Covid Response Plan

COVID-19 Preparedness and Response Plan – Updated April 11, 2022

 

With the latest government announcement (March 18, 2022) and the rapidly changing COVID-19 trends in Ontario, Kid Mechanix would like to provide you with an update regarding our in-person learning, our COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, and what to expect in the coming weeks and months.

 

The staff at Kid Mechanix have put in considerable efforts during the pandemic on keeping themselves and our learners safe so we can ensure that our learners are able to come in-center and experience the fun and engaging learning environment that we so deeply love.

 

Despite the challenging pandemic we have been navigating, Kid Mechanix has achieved a 100% vaccination rate amongst our staff and have thus far seen no in-center spread of the virus! We are incredibly grateful that our learners have been able to come to Kid Mechanix every day to play and learn in a safe environment, while providing a sense of consistency and routine that is vital to their development.

 

Masking and PPE:

Masking requirements for students will be lifted, but it is up to the discretion of the family if they would like their child to continue wearing a mask. While masks are not required, families and learners can choose to continue to wear masks based on their own assessment of risk and level of comfort.

Masking requirements for staff has now been lifted. As evidence suggests that there is a 3-4 week delay in the effect of lifting public health measures, Kid Mechanix staff continued to wear masks until April 11, 2022. This has allowed for 4 weeks of data to be monitored after lifting public health measures. While masks are not required, staff can choose to continue to wear masks based on their own assessment of risk and level of comfort.

 

We would like to thank everyone for their continued kindness and consideration as we navigate this new stage of the pandemic. Kid Mechanix would like to thank you in advance for showing respect for the different levels of comfort and decisions that individuals in our community will make.

Child-care settings are no longer required to report cases of COVID-19 to their local public health units or the Ministry of Education.
Public Health will no longer be involved in the management of COVID-19 exposures in child-care settings.

 

As there is limited availability of PCR and rapid antigen tests available, if any student or staff member has at least one major symptom, or two minor symptoms of COVID-19 (listed below), please assume this is a confirmed case of COVID-19. As confirmatory testing will not be readily available, any symptomatic individuals should assume they have COVID-19. The learner/staff member may return to Kid Mechanix once they are symptom-free for 24-hours (or 48-hours for GI symptoms).
If a test is available to families with any of the symptoms, please use it to assess the likelihood that symptoms are related to COVID-19.

 

If there is a positive rapid antigen test result, it is highly indicative that the individual has COVID-19, and the individual is required to self-isolate (as are all household members).
Rigorous screening and monitoring of symptoms by families and staff is critical to limiting transmission and keeping Kid Mechanix safe and open for all.

 

Our staff have been putting in considerable effort to keep Kid Mechanix a safe and fun learning environment for all. Even one symptom can put us all at risk. Learners who develop a new or worsening symptom need time at home to recover and cannot return to Kid Mechanix until they are symptom-free for 24-hours.
We kindly ask that you consider the health and safety of Kid Mechanix staff and all learners. Even if a positive COVID-19 result is not likely, displaying even one symptom can result in other staff and learners becoming ill and having to isolate.

 

Screening is mandatory for all staff and learners who are returning to Kid Mechanix prior to entry. If staff or learners display symptoms, they will not be admitted into the program and will be sent home. Completing the screening prior to sessions is mandatory. Please make an appropriate judgment as to whether your child is well enough to attend.

At Kid Mechanix, our goal is to create a healthy, safe, and fun learning environment for all. To reach this goal, we all have a responsibility to continue to be safe and follow Public Health directions for the entire household to minimize risks.

 

We have learned that there are many challenges associated with working the front lines of a pandemic. Having incredibly dedicated staff has made all the difference.

On occasion, there may be Public Health guidelines that require staff to be absent from Kid Mechanix. These guidelines, combined with staffing shortages and our commitment to safety, means that emergency staffing placement can be extremely difficult. We have managed to avoid closures so far due to the combined effort of families and Kid Mechanix staff.

 

With the recent Public Health guidelines released, any staff experiencing one major symptom or two minor symptoms of COVID-19 to automatically isolate for at least 5 days and until their symptoms have been improving for 24-hours.

Additionally, all household members of someone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must follow the same isolation requirements.

