While it may seem like the world is changing, our commitment to families remains to be the same: providing safe, quality, inclusive care.
Below are our pandemic policies, supports to talk to your children, government links as well as our screening tool. If you have any questions or looking for more supports, please reach out, firstname.lastname@example.org
Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
“During a pandemic time, our focus is on the physical and emotional safety of our families and our staff. “
UPDATED February 2021Allegro Child Care Centre Procedures and Protocols
Covid-19 Guidance for Child Care Settings – Nova Scotia Dept of Educations and Early Childhood DevelopmentCOVID-19 Guidlines
Daily Screening Tool
Our screening tool has been updated as of 8th September 2020. The new health checklist has been updated and the questions reflect the update.
Please see the current recommendation below. We are asking if your child has a NEW or WORSENING cough, you call 811; if your child has any combination of 2 symptoms, call 811.
What steps does Public Health take when a case of COVID-19 is reported in a school or child care setting?
April 25th, 2021
October 9, 2020
Online Screening tool – to book a Covid-test https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en
The Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are directly affected by COVID-19 and are not entitled to Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. The CRB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
If you are eligible for the CRB, you can receive $1,000 ($900 after taxes withheld) for a 2-week period. https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/recovery-benefit.html
The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB) gives income support to employed and self-employed individuals who are unable to work because they must care for their child under 12 years old or a family member who needs supervised care. This applies if their school, regular program or facility is closed or unavailable to them due to COVID-19, or because they’re sick, self-isolating, or at risk of serious health complications due to COVID-19. The CRCB is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB) will provide $500 per week (taxable, tax deducted at source) for up to a maximum of two weeks, for workers who are unable to work for at least 50% of the week because they contracted COVID-19, self-isolated for reasons related to COVID-19, or have underlying conditions, are undergoing treatments or have contracted other sicknesses that, in the opinion of a medical practitioner, nurse practitioner, person in authority, government or public health authority, would make them more susceptible to COVID-19. This benefit will be paid in one-week periods.
October 9, 2020.
To reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19, people should stay home if they feel unwell. Families need to closely monitor and screen their children each day using the COVID-19 Daily Checklist. Keep children home when they are unwell or have new or worsening symptoms and complete the COVID-19 Self-assessment. Talk to your child care setting if your child has chronic symptoms for example seasonal allergies or migraine
September 16, 2020
The COVID-19 Public Health Guidance for Child Care Settings document has been updated by Public Health to reflect the changes made to the daily symptoms checklist. The document can be found at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/education/ . Please share this important information within your organization and with families. We ask that you destroy any previous versions of the document that you may have copied.
The main update is in the section on Preventing the Introduction of COVID-19 into Child Care Settings. The following items have been clarified:
1. Clarification on return to child care guidance for individuals who are unwell – revised wording includes consideration of isolated clear runny nose in individuals who are otherwise well
2. Clarification that household contacts of individuals who are unwell or being tested for COVID-19 do not need to isolate if they are feeling well
3. Clarification on guidance for chronic symptoms
It is important to note that Public Health (PH) will determine the need for individual or public notification around cases and outbreaks of COVID-19. They will continue to actively monitor COVID-19 and the guidance document will be revised/updated based on new evidence or changing epidemiology going forward. Also, there was a slight update to the COVID-19 Daily Checklist, to restore the original language around runny nose/nasal congestion and signs of fever (i.e. chills, sweats). This checklist can be found at: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/Daily-COVID-checklist-en.pdf
We understand that the child care sector is working diligently to ensure the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in the child care setting is minimized. Following the measures provided to you by PH within the context of your facility is important. We would ask that you refrain from modifying or creating ‘rules’ or ‘guidelines’ that are exclusionary to families, inhibit access to child care, or inadvertently create additional risk while attempting to implement unrecommended protocols.
Updated August 26, 2020,.
Following assessment by 811 or a Health Care Provider (as above), individuals with only chronic stable symptoms (e.g. cough, sneeze, runny nose, or nasal congestion) due to a medical condition such as asthma or allergies may return. Individuals with new or worsening symptoms must not enter and should be reassessed.