Pandemic Policies

The following COVID-19 safety plan has been enacted as a result of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic and are guided by ViaSport Return to Sport guidelines and the advice of our Provincial Health authority.

Physical Distancing

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 is extremely low. 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.

We will however suspend wrestling and roughhousing until further notice as this type of play is extremely close contact and hard for Miss Krystal to supervise safely on her own without a team member.

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.

Participant Declaration of Compliance – COVID-19

Attention: 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 6-12 children and will be led by Miss Krystal and/or Miss Michelle.
  • 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 their hands:
      • upon arrival
      • before eating snack
      • after wiping their nose
      • after toileting
    • Miss Krystal 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 will 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.