Old Ottawa South Community Association

OSCA Cold & Flu Policies and Procedures

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The safety, health, and well-being of our clients and staff is a top priority at OSCA. Clients with a sinus infection, cough, and/or fever are asked to refrain from attending programs in order to prevent the spread of colds and flu to others. We ask clients to be diligent in following Ottawa Public Health’s “Guidelines for School and Child Care Facilities on Communicable Diseases and Other Childhood Health Issues” document, which provides recommendations for exclusion due to health issues.

That document can be found here (PDF):https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/professionals-and-partners/resources/Documents/cd_guidelines_ccfs_en.pdf

Parents of children attending programs who exhibit symptoms of a cold with fever and cough will be contacted immediately and asked to pick up their child(ren).

Preventing the Spread of Colds, Flu, and Viruses

Ottawa Public Health recommends a number of preventive actions to lessen the potential spread of colds, flu and viruses, including:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. (Ottawa Public Health Handwashing Poster)
  • Cough or sneeze into the crook of your elbow or into a tissue. Wash your hands immediately afterwards and throw the tissue in the garbage.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early and share your recent travel history with your healthcare provider.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Parents

(Adapted from communications from the Ottawa Carleton District School Board & Ottawa Public Health)

We appreciate that parents and guardians may have questions about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and how this will be managed at OSCA.

OSCA is actively following the latest updates and recommendations made by Ottawa Public Health (OPH). We follow guidance on health matters from our Federal, Provincial and local health authorities, including Ottawa Public Health (OPH), and as a partner of the City of Ottawa, we will always follow all recommendations and health policies of the City’s Parks and Recreation Department.

In order to be proactive, we have put reminders around the building regarding proper handwashing techniques recommended by Ottawa Public Health. We are also supplying more hand sanitizer around the building and cleaning the centre more robustly.

Parents are asked to check Ottawa Public Health’s Novel Coronavirus web page for information on the virus, regular updates, and other tips and resources on how to best prevent the spread of germs.

Parents wanting to stay informed can also monitor the Province of Ontario's novel coronavirus web page, which will be updated every weekday at 10:30 a.m. ET.

We also recommend you download the Ministry of Health’s information sheet about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

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