water is required to complete the cleaning process to ensure the soap film is removed.

 

Disinfecting: describes a process completed after cleaning in which a chemical solution, is used to kill most disease-causing microorganisms. In order to be effective disinfectants must be left on a surface for a period of time (contact time). Contact times are generally prescribed by the product manufacturer. Any items children may come into contact with, requires a final rinse after the required contact time is observed.

 

 

Procedure

Follow a 2-step method to clean and disinfect:

 

Clean:

  • Use detergent, warm water, and scrub brushes/paper towels/cloths to clean visibly soiled surfaces.

  •  Rinse surfaces with clean warm water to remove all detergent and remaining dirt.

  •  Allow surfaces to dry prior to disinfecting to prevent the dilution of disinfectant solution.

 

 

Disinfect:

  • Use personal protective equipment (gloves and masks as necessary) when handling disinfectants.

  •  Prepare disinfecting solutions daily according to the Preparing Disinfecting Solutions posting, use test strips to ensure proper concentrations, and transfer disinfecting solutions into labelled squirt bottles for surface cleaning.

  • If using bleach, for the purposes of COVID-19, a 1000 ppm bleach/water solution should be used.

  • Prepare chlorine bleach solutions according to the following ratios”

    • 1 teaspoon (5ml) bleach per cup (250ml) if water, OR

    • 4 teaspoons (20ml) bleach per litre (1000ml) of water.

      • Ensure a minimum of two minutes contact time and allow to air dry

  • Prepare fresh bleach solutions daily

  • Ensure that proper protective gear is used for mixing bleach, gloves, mask, face shield and clothing cover.

  • Cleaning supplies will be stored in a sealed cupboard away from children’s access.

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  •  Squirt or wipe on disinfectant solution and leave on the surface for the appropriate disinfecting contact time, contact time for bleach is 2 minutes, (noting that the surface should remain wet for the full contact time).

  •  If the surface dries, staff will reapply disinfectant solution.

  •  For high touch areas, wipe the surface dry with a paper towel or a dry clean cloth once the contact time has elapsed.

  • For toys that tend to be mouthed, Rinse after contact time is complete – either immerse in clean water or spray with a clean water bottle

  • For toys, let them air dry on a table with clean towels or paper towels.

  • Spray bottles will be identified by colour bands in order to reduce the number of times a spray bottle is touched

  • Red band – Diluted bleach and water

  • Yellow band – soap and water

  • Blue band – water for rinsing

 

Cleaning and Disinfection Frequency Requirements

 

  1. Clean and disinfect upon ENTRY to child care (for staff items):

Any hard surfaces such as water bottles, travel mugs, cell phones, lunch containers, purses, handbags

  1. Clean and disinfect upon children's ENTRY to child care (for child’s items):

Any hard surfaces such as water bottles, containers etc.

  1. Clean and disinfect frequencies for other surfaces and items:

Cleaning and disinfecting routines must be increased for the following, as the risk of environmental contamination is higher:

  • Tables and countertops: used for food preparation and food service must be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use

  • Highchairs: must be cleaned and disinfected before and after serving food

  • Spills must be cleaned and disinfected immediately

  • Washrooms: staff and children washroom areas must be cleaned and disinfected after every use: toilets, counter tops, sinks and toilet handles.

  • Floors: cleaning and disinfecting must be performed as required, i.e., when spills occur, and throughout the day when rooms are available, i.e., during outdoor play and on a daily basis

  • Outdoor play equipment: must be disinfected before use, and as required (e.g., visibly dirty). Any outdoor play equipment that is used must be easy to clean and disinfect

 

  1. High‐touch surfaces: any surfaces that have frequent contact with hands(e.g., light switches, shelving, containers, hand rails, door knobs, doors, walls, sinks toilets, common hallway areas with bench etc.,) should be cleaned at least two times per day and as often as necessary (e.g., when visibly dirty or contaminated with body fluids) The “runner” will clean these areas at Overbrook, Assistants will rotate at Bathurst location.

 

 

  1. Other shared items: (e.g., phones, IPADs, attendance binders etc.) must be disinfected between users.

 

  1. Clean and disinfect daily:

  • Low‐touch surfaces (any surfaces that have minimal contact with hands), must be cleaned and disinfected daily (e.g. Window ledges, doors, sides of furnishings table legs, chairs, etc.)

