Reopening ECIs – Protocols for Children and Families

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Today’s blog is a continuation of a series of blogs to share the protocols for the reopening of ECIs. The protocols are outlined in the Reopening Early Childhood Institutions For Children Ages 0-5 Specific Protocols document which can be accessed from the ECC’s website. 

Protocols for Children and Families

  • If parents/family members in the child’s household are sick or have been in close contact with someone who has been exposed to COVID, the ECI should be notified and the children should remain at home.
  • All children should have a medical certificate of good health before entry to school, as is required by ECC Standards. This should be documented in the Child Health and Development Passport or by a letter from a doctor.
    • All children with chronic illnesses, such as asthma, sinusitis, allergies and other flu like illnesses, should have these documented in their Child Health and Development Passport or by a letter from a doctor and confirm that these symptoms are not Covid-19 related.
    • All children with other chronic illnesses such as kidney disease, heart conditions, other chronic conditions and those who have had cancer treatment completed should have this documented in their Child Health and Development Passport or by a letter from a doctor, and there should be an indication that they are able to attend school.
  • Temperature checks should be conducted upon entry to the ECI. ECIs should use a touchless thermometer if one is available. Temperatures that are above 100.4F are considered a fever.
    • If touchless a thermometer is not available, parents should check their children’s temperature at home and report it to the school on arrival.
    • Children’s temperature should be recorded in a daily log by the ECI.
  • ECIs should conduct Health Screening of children for symptoms (coughing, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) by enquiry of parents, and observation of each child for signs of infection such as flushed cheeks, fatigue, or extreme fussiness. The screening should enquire of illness of adults at home.
    • Child symptoms should be recorded and kept in a daily log.
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children 2 years and under. There should be mandatory wearing of masks for parents/guardians on school property.
  • Hands must be washed and sanitized frequently, including but not limited to:
    • Upon arrival for the day
    • After toileting/diaper change
    • After contact with bodily fluids
    • After returning inside after outdoor play
    • After handling pets, pet cages or other pet objects that have come in contact with the pet before moving on to another activity
    • Before and after eating
    • When visibly soiled (must use soap and water)
    • Before departure from the school or home
  • All bags and lunch kits are to be stored in designated lockers/shelves
  • Children should be taught fun and engaging daily hygiene lessons, including:       
    • How to properly wash hands
    • How to cough or sneeze into the elbow or a tissue and then throwing it into a closed bin
    • How to sanitizing immediately after coughing or sneezing
    • Avoiding touching mouth, eyes and nose
    • Avoiding touching other children and their belongings

We continue to encourage the public get regular updates from the MOHW at https://www.moh.gov.jm/ and from the ECC at https://ecc.gov.jm/ for relevant information on ECD, including the full Reopening Early Childhood Institutions for Children Ages 0-5 Specific Protocols document.


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