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Friday, February 26th 2021

Dear YMCA Families,

We hope you are keeping healthy and safe. On behalf of the YMCA team, we wanted to thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding over this past year, we know it has not been easy. Please know that the safety and well-being of your child and our staff is always our top priority.

As we continue to navigate through these changing times, you will find below some important updates regarding the communication I sent out this past Sunday regarding the Ministry of Education and Public Health COVID-19 enhanced health and safety measures for screening, isolation and masking.

Masking for children in Child Care

As you are aware, masks are also now mandatory for all children in grades 1 to 12 and encouraged for younger children aged 2 to SK, subject to reasonable exceptions, recognizing that some children will be unable to wear masks for medical reasons.

Note: Children that attend the Rainbow District School Board are required to wear masks from JK-12.

For the health and safety of everyone, children aged 2 to SK are being encouraged to wear a mask when possible. If you forget or require a mask for your child, please speak with your program supervisor, as the YMCA does have children sized masks available. To access more information on supporting children in wearing a mask and on health and safety practices for children who cannot wear mask, please click here to review the information from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Financial Support for Families due to COVID-19 Absentees

Due to the updated screening guidelines shared earlier this week, we are very mindful and understanding that there will be increased hardships placed on our child care families.

Acknowledging the changes now include one symptom, as well as any close contacts within the household showing symptoms now require your child to stay at home. This impact may add additional financial pressures requiring support for families due to added absent days.

In these situations, for families that reside in the Nipissing or Parry Sound District, we will be applying for and using Federal Safe Restart Funding to cover these COVID-19 related absent days backdated effective January 1, 2021. At this time, we have enough funding to support up to 8 days per child with these added pressures during these difficult times. The Federal Safe Restart Funding is currently available until March 31, 2021.

The registration team will be going through all attendance records to identify children that were absent due to COVID-19 from January 1, 2021 and we will be applying a credit to your account if you were billed. We are currently working with all municipalities to provide similar support to those families.

Therefore, if your child was ill due to a COVID-19 absentee, please inform your child’s program supervisor so we can ensure their attendance record reflects a COVID-19 absentee and you are not billed, or if you were billed, we can credit your account. COVID-19 related reasons could include, but are not limited to, out for testing, unwell, having to self-isolate or a family member showing COVID-19 symptoms.

In the event, your child/ren require more than the 8 days for COVID-19 absentees, please let us know by emailing Lisa Sharpe Morin, Supervisor of Registration & Billing and she will be happy to discuss your individual situation. If more Federal funding is required we will apply for additional government funding and do our best to support. Lisa can be reached at lisa.morin@ymcaneo.ca or by phone at 705-497-9622 ext.253.

Thank you for your ongoing support in helping provide a safe child care setting for everyone. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s program supervisor.

With kindest regards,

Jacqueline Grube, RECE

VP of Child, Youth & Family Development

 

C.C       Helen Francis, YMCA Chief Executive Officer

YMCA Leadership Team

Thursday, February 25th 2021

Dear YMCA St. Theresa Child Care Parent/Guardians,

We hope you are keeping healthy and safe. As you may be aware, a member of the St. Theresa school community has unfortunately tested positive for COVID-19.

Through case management and contact tracing done by the North Bay and Parry Sound Health Unit, the Health Unit has determined that there is no risk to the school and child care community, as the individual was not on premises during their infectious period.

At the direction of the Health Unit, both the school and child care will remain open.

Dr. Jim Chirico, medical officer of health, was quoted in a media release, “This is a great example that shows the new COVID-19 school and child care screening measures are working.”

“Because everyone in the household followed the daily screening requirements, the individual was self-isolating and did not pose a risk to the school community.”

The YMCA will continue to adhere to our existing health and safety guidelines and the added enhanced safety measures to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the children and staff. Please know that this will always be our top priority.

We would like to thank you for your assistance in keeping our child care community safe by completing your daily screening each day before coming into care and not having your child attend when they are not feeling well.

Should you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to speak with your child’s supervisor, or you can call local Public Health call centre directly at 1-800-563-2808, pressing option 6.

With kindest regards,

Jacqueline Grube, RECE

VP of Child, Youth & Family Development

Sunday, February 21st 2021

Updated Child Care COVID-19 Procedures

Dear Parent and/or Guardian,

The Ministry of Education has updated the child care and school COVID-19 screening tool and provided new direction for symptoms, isolation and asymptomatic testing in child care and school settings. Below are the details for the important updates.

