Yes, we are able to run classes during the COVID-19 situation. We are running a combination of blended, online, and in-class programs. Please note the following important notes for prevention:
Online and Blended Delivery: We encourage participants to choose online or blended course options wherever possible. Blended delivery is available for Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, and BLS courses. Online-only delivery is available for First Aid Instructor Recertifications and our kids programs (Babysitter and Stay Safe).
Pre-Screening: All students and staff attending our facility or a mobile class will be asked questions regarding symptoms of covid-19 or potential exposure;
- Do you have any symptoms of covid-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, etc?
- Have you travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days?
- Have you had a known exposure to covid-19?
- Have you been told to self-isolate for any reason?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, do not attend your class. Call us before your class starts to reschedule. If a student comes to class and answers yes to any of these questions, they will not be allowed to attend class. Staff are asked to stay home when not well. We understand there may be cancellations related to covid-19 exposure on short notice; you must let us know before your class start time to be eligible to reschedule. If you do not show up and do not call, you will not be eligible for a refund or rescheduling. Cancellations for reasons unrelated to covid-19 still require 24 hours notice.
Pre-Existing Conditions and Allergies: We understand that some symptoms may be unrelated to covid-19, such as seasonal allergies. For everyone's comfort and safety, if this is your situation, please reschedule to when you are feeling better or consider the online and blended course options.
Masks and Handwashing/Hand Sanitizer: Masks are required for the course due to the nature of the activities. We encourage you to bring your own nonmedical mask. Limited supplies of disposable masks are available on site. Hand sanitizer is available at multiple locations in the classroom and entryway and we ask you to wash or sanitize your hands before entering the classroom and after breaks, at minimum, and there are sinks and handwashing supplies in every classroom. We are unable to make exceptions to masking due to the nature of the activities.
Physical Distancing: Our classroom is set up for appropriate physical distancing and we ask you respect everyone's personal space, including the instructors. For the short times that you will need to be closer than 6 feet to another person, you will be required to wear a mask. Considerations will be made for any participants attending together who live in the same household.
Facility Cleaning: We have increased cleaning of all areas, including high touch areas such as doorknobs. Each person has their own table and chair which is sanitized after the class. Wipes or sanitizing spray will be available for participants to use at any time. Please check with the instructor before using wipes or sanitizing spray as some are quite strong and require gloves to be worn.
Food and Drink: Coffee service is temporarily suspended until Alberta Health Services lifts restrictions on shared food and drinks. You are welcome to bring your own coffee and snacks. You will have a long enough lunch break to leave to get lunch and return.
Equipment and Skills Practice: Hands-on practice is a very important part of first aid training and cannot be completely avoided. All hands-on skills must be demonstrated to receive certification. All equipment used during class is either disposable or is sanitized between users. Gloves and masks are required during hands on practice on another person as an extra layer of protection. Skills will be practiced on yourself or on a mannequin or other object as much as possible, but some contact with others is inevitable. Each participant has their own CPR mannequin, pocket mask, and disposable one-way valve for practicing CPR skills. If you choose not to complete a skill even with these safety measures in place, we are unable to issue your certificate.
Class Sizes: Class sizes have been reduced by more than 50% to allow for physical distancing. Please book early for your course as we are filling up more quickly than usual because of this.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work through this together.