MANDATORY ONLINE COVID-19 SCREENING

 

New: October 5, 2020

All employees and parents of students registered in ALL programs operated by Owl are required to complete Owl's mandatory online screening form each day your child is scheduled to attend. 

The form must be completed prior to arrival at the school. Upon arrival, staff will confirm its completion. For those who attend only the after school program, please complete the form each day by 8:00 am, or before your arrival - whichever is earlier.

*Please submit one form per child enrolled at Owl.

Click on your school name to access the form to start today’s screening

John Sweeney
Lincoln Road
Our Lady of Fatima
Saint John Paul II
St. Brigid
St. Luke
St. Matthew
St. Nicholas
Admin Office

 

Youth Development Program - revised links (Oct 2, 2020)

Abraham Erb YDP
Bridgeport YDP
Chicopee Hills YDP
Crestview YDP
Franklin YDP
Laurelwood YDP
Lester B Pearson YDP
Lexington YDP
Northlake Woods YDP
Sandowne YDP
Vista Hills YDP

 

TIPS:

  • If symptoms are present, only select them if they are NEW or WORSENING.
  • If symptoms are related to a previously diagnosed condition, that is on file with Owl, do not select that symptom.
  • If the symptom is not related to a previously diagnosed condition, please select the symptom and follow the direction provided below.

Screening Results:

If you answered YES to and have any of the primary symptoms in question 1, you /your child have not passed the screening and are not permitted to attend the child care or before/after school program. You are advised to

  • stay home and self-isolate immediately
  • get tested, or contact your doctor/health care professional for assessment.

If you answered YES to ONLY ONE secondary symptom in question 2, you have not passed the screening and may not attend today. You are advised to:

  • stay home for 24-hours from when symptoms started
  • if symptoms are improving, you/your child may return to work or the centre when you feel well enough to do so. COVID testing is not required.
  • if your symptoms worsen or persist, contact your/your child's doctor/health care professional for further assessment and to discuss if testing is recommended.

If you answered YES to TWO OR MORE SECONDARY SYMPTOMS In question 2, you have not passed the screening and may not attend today. You/your child are advised to:

  • stay home and begin to self-isolate immediately
  • contact your/your child's doctor/health care professional for further assessment and to discuss if testing is recommended.

If you answered YES to Questions 3, 4 or 5, you have not passed the screening and are not able to attend work or the child care program today. You/your child are advised to:

  • stay home and begin to self-isolate immediately
  • contact Public Health and follow their advise.
  • If symptoms develop, contact your/your child's doctor or health care professional for further assessment and to discuss if testing is recommended.

If you, or your child is ill, please keep them home. If you/they have any of the COVID symptoms, you are advised to consider getting tested for COVID. See https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/community-assessment-centres.aspx for testing centres.  Only symptomatic individuals need to self-isolate and be tested at this time. All others in your household should self-monitor and minimize contact with the symptomatic individual.

Alternatively, you may consult your doctor to assess if your/their symptoms are COVID-related or related to a chronic or other conditions and if you/they are okay to return. Prior to return, we will require a doctor's note or a completed Declaration of Chronic or Other Known Condition form signed by a parent after a doctor's consultation.

If you choose not to be tested or to seek a doctor's assessment, you and your family are directed to self-isolate for 14 days before returning. Please note that we are required to file a report with the Ministry of Education for any child, parent, employee or student on placement with Owl who is displaying 1 or more COVID symptoms and who has been referred for testing.

COVID-19 Advisories

Parents and employees have an understandable interest in knowing when a confirmed/positive case of COVID-19 has been identified at their location/centre.

This page will be updated as required with information regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 involving a child or employee in an Owl Child Care setting. 

In the interests of privacy, information provided here will not identify the children(s) or employee(s) that have received a positive COVID-19 test result.

We will fully cooperate with Region of Waterloo Public Health regarding contact tracing for each positive case. Public Health will directly contact all high-risk contacts that need to self-isolate due to recent contact. If you are not contacted, continue to self-monitor your child and family, but you may continue to attend the program. If Public Health advises us that a class or centre/program should be closed for a period of time, parents and employees will be notified immediately.

