Pandemic Policy

Child care programs in BC are licensed and regulated through the Fraser Health Authority, The Ministry Of Health, and The Ministry Of Children & Family Development. As a result, C&S Childcare Inc. may be directed by a child care licensing officer or other governing body to close operations during a pandemic or other communicable disease outbreak. C&S will follow all directives provided from the Ministry of Health. The legal authority to close a child care program for public health reasons falls under the purview of the local Medical Health Officer and the Provincial Health Officer and their decision overrules any decision to stay open that an individual daycare or parents may wish to make.

Child care ratios are required during operation, regardless of a pandemic or communicable disease outbreak. In the event that enough employees are unable to come into work or are in a quarantine and ratio is not able to be met, C&S may require reduced operational hours or rotating days off between children. This decision would be made as required, and would be communicated with parents in writing, via email.

Health And Wellness Policy
Our health and wellness policy continues to apply during a pandemic or communicable disease outbreak, however, additional restrictions may apply, based on government / licensing officer directives. This may include, but is not limited to, extending our required at-home “symptom free” time period following any symptoms or requiring children with symptoms – even if they are feeling well and have plenty of energy – to remain at home. Any temporary changes to our health and wellness policy during a pandemic / outbreak will be communicated in writing, via email, and will link to the authorized source of information that our temporary change is based on.

Please note the additional sanitizing, cleaning, & hand-washing procedures:

Hand-Washing

C&S will be following hand-washing guidelines for both children and staff. Our program will
engage in frequent hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds at the following
times:
• at the start of the day and before going home
• after going to the washroom
• before eating
• after getting hands dirty
• after coughing, sneezing, using a tissue, and blowing nose
C&S staff will help young children to ensure hand-washing is done correctly. If hands are not
visibly dirty, we may use an alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol should
soap and water not be readily available.

Cleaning And Disinfecting
C&S Child Care will be engaging in frequent thorough cleaning every day, using routine
practices that follow regulations for cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting. We will be routinely
cleaning surfaces and objects that are frequently touched, especially toys and games. This
includes surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops,
desks, chairs, cubbies, and playground structures.
We have designated staff to focus mainly on sanitizing throughout the day, after toys, &
equipment has been used.

Toys

All plush toys will be removed from the centre, children’s personal toys will no longer be allowed
within the centre. Toys that cannot be cleaned and sanitized will also not be used.
Our toy & equipment sanitizing method is to: Clean with water and detergent, rinse, sanitize,
rinse again, and air-dry.

Sensory play items will not be used at this time, including; play dough, sand and sensory
tables, as these items cannot be easily disinfected.

Illness Policy

Children may not attend C&S programs if they exhibit any symptoms of respiratory illness,
fever, or other illnesses. There are no exceptions to this illness policy. Children who are not
well enough to participate in the normal daily program or who have an infectious disease
must remain at home.

Should your child become ill while at “C&S Child Care Inc.” or staff feels that the child can
not participate in our regular routine, including outdoor play, we will ask that you pick up your
child immediately. In the event that you cannot be reached, the alternate contact person will
be called. Please ensure that someone is available at all times in case of emergency.

Children may not attend child care programs while they have any of the following symptoms:
• Unusual, unexplained loss of appetite, fatigue, irritability, or headache
• Eye infections
• Unexplained rashes or any rash that is not confirmed by doctor to be non-contagious known or suspected communicable diseases
• Ear infection
• Temperature, forehead 38 + / 100.5 + (Fever)
• nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea in the last 48 hours

Any child, parent, staff or visitor must not enter the child care space if they are sick, even if
symptoms resemble a mild cold.
Symptoms to look for include:
• Fever
• Shortness of breath
• Runny nose
• Headache
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Nasal congestion
• A general feeling of being unwell

Dr. Henry maintains that child care centres can safely care for children if they are following the prescribed health protocols.

Children who have, or children with others living in the same home who have been identified as at-risk of potential Covid-19 exposure may return after self-isolating for 14 days and being symptom free.

*Note, this does not apply to health care providers. In the event that the person in the home
is a health care provider, this only applies in the event that the person who is a health care
provider has been directed to self isolate due to possible exposure or symptoms.

