To continue our blog series outlining the protocols for reopening ECIs, in this blog article, we will be highlighting the protocols that are outlined in the Reopening Early Childhood Institutions For Children Ages 0-5 Specific Protocols document that concern the physical layout and infrastructure of early childhood institutions. All the protocols outlined below are mandatory and the full document can be found on the ECC website.
Protocols for Physical Layout and Infrastructure for Early Childhood Institutions:
At the ECC, we want to assure our children, parents, caregivers, practitioners, and the general public that the safety of everyone at early childhood institutions matters. The COVID-19 protocols for the reopening of early childhood institutions (ECIs) have been developed and will be implemented in all ECIs.
Over the coming months, we will be outlining the protocols from the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Early Childhood Commission in a series of blogs so that the public is aware of what is required of your child’s institutions as they reopen for the new school year. In this blog, we will cover some of the mandatory protocols for ECI workers.
ECI staff members should stay home if they become ill or have been exposed to someone who is ill
Staff members should complete a standardized symptom and COVID-19 exposure interview before returning to work
Exposure interview conducted with staff before they return to work should assess the risk at their homes
ECIs should text and email new work protocols to all employees before they return to work
ECIs are to host face-to-face sensitization/orientation of new protocols before the ECIs resume services, discuss protocols and implementation at regular staff meetings at least once per month
ECIs should ensure:
All staff are aware of the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 in children
All staff are trained in Universal Precautions (managing body fluids) as required by the ECC Standards
All staff are familiar with the ECI Sanitization Plan required by the ECC; Sanitization Plans must be updated to include COVID-19 sanitation requirements
Sanitation Plan should include a regular cleaning schedule for indoor and outdoor furnishings, equipment, and learning resources, and adequate procedures for soap, hand sanitizers and cleaning agents
ECI Health Plan should be updated to include exclusion from school for staff/students for COVID-19 related symptoms
We advise parents to continue checking the for updates from the Ministry of Health and Wellness website https://www.moh.gov.jm/ on the status of COVID-19 in Jamaica and to check the ECC’s website https://ecc.gov.jm/ for updated information on ECIs.