  • Floors to be vacuumed and cleaned daily and/or when the rooms are available when children are in playground.

  • Carpets are to be shampoo/steam cleaned every 6 months, and vacuumed daily.

  • The “runner” will clean these areas at Overbrook, Assistants will rotate at Bathurst location.

 

 Cleaning Company will deep clean the centers 3 times a week.

 

 

  1. Clean and disinfect as required:

Blood/Bodily Fluid Spills: Using the steps outlined below, the surface must be cleaned first then disinfected: (Blood/Bodily Fluid Spills Kits have been prepared)

1. Isolate the area around the spill so that no other objects/humans can be contaminated

2. Gather all supplies, perform hand hygiene, and then put on single-use nitrile gloves

3. Scoop up the fluid with disposable paper towels (check the surrounding area for splash/splatter) and dispose of in separate garbage bag

4. Clean the spill area with detergent (soap), warm water and single-use towels

5. Rinse to remove detergent residue with clean water and single-use towel

6. Discard used paper towels and gloves immediately in a tied plastic bag

7. Spray the bleach spray bottle solution in and around the spill area and allow for the appropriate disinfecting contact time

8. A final rinse is required if children come into contact with the area

9. Remove gloves as directed and discard them immediately

10. Perform hand hygiene as directed

 

If the spill includes broken glass, ensure a brush and dustpan is used to pick it up and discard. Disinfect the brush and dustpan after use. NEVER use your hands to clean up the glass.

 

  1. Cot cleaning and disinfecting:

  • Cots must be labelled and assigned/designated to a single child per use

  • Cots must be cleaned and disinfected before after use.

  • High touch surfaces on cots, must be disinfected at least twice per day and as often as necessary. (cots in playroom must remain covered)

  1. Before naps

  2. After naps

  • Cots must be stored in a manner which there is no contact with the sleeping surface of another cot (store without sheets or blankets)

  • Bedding must be laundered daily, (sheets and blankets), will be sent home to be laundered by parents and brought back daily. Parents are to send bedding in a labelled bag and have all items labelled.

  • When applying cot linens, staff must change gloves between each child’s sheets/blankets.

  • Additional Infection Prevention and Control Practices for Hygiene Items

  • Bottles and Pacifiers must be individually labelled and stored separately (not touching each other), they must not be shared among children.

  • Label individual hygiene items and store them separately.

  •  For creams and lotions during diapering, never put hands directly into lotion or cream bottles, use a tissue or single-use gloves. Upon arrival to the centre, wipe the cream/lotion container with a disinfecting wipe

  • Cots should be arranged with as much distance between them as possible.

  • It is even more important now to ensure that children are placed head to toe on their cots.

  • We are discouraging children from bringing in comfort sleeping items. If necessary, they are permitted to bring one item, and it needs to be sent in a labelled Ziplock bag. This item will be stored on their cot.

 

Documentation

  • If using tablet, one educator is to use the tablet each day. Otherwise, the tablet will need to be sanitized between users. If using personal phone, it needs to be sanitized at the beginning of the day, and stored in a labelled zip lock bag when not in use.

  • Pens need to be sanitized between each user.

  • Cleaning must be done according to the schedule outlined in COVID-19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Guidelines. Records of all cleaning and disinfecting must be kept on the appropriate cleaning and disinfecting logs: COVID-19 Classroom Cleaning and Disinfecting Log, COVID-19 Common area and Playground Cleaning and Disinfecting Log, COVID-19 Washroom Cleaning and Disinfecting Log.

 

 

 

Guidance on the Use of Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Masks are not recommended for children, particularly those under the age of two.

Gan Chabad follows the local public health guidelines regarding the use of masks and uses masks:

 

  • All adults in the daycare are required to wear medical masks and eye protection (face shields) at all times.

  • In the screening area and when an educator not of their cohort accompanies the children from and to the screening area.

  • When caring for a sick child or a child showing symptoms of illness. Isolation kits, which includes masks, gloves, gowns and face shield have also been prepared for the isolation rooms for caring for sick children

  • When wearing a mask, you should wash your hands before donning the mask and before and after removing the mask. 