Updated Screening Tool & Direction for New or Worsening Symptoms 

The new provincial direction that staff, students and children with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, as indicated in the school and child care screening tool, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset, and they are feeling better.

Daily screening of all child care children and staff is required before coming to the centre or program in order to keep our centre’s as safe as possible during the pandemic.

The new Screening Tool can be found here COVID-19 Child Care & School Screening

Isolation Requirement for Household Contacts

Household contacts of individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to attend child care or school. This means that if a student or parent is sick, all other children from the home must stay home and follow public health guidance. This measure is being put in place across the province due to the presence of variants of concern.

  • All household members who are contacts of anyone with symptoms are required to quarantine until the person with symptoms receives a negative COVID-19 test result or an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional.
  • If the person with symptoms does not go for a COVID-19 test, all household contacts must quarantine for 14 days from their last contact with the symptomatic person.

Updated Approach for Asymptomatic Targeted Testing in Child Care’s & Schools  

The Ministry of Education in collaboration with local Public Health will begin asymptomatic targeted process for testing in schools and child care centre’s for staff and children beginning as early as February 22, 2021.

Under the new approach, school boards will undertake asymptomatic targeted testing in at least 5% of the elementary and secondary schools within their jurisdiction each week. School locations will be selected by school boards with support from the Ministry of Education and Local Public Health Units. Child Care Centre’s located within a school will be included in the targeted testing approach.

The testing will be voluntary, and consent will be required. Testing will be for asymptomatic children and staff only. Please note, household members of students and staff, and anyone with symptoms, should seek testing at an assessment centre.

School Board Testing will use a combination of rapid antigen and PCR testing and will look to use less invasive methods of testing where possible.

Importantly, we are still waiting for specific details from the Ministry of Education and local Public Health on the voluntary process and consent procedures, so please be assured no testing will occur without your knowledge and consent. We just wanted to provide you with the information we have been provided to date. As soon as more details are provided, we will send out an updated communication with the process.

To access our updated YMCA Child Care Operational Procedure, click here or to access your local Public Health website for updated information click North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit or Public Health Sudbury and District.

On behalf of the YMCA staff team, I would like to thank you for your continued support. Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s supervisor.

Tuesday, February 16th 2021

The Sudbury YMCA Re-Opens Tomorrow at 7:00am!

We’ve missed you and we can’t wait to welcome you back. We re-open on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00am! The fitness floor and squash courts will be available. The Aquatics Centre re-opens on Saturday, February 20th at 8:00am and fitness classes start next week! Our pool, fitness and gym schedules will be posted on Friday, February 19th. Youth programs will resume in April. 

We wanted to share some key reminders before your first visit back and update you on some of the new health and safety protocols we’ve implemented:

  • Reduced hours of operation (we are open Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 8:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm)
  • Reduced building access (10 participants per class, 50 total people in the building)
  • Physical distancing measures to maintain 3 metres between others
  • Increased sanitization and disinfection
  • Increased hand-sanitizing stations
  • Barriers at Membership Desks
  • Screening including temperature checks upon entry
  • Single one-way directional entry and exits
  • Contactless scan-in stations
  • 90-minute time limit for classes and working out (does not apply for sports)
  • Staff and volunteers available to assist you

You are asked to take a self-assessment prior to visiting the YMCA. This can be found on the Government of Ontario website here. When you scan your membership card, you acknowledge that you have passed the self-screening questionnaire.

Payment and Hold Information
All members that were on hold until January will be reactivated as of tomorrow.

  • If your last payment was on December 11th, your next payment will be February 19th.
  • If your last payment was on December 18th, your next payment will be February 26th.

If you would like to extend your hold until April, please contact us by 5:00pm on Thursday, February 18th by calling 705-674-8315 or email jessica.lopatka@ymcaneo.ca.

We understand that you may have additional questions and have set up a FAQ available on our website by clicking here.

Durham Street Warming Centre
The overnight warming centre located at the Sudbury YMCA will continue to operate until April, thanks to funding received from the City of Greater Sudbury. We have also received funding to keep the warming centre open during the day and this will also be available until April.

This means that both our Health, Fitness and Aquatics Centre and the warming centre will be open during the same time. We understand this may cause some tension with those accessing our facility, however we believe that in keeping in line with our value of inclusion, we can help strengthen our community, build bridges and break down stigmas that are present with this vulnerable community.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Kendra MacIsaac, General Manager of Health, Fitness and Aquatics by email at kendra.macisaac@ymcaneo.ca.

