Hours of Operation
To ensure we are meeting the directives/additional precautionary measures set out by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, we will operate at reduce hours in order to achieve these measures.
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30am – 5:30pm (drop off and pickup times are pre-scheduled during Phase 1).
Set Up of Screening Station:
Prior to beginning active screening at the centre, set up is required. The Director is required to ensure that the following steps are completed:
1) Identify/set up the screening station and assign staff to conduct the screening – Drop-off and Pick-up Parallel Parking Lane:
- Place screening sign on stand at the front entrance and at the end of the sidewalk directly in-front of the drop-area, visually blocking the entrance into the centre.
- One entrance/exit is to be used for access to the centre to ensure that each person is screened.
- Staff conducting the screening must wear PPE or remain behind tabletop sneeze guard and maintain a minimum 2-meter distance from the person being screened as much as possible.
- Staff must be trained on conducting the screening using the Screening Questionnaire for COVID-19 Staff, Parents/Caregivers, Children and Visitors.
2) This Screening will include the child, parent dropping off and the specified screening staff. Parents/Guardians are not permitted to walk down through the centre.
3) Place hand sanitizer in the entrance area to promote hand hygiene. Signage will be posted to ensure sanitizer is visible to every adult entering the building.
4) Temperature must be taken for each person screened. Centre must have an infrared forehead Thermometer, a waste container and disinfectant must also be available to clean areas that may have been touched.
Staggered Drop-off and Pick – up
Drop off and Pick up routines will be pre-scheduled and conducted inside by the Director/Managers offices, with support of our Screener(s) and Runners. Drop-off routine/Pre-screening in the Screening Sidewalk Lane has been identified and marked outside the facility.
Pick-up procedure: Pick up times are pre-scheduled from 4:00pm to 5:30pm and must keep physical distance of 6 feet (2 meters). The Runners will collect the children from their classrooms and take them to the parent/guardian.
Ensuring Parents, Staff and Volunteers Understand Their Role
Science has demonstrated that children who carry and transmit COVID-19 may have very few, if any symptoms. Because of this, if an asymptomatic adult infects a child and that child enters a child care facility with no symptoms, there is a risk of that child transmitting the virus to others in the facility, both children and staff. Because the grouping method allows for children within each group to intermingle, all stakeholders, especially parents and staff, must be aware that their actions play a critical role in reducing the risk of infectious disease transmission in these facilities. It is therefore paramount that operators follow strict controls as described throughout this document.
COVID-19 can be transmitted by those who may have few or no symptoms. Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses. Novel coronaviruses are new strains of the virus that have not been previously identified in humans. There is evidence that this virus can be spread person-to-person.
Parents, Staff and Volunteers are advised to heed the following:
- Are you/Is your child unwell?
- Do you or your child have any of these symptoms?
- Fever (temperature ≥ 37.8°C, or chills or sweats), New or worsening of a previous cough, Sore throat, Headache, Shortness of breath, Muscle aches, New or worsening sneezing, New or worsening nasal congestion or runny nose, Hoarse voice, Diarrhea, Unusual fatigue, Loss of sense of smell or taste, Red purple or blueish lesions (spots) on the feet, toes or fingers without clear cause?
- In the last 14 days, have you/your child travelled outside Nova Scotia?
- In the last 14 days, have you/your child had close contact (within 2 meters / 6 feet) with someone confirmed to have COVID-19 infection?
- Are you/your child awaiting result from a COVID-19 test?
If you answered YES in Question 1 or 2, or if you have any questions, contact 811.
Note: Staff/children with chronic stable cough, sneeze, runny nose, or nasal congestion that is unchanged and clearly linked to a known medical condition such as asthma or allergies may still be able to attend child care. Changing or worsening of chronic symptoms requires isolation and contacting 811.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Adults in contact with children attending a child care facility need to be hypervigilant about monitoring for symptoms and get tested if they develop 1 or more of the following symptoms: fever or signs of fever, new cough or worsening chronic cough, runny nose, headache, sore throat, new onset of fatigue, new onset of muscle pain, diarrhea or loss of taste or smell.
- If children attending a childcare facility have a vulnerable adult at home, the parent will want to consider the risk of the child bringing COVID-19 home to the vulnerable adult in the home
- For adults bringing their child to a childcare facility, those adults in the child’s “bubble” will want to minimize their non-essential movement outside the home. About COVID-19 Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses.
- As such, parents, educators, and others who may need to enter a facility play a critical role in preventing spread of the virus.