COVID Protocols (Level 2)
updated March 31, 2021
The following guidelines are from provincial government guidelines for After School Program and Day Camp Guidelines. For more comprehensive guidelines please go to the following link
All youth in grades 4 or above are required to wear non-medical masks at all times, except when eating or drinking. While not required, it is encouraged that masks be used when engaged in indoor physical activity.
Youth in grades 3 or below are not required to wear non-medical masks while indoors, but are encouraged to do so if it can be done appropriately and consistently.
All individuals (including youth) must thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water or use Health Canada approved hand sanitizer (which typically contains at least 60% alcohol), before entering and upon exiting the program premises.
All individuals (e.g. staff, parents/guardians, delivery persons and guest speakers), must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms, travel history, and contact with person(s) who may have COVID-19, prior to EACH time they enter the program premises
- If a household member of an after school program participant has travelled outside the province in the last 14 days (including as a rotational worker):
- The participant can continue to attend the after school program as long as the family member does not have symptoms and is self-isolating from the rest of the household members.
- If the household member becomes symptomatic, the youth would have to immediately leave the after school program.
- Screening includes:
- Asking the following screening questions:
- In the last 14 days, has the individual:
- travelled outside Newfoundland and Labrador or travelled outside the communities along the Labrador-Quebec border (Labrador City, Wabush, Fermont, the Labrador Straits area and Blanc Sablon)?
- been in close contact with a known or suspected case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
- in the last 14 days been in close contact with a person with acute respiratory illness, who has travelled outside of the identified areas within 14 days, prior to their illness onset?
- Had ONE of the following symptoms in the last 14 days:
- Fever (including chills/sweats);
- Cough (new or worsening);
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
- Runny, stuffy or congested nose (not related to seasonal allergies or other known causes/conditions);
- Sore throat or difficulty swallowing;
- Acute loss of sense of smell or taste;
- Unusual fatigue, lack of energy;
- New onset of muscle aches;
- Loss of appetite;
- Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours;
- OR a child displaying small red or purple spots on hands and/or feet*
• Any youth, staff, or other person within the after school program who has cold, influenza, or COVID-19-like symptoms should complete the COVID-19 Self Assessment (https://covidassessment.nlchi.nl.ca/) or contact 811 or be assessed by a health care practitioner.
• Those who have symptoms of COVID-19, test negative, and have no known exposure criteria (travel outside the Atlantic Provinces or Labrador-Quebec border communities or close contact of a confirmed case or from an area with an active outbreak), must stay home for 24 hours after their symptoms resolve, without the use of fever-reducing medications.
• Those who test positive for COVID-19, are required to self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms, or until 24 hours after symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer. Public Health will provide direction on when those individuals can return to the after school program.
• Chronic symptoms (e.g. cough due to asthma), as indicated by parents/guardians, are not considered reasons to be asked to stay away from the program.
• If a child displays COVID-19 symptoms during the program, the following steps should be taken
• Contact guardian immediately;
• Seek support from a second staff member;
• Isolate or physically distance the child (isolation is preferred, if possible)