We’ve missed you and can’t wait to welcome you back tomorrow morning!

Friday, February 12th 2021

Sudbury YMCA
This afternoon, the Provincial government shared an update regarding where our district falls in the COVID-19 response framework. As of Tuesday February 16th, our region falls within the Orange Zone (Restrict).

We are thrilled to share that your YMCA will be re-opening on Wednesday, February 17th at 7:00am. We will be sharing more information on what this means specifically for our health and safety protocols as well as our programs and services on Tuesday, February 16th by email, on our social media and on our website. We look forward to welcoming you back to your YMCA!

North Bay YMCA
Our region will not be returning to the response framework until Monday, February 22nd at the earliest. Pending more information on where our region falls in the framework, we will be able to share more information on what that means for your YMCA and the programs and services we will be able to offer.

Tuesday, February 9th 2021

Dear YMCA Members and Participants,

Yesterday, the Provincial government announced that the lockdown has been extended until Tuesday, February 16th, at which point we gradually transition back to the COVID-19 response framework.

Pending more information on where our region falls in the framework, we will be able to share more information on what that means for your YMCA and the programs and services we will be able to offer.

We are excited to welcome you back and we look forward to sharing more information as it becomes available. Remember to visit our website or check out our social media to stay up to date.

Thank you for your continued support.

Province-Wide Lockdown

Tuesday, January 12th 2021

Our Health, Fitness and Aquatics Facilities are currently due to the Provincial state of emergency. We hope to be able to re-open on February 11th, pending Provincial guidelines.

Warming Centre at the Sudbury YMCA

The warming centre will continue be open with all Provincial health and safety protocols for those in our community that need to access this service and we continue to welcome our volunteers who can support the warming centre.

YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services

The offices of the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario Employment & Immigrant Services of Sudbury will continue to provide services remotely via telephone, email or virtually. The offices will remain closed to the public during the Province-wide shutdown.

We continue to serve employers, job seekers and newcomers remotely.

Please visit our website at ymcaneo.ca for more information or follow our Facebook page to receive updates and key information. We can also be reached by email at employment-info@ymcaneo.ca or newcomer-info@ymcaneo.ca.

YMCA Child Care

During the Province-wide shut down, our child care programs will remain open, including our school-age programs.

Extended Province-Wide Lockdown

Friday, January 8th 2021

Dear Members and Participants,

We have some updates to share regarding announcement of the extension on the Province-wide lockdown until January 23rd in Northern Ontario.

Health, Fitness and Aquatics

The extended lockdown means that unfortunately, we will not be able to re-open our facilities on Monday, January 11th as we had originally planned. We hope to be able to re-open our facilities on Monday, January 25th once the lockdown is over, pending Provincial re-opening guidelines.

All membership payments will be deferred until we re-open. Members with 1 week extensions will still be applied upon re-opening. 

Due to Provincial restrictions, we will be adjusting our registration date and program session. We will inform you of the new plan as information becomes available. In the meantime, we are excited to share that YMCA at Home is a valuable resource in maintaining a healthy lifestyle that is available for free!

YMCA at Home features programming from YMCAs all over Canada and has more than 450 videos online including virtual fitness for adults and youth, mental wellness programs, family and child activities, and even a diabetes prevention program. New videos are being added weekly. Learn more about YMCA at Home and access the content by visiting www.ymcahome.ca.

We will also be launching a YFitness 21 Day Workout Challenge starting next week that you can do from home! Keep an eye out for more information in an upcoming member email, here on our website and on our social media. We will be giving away fun prizes so don’t miss it!

It is imperative that we continue to do everything we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are in this together. For more information, please visit the Public Health Sudbury & Districts website here or the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit here.

If you have any questions about your membership, please contact Kendra MacIsaac, General Manager of Health Fitness and Aquatics by email at kendra.macisaac@ymcaneo.ca for the Sudbury YMCA or Jay Mater, Branch Manager by email at jay.mater@ymcaneo.ca for the North Bay YMCA.

Warming Centre at the Sudbury YMCA

The warming centre will continue be open with all Provincial health and safety protocols for those in our community that need to access this service and we continue to welcome our volunteers who can support the warming centre.

YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services

The offices of the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario Employment & Immigrant Services of Sudbury will continue to provide services remotely via telephone, email or virtually. The offices will remain closed to the public during the Province-wide shutdown.

