As of September 1, 2020, childcare centres across Ontario are permitted to operate at full capacity. This includes before and after school programs. All programs are required to follow strict health and safety measures while operating, including cohort size, limiting interactions between groups, personal protective equipment for all adults in the program, non-medical masks for children in grades 4 and above, screening, limiting visitors to Centres, recording attendance for contact tracing and enhanced cleaning.
While operating at full capacity is technically permitted, the Town of Carleton Place Childcare Services programs are operating at a reduced capacity to ensure we are meeting and exceeding provincial requirements in relation to staffing, cohort size and/or groups and cleaning measures.
The guidelines, as outlined by the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, for children who present as being sick remain the same from the original re-opening on July 6th. Similar to the Centre’s pre-COVID-19 policy, parents are responsible to cover their children’s absent days or sick time while enrolled in childcare. This would include a child that is asked to leave because they are exhibiting symptoms related to COVID-19 or while waiting on test results. The reason for this is that the Centre’s costs remain the same for staffing and food whether the child attends or not.
Thankfully, the municipal childcare programs have remained COVID-19 free due to the diligence of both staff and parents in adhering to safety measures. Staff will continue to abide by strict public health guidelines in order to best protect the children and their families and staff.