BROCKVILLE — In an effort to support health care and essential service workers in our communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Upper Canada District School Board has been able to respond positively to requests from municipalities to open four emergency child care centres within our school district.
This is being done as part of the provincial plan to help front line workers to continue to do their jobs.
These child care centres will be located at Chesterville Public School in Chesterville, Commonwealth Public School in Brockville, Pleasant Corners Public School in Vankleek Hill, and South Branch Elementary School in Kemptville. These centres will be operated by the current third-party providers that already use our facilities.
Health care and other frontline workers, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police, and correctional officers, will be able to access these safe, local emergency child care centres. These centres will be required to follow heightened screening and health and safety requirements, and have a plan in place should any staff, children or parents be exposed to the virus.
“We are happy to enable these emergency child care centres to open their doors to essential service workers during these unprecedented times,” says Chair of the Board John McAllister. “We want to do all we can to help ensure these people are able to get to their jobs, knowing that their children will be cared for in a safe and controlled environment.”
All four of the centres are expected to be up and running by April 3. Each school will remain closed to the public, with access only being provided to the child care rooms and only for those accessing care.
This article was updated to include corrected information regarding one of the four sites as provided by the UCSDB.