We continue to serve employers, job seekers and newcomers remotely.

Please visit our website at ymcaneo.ca for more information or follow our Facebook page to receive updates and key information. We can also be reached by email at employment-info@ymcaneo.ca or newcomer-info@ymcaneo.ca.

YMCA John Island Camp

YMCA John Island Camp registration for summer 2021 will proceed online for January 12th.

YMCA Child Care

During the Province-wide shut down, our child care programs will remain open, including our school-age programs.

Targeted Emergency Child Care for School-Aged Children

Thursday, December 24th 2020

Dear Families,

On Monday December 21st, the Premier of Ontario announced Safer at Home Restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19.  One such action is that all elementary schools will be closed for in-person learning and will move to virtual learning for the week of January 4th to January 8th, 2021.

As per the Ministry of Education, licensed child care centres and authorized recreation providers will be prohibited from serving school-aged children during the period when elementary schools are operating virtually (January 4th to 8th, inclusive).  All before and after school programs are being closed during this one-week period and will resume operation when elementary schools return to in-person learning on January 11, 2021.

To support parents of school-aged children who are required to work during this time, the Ministry of Education will be implementing a targeted emergency child care (ECC) program for school-aged children, at no cost to eligible parents, from January 4th-8th, 2021.

Eligibility

Those eligible for Emergency School Age Care include health care and other frontline workers whose children are enrolled in school.  Click here for the complete list of eligible workers.  Please note that all parents/guardians living in the household must be working during this one-week period to qualify.

To Apply

For Families looking to apply for Emergency School Age Care please follow the below steps for your district:

  • Nipissing District, please click here
  • Parry Sound District, please complete the form here and email it to subsidy@psdssab.org
  • Manitoulin District (Markstay), please click here
  • Greater Sudbury and District, please complete the form here and email it to barb.landriault@ymcaneo.ca

For more information or questions please contact us at 1-833-237-6026 ext. 256 or by email at carerequest@ymcaneo.ca

 

Thank you for choosing YMCA Child Care Services.

Province-Wide Lockdown

Tuesday, December 22nd 2020

Dear Valued Members and Participants,

We wanted to give you an update on our next steps with the news from the Provincial government on Monday, December 21st that the Province will be entering into a lockdown effective December 26th to January 9th.

Health, Fitness and Aquatics
Our YMCA will, once again, be closing our doors temporarily. The YMCA will be closed beginning Thursday, December 24th until Monday, January 11th inclusive. We understand that this may cause some frustration but please know that when we re-open our doors on Monday, January 11th, pending Provincial re-opening guidelines, we will ready to welcome you back with warm smiles (behind masks, of course) to a clean and safe facility with the enhanced health and safety measures we’ve had in place since September. Registration for winter programs will now begin on Monday, January 11th so that we are able to support you with our online portal or in person at the YMCA. Winter program schedules will be available online by Saturday, January 9th. Programs will begin the week of January 18th.

All membership fees that were paid on Friday, December 18th, will once again be charged on January 15th, extending your membership by one week to account for the one week paid during the closure. Members who were due to pay on December 25th will resume payments on January 8th for the week we re-open. Should you have any questions about your membership, please contact Kendra MacIsaac, General Manager of Health, Fitness and Aquatics by email at kendra.macisaac@ymcaneo.ca.

Warming Centre
The warming centre will continue be open with all Provincial health and safety protocols for those in our community that need to access this service and we continue to welcome our volunteers who can support the warming centre.

YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services
YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services will continue to operate remotely.

YMCA John Island Camp
YMCA John Island Camp registration for summer 2021 will proceed for January 12th.

YMCA Child Care
During the Province-wide shut down, our child care programs will remain open, with the exception of our school-age programs, which will be closed the week of January 4th-8th inclusively to align with the elementary school’s virtual learning program. All school-age programs will resume operations when elementary schools return to in-person learning on January 11, 2021.

To support the parents of school-aged children who may not be able to support their child’s learning/care at home, the Ministry of Education will be implementing a targeted emergency child care program for school-aged children for eligible essential services workers at no cost to families. The Ministry’s eligibility essential service list can be found here. Please note, no school-age spaces will be lost or charged during the one week closure period. As mentioned, school-age programs will re-open once children return to school on January 11th.

Later on today, we will be sending out a survey to all school-age families regarding your needs for the closure period of January 4th through to the 8th so we can plan accordingly. As a reminder, emergency school-age child care is only eligible for qualifying families as per the Ministry’s essential service list found here.

