COVID-19 and Ormond Kinder

Term 1, 2021 Covid Update:

Thank you for your ongoing support during these past months as we have worked together as a community to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We know it’s been a challenging time for children, families, educators, teachers and committee alike.

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 17 February, after a 5 day circuit breaker, lock-down, Victoria went back to COVIDSafe Summer, with some additional rules. Our sessional kindergarten programs are operating as normal with a COVIDSafe plan and additional health and safety measures in place.

Keeping safe at kinder:

As per the advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) we have modified kinder practices to keep everyone safe. These include:

  • exclusion of unwell staff, children and visitors

  • reduce mixing of children by separating cohorts (including the staggering of meal and play times as necessary)

  • Promoting enhanced personal hygiene for children, staff and parents: alcohol-based hand sanitiser is available at the entrance of the facility and throughout, as well as plenty of soap, running water and paper towel.

  • cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces at least daily (e.g. play gyms, tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks)

  • influenza vaccination for children, staff and parents.

  • No external visitors to kinder unless they are essential and they must follow our covid safe plan which includes, checking in and and out.

  • No parent helpers on duty

  • Adjusted pick-up and drop-off procedure to allow for 1.5m physical distancing, with children arriving and departing one at a time and no parents congregating in the foyer

  • Restricting sensory play such as slime, playdough, water, kinetic sand, and toys which may be easily mouthed by children

  • Restricting cooking experiences

  • PPE for staff including masks

Alternative care arrangements should be considered for children who are in the high-risk category for coronavirus (COVID-19). AHPPC recommends parents seek medical advice for these children.

The committee would like to thank you for your support and cooperation through an extremely difficult time for all of us. We are a strong community and will get through this together, despite being physically apart.

This information is up to date as of 22/2/2021. To be sure you have the right information regarding COVID-19, relevant restrictions and recommendations, please visit the DHHS website.

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