Winter 2021 Programs During COVID-19
As program start dates near we will continue to update participants on how each program will proceed. We know the pandemic has been stressful to many and recognize the importance of social connection as a healthy way to cope with stress. We remain hopeful that we will still be able to safely offer in-person programs this session. Some of our in-person programs will transition over to Zoom if in-person programming is not allowed at the program start date. Others will have start dates pushed back or will have to, unfortunately, be cancelled altogether. Any changes will be reflected on the Program pages found under Programs & Services.
For program changes, you will be contacted individually by the Program Facilitator. Please double check your Junk Email. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt to health guidelines to protect the health of our participants, staff, and community.
If you need any additional resources during this time, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 780-413-4521. In the meantime, we have already created some online programs, services and support options. Which can be found under Programs & Services and on our YouTube channel.
When in-person programs resume Winter 2021 this is what extra measures you can expect:
The health and safety of our families and staff remain our highest priority. Below, you will find a summary of the actions we are taking to help ensure we are lowering COVID-19 risk as much as possible.
- As per the city by-law, please wear a mask for any in-person programs. If you don’t have one, a mask will be provided. Children under 2 years of age are not required to wear a mask.
- Intensifying cleaning and disinfection practices within our facilities and premises.
- Promoting healthy hygiene practices by washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, before each program starts and encouraging individuals to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow, and posting signs about these healthy habits around the facility.
- Avoid close greetings like hugs or handshakes and encourage physically distant greetings such as “air fives” and waves.
- To support public health contact tracing efforts in the event that an attendee tests positive, programs staff will keep daily records of anyone entering the program who stays for 15 minutes or longer (e.g. staff working each day, children, etc.). If a potential exposure occurs, the information may be requested by Alberta Health Services.
- If an individual does get sick at the program, we have a Rapid Response Plan that will come into effect. Individuals will be required to leave the program immediately, if safe to do so. Otherwise, the emergency contact will be notified. Staff will wear a mask during all interactions of care.
- There should be no non-essential visitors at the program. We are recommending that parents or guardians not attend the program. But if they need to enter they should minimize the time spent there and wear a mask.
- If anyone in your household has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, your household members will not be able to attend and must follow AHS guidelines for self-isolation and testing.
- If you or anyone in your household has been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID 19, your household members will not be able to attend and must follow AHS guidelines for self-isolation and testing.
- Any program connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 will be required to close for a minimum of 72 hours. This is to allow contact tracing and then adhere to recommendations from Alberta Health.
- For any programs that require a parent or guardian present, ONLY ONE parent or guardian may accompany the participant. All participants (parents and children) must be registered for in-person programs to attend.
- According to provincial COVID-19 guidelines, in programs where significant movement is involved, masks are not required to be worn during physical activity. However, participants are welcome to wear a mask if they choose. During parts of the program that are not exercise based, masks should be put back on.
Staff will have the right of refusal if they feel that an individual shows any of the following symptoms; fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, headache, and a general feeling of being unwell.