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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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).
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.