The Quebec Association of Preschool Professional Development:
Minutes from the General Meeting- October 8, 2021
28 members present for the meeting
30 members present for the Presentation
“Before 9:00”: Casual conversation and questions with members. The topic was mostly about Covid, and upcoming related policies.
Meeting: 9:00 A.M.
Luisa. welcomed everyone and moved right on to the agenda.
Calendar of Events:
September 24th– Mental Health with Rebecca. There were 22 people present, and the response was very good.
The question was raised about either recording or offering PowerPoint notes at a cost.
The board will look into it and get back to everyone.
October 13th– Fall Educators Conference. (Workshop titles and info. was sent to everyone. Registration was due today Oct. 8.)
So far there are 89 people registered, and the Zoom link will be sent out on Monday.
October 20– Board of Directors Orientation with Maddie. The presentation will be updated to be relevant for 2021. 54 people registered so far. The link will come to the Centers, