COVID-19 Updates

5:45 March 13 2020

All programs, services and facilities are closed until further notice.

After today’s announcement from City Manager Chris Murray in response to the recommendation by Toronto’s medical officer of health, we are closing all our programs and services until further notice.

This decision is unfortunate, but necessary to help slow the rate of COVID-19 infection in Toronto and protect vulnerable populations.

We will update our website and social media with news as we receive it.

Thank you for your understanding. Stay healthy and safe.

March 13 2020

We have received confirmation from TDSB that our school based March Break camps in Jane and Finch and Weston Mount Dennis/Lawrence Heights have been cancelled. March Break programs are running at: Main Clubhouse (843 Palmerston Avenue), Jane and Finch locations (Youth Centre, Grandravine Children’s Centre and Driftwood), and Weston-Mount Dennis and Lawrence Heights location (121 Humber).
March Break programs will not be running at Oakdale Middle School, George Harvey C.I. and Dante Aligheiri.

We will not go on field trips or use TTC during March Break.

St. Alban’s preschool program will remain open until further notice. Letter to preschool parents.

To clarify yesterday’s notice regarding programs after March Break: In all likelihood, our school age programs and services will close while the schools are closed from March 23 – April 3.

March 12 2020

In response to today’s announcement that all publicly funded Ontario schools will be closed for two weeks following March Break:

March Break programs:

At this time, we will still be open for March Break programs at our main Clubhouse (843 Palmerston Avenue), our main Weston-Mount Dennis location at 121 Humber Boulevard, and our Jane and Finch Youth Centre.    We have not received information on March Break programs at school locations in the Weston-Mount Dennis, Lawrence Heights and Jane and Finch communities being cancelled by the school board.

Programs after March Break, while schools are closed:

It is our general practice to follow the protocol of the TDSB and Toronto Public Health. In all likelihood, our school age programs and services will close while the schools are closed.  We will base this decision on evidence based, credible sources of information about this ever changing situation.  We will update our website and social media as new facts are confirmed.

March 12 2020

Notice to all St. Alban’s staff and volunteers:

St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club is continuing to monitor the developing situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and members at all our sites remains our top priority

The Club takes its lead from Toronto Public Health, other public health agencies, and the TDSB.

 You can reduce the risk of transmission of the coronavirus, flu and respiratory illnesses by:

  • Stay home if you are sick.  (Fever, coughing, sneezing, respiratory illness). Do not return to work until you are symptom free for at least 24 hours. Notify your manager if you are ill.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  •  If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
  • Get an annual flu vaccination, available from clinics and pharmacies.
  •  If you have travel plans:
    • Consult Government of Canada website for travel advice (some countries have entry and exit restrictions)
    • monitor your respiratory symptoms, including fever, cough, and difficulty breathing;
    • seek medical care immediately if these respiratory symptoms develop within 14 days after returning to Canada; and                                                    
    • inform your doctor or local public health department about symptoms and travel history before seeking medical care

In your role as a leader at our Club:

  • Do not spread misinformation – refer concerned parents or community members to our website and official communication regarding our preparedness procedures.
  • Be a role model for children in your care – remember, the best teacher leads by example – Don’t just tell the kids to wash their hands – wash your hands with them and let them see that you consider it an important task.
  • Reinforce no sharing policies (food, water bottles, whistles, lip balm)
  • Provide support and reassurance. Remember, children are often listening when you talk about COVID-19. Listen to and acknowledge feelings of concern and fear from children. Help identify sources of misinformation.  Maintain familiar routines and activities to reinforce a sense of security.
  • If you hear of a confirmed case of COVID-19 affecting any of our members or community members, please inform your manager so that we may respond accordingly.
  • If a child or staff member shows symptoms of COVID-19, they should be separated from others in a supervised area until they are able to go home.

We understand that you and many of our families have questions and concerns. Please ask your supervisor or the management team should you have any questions or concerns. At the Club, we are doing all we can to keep our staff and participants safe and healthy.

For more information, please refer to the following links:

Toronto Public Health – COVID-19 information 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance for School Administrators: Kindergarten – Grade 12 (Toronto Public Health)

Toronto Public Health – letter regarding travel over March Break

Ontario Ministry of Health 

PHAC – Public Health Agency of Canada

Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisory

March 12 2020

Toronto Public Health – letter regarding travel over March Break

March 4 2020

With the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, parents, staff, volunteers and community members may be feeling anxious as the issue continues to emerge. However, the Ontario Chief Medical Officer has advised that risk to Ontarians remains low at this time. Toronto Public Health regularly update their site about how Torontonians are being affected. We at St. Alban’s are following Public Health guidelines and are doing all we can to keep everyone safe while also continuing to serve our communities with dignity.

For more information, please refer to Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)’s document on the prevention and management of coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools and childcare settings.

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