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Child cares, before and after school programs, and EarlyONs and family centres remain open with strict health and safety guidelines.

Important safety information to keep in mind before attending these programs

Masks are required!

Children in grades 1 and above, and visitors (e.g., parents) should wear a mask. Younger children are encouraged to wear masks (if tolerated), but are not required to. Masks are not recommended for children under 2.

Masks must be worn indoors at all times (except when eating), and outdoors whenever physical distancing is not possible.

Stay home if you are sick

Children and visitors must complete and pass the COVID-19 School Screening Tool before entering the building.

Check your centre’s safety guidelines regularly

Centres are required to have written policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of students and staff. Check your centre’s guidelines regularly for information and updates.

What happens if there is a case of COVID-19 in my child’s centre?

If a child becomes ill during the day while in one of these centres, the child will be isolated, and should be picked up as soon as possible by a parent or caregiver.

If there is a COVID-19 case in one of these centres, an investigation will occur to determine who else needs to be isolated. Parents of children identified as high-risk close contacts will receive a letter of notification with additional instructions to follow. 

***Please note that only the people identified as a high-risk close contact will receive notification from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit***

If your child is identified as a high-risk close contact, they will be asked to self-isolate. This means that your child cannot attend school and extracurricular or social activities until they are cleared by the public health unit. A Public Health Nurse will stay in contact with you to monitor when it is safe to return to their regular activities.

Other members of your household not identified as a high-risk close contact should stay home and only leave for essential reasons (going to school/work/childcare, getting groceries, going to a medical appointment, or picking up prescriptions).

***If your child develops symptoms, other members of your household must isolate until your child receives a negative test or gets an alternative diagnosis by a healthcare professional***

When caring for a young child who is sick or in isolation, both the caregiver and the child (if over 2 years old) should be wearing a mask and washing their hands often.

Learn more on how to care for a child during isolation/illness:

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Saturday, February 20, 2021 - 9:54am