Wildlings Communicable Diseases Policy and Procedure

This policy applies to all customers and employees.

 

What is a Communicable Disease?

 

A communicable disease is a disease that can be passed from one person to another. Communicable diseases include, but are not limited to:

  • Measles,

  • Influenza,

  • Viral hepatitis-A (infectious hepatitis),

  • Viral hepatitis-B (serum hepatitis),

  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection), AIDS, AIDS-Related Complex (ARC),

  • Leprosy,

  • Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), including the SARS-CoV-2 'Covid-19 Coronavirus' and;

  • Tuberculosis.

Common communicable diseases experienced by Children include, but are not limited to;

  • Chicken Pox (Varicella)

  • Common Colds

  • Conjunctivitis (Pink-eye)

  • Diarrhea

  • Fifth’s Disease (Parvovirus B19)

  • Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

  • Viral hepatitis-A (infectious hepatitis),

  • Viral hepatitis-B (serum hepatitis),

  • Impetigo

  • Influenza

  • Lice

  • Measles (Rubeola)

  • Meningitis (bacterial)

  • Meningitis (viral)

  • Mononucleosis

  • Mumps

  • Pinworm

  • Ringworm

  • Roseola (Examthem subitum)

  • Rubella (German Measles)

  • Scabies

  • Scarlet Fever

  • Strep Throat (Streptococcal Sore Throat)

  • Whooping Cough (Pertussis)

 

Wildling’s may choose to broaden this definition in accordance with information received through the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Procedure

 

Wildlings is not providing child care services and is not an early childcare development centre, private tuition centre, or other such ‘centre’ and therefore is not legally required to follow regulations applied by the Early Childhood Development Agency or Ministry of Education.

 

Preventing the spread of Communicable Diseases: Business As Usual Measures

 

  • For adult accompanied services of any kind, the accompanying adult remains responsible for the children in their care at all times, including their health and hygiene.

  • Staff will remain vigilant of signs of illness amongst the children.

    • For accompanied services, a parent and / or child displaying signs of illness such as heavy coughing, fever, lethargy, streaming nose may be asked to go home and rest, or rest in a quiet space at a distance of 2 meters minimum from other attendees.

    • For drop-off programmes staff will isolate any child displaying signs of illness in a comfortable and safe place at least 2 meters away from other attendees, staff will call the child’s parent and remain close to them whilst awaiting collection.

  • We will practice hand washing with soap and water before any designated snack time and after visiting the toilet.

  • Items used for consumption experiences are washed with dishwashing liquid and clean water, rinsed and dried before being stored.

  • Tarps or mats are hosed and left in the sunshine to dry or washed in a washing machine as needed.

  • Any staff diagnosed with a communicable disease will be required to complete medical leave as required by a Doctor and be symptom-free before returning to work.

  • Wildlings will comply with all applicable statutes and regulations that protect the privacy of persons who have a communicable disease. Every effort will be made to ensure procedurally sufficient safeguards to maintain personal confidence about persons who have communicable diseases. 

 

Nature is cleansing, for example, the way that UV light from the sun can kill viruses. There is no place in our nature space for toxic chemicals and disinfectants.

If a child has attended Forest School recently and is then diagnosed with a communicable disease:

 

  • We request that parents inform Wildlings via email at Hello@wildlings.sg or WhatsApp to +65 8157 0533, providing the diagnosis, date of likely infection, and the likely contagious period, the date when a child will symptom-free and able to return to Forest School.

  • Wildlings will inform the parents of children who have attended Forest School along with the sick child if necessary via email or WhatsApp.

  • We ask all of our customers to practice kindness and understanding. Despite our best actions as parents sometimes it is not possible to know whether or not a child has a communicable disease until they are symptomatic and diagnosed by a Doctor.  

  • We ask that parents ensure that children are wholly well before we welcome them back to Forest School.

 

Preventing the Spread of Communicable Diseases: Extraordinary Events, i.e. Covid-19 Outbreak 2019-2020

 

Wildlings will closely follow and comply with the required and recommended guidelines provided by the authorities at the time. As each extraordinary event is unique, we will focus here on what we have control or influence over:

 

In addition to the business as usual measures mentioned above, Wildlings shall:

  • Postpone programmes for a period specified by the government as required and recommence as soon as possible. 

  • Cooperate with contact-tracing as required. 

  • We may take temperatures on arrival to Forest School sessions as an extra measure - but these are often inaccurate in the outdoors, especially on exceptionally hot days. 

  • Adults will be asked to drop children off and remain outside of our site boundary at all times. 

  • Any identified at-risk groups will be asked to stay away from Forest School. 

  • When working with children it is difficult to adhere to any social distancing requirements, these may lead to a postponement of our programmes. To comply, we may have to:

    • Split groups into smaller groups.

    • Talk to the children about social distancing, hand washing, and coughing into an elbow.

    • Sit children at least 1 meter apart for stationary activities.

    • Cease social snack time.

  • We will require customers sharing accommodation with anyone on a leave of absence/stay at home notice/quarantine etc to not return to Forest School until 7 days have passed and they remain well. 

  • Stop activities immediately for the necessary quarantine period should a member of staff or customer become ill with the specific communicable disease of concern and have attended a Wildlings service during their contagious period. The scope of the closure will be determined by the authorities or on medical advice. All affected customers will be notified immediately. 

Please see our Terms and Conditions for details relating to customer bookings, credit, and refunds for programmes affected by an infectious disease outbreak with extraordinary measures in place. 

 
 
 

DATE: 23rd May2020

AUTHOR: Claire Seabrook

VERSION: 1.2

REVIEW DATE: 30th June 2020

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