 

With these adjustments, we can anticipate staff shortages in the coming weeks. We will do everything possible to keep Kid Mechanix staffed and our learners on-site, but we want you to be prepared for possible short-notice changes if we cannot find staff needed to meet the increased needs of the Kid Mechanix community.
If we need to unexpectedly cancel a session for the day, we will let you know as soon as possible, and keep you updated on the situation and the schedule for the days following.

 

Major Symptoms of
COVID-19 include any of the following:

Minor Symptoms of
COVID-19 include any of
the following:

Fever and/or Chills

 

Cough

 

Shortness of Breath

 

Decrease/Loss of Taste and/or Smell

Runny Nose and/or Nasal Congestion

 

Headache

 

Extreme Fatigue

 

Sore Throat

 

Muscle Aches/Joint Pain

 

Gastrointestinal Symptoms (i.e., vomiting, diarrhea)

 

We appreciate your continued support and patience as we work together to navigate a rapidly changing pandemic.

 

Daily Screening:

According to the new guidelines, parents/caregivers must continue to screen their child prior to entering Kid Mechanix. All staff and visitors are also required to complete the provincial screening tool every day. The Kid Mechanix screening is no longer required, however parents/caregivers are required to complete the screening tool provided by the Ministry: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/school-screening/

The screening tool has been updated to reflect the new requirements. Symptomatic individuals and their household members should adhere to the directions found in the screening tool.
If staff or learners are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, they must not attend Kid Mechanix.

 

What to do if you/your child is sick?

If any staff or learner has 1 major or 2 minor symptoms, they must stay home and self isolate for 5 days and can return to Kid Mechanix once they are fully symptom free for 24-hours (48-hours for nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea).

Major Symptoms include:
Fever and/or Chills
Cough
Shortness of Breath
Decrease of Loss of Taste/Smell

Minor Symptoms include:
Runny Nose/Nasal Congestion
Headache
Extreme Fatigue
Sore Throat
Muscle Aches/Joint Pain
Gastrointestinal Symptoms (vomiting and/or diarrhea)

 

What to do if a household member is displaying symptoms of COVID-19?

If you/your child is fully vaccinated, you do not need to isolate. You must wear a mask at Kid Mechanix while your household member is isolating.

If the child is under 5, or unvaccinated, they must stay home and isolate for the duration of the household member’s isolation period.

What to do if you/your child is a close contact to a positive case?

Children who are under 5 and are asymptomatic household contacts are required to stay home for 5 days.

Asymptomatic individuals who are close contacts of a case or of a symptomatic individual in the community are no longer required to isolate, but must self-monitor for 10 days following last exposure.

Asymptomatic household contacts of a case or a symptomatic individual are also not required to isolate if they are fully vaccinated.

Close contacts of a positive/presumed positive case who are not required to isolate must self-monitor for 10 days from last exposure and wear a well-fitted mask while at Kid Mechanix.

 

What to do if you/your child tests positive for COVID-19, have symptoms, or have an exposure?

If you/your child test positive for COVID-19, self-isolate immediately.
Visit this website.
Complete the COVID-19 self-assessment for detailed instructions.

Fully vaccinated individuals (or children under 5 years old) must isolate for 5 days after symptom onset.

 

Reporting Cases of COVID-19:

York Region Public Health is no longer following up on individual cases of COVID-19.

 

Vaccination Policy:

Our vaccination policy will remain as is, all staff and visitors must be fully vaccinated.

 

Travelling:

If travelling, you are encouraged to check for information on current travel restrictions and measures into and out of Canada.

The Government of Canada has also announced new health and safety measures for individuals returning from International travel. Anyone returning from international travel (even if exempt from quarantine) must wear a well-fitted mask at all times when in public spaces for 14 days.

 

SCREENING FOR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS:

QUESTION 1:

Do you/your child have any of the following symptoms:

Fever/Chills
Cough
Shortness of Breath
Decrease/Loss of Taste and/or Smell

IF YOU ANSWERED NO TO QUESTION 1:

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO QUESTION 1:

QUESTION 2A:

Do you/your child have two or more of the following symptoms:

Extreme Fatigue
Runny Nose and/or Nasal Congestion
Sore Throat
Headache
Muscle Aches/Joint Pain
Vomiting and/or Diarrhea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

QUESTION 2B:

It is highly likely that you/your child has a COVID-19 infection. You must self-isolate immediately.

