Sending ill children to school or daycare has never been welcome. However, now more than ever, we need to be mindful, respectful, and diligent concerning illness protocols.
Currently, the threshold for public health requesting testing is very low. Suppose someone presents with something as simple as a fever; the individual may be required to either visit a testing centre or self-isolate for 14 days. Parents/guardians and caregivers are required to call the COVID-19 information line at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803 to report symptoms and receive "next steps." If requested to receive COVID screening, parents/guardians are to call the COVID Assessment Centre at 613-961-5544 to book an appointment.
Our child care providers will continue to complete daily active screening for themselves and everyone residing at their home. Suppose someone in their home presents with symptoms. In that case, they may be required to close their program temporarily. Until either: symptoms resolve for a period no less than 24 hours, a negative COVID result is received, or 14 days self-isolation has presented no new or worsening symptoms, and Public health has granted reopening.
Billing policies are being amended to best support families and our child care providers. This is a difficult time and we're hopeful everyone remains kind and respectful.
Our childcare providers will continue to complete daily active screening for all children entering their home child care premises. Any signs of ill health or a "yes" answer to any daily active screening question will result in care not being offered that day. Parents/guardians will be requested to call the COVID information line listed above.
There are a few instances where a "yes" answer will allow a child to access care. For example:
Again, we are defering entirely to public health at this time.
Public Health Ontario
Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
Back to School Planning: Guidance for Parents, Guardians and Caregivers
A quick note on thermometers...
We have been completing electronic daily active screening in all of our programs with our child care families. Parents are requested to take temperatures at home, sending their provider a photo of the temperature and the answers to the screening questions.
Taking temperatures ensures no one comes to care with a fever. However, if temperatures are not taken accurately, they are not supporting this effort. Daycares will continue to monitor temperature as part of our daily active screening. We cannot speak to protocols being followed by Elementary and High schools.
Not all thermometers are created equal. Anyone with questions related to types of thermometers and how to accurately take a temperature are reminded that local pharmacists are a great resource. Additionally this link provides some great information about the different types of thermometers and this link provides a great "how to" of each type.
There are soo many unknowns right now. With children returning to school, potential rates of exposure and risk factors only increase. Add in the impending cold and flu season, and the stress level skyrockets.
We're all going through this together. Our childcare providers are concerned about how this could potentially affect their income, and our clients are worried about not having child care if we're forced to temporarily close OR having to call into work because their child is ill/presenting symptoms.
This is hard. It's hard for everyone. Let's continue to be respectful, mindful, and supportive. Eventually, restrictions will be lessened; we just have to get through the next couple of days/weeks/months.
Thank you for reading :)
parents/guardians and providers are reminded that our phone is always on. Don't hesitate to call us.
Early Years at Home
When we refer to home we refer to a feeling of welcome, family, comfort and belonging. Licensed home child care offers the feeling of "home" with the benefits of early years pedagogy.