  • The use of masks is not required outdoors if physical distancing of at least 2 meters can be maintained between individuals.                                                                                                                                

Disposable Masks and reusable face shields will be provided for every educator during the course of the day. There is evidence that supports the effective use of masks and eye protection when social distancing cannot be maintained and Gan Chabad supports the use of these PPE for daily interaction with the children.

Hand Hygiene

Gan Chabad will ensure that all staff maintain proper hand hygiene to minimize the spread of germs and contamination.  Staff will also ensure that all children maintain proper hygiene and provide additional opportunities throughout the day for handwashing routines with the children.

 

Hand Hygiene is a general term referring to any action of hand cleaning. Hand hygiene relates to the removal of visible soil and removal or killing of transient microorganisms from the hands. Hand hygiene may be accomplished using soap and running water or a hand sanitizer (70%-90% alcohol based). Hand washing with soap and running water must be performed when hands are visibly soiled.

 

Hands carry and spread germs. Touching your eyes, nose, mouth or sneezing or coughing into your hands may provide an opportunity for germs to get into your body or spread to others. Keeping your hands clean through good hygiene practice is one of the most important steps to avoid getting sick and spreading germs.

 

Staff will implement strict heightened hand washing practices:

 

Alcohol based hand sanitizer may be used when hand washing is not possible but washing with soap and water is preferable. Hands should be cleaned using soap and water or hand sanitizer before and after:

  • Entering the Child Care Centre (starting a shift) Staff will use hand sanitizer at the front screening desk and will then wash their hands with soap and water when they enter their classroom

  • Screening children prior to their entry to the Child Care Centre

  • Before and after direct physical contact with children

  • After each transition within the building, whenever possible

  • Preparing, handling, serving and eating food (children should not be permitted to self-serve food during the COVID-19 outbreak to reduce potential for contamination)

  • Touching a cut or open sore

  • Changing diapers

  • Accessing the bathroom

  • Handling soiled laundry, dishes, toys or other items

  • Coming into contact with bodily fluids

  • Coming into contact with any soiled/mouthed items

  • Sneezing, coughing, or blowing your nose

  • Glove use 

  • Before and after giving medication (i.e. – inhalers)

  • Outdoor play

  • Handling or taking out garbage

  • Before and after staff lunch/breaks

  • Applying sunscreen or other ointment to a child (please use 1 pair of gloves for each child when applying sunscreen – practice hand hygiene when changing gloves between each child)

  • Exiting the Child Care Centre (completing a shift)

 

When hands are visibly soiled, follow these steps for cleaning hands (staff and children – please supervise all children’s hand washing procedures): Remove jewelry before washing your hands.

  • Wet hands

  • Apply soap

  • Lather for at least 20 seconds. Rub between fingers, back of hands, fingertips, under nails

  • Rinse well under running water

  • Dry hands well with paper towel

  • Turn taps off with paper towel

  1. Please use a method (timer or stamp) to ensure the 20 seconds. This will also keep children interested in washing their hands for the required time.

 

When hands are not visibly soiled and handwashing is not available, staff will follow these steps for cleaning hands:

  • Apply hand sanitizer (70% alcohol-based)

  • Rub hands together for at least 15 seconds

  • Work sanitizer between fingers, back of hands, fingertips, and under nails.

  • Rub hands until dry

 

 

Provision of Special Needs Resources (SNR) Services

 

It is recognized that children with special needs and their families continue to require additional supports and services in child care settings. The provision of in-person special needs services in child care settings should continue where appropriate.

  • Maximum capacity rules do not apply to SNR staff (consultants and enhanced staff) on site (i.e., if they are not counted towards staff to child ratios, they are not included in the maximum capacity rules).

  • All SNR staff must be screened before entering the child care setting, as per the protocol in the screening section above.

 

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

 

Operational Guidance During COVID-19 Outbreak: Childcare Re-opening Version 3- August 2020

Outbreak Toronto Public Health: COVID-19 Guidance for Childcare Settings

Supplies to be brought from home

  • Diapers

  • Wipes

  • 1 set of change of clothes

  • Indoor shoes/outdoor shoes, hat and sunscreen if full day.

  • Sheet and blanket to be taken home every day brought back in a labelled plastic bag.

  • If child cannot drink from open cup or requires bottle, it must be labelled and it will be sent home daily to be washed.

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