September 11, 2020 — COVID-19: Program Update

The health and wellness of Kids On Track families continues to be our highest priority. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Canada, utilizing trusted sources such as Alberta Health Services and Health Canada.

Kids On Track has been preparing to welcome children, youth, and families back into our programs. Now more than ever we recognize the importance of building community with one another. We also recognize that it is not a simple thing to accomplish in light of the guidances and recommendations from Alberta Health Services. We want to assure you that great attention has gone into our re-entry plans. We learned a lot from launching our programs in the summer in a smaller capacity than we are used to. With so many changes happening, you can be confident that one thing has not changed- the staff and volunteers at Kids On Track care deeply about you, our KOT families. Every effort is being made to ensure safety for our participants as well as for our teams.

How We Are Keeping Each Other Safe

  • As of August 1, 2020, The City Of Edmonton requires all individuals to wear a face covering over their mouth, nose, and chin in all indoor public places (publicly or privately owned) according to Edmonton Bylaw #19408. All staff and participants must be masked upon entry into the program.
  • Unfortunately at this time we do not have the ability to allow participants into the program who are medically exempt from wearing masks.
  • We will video or live-stream the programs wherever possible
  • Before entering the program site it is expected that all individuals answer the self-assessment and refrain from participating and return home if they have any of the following symptoms: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Staff who have symptoms will adhere to the policy to self-isolate and must get tested
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results, please do not attend a program
  • If you have been in close contact with anyone suspected of having COVID, please do not attend a program
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located at our entrances. Hand sanitizers and instructions will be placed in common spaces, meeting areas, and washrooms
  • We will limit the number of people in programs
  • We will limit the number of people allowed in washrooms
  • Staff will continue to take attendance at each program- this is standard KOT policy. Program participants must be registered for the program which they are attending.
  • No group singing will be utilized at this time. Music will continue to be used to create a fun atmosphere
  • We will aim to maintain a distance of 6 feet between family or cohorts
  • We have created and will follow a cleaning and disinfecting plan that targets high contact spots, locations, and washrooms
  • Check in, entry, and exiting the building will be staggered to help maintain distancing

Remember, if you are not ready to return in person, Kids On Track is also working at getting our programming online. This is new ground for us, so please be patient while we navigate new territory like live streaming and video components to our programs.

Some staff continue to work remotely and are not in the office during regular office hours. If you need to get in touch with a staff member, we ask that you call or email us. Visits into the office are by appointment only at this time.

             

April 3, 2020 — COVID-19: Program Update

The health and wellness of Kids On Track families continues to be our highest priority. We continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Canada, utilizing trusted sources such as Alberta Health Services and Health Canada.

Although we are currently not offering in person programming, we do have a number of online items available to families.  You can find some items in our websites newest area HERE! We also encourage you to check back regularly and subscribe to our Youtube channel (CLICK HERE). You can also keep in touch with Instagram (CLICK HERE) and Facebook (CLICK HERE).

The Kids On Track staff continue to plan a head for summer and fall programs. We are hopeful that we will be able to offer these programs in the near future. However, we are not taking registrations at this time.

The Kids On Track staff continue to work from home when possible. The office remains open during regularly schedule hours with minimal staff. If you need to get in touch with a staff member, we ask that you call or email us. Visits into the office are by appointment only at this time.

             

March 17, 2020 — COVID-19: Program Update

The health and wellness of Kids On Track families continues to be our highest priority. We have continued to monitor the COVID-19 situation in Canada utilizing trusted sources such as Alberta Health Services and Health Canada.

 

In our effort to limit the spread and risk of exposure to COVID-19 to the Kids On Track community and to the public, effective immediately Kids On Track will be suspending all programming.

 

The Kids On Track staff are going ahead with planning the Summer Program. We are hopeful that it will be offered. However, we will not be opening registration at this time.

 

The Kids On Track staff will continue to work from home where possible. The office will remain open with minimal staffing. If you need to get in touch with a staff member, we encourage you to call or email us, not come in.

 

We know that families are facing an unprecedented situation, one that can bring uncertainty and anxiety. Kids On Track is looking at creative ways to support families through this time. We encourage you to check our webpage regularly and subscribe to our Youtube channel (CLICK HERE). You can also keep in touch with Instagram (CLICK HERE) and Facebook (CLICK HERE).

March 13, 2020– COVID-19: Not time to panic, but absolutely time to take it seriously.

Top of mind for all of us right now is the COVID-19 virus. Like many organizations, Kids On Track is concerned about the health and safety of our participants. From the onset of the COVID – 19 out-break, Kids On Track has been closely monitoring and following recommendations from Alberta Health Services and Health Canada. We have put preventative measures in place including:

  • Increased on site cleaning

  • Hand sanitation and hand washing stations

  • Encouraging attendees to practice good public health practices including frequent hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes with an arm and avoiding touching their face

  • Modifying activities to increase distance between participants

  • Discouraging contact (such as high-5’s, hand shakes etc.) between participants

We have evaluated the exposure risks of our programs. Until further notice the following will be in effect:

  • We will cancel larger gatherings including Family Fun Night on March 14th.

  • We will cancel after school clubs (Character Clubs). Many schools are cancelling extracurricular activities and it is important to give consistent messages to parents. Until the schools have resumed extracurricular activities we will not hold clubs.

  • We will continue smaller gatherings such as Shift Youth, LITE activities and Active Families, with preventative measures in place.

If you are looking for more information about the COVID-19 out break, Alberta Health Services and Health Canada websites have up-to-date information and guidance. Kids On Track will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of Alberta Health Services and Health Canada.