MASK WEARING POLICY

updated November 2021 

Our Preschool facility is a private business, licensed under Vancouver Coast Health(VCH), regulated by the Child Care Regulations Act, and guided by the BCCDC Child Care Guidelines and WorkSafeBC. Vancouver Coastal Health considers our establishment, a Private Indoor space. Due to this designation, we follow policies and procedures that differ from businesses who are designated as a Public Indoor space. 

Do to the workplace environment of working with children under the age of 5, we are considered to be working with individuals who are learning social behaviours and language skills, thru the concept of “serve and return” in child development, where visual cues, facial expressions, lip-reading or lip movement are essential.

Policy:

1.  On school premises, we ask all adults and children over the age of 5 to adhere to the most recent update, of the Province of British Columbia Public Health Orders for our type of establishment.

2. Children/students(under 5) may wear a mask based on personal or family choice.

3. Child care staff and other adults should wear a mask when indoors and interacting with other adults except when:

  • they can consistently maintain physical distance, or
  • there is a barrier in place, or
  • eating and drinking.

4. Child care staff and other adults may choose to wear a mask indoors when engaging in prolonged, close interaction with children. Careful consideration should be given to the potential impact of mask wearing on visual cueing and non-verbal communication with children, as these interactions play an important role in learning and development. – BCCDC- Child Care Guidelines

5. All persons may choose to wear a mask or not, outdoors, while maintaining social distancing. New families: we ask that you do not wear a mask outside for the first month of attendance, so our teachers have time to recognize your face as we are are legally required to only receive and return children to their authorized parents or designated careproviders.

6. Persons are exempt in wearing a mask if:

  • People with health conditions or with physical, cognitive or mental impairments who cannot wear one
  • People who cannot remove a mask on their own
  • Children under the age of 5
  • People who need to remove their masks to communicate due to another person’s hearing impairment