We apologize for the short notification and understand this is a very difficult situation for all and appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

Please know that the continued health and well-being of our children and families are of the utmost importance to us. Should you have further questions, please speak with your child care supervisor or manager or email us at carerequest@ymcaneo.ca.

YMCA Health, Fitness and Aquatics

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Dear YMCA Members and North Bay Community Participants,

Unfortunately, last night we were advised by one of our rental groups in North Bay, that one of their participants was confirmed with a positive case of COVID-19.

I know this news is very unsettling, but I want to reassure you that we are working diligently with the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. All participants at risk of exposure have been contacted by Public Health and are following their direction.

The rental group was in our facility on Chippewa Street after hours and there was no contact with our general membership. The group continued to practice all safety measures including:

-Frequent hand washing

-Disinfected all equipment in use

-Wearing of masks while in the facility and while playing

-Sign in and screening of all participants

We remain open and I want to reassure you that we will continue to keep you informed of any new updates. In keeping with our core values, being transparent is paramount, that is why we are informing all YMCA staff, volunteers, and members, and have released our public statement.

In closing, should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with a supervisor, manager or myself.

Thank you for your continued support, stay well.

Sincerely,

Helen Francis
YMCA Chief Executive Officer

C.c

North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit
YMCA Crisis Communication Team
YMCA Board of Director’s

YMCA Child Care

Monday, November 16, 2020

Dear YMCA Child Care Families,

Unfortunately, last night we were advised by Public Health Sudbury & District that one of the children at our Markstay Early Learning Child Care Centre (Sudbury District) was confirmed with a positive case of  COVID-19.

I know this news is very unsettling, but I want to reassure you that we are working diligently with Public Health Sudbury & District. All participants at risk of exposure have been contacted by Public Health and are following their direction.

It’s important to note that Public Health Sudbury & District have only requested the dismissal of the one classroom/cohort where the exposure occurred. As an extra precaution the YMCA has decided to close the full centre to undergo a deep cleaning and disinfecting of the centre.

All staff and children identified to be at risk of exposure will self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days, and the affected classroom/cohort will re-open once approved by Public Health.

I want to reassure you that we will continue to keep you informed of any new updates. In keeping with our core values, being transparent is paramount, that is why we are informing all YMCA staff, families and preparing a public statement which will be posted on our website.

In closing, should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to speak with your supervisor, manager or myself.

Thank you for your continued support, stay well.

Sincerely,

Helen Francis
YMCA Chief Executive Officer

C.c
Public Health Sudbury & District
Ministry of Education Licensing Division
Municipalities (DSSAB, City of Sudbury)
YMCA Crisis Communication Team
YMCA Board of Director’s
YMCA Staff & Volunteers

YMCA Employment and Immigrant Services

Effective November 10/2020, the offices of the YMCA of Northeastern Ontario Employment & Immigrant Services of Sudbury have closed to the public due to increasing numbers locally during the COVID-19 pandemic. Appointments with staff in each department will continue virtually and by telephone.

We continue to serve both employers and job seekers with all employment-related needs, including navigating through the various government assistance benefits.

Please visit our website at ymcaneo.ca or Facebook page for job postings or call the centre at 705-674-2324 or email employment-info@ymcaneo.ca

For matters concerning immigrant services please email: newcomer-info@ymcaneo.ca. Messages will be returned within one business day.

We will continue to seek guidance from our local District Health Unit as we monitor the COVID-19 situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. Stay safe.

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Depuis le 10/20 novembre, les bureaux du YMCA du Nord-Est de l’Ontario, Services d’emploi et Services aux immigrants sont fermés au public en raison de l’augmentation du nombre de personnes dans la région durant la pandémie COVID-19. Les rendez-vous avec le personnel de chaque service se poursuivront de manière virtuelle et par téléphone.

Nous continuons à servir les employeurs et les demandeurs d’emploi pour tous les besoins liés à l’emploi, y compris la navigation dans les diverses prestations d’aide gouvernementale.

Veuillez consulter notre site web à ymcaneo.ca ou notre page Facebook pour les offres d’emploi ou appelez le centre au 705-674-2324 ou envoyez un courriel à employment-info@ymcaneo.ca.

Pour les questions concernant les services aux immigrants, veuillez envoyer un courriel à : newcomer-info@ymcaneo.ca. Les messages seront renvoyés dans un délai d’un jour ouvrable.

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