First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. We have received questions from parents about if and how COVID-19 will affect On-Site Programming. We know this pandemic has been stressful to many and recognize that socializing and interacting with peers can be a healthy way for children to cope with stress and connect with others. After careful thought and planning, we are excited to resume on-site programming while following considerations to protect families and our community. Some programs are not feasible at this time, so we have created online programs, services and support options that can be used by Caregivers, Parents, Children and Youth, Families and community. These can be found under our Programs & Services and on our YouTube channel.
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
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.
• 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.). Information about attendees will only be requested by Alberta Health Services if a potential exposure occurs onsite.
• 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 or 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 when needed should minimize time spent there and may be required to wear a mask.
• For any programs that require a parent or guardian present, ONLY ONE parent or guardian may accompany the participant. With this, all participants (parents and children) must be registered for in-person programs to attend.
• If an individual or anyone in your household has travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days or been exposed to someone who was confirmed to be a case of COVID 19 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 to allow contact tracing, and then adhere to recommendations from Alberta Health.
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.