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Reopening Update

Last updated November 10th, 2022

Here’s what we’re doing to maintain the health and safety of children families, and employees during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic (based on our health and illness policy, health and safety guidance from AHS, and the procedures currently in place within the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital):

  • Vaccination: All current employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and all new hires will be required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of their employment. All employees are strongly encouraged to get their booster/third dose as soon as it becomes available to them.
  • Masking: All employees wear either KN95 respirator masks or hospital-provided disposable procedure masks at all times. Employees must also wear approved eye protection (goggles or face shields) in public areas of the Glenrose (i.e. whenever not in the classroom), and are encouraged to wear eye protection when providing close care for a child (e.g. feeding, diapering, etc.).
  • Cohorting: We continue to operate two separate cohorts — one for each classroom. Educators and children are assigned to one cohort or the other long-term. Cohort reassignments are kept to a minimum.
    • Since all educators are fully vaccinated, we are comfortable allowing them to move between cohorts, as long as hand hygiene is observed and PPE is worn correctly.
    • There is no mixing of cohorts at all; the two rooms alternate days using the Small Park and going on an outside walk (TR uses the park on odd numbered days, PR on even numbered days). The Small Park and any outdoor materials used are sanitised daily. If used, the gym and all equipment are sanitised before AND after use.
    • One cohort at a time may use the Big Park, provided it is unoccupied. Educators supervise and assist children in sanitising their hands upon entry to the Big Park and again immediately before exiting.
    • The boot room is sanitised before and after each cohort uses it.
  • Health and Illness Policy and Screening: Anyone who is experiencing symptoms of illness cannot attend the program. This includes parents, employees, and children.
    • Parents should monitor their children each morning to ensure they are feeling well at home before bringing them in to the program. If a child’s temperature is greater than 37.5°C (99.5°F) as measured by mouth or underarm, or 38.0°C (100.4°F) as measured by forehead or ear (ear measurements not recommended for children under 2 years old), the child is considered to be experiencing a fever and must not be brought to the program.
    • Employees and parents must use the online screening tool daily (families should select “Visitor” and then “Household”; educators should select “Contractor or Vendor”) and show a valid results screen to an educator upon arrival. If a yellow or red results screen is received, or if you are unsure whether your child is displaying symptoms that would prevent them from attending, please contact our office to double check. Online screening results are valid for four hours.
    • Children who develop symptoms whilst in our care will be sent home as soon as possible, and must isolate until they are able to pass the screening checklist, AND have had no major symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours, without the aid of medications. A primary educator will be assigned to care for that child and keep the child separated from the other children as much as possible while waiting for the child to be picked up. The designated educator will wear a mask, gown, gloves, and eye protection, and change these once the child has been picked up. Anything the child has used or touched in the preceeding 48 hours will be immediately sanitised or removed from the environment.
    • Children and employees who have ongoing medical conditions which present with symptoms that overlap with COVID-19 (e.g. environmental allergies, asthma, IBS, migraine disorder, etc.) will need to do a COVID-19 test the first time the symptoms appear. Once the initial symptoms are determined not to be related to covid, the employee or parent should submit in writing a description of what baseline symptoms look like (A doctor’s note is NOT required); any new symptoms or worsening of existing symptoms beyond the baseline description will be considered an illness, and will require isolation/exclusion from the program as described above.
  • Picking up and dropping off: Parents/guardians are to use the 102 Street entrance prior to 4pm, or the Bill Black or Main Entrance to enter the building. Any door maybe used to exit the building.
    • Parents/guardians must use hand sanitiser and don a disposable procedure mask (provided at the screening table) upon entry to the building, and display the access card issued by EHW to the staff screener.Upon arrival at the classroom, parents/guardians must show that day’s screening sticker to the educators. If different people are dropping off and picking up, each must be screened seperately; daily screening stickers are non-transferrable. If the parent/guardian does not have a sticker from that day, educators must then screen the parent/guardian at the classroom door, along with any child(ren), if they are dropping off. The child must then wash hands in the bathroom. Parents/guardians are welcome to assist the child with handwashing as part of the dropping-off routine, as long as the family only has children in a single cohort.Parents/guardians are asked to limit their time spent in the classroom, and to maintain physical distance from educators and from parents and children from other families as much as possible.
    • Parents/guardians with children in more than one cohort/classroom are not permitted to enter the classrooms, and must wait in the hallway for educators to sign the child(ren) in or out.
