Seedlings Early Learning has implemented a series of protective measures to meet the requirements by Alberta Health guidelines related with COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking care to bring you a fully safe and healthy environment, where your children can learn and succeed. Seedlings Early Learning had made a commitment since the beginning of the school year to closely monitor the evolution of the COVID situation and to adjust its measures if necessary.
At September 24, 2021: as everyone know our province is rising in COVID-19 positive cases, and to continue to protect our Seedlings community, today we are announcing a significant change to our COVID-19 case notification procedure:
- We encourage all our families to let Seedlings Early Learning know if you have tested positive for COVID-19.
- When a family informs us of a positive case, a message will be sent to the cohort identifying the student's class.
- By notifying Seedlings Early Learning of a positive case, you agree that your cohort will be identified in this message. Please be assured that the identity of the student will not be disclosed, nor any other personal information related to the case.
- If is there is a positive case of COVID-19 at home and a child has not been vaccinated, they must stay home for 14 days from the last day of exposure to the person diagnosed. That means that if a child is not isolated from the person with COVID-19, they must stay home for 14 days from the time the other person is 'cleared' of COVID-19.
We also share the most updated "COVID-19 ALBERTA HEALTH DAILY CHECKLIST (FOR CHILDREN UNDER 18) (September 2021)". https://www.seedlingspreschool.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/COVID-19-ALBERTA-HEALTH-DAILY-CHECKLIST-Sep-2021.pdf
Please review the latest documents related with COVID:
What Seedlings Early Learning (SEL) is doing to follow the regulation?
- Teachers are encouraging physically-distant greetings such as “air fives” and waves.
- Plan for physically-distant activities such as shadow tag and where possible.
- Teachers are setting up the rooms to avoid clustering or congestion. SEL has divided our students in smalls groups (ideally max 5 children per group) which remain together during the day. The number varies per location.
- For naps, SEL has increased the distance between sleeping mats up to 2 meters if possible, and always practices head-to-toe placement.
- SEL Staff and children should be frequently reminded to follow proper hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette (wash hands frequently, sneeze/cough into their elbow, put used tissues in a waste receptacle and wash hands immediately after using tissues).
- Use of non-medical masks by program staff is only encouraged for prolonged close interactions with children (e.g. changing a diaper or assisting with feeding).
- Each cohort has designated equipment (e.g., balls, loose equipment, crafts). Floater teacher is designated to clean and disinfect equipment between cohort uses. SEL promotes the use of the same equipment per cohort. SEL has a variety of materials and equipment based on our curriculum.
- Soft toys (plush toys and blankets) are not shared at this time.
- SEL has closed all shared sensory tables including water tables, sand tables, and shared play dough. NOTE: Individual sensory bins or activities that are not shared between children may be used (play dough labelled for individual child use, small individual water bowl with sensory activities).
- SEL has designated store personal coat hooks and individual space are to be used to store personal items. It has been assigned to a single child. This space is used to store their own indoor pair of shoes.