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Orde Day Care will not reopeon on June 12, 2020

June 9th, 2020

Ontario Helping Parents Return to Work

Province Reopening Child Care with Strict Protocols to Keep Kids and Staff Safe

June 9, 2020 1:00 P.M.
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TORONTO — Today, the Ontario government announced its plan to reopen child care centres across the province to support the next stage of the province’s reopening framework. Developed in consultation with Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and medical leaders at The Hospital for Sick Children, the plan will require child care operators to follow strict health protocols to ensure the safety of child care staff and children.

Details of the plan were provided today by Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, and Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education.

“As we prepare to reopen more businesses and services, it is critical that we ensure supports are in place so people can return to work knowing their children will be cared for in a safe and healthy environment,” said Premier Ford. “Our child care plan sets out strict protocols that must be followed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have made great progress to contain the virus, but we must be mindful that there is still a public health risk.”

As the province continues to implement its Framework for Reopening the Province, child care centres and home care providers across Ontario will be able to reopen with strict safety and operational requirements in place, similar to the safety guidelines required for emergency child care centres. Centres will be required to adopt specific rules, including:

Cohorting ― putting children and staff in groups of 10 or less day over day;
COVID-19 response plan ― all child care settings will be required to have a plan in place if a child, parent or staff member/provider is exposed to COVID-19;
Screening ― all staff and children must be screened prior to entry to the child care setting. Anyone feeling unwell must stay home;
Daily attendance records ― child care settings must keep daily records of all attendees in order to support contact tracing;
Cleaning ― child care settings must be thoroughly cleaned before opening and frequently thereafter;
No visitors ― only essential visitors are permitted entry into the child care setting;
Implementing drop-off and pick-up protocols in a way that facilitates physical distancing.
Effectively immediately, staff can re-enter child care facilities and begin preparation for reopening. When these operators have met all the strict and stringent guidelines for reopening, they will be permitted to reopen.

Orde Day Care Board of Directors and staff will need to review information and directives from the province and Toronto Children’s Services to plan and prepare accordingly for the reopening of our centres.

We therefore will not be reopening the centres on June 12, 2020.

We will need families to support our preparation by watching for updates and answering any questions or follow up surveys that will support our planning to re-open. We will follow up with further communication in the coming days.

We ask for your patience and cooperation as this will take some time to carefully review the new protocols, prepare our classrooms, purchase health and safety supplies, provide staff training and confirm funding supports for reduced ratios.

Thank you and take care,