The Kenora District Services Board says ‘it will take time’ for childcare operators to reopen in northwestern Ontario, despite the region moving into phase 2 of Ontario’s reopening approach today.
The KDSB says they will be working with childcare operators to secure adequate personal protection equipment supplies, implement enhanced screening protocols as well as develop and implement a COVID-19 response plan, before childcare centres can reopen.
Chief Administrative Officer for the KDSB, Henry Wall, says childcare operators will not open until they have confidence that the best system is put in place to help keep children and families as safe as possible.
“The immediate priority is to make certain that every safety measure necessary is taken to protect the children, families, and child care staff in the centres. The KDSB is working with the Northwestern Health Unit to put the best plan in place for the health of all who access child care services,” said Wall, in a prepared release.
The KDSB says they are working with their community childcare operators to transition from emergency childcare programming back into their regular schedules in a number of communities, and are working with the Northwestern Health Unit on safety measures.
The KDSB says a public service announcement on when regional childcare centres can reopen can be expected as soon as possible.
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