Confirmed Cases in Owl Child Care locations/centres

The information here will be updated upon notification of confirmed cases by Region of Waterloo Public Health.

   Date       Location         Employee or Child   
  Status  
       
 No positive cases at this time

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information & Protocols

All child care centres are open with updated health and safety policies to address COVID-19 risks and meet the requirements set forth by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health and Waterloo Region Public Health. Owl employees have received training in these new procedures and have been creating safe, caring and positive environments where they can engage and learn alongside the children.

Our focus is on developing and/or renewing relationships with children and ensuring everyone is safe and healthy.  We will continue to deliver quality play-based learning based on the age group and interests of the children.  

Policies & Procedures

COVID-19 Screening  (Revised: Oct 2/20)

COVID-19 Infection Control

COVID-19 Isolation & Response (Revised: Oct 2/20)

We are in close and regular contact with public health experts from Region of Waterloo Public Health & Emergency Services to ensure we have all the most up-to-date, factual information available concerning COVD-19. Similarly, we work in partnership with local school boards in the exchange of information and response plans within our joint system. Region of Waterloo Public Health continues to work closely with local hospitals, health care and community partners, the Ministry of Health, Public Health Ontario and national partners to monitor and respond accordingly to the COVID-19 situation.

Be sure to avoid misinformation. Region of Waterloo Public Health continues to provide up-to-date and evidence-based information on their website so that you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your health: http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/2019NovelCoronavirus.

Child care centres can return to their full licensed capapcity.

  • Each program room/age group will form a cohort (e.g., infant, toddler, preschool 1, preschool 2, JKK, school-age 1, school-age 2).
  • The maximum cohort size for each room in the child care centre must not exceed the license capacity of the room/age group.
  • Children are permitted to attend on a part-time basis, sharing a spot with another part-time child, and should be included in a single cohort/group.

Masks & Eye Protection

  • all adults in a child care setting are required to wear medical masks and eye protection (i.e., face shield) while inside the centre 
  • all school-age children in Owl's before and after school programs are asked to wear a mask. Masks are not required while eating, or while outdoors if physical distancing can be maintained. School-age children are encouraged to bring their own mask, though extras will be on hand for anyone who needs one.
  • operators are allowed to put reasonable exceptions into policy for such requirements indoors (e.g., when physical distancing can be maintained, where a school-age child cannot tolerate a mask, due to a medical condition). 
  • The use of a mask is not required when outdoors - for adults or children - if physical distancing can be maintained.

When setting up the environment, physical distancing of at least 2 metres should be maintained between cohorts at all times.

  • The Ministry recognizes that physical distancing between children is difficult. Educators are encouraged to maintain a welcoming and caring environment for children while encouraging physical distancing where possible.
  • Physical distancing will also be encouraged, where possible, between children within the same cohort.
  • Spreading children out into different areas, particularly at meal and dressing time
  • Incorporating more individual activities or activities that encourage more space between children using visual cues to promote physical distancing
  • Using visual cues to space out activity areas to limit the # of children at a table, etc.

Additional staff will continue to assist with screening, regular cleaning/disinfecting, laundry and other tasks all to ensure a high quality program while minimizing risk.

Parents are invited to review our policies and procedures and to reach out to thier centre supervisor with any questions or concerns.

 


Other Health Related Forms

Whether you are a current Owl family or looking for child care, below you will find the various forms related to health, safety and well-being. Forms are provided in PDF or a fillable Microsoft Word file. Word-based forms are set up such that you can type information directly in the form; you must save the form first to your desktop before filling it out. Be sure to save the form so that it can be easily updated at a later date.

 

When you are ready to submit your form, you have two options:

  1. Print, sign and return your form to the centre supervisor.
  2. Print, sign and scan your form and then email the form to your centre supervisor.

 

When you are ready to submit your form, you have two options:

  1. Print, sign and return your form to the centre supervisor.
  2. Print, sign and scan your form and then email the form to your centre supervisor.

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Members, potential members who are looking for child care, suppliers, and others are encouraged to use our Contact Us form below.

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