 

For at least 5 days from the start of your/your child’s symptoms, and until you are symptom free for 24-hours (48-hours for GI symptoms), if you are:
– 12 years of age or older AND fully vaccinated
– 11 years of age or younger, REGARDLESS of your vaccination status.

 

For 10 days from the start of your/your child’s symptoms, if you are:
– 12 years of age or older AND partially vaccinated/unvaccinated
– immune-compromised, regardless of age

 

All members of your household (regardless of vaccination status) must self-isolate. Most individuals do not need a COVID-19 test. If you are in the eligible individual list, get a PCR test, rapid molecular test, or rapid antigen test (if you have access). If testing is not available, you must fulfill the self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen, seek medical attention/advice from your health care provider.

IF YOU ANSWERED NO TO QUESTION 2A:

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO QUESTION 2A:

 

It is less likely that you have COVID-19.

Self-isolate until you/your child is symptom-free for 24-hours (48-hours for GI symptoms).

Your household members do not need to self-isolate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is highly likely that you/your child has a COVID-19 infection. You must self-isolate immediately.

 

For at least 5 days from the start of your/your child’s symptoms, and until you are symptom free for 24-hours (48-hours for GI symptoms), if you are:
– 12 years of age or older AND fully vaccinated
– 11 years of age or younger, REGARDLESS of your vaccination status

 

For 10 days from the start of your/your child’s symptoms, if you are:
– 12 years of age or older AND partially vaccinated/unvaccinated
– immune-compromised, regardless of age

 

All members of your household (regardless of vaccination status) must self-isolate.

Most individuals do not need a COVID-19 test. If you are in the eligible individual list, get a PCR test, rapid molecular test, or rapid antigen test (if you have access). If testing is not available, you must fulfill the self-isolation.

If your symptoms worsen, seek medical attention/advice from your health care provider.

 

 

EXPOSURE TO A POSITIVE COVID-19 CASE:

QUESTION 1:

Have you had at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (or are under 12 years of age)?

IF YOU ANSWERED NO TO QUESTION 1:

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO QUESTION 1:

 

Self-isolate immediately for:

– 5 days since your last exposure, IF you are fully vaccinated or under 12 years of age
– 10 days since your last exposure if you are partially vaccinated, unvaccinated, or immune compromised

 

Self-monitor symptoms for 10 days.

If you develop symptoms continue to self-isolate and get tested if you are eligible.

Follow the guidance for cases.

QUESTION 2:

Does the COVID-19 positive person live with you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IF YOU ANSWERED NO TO QUESTION 2:

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO QUESTION 2:

QUESTION 3:

Do you have any symptoms of COVID-19?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-isolate immediately for:
– 5 days since your last exposure, IF you are fully vaccinated or under 12 years of age
– 10 days since your last exposure if you are partially vaccinated, unvaccinated, or immune compromised

 

Self-monitor symptoms for 10 days.

If you develop symptoms continue to self-isolate and get tested if you are eligible.

Follow the guidance for cases.

IF YOU ANSWERED NO TO QUESTION 3:

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO QUESTION 3:

 

Self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days.

 

If leaving home, you should continue to wear a mask, maintain physical distancing, and continue to observe all other public health measures.

 

You should avoid visiting any high-risk settings or individuals who may be at higher risk of illness (e.g., seniors) for 10 days from your last exposure.

 

If you develop any symptoms, self-isolate immediately, get tested if eligible, and follow guidance for cases.

 

Self-isolate immediately for at least 5 days following your symptoms onset, and until you are symptom free for at least 24-hours (48-hours for GI symptoms).

 

If you are eligible for testing, get tested, and follow the guidance for cases.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a list of resources informing this update:


York Region – Staying Safe at School
COVID-19 Screening
COVID-19 Self Assessment
What to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19
Information for Travellers 
Attestation Form
Management of COVID-19 in Schools
COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures at Schools
COVID-19 Operational Guidance for Child Care
COVID-19 Health and Safety Measures for Child Care
Public Health Ontario: Update on Approach to Adapting Public Health Measures in Schools
March 9, 2022: Statement from Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health
COVID-19 Travel Updates
Ministry of Health: COVID-19 Screening Tool