COVID-19 Continued Extraordinary Measures in place for a safe environment 

To ensure a safe environment for our children, who are all too young to be vaccinated, and represent one of the most vulnerable groups to COVID-19, CEFA early learning schools will continue to operate our classrooms and facilities with COVID-19 protocols in place. 

Our protocols are effective and are working because of the diligence and commitment of our staff. Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has advised that “With widespread vaccination and other effective health and safety measures in place, childcare centres continue to be lower-risk settings for COVID-19 exposure. When the safety protocols that are in place in schools are followed, it is a very safe environment and transmission is very unlikely”.

The small class sizes at CEFA further support the safe environment in our schools. Both BC and Alberta provincial guidelines are being observed, and enhanced CEFA protocols are in place as an extra layer of protection for our entire CEFA community.

All CEFA locations have been adhering to strict cleaning and disinfecting actions within the school to prevent communicable disease and will keep maintaining these protocols

Masks on Staff:

Teachers are required to wear masks at all times when interacting with other teachers, staff, and parents. This includes drop-off and pick-up times, whether indoors or outside, at the entrance to the school.  They are also required to wear masks while they are outside of the classroom (but inside the school).

We require teachers to wear masks in their classrooms when social distancing with other teachers (adults) is not possible. Masks are not required in the classroom when teaching students, as it is important for the teacher’s entire face to be visible to ensure comprehension for learning. Teachers also have the opportunity to manage adequate social distance with other teachers within the classroom setting.

Chefs are required to wear a mask at all times when preparing, delivering and serving food. They are also required to wear a mask on school premises when interacting with teachers, staff, students, parents, or any other adult.

School Tours:

Schools will conduct virtual tours or after-hours tours.  This is to minimize non-staff members in the schools when children and teachers are present. Masks are required during all school tours.

Hours:

All CEFA schools are open during regular operating hours.

Drop off and Pick up:

Out of an abundance of caution, each school is continuing with their existing COVID-19 drop off and pick up protocols. This includes the requirement for parents & guardians to wear masks during any and all interactions with CEFA staff, regardless of where it occurs on school premises.

Parents/Guardians must also confirm the following at drop off:

  1. That no one has returned from international travel in the past 14 days in the child’s household.
  2. That their child does not show any flu/cold-like symptoms today
  3. That their child, or anyone in the child’s household, has not been identified by Public Health as a close contact of a confirmed case of COVID-19.
  4. That should their child develop flu/cold-like symptoms while attending CEFA, parents & or guardians will pick up their child promptly, and will keep the child at home until he/she has been assessed by a health care provider to exclude COVID-19 or other infectious diseases, AND their symptoms have resolved, and they have been confirmed they can return to the school

Additional Information:

In keeping with the directions of the Public Health Authority and our supplemental CEFA COVID-19 protocols, we will continue to minimize the number of additional adults entering the school. We will continue to minimize the number of different staff that interact with the same children throughout the day. To accomplish this, where possible, teachers will no longer be changing classrooms for co-curriculars.  Our co-curricular programming will be taught by your child’s current classroom teachers.

We thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. We also appreciate all our families who have been a major driving force in helping staff and students at CEFA schools avoid infection by staying home when ill, abiding physical distancing codes, minimizing physical contact with others, and complying with recommended increased hygiene practices.

Parent Access:

It is fully understood that parents have the legal right to see and have access to their children. At CEFA, we fully support this. We would never impede this from happening. We will ensure that this is conducted in the safest manner possible. Until further notice, there will be no parents allowed beyond the foyer doors (except for gradual entry).

Gradual Entry:

Understanding and recognizing that this will be somewhat uncomfortable to parents, we require that all parents complete preliminary health screening checks and questionnaires prior to entry.

  • Masks will be mandatory as will the use of hand sanitizer upon entry.
  • Gradual entry would be permitted on the child’s first day.
  • There will be a 1-hour limit and only 1 parent (adult) will be allowed to be present during gradual entry.
  • For children under 36 months, Gradual Entry will be allowed inside the school.
  • For children over 36 months, Gradual Entry will occur on the playground.