Symptom May return when
Temperature of 100 F / 37.8 C or higher (orally)
or 99 F / 37.2 C or higher (under the arm)
May return to child care after a doctor’s note or negative COVID-19 test is provided AND or when symptom free.
Runny nose May return to child care after a doctor’s note or negative COVID-19 test is provided AND or when symptom free.
Note: Runny nose must be CLEAR and NOT Green or Yellow.
Cough May return to child care after a doctor’s note or negative COVID-19 test is provided AND or when symptom free.
Sore throat May return to child care after a doctor’s note or negative COVID-19 test is provided AND or when symptom free.
Difficulty breathing or wheezing May return to child care after a doctor’s note or negative COVID-19 test is provided AND or when symptom free.
Unexplained fatigue, aches or cold/flu-like
symptoms
May return to child care after a doctor’s note or negative COVID-19 test is provided AND or when symptom free.
Sinus congestion May return to child care after a doctor’s note or negative COVID-19 test is provided AND or when symptom free.
Children who have, or children with others living in the same home who have just returned from international travel May return after self-isolating for 14 days and being symptom free
Children who have, or children with others living in the same home who have been identified as at risk of potential Covid-19 exposure May return after self-isolating for 14 days and being symptom free. *Note, this does not apply to health care providers. In the event that the person in the home is a health care provider, this only applies in the event that the person who is a health care provider has been directed to self isolate due to possible exposure or symptoms.

What happens if a child exhibits symptoms of COVID-19?
If a child develops symptoms while at C&S the child will be isolated in a separate room. Parents will be notified to come and pick up the child immediately. Parents or guardians will then need to contact Health Links or the child’s physician for direction, if required. If a child who attended a child care centre, or their family member, is being investigated by public health to confirm whether they have COVID-19, or if public health has confirmed a case of COVID-19, direction will be provided by regional health authority nurses.

Day To Day Prevention
Staff will employ all necessary actions to limit the spread of COVID- 19. Some of these actions
& policies are already part of the quality care provided through our programs. However,
special attention will be paid to ensuring they are followed at this time.

Contact Information
Centre Landline: 604-946-4060 Email: [email protected]
Centre Cell Phone: ********** Number will be shared prior to Back to School

Arrival & Departure Procedures

OSC Arrival:
Parents are currently not allowed access inside the building.

When you arrive please call the centre direct (604-946-4060) or text via – (**********) with your family name stating you have arrived in the parking lot. Please wait for a C&S Staff member to reply indicating that it is safe for you to approach the door.

Until further notice, we will no longer be using our doorbell system.

Upon arrival at our exterior door please observe social distance markings. A staff member will conduct a daily assessment for each child entering our care. Upon successful completion of this verbal questionnaire, C&S Staff will take your child’s temperature using a no-touch forehead thermometer. If the child has a temperature, they must be taken home and remain home, as per the illness policy above.

Staff will also ask for an approximate pick up time – this will help us ensure proper social distancing when it comes to afternoon pick up (see pick up procedure below).

Once all of the above has occurred, its time to say goodbye to your child at the door.

There will be appropriately distanced, designated spots for children’s personal belongings.
Inside shoes will be mandatory and will be kept at the centre.
Each child will then be directed to wash their hands before entering the classroom.

After school, these procedures will be repeated by C&S staff with your child.

OSC Pick Up:
Parents are currently not allowed access inside the building.

When you arrive please call the centre direct (604-946-4060) or text via – (**********) with your family name stating you have arrived in the parking lot. Please wait for a C&S Staff member to reply indicating that it is safe for you to approach the door for your child’s departure.
We ask that the children are picked up no later than 5:30 pm.
Late fees will be charged at a rate of $10.00 per each 15 minutes if you are late picking up your child. If you personally cannot make it by 5:30 pm, then please contact the centre letting us know who will be picking up your child by closing.

Preschool Arrival:

Parents are currently not allowed access inside the building.

Upon arrival at our exterior door children will be asked to line up at the appropriate socially
distanced markings, parents must also observe social distance markings. A staff member will
conduct a daily assessment for each child entering our centre. Upon successful completion
of this verbal questionnaire, C&S Staff will take your child’s temperature using a no-touch
forehead thermometer. If the child has a temperature, they must be taken home and remain
home, as per the illness policy above.

Once all of the above has occurred, its time to say goodbye to your child at the door.

There will be appropriately distanced, designated spots for children’s personal belongings.
Inside shoes will be mandatory and will be kept at the centre.
Each child will then be directed to wash their hands before entering the classroom.

Preschool Pick Up:
At the end of our day a staff member will open our exterior door, children will be lined up and
will be dismissed one at a time to their parent or guardian.

Centre Hours
(OSC) Out of School Care Operating hours: 6:45am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday
(PS) Preschool Operating hours: 9:00am – 12:00pm Monday to Friday
(will be reviewed in January).
Closed for Pro D Day’s, Winter Break and Spring Break.

A Non-biased, Inclusive Approach

Fear-based responses in times of pandemic or communicable disease, have historically led
to actions stemming from bias and self-protective measures. Not only can these measures
lead to conflict between parents, child care educators, and community members, but they
can also lead to actions rooted in racism. C&S Childcare Inc. has an inclusive-based approach
and works to be a safe space for all families and children; we will not tolerate acts of
racism or bigotry towards any parent, child, employee, or community member. Any such
acts may be subject to an immediate dismissal from our program.

Download Agreement Here:

PPA – Pandemic Parent Agreement 2020