Some early learning and child care programs have implemented processes and tools to ensure safety related to COVID-19, such as:
- Asking families a list of questions when children are being dropped off
- Limiting the number of people dropping children off at one time
- Taking staff, parents and children’s temperatures upon entering the building
In general, the risk of contracting COVID-19 in the NWT is still low. At this time, it is not necessary to have children change clothes or take additional measures beyond frequent hand washing and healthy respiratory practices. Programs may choose to check staff, parent and children’s temperatures upon entry, but this is not necessary. Decreasing the number of non-essential interactions is important, and programs can try to decrease the number of families arriving at the same time.
Throughout the day, staff should be monitoring children’s general appearance and mood. Watch for signs that children are unwell, which includes children being over-tired, coughing, having difficulty breathing or developing a fever. Children should be sent home if they are unwell in any way, not just if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. Children should not attend early learning and child care programs if someone they have had close contact with is unwell or has been tested for COVID-19.