Communicable Illness Policies

The health and well-being of the children and families has always been the number one priority of Sprouting Knowledge. That is why we do what we do.
Communicable infections have always been a reality for care providers and we are well-educated on the many rashes, gastro and bronchial pathogens that potentially exist in our population.

It has also always been our policy to maintain the privacy of the staff and participants in our program and we will not, nor have we ever, disclosed the identity of a person who has become infected while still informing participants of potential exposure.

We encourage families to take responsibility for their own health and well-being in ways that feel supportive to them. Sprouting Knowledge maintains a judgement free space with the understanding immunity is an emotionally charged topic that stirs up many of our deepest fears of death and dying. Communicable disease has historically wreaked havoc in communities and decimated populations. This is a real fear and concern for all of us. We are also aware that some of the best medicines to ensure well-being are fresh air, laughter, healthy food and LOTS of clean water.

The following communal disease safety plan was guided by ViaSport Return to Sport guidelines, the advice of our Provincial Health authority as well as our own knowledge of holistic based human health and well-being.

Physical Distancing

We are in support of giving space for bodies!
Not simply to prevent spread of illness but also to enable freedom of movement and safety. We encourage adults to socially distance themselves as they feel comfortable and to be mindful of one another’s comfort zones.

That said….it is not mentally or emotionally healthy to physically distance young children. At Sprouting Knowledge the mental and emotional health of the children and families in our programs is priority number one. For this reason we will not be enforcing physical distancing of children at our programs.

As per the guidance offered by Ministers Chen and Conroy in the Health and Safety conference provided to child care providers April 29, 2020 the risk of children passing Covid-19 to each other in BC remains extremely low.

We will be mindful of our bodies and breath to ensure the amount of droplet spread from adults to children is kept to a minimum. We will however suspend wrestling and roughhousing until further notice as this type of play is extremely close contact.

If you have a child who likes to roughhouse please have a conversation with them before you send them to our programs about this change in policy.

Masks

We do not ask that staff or participants wear masks as our activities take place outdoors where there is an abundance of fresh air.

It is also vitally important for young children learning social cues to be able to see the faces of their friends and teachers. Young children are just beginning to learn what facial expressions mean and if we are all wearing masks we deprive them of that opportunity.

If your child is coughing or sneezing please do not send them to the program. In our experience a mask will inevitably need to be handled by the student and their teachers putting everyone at increased risk of infection.

We will be mindful of our bodies and breath to ensure the amount of droplet spread from adults to children is kept to a minimum.

Each facilitator also carries alcohol sanitizer with cinnamon, eucalyptus, bergamot, lemongrass and tea tree essential oils in it. All of these are shown to trigger an increased immune response and help support the body should any droplets be inhaled. If a child sneezes or coughs we will spray the surrounding air with sanitizer.

Vaccinations

I am only mentioning this because it will inevitably be asked. These are adult conversations that are laden with fear and anxiety. For the benefit of your children’s emotional health we will not engage or tolerate any such questions or conversations when children are present.

We do not and will not ask for the vaccination status of anyone (students or staff) in our programs. We have never asked for vaccination records and do not intend to start. We are each responsible for our own health and well-being and make choices that feel right to us.

It is not mine, nor is it your business what another person decides to do to care for their body. Just as AIDS and HIV disclosure is not required neither is a person’s vaccination status. As facilitators we take UNIVERSAL precautions to ensure our health and safety that include good hygiene practices and self care.

Communicable Infection Compliance Requirements

For the safety and benefit of everyone, all participants in Sprouting Knowledge programs must comply with this declaration.
By enrolling your child in our programs you agree to follow the health and safety protocols of Sprouting Knowledge’s COVID-19 Safety Plan.

  1. Sickness.
    You will keep your child home if they are unwell, or if someone in your household is unwell, or is displaying the following symptoms:
    a) Fever and chills
    b) Cough
    c) Shortness of breath
    d) Sore throat and painful swallowing
    e) Stuffy or runny nose
    f) Headache
    g) Fatigue
    h) Undiagnosed loss of sense of smell or taste.

You confirm that you have not knowingly been in contact with a person that has a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.

You agree to complete a routine daily screening process prior to dropping off my child.

You confirm that you have not traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.
Additionally, you confirm that you have not been knowingly exposed to someone who has traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

You acknowledge there are inherent risks associated with participating in activities. By sending your child to Sprouting Knowledge you understand and assume all risks associated with potential exposure of COVID-19,

  1. Personal Hygiene:
    You agree to follow all personal hygiene requirements set out by Sprouting Knowledge, including but not limited to: frequent hand-washing and sanitizing, coughing and sneezing into my sleeve.

Additionally you understand and agree that if you do not adhere to the requirements set out by Sprouting Knowledge your child may be asked to leave the program in order to protect the health and safety of all involved.

Families found not adhering to the above guidelines will be asked to leave and WILL NOT BE ISSUED A REFUND for remaining classes.

The Participant Declaration of Compliance will remain in effect until it is no longer required based on viaSport, Public Health and WorkSafeBC requirements.

Reminder:

You should not participate in your scheduled program if:

  • you don’t feel well or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19
  • someone in your household has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms of COVID-19
  • you have traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days
  • someone in your household has traveled outside of Canada within the last 14 days

Group Structure

  • Classes will be made up of 12-16 children and will be led by a combination of our 4 team members.
  • As always we will carry our hand washing kit which consists of warm soapy water, clean cloths and alcohol based hand sanitizer.
    • Children will be helped wash and/or sanitize their hands:
      • upon arrival
      • before eating snack
      • after wiping their nose
      • after toileting
    • A facilitator will spray hands and bodies with hand sanitizer after any sneezes or coughs and after washing hands as part of the 3 step outdoor hand washing policy we follow according to the UK hand washing guidelines for waterless work sites and Forest Schools.
  • We have a ZERO illness policy.
    If your child has a cough, sneeze, fever or runny nose they will not be permitted to attend.
    If your child develops these symptoms during the session parents and caregivers will be contacted.
  • Confirmed hay fever is fine (I have a slightly runny nose and itchy eyes during the spring occasionally) provided they have their own tissues and know how to use them.

WorkSafe Staff Policies

In addition to adhering to the above policies Sprouting Knowledge will also take the following steps to ensure the physical health and well-being of their team members.

Staff meetings will take place outdoors whenever possible.

Staff will remain socially distanced from each other, parents and children to their own individual comfort levels.

While working indoors (in the office or an indoor classroom) a Hepa filter will run constantly to ensure the air stays clean.

Staff working in the office will wear masks while in discussion with other staff members.