Health & Safety at VSOCC
VSOCC is committed to maintaining healthy and safe environments, and providing high quality learning experiences and care. In addition to existing VSOCC policies and procedures, the following measures are informed by BC Public Health, BC Centre for Disease Control (BC CDC), WorkSafe BC, the BC Community Care and Assisted Living Act and Child Care Licensing Regulations. Updated May 17, 2022.
Daily Health Check
All employees, children and visitors must assess their health for symptoms of illness each day prior to arriving and entering a VSOCC centre.
Do NOT enter the VSOCC centre if you* are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19 or are required to self-isolate.
A list of COVID symptoms can be found here: COVID Symptoms BC CDC
* You refers to the employee/ child / visitor entering the child care facility.
** Fever = body temperature of 37.5 Celsius or higher taken under the armpit or orally, as directed by Vancouver Coastal Health – Child Care Licensing.
Stay Home When Sick
Staying home when sick is one of the most important ways to reduce the spread of communicable diseases.
Stay home if you
- develop new or worsening symptoms of illness
- have a fever (37.5 celsius) within 24 hours
- have diarrhea or have vomitted within 48 hours
All children that attend must be well enough to participate in all aspects of the program.
Staff or children exhibiting COVID symptoms should stay home until they feel well enough to return to regular activity. A list of symptoms can be found here: COVID Symptoms BC CDC
Please report your child’s illness to the Program Supervisor.
When can I (my child) come back to the centre?
If you are exhibiting COVID symptoms stay home until well enough to return to regular activity.
If you have fever (37.5 celsius) stay home until 24 hours after the fever has gone and without medication.
If you have diarrhea / vomitting, stay home until 48 hours after the the last bout of diarrhea / vomitting.
For all other communicable diseases, please contact the Program Supervisor to confirm the period of time required to be away. VSOCC child care programs follow the guidelines set by Public Health Officer for the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
Confirmed Case(s) of COVID-19 in Employees or Children
- Those 18 years and older that have tested positive for COVID-19 by PCR or rapid antigen test and are fully vaccinated, should isolate for 5 days and until symptoms improve and you no longer have fever for 24 hours.
- Those 18 years and older that have tested positive for COVID-19 by PCR or rapid antigen test and are not fully vaccinated should isolate for 10 days.
- Regardless of vaccination status, those less than 18 years of age that have tested positive for COVID-19 by PCR or rapid antigen test, should isolate for 5 days until symptoms improve and no longer have fever for 24 hours.
Optional Mask Use
Masks are OPTIONAL and a personal choice for VSOCC employees and families.
The level of comfort of not wearing masks vary amongst educators and families.
Please be patient and understanding of individuals’ personal choices.
Children, Travel & Quarantine Requirements
Staff and families are responsible for understanding and adhering to all international travel requirements outlined by the Government of Canada and the Province of BC, including those required following return to Canada for communicable disease prevention including for COVID-19.
For more information please visit the website.
What if my child has a previously diagnosed health condition?
Employees or children who are experiencing symptoms of a previously diagnosed health condition do not need to stay home and will not be required to provide a doctor’s note to attend child care.
What if a member of our household or close contact has developed new symptoms of illness or has confirmed COVID-19?
Asymptomatic employees and children may still attend VSOCC child care programs if a member of their household develops new symptoms of illness, regardless of vaccination status.
Arrivals & Departures
During arrivals and departures, a maximum of two parents may enter the program room in a VSOCC centre to sign in & complete the daily health check, or to sign out.
Note: School age programs operating within VSB school sites must follow the VSB rules for entry to the school. Currently, Elsie Roy and Crosstown schools continue to require families to pick up/ drop off at the exterior door to the school.
Everyone Must Wash Their Hands
- When entering the centre and program area
- After sneezing or coughing
- When hands are visibly dirty
- Before and after all meals and drinking
- Before and after sensory play activities with shared materials such as water, playdough, goop and sand
- After returning from outdoors
- After use of the washroom
- When leaving at the end of the day
Cough & Sneeze Etiquette
Cough and sneeze into your arm or a tissue, and wash your hands.
Personal Items & toys from home
Please do not bring toys from home to the centre.
For Under 3 Years and 3 to 5 Years Programs, personal comfort items such as a blanket, pillow or stuffy may be brought from home for rest time. These must be clean, and will only be used by the individual child and not shared.
Personal items will be returned to families at the end of each week for cleaning.
For School Age Programs, children may bring their homework to work on within the program room.
If a CHILD Suddenly Develops Symptoms of Illness
- isolate and supervise the child;
- contact the child’s parent / guardian for immediate pick up; and
- clean and disinfect all items and spaces with which the child was in contact.
Note: if the parent / guardian is unavailable, the emergency contact will be contacted.
Cleaning & Sanitizing
All program areas, including washroom sinks, counters, toilets & fixtures; elevator panels & buttons, intercom panels & phones; door & gate handles, handicap buttons & alarm silence buttons; and kitchen counters, handles & buttons are cleaned and sanitized at least once per day. Toys are cleaned and sanitized weekly. Toys which are mouthed or visibly dirty are removed immediately for cleaning.
VSOCC snacks and lunches are served family-style. Children are encouraged to help themselves to food and drink, and to try all food items offered. Educators provide assistance, guidance and encouragement and facilitate healthy eating habits.
VSOCC lunches for children in the Under 3 Years Group Child Care and the 3 to 5 Year Group Child Care Programs are available and optional. Contact the Program Supervisor or Administration if you wish to register for the lunch option.
For meals from home, educators will assist children to get and set out their meals.
COVID VACCINATIONS: While masks, hand hygiene and daily health checks provide some level of protection, the COVID-19 vaccine is the single most important preventative solution to keep yourself, your colleagues and our children safe. According to Doctor Henry, if you are unvaccinated in B.C. today you have about 10 times higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and transmitting COVID-19. Given children under 12 years are unable to receive the vaccine, it is imperative that the adults around them are immunized.
If you have not already received the vaccine we strongly encourage you to book an appointment as soon as possible. You can find a drop in clinic here: VAX for BC
Vaccine-preventable diseases are serious diseases which can be found in the community and for which children can be vaccinated. BC Childhood Immunization Schedule is the recommended periods of times, by age, for a child to receive their immunization shots. These are typically:
- 1st vaccines, 2 months
- 2nd vaccines, 4 months
- 3rd vaccines, 6 months
- 4th vaccines, 12 months
- 5th vaccines, 18 months
- School age: – Kindergarten entry, starting at age 4 – Grade 6, 9
- Flu vaccine every year from 6 months of age
For the most up to date schedule, visit: https://immunizebc.ca/
VSOCC educators are committed to ensuring families and children feel safe, reassured and have great experiences in our programs.
For information and resources about communicable diseases and other common childhood health concerns in child care programs, go to Sneezes & Diseases
For information about COVID-19 in BC, go to www.gov.bc.ca/covid19.