Over the last few months, we have worked hard to build new policies and procedures for the return to TOPP KIDS OOSC and what it would look like for staff and families. The document we have built is a living document and will continue to be subject to change as needed with new governmental and school updates as well as your input. We are proud of the enhanced policies and steps we are putting into place and they will continue to improve as we gain more information from stakeholders.
Please check out our document here: PREVENTING COVID-19 AT TOPP KIDS OOSC- Employees, Community, and Families Working Together.
A brief look into our Covid-19 Procedures
Daily Health Screenings
All members will undergo a health screening upon arrival, which will include a short symptom-related questionnaire. This screening will help us determine if it is safe for your child(ren) to participate. The screening questionnaires will be held in a secure location for 2 weeks as required by the Alberta Health Services guidelines. After the 2-week window, the questionnaires will be destroyed.
Our teams will work diligently with children to incorporate regular handwashing into the programming to ensure that hands are as clean as possible to reduce the spread of germs and promote health handwashing habits.
Cohorts, smaller group sizes, and a focus on outdoor games and activities will encourage responsible social interaction and participation between children. Staff will wear masks when maintaining a physical distancing of 2m is not possible.
There will be increased daily cleaning protocols to ensure that high touch surfaces and equipment are cleaned and disinfected regularly throughout the day. Toys and materials will be cleaned after every use.
Decreased Materials, Increased Physical Activity
Programs will look a bit different this year. The usual amount of materials in the program will be limited and each day we will rotate available equipment to ensure enhanced cleaning scheduled can be maintained. This includes the exclusion of carpets, stuffies, and other soft, hard to clean materials. Our focus will be an increase of physical activities, games and outdoor play to keep kiddos happy and healthy.
All staff members will be mandated to wear masks and/or faces hields while at TOPP KIDS as well as have a set of clean clothes and shoes to change into when at the program, keeping any possible contamination away from the programs. TOPP KIDS has purchased a plethora of cleaning and P.P.E. materials to keep our teams and kiddos safe. We ask that ALL kiddos also wear a mask or face shield when attending the program until provincial mandates change for mask use in public spaces.
For more information please click the photos or links above to see our entire document, FAQ Sheet or video.
If you have questions, suggestions, or comments, we would love to hear them!
A massive shout out is also due to our friends at Juvenescence who also put a lot of time in, helping make this package happen!
Our goal is to provide a safe, comfortable, and FUN environment for all participants and families to return too.
TOPP KIDS has purchased new Victory Electrostatic Sprayers – adding an extra layer of disinfection to our toys, and equipment daily. We use a safe Thymol based Efascide disinfectant that is food safe, natural, biodegradable, and effective at killing human coronavirus and SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) in only 55 seconds. It also kills 99.9% of Bacteria, Fungi, and Moulds in under 3 minutes. These new sprayers help us clean every imaginable surface efficiently.
Programs will continue increased cleaning schedules and we have now added this extra layer of protection, keeping our programs as germ-free as possible! This is the same process used in schools after cases of Covid-19 are identified. We just choose to do it every day!
Click the photo to see a video and learn more.
NEW SCHOOL YEAR SCENARIOS FOR TOPP KIDS OOSC
We are currently working closely with A.H.S., the Alberta Education, and Alberta Child Services Ministries to develop a sound, cohesive plan for each of the three scenarios for the return back to school outlined by Minister LaGrange and Dr. Hinshaw for the fall of 2020.
As soon as we have an update, we will be listing them both here, and sending them out to families via our newsletter. Keep an eye out for further details. if you have any questions, feel free to contact us at any time at 403.710.8384.
Check out the ALBERTA SCHOOL REOPENING SCENARIOS HERE
Check out the TOPP KIDS SCHOOL REOPENING SCENARIOS HERE <— Coming Soon!!!
Check out all the details for the ALBERTA RELAUNCH STRATEGY HERE
PLEASE NOTE: Schools that have chosen to stagger entry- TOPP KIDS will only be open for those students mandated to come to school at that time. (i.e.: if grade ones start on the 1st and grade 2’s on the second, we can ONLY have Grade Ones come to the program on the fist- as per CBE and CCSD updated mandates).
We are starting to build our Re-Opening Plan but
We Want Your Input!
We want to hear from you! What policies, procedures, and practices would help you feel more comfortable when returning to childcare?
We are building our policies now but we want to make sure we cover all aspects so that you and your child(ren) feel comfortable coming back when we return.
Please fill out our short survey now to tell us your thoughts.
Public Health Agency of Canada & Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre
TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICE TRAINING
Our teams have completed some amazing training focused on Trauma-Informed Practice before returning this year. This way we can continue to best support kiddos during the transition back to regular routines and focus on their well being and tackling any anxieties they may have. Feel free to check out some of the training for yourself! Please follow the links below.
‘Being Trauma Aware: Making a Difference in the lives of children and youth’. A certificate of completion will be granted to each learner that completes the learning. The training is comprised of the following 5 modules:
- Module 1 – Childhood Maltreatment and Trauma
- Module 2 – Trauma and its Impact on Brain Development
- Module 3 – Impacts of Trauma
- Module 4 – Trauma Informed Practice
- Module 5 – Building the Foundation for Resilience
Register HERE: https://trauma.respectgroupinc.com/
Other resources: https://www.alberta.ca/trauma-informed-practice.aspx
CLICK HERE to check out the resources!
Self-care, Gratitude, and Happiness- Surviving the mental health crisis
We had a wonderful workshop hosted by SACDA and the amazing Dr. Gale Gorke that focused on maintaining mental health, coping, and stress. We thought the resources were so amazing that we would share them with you! – Great for educators, parents, and kids alike!
CLICK HERE to check out the resources!