Novel Coronavirus – What should you expect from your Markham Montessori School and Daycare?
With the recent outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China and 1 confirmed case in Toronto, many Montessori schools and daycare centres in Markham are taking precautionary measures to protect the health and wellness of their students, parents, and staff.
Although school policies vary from one school to another, Public Health Canada has advised the following guidelines for schools to be proactive in preventing the spread of the Novel Coronavirus in their respective communities:
15 Days voluntary quarantine policy
Montessori Schools and Daycare centres should respectfully advise all families and staff who have travelled to China to keep their child home for 15 days, starting from the date of arrival to Toronto, regardless of having symptoms or not.
Families and staff who have come in contact with individuals travelling to Toronto from China or any other countries or cities to be known to have confirmed Novel Coronavirus should follow the same 15 day quarantine policy.
Frequent hand washing and sanitization of shared surfaces
Montessori Schools and Daycare centres should encourage frequent hand washing for both staff and children. Proper sanitization is essential to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.
Parents are advised to inform the school if anyone in the family is experiencing fever or respiratory symptoms. Similarly, Montessori Schools and Daycare centres should keep parents informed on any potential spread of the virus within the school community.