    • Posted room occupancy limits must be adhered to.
    • If a non-enrolled sibling is coming along for pick up or drop off, the sibling and parent/guardian must wait in the hallway and ask the room educators to sign the child in or out without entering the classroom. Siblings under the age of 13 years may not be left unattended in the hallway, but are considered non-essential visitors and so must also not enter the program.
    • If a child is being dropped off or picked up while the group is on an outing, parents/guardians must display their online screening result immediately prior to educators taking the child into their care, and must sign the child in or out on the paper “out of room” sheet, in accordance with the usual procedure. As a reminder, children must not be signed out on the laptop unless the parent/guardian currently physically has that child in their own care.
  • Physical Distancing: All adults must maintain a distance of 2 meters from each other whenever possible.
    • Parents/family members over the age of 2 years entering the program must wear masks while in the building.
    • As much distance as is reasonable/possible should be maintained between children while eating.
    • Room occupancy limits in both classrooms and in the boot room are set in order to allow for appropriate distancing.
    • Families are reminded that children (and families) from different classrooms/cohorts must maintain 2 meters of distance from each other.
    • Adults must wear masks whenever in the hallways or other public areas of the hospital.
    • Educators may remove their masks only when in designated eating areas, 2 meters or more from other people.
    • Children attending the program are exempt from masking rules.
  • Personal Belongings: Children’s personal belongings coming into the program should be kept to a minimum, but comfort objects, etc. are welcome. These must be taken home each evening, ideally, or kept in a designated space (child’s cubby, parent mailbox, blanket bag) overnight, and must be taken home along with the child’s bedding to be laundered each weekend.
    • Please label all personal belongings, including lunch containers, water bottles, outerwear, blankets, blanket bags, etc.
  • Food: Parents are asked to supply all food for their children at this time. The refrigerator and microwave are still available in each room.
    • All food and drink containers must be clearly labeled with the child’s name.
    • If possible, please include any utensils or other dishes your child will need.
    • Educators will follow correct food handling procedures when handling children’s food items (opening packages and containers, warming things up in the microwave, etc.). Educators wash their hands in between handling each child’s food items.
    • While we are not currently preparing or providing snacks, our food handling surfaces and sinks must be maintained, as we are still handling children’s food from home.
    • The Glenrose currently prohibits us from bringing in any shared food items under any circumstances.
    • As a reminder, all food items must be free from peanuts and any type of tree nuts, in any format, due to potentially life-threatening allergies.
  • Activities and Materials: The activities and materials provided for the children’s exploration and learning are limited in much the same way they are during a gastro-intestinal illness outbreak:
    • NEW: Shared sensory experiences with DRY materials may be reintroduced. Everyone must wash or sanitise their hands before and after engaging with these experiences. These experiences will be discontinued whenever there is an illness outbreak in effect.
    • WET sensory experiences such as water tables, playdough, etc. are still limited to individual play with individual tools and materials.
    • Any fabric items that are used in play (e.g. blankets, dress-up clothes, stuffed toys) are removed and placed in the laundry at the end of each day.
    • Items that cannot be effectively sanitised are removed from the classrooms until further notice.
    • Materials are thoroughly washed and sanitised before being used by another cohort.
    • Necessary materials that cannot reasonably be washed and sanitised (e.g. books, puzzles) will be stored in a sealed container for a minimum of ten days before being used by another cohort.
  • Outings: Outings to communal/shared spaces are cancelled until further notice. this includes inside walks.
    • NEW: One cohort at a time may use the Big Park or other neighbourhood playgrounds, as long as no one else is using it at that time. Educators supervise and assist children in sanitising their hands upon entry to and exit from the playground.
    • Outside walks around the hospital grounds, through the neighbourhood, and to play in open fields nearby are used as alternate outings when it is the other cohort’s turn to use the small park.

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Flowcharts for attendance decisions

Below, please find two flowcharts to aid in the decisions around whether your child may attend the Centre, and/or at what point your child may return to the centre after having been required to stay home. To view an enlarged copy of each image, please click on it.

Note that while close contacts without symptoms are not required to isolate or quarantine, unvaccinated close/household contacts must not enter any AHS facility, including the Glenrose, for 14 days from last contact with the positive case, and so cannot attend EHW’s childcare centre during that time.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your family’s specific situation.

Deciding Whether to Attend (daily attendance decision)

Based on Alberta Daily Health Checklist for Children Under 18. Click to zoom.

Determining when a child may return to the Centre after being away due to COVID related reasons

Decision chart for returning to the Centre. Click to zoom.