Archive for May 20th, 2020

Reopening of Childcare- Phase two

May 20th, 2020

Dear Families of Orde Day Care;

I hope all of you are staying healthy and well over the last few weeks. Although the daycare correspondence has been limited please know that the staff are very much missing spending their days with your children. We anxiously await the day when we can see each other again.

I wanted to take the time today to provide an update on the current information released yesterday regarding schools and childcare by the Premier of Ontario, Doug Ford and the Minister of Education, Stephen Lecce.

The following was announced:

Schools would not be reopened for the rest of the school year.

Child care centres are still under emergency orders until May 29, 2020.

Child care is slated to resume operations in the second phase of the reopening plan.

It is my understanding that the second phase would take place 2-4 weeks after the first phase and would be dependent on the recommendation of public health officials based on current trends in Covid-19 cases. Childcare centres would have to demonstrate precautions for children and staff are in place prior to reopening.

While we all eagerly await the return to normal operations, give the information we have recently received from our licensing and regulatory bodies based on the emergency child care operations currently available; we for see our child care operation to be significantly altered when we reopen. We anticipate changes in drop off and pick up procedures, the reduction in the number of children we can accommodate, the implementation of a more involved health screening for children, families and staff, a possible reduction of operational hours or days, and smaller group sizes and staffing arrangements.

Therefore, once the guidelines are made public and we have a more concrete outline of what is required to operate under these conditions, we will provide you an update.

In the mean time we will be revising our parent handbooks and policies to reflect these new procedure once they are available. We anticipate it will include enhanced cleaning and disinfecting requirements, staff training in personal protective equipment, the signs and symptoms of Covid -19 in adults and children, indoor and outdoor physical distancing markers and programming requirements, as well as changes to the activities, materials and environment available to the children, and a revised sick children policy and procedure. A copy of this handbook will be sent to you prior to our reopening.

If you have any questions in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

Stay well
Anna Gionet, RECE

Executive Director