HEALTH AND WELLNESS POLICY

Updated January 2022

Our Health and Wellness policy is in accordance with the Child Care Guidelines for Commicable Disease Prevention from Vancouver Coastal Health, BCCDC and WorksafeBC. There will be very strict adherence to this policy. 

1.  If your child(ren) shows signs of sickness, within 24hours before a class begins, with any of the following symptoms:  

• fever 

• chills

• wet or dry cough 

• sore throat/painful swallowing 

• difficulty breathing 

• unexplained fatigue, aches or pains 

• loss of appetite 

• headache 

• sinus congestion (runny or stuffy nose)

 Your child(ren) must stay home and be monitored for 7-10 days from the onset of symptoms. 

Please call the Preschool at 604- 886-9417 and let us know your child will be home because you suspect they are sick or they are fine but you choose not to have your child in class for a day or a week. We need to know the reason you decided to keep your child home, for we may need to report our attendance to Public Health, so they can determine where this variant is in the community.

Children can return to the school before the 10 days if they are assessed by the family physician, a nurse practitioner and it is determined that their symptoms have resolved.

2. If your child(ren) shows signs of illness at the school, you will be contacted to retrieve them immediately and they will be required to be at home and monitored for 7-10 days, until symptoms have resolved.

3. Children with gastro-intestinal problems (ie vomiting, diarrhea) must be kept home from preschool. Diarrhea is defined as repeated bowel movements that have unusual appearance or odor and are often watery or greenish in color. If your child has been vomiting or had diarrhea during the night, he/she should NOT attend preschool for at least 24 hrs and/or until the symptoms have subsided. If a cause of vomiting or diarrhea is identified, or if there are 3 or more cases in 4 days or less in the preschool, notify the licensing officer for further guidance. 

4. You must inform the preschool AND keep your child home when your child has a vaccine-preventable disease (such as chicken pox, measles, scarlet fever, mumps, rubella, whooping cough etc ), bacteria or other viral infections (pink eye, hand, food and mouth(coxsackievirus)), a communicable disease (flu, covid-19), or a parasite (lice, pinworms, scabies), until symptoms diminish or are managed appropriately.

5. Ventilation:

Windows or doors will be open to allow ventilation in areas where 2 or more persons playing or working. Students and Teachers will be outside as much as possible to facilitate social distance and the access to fresh air, being our Open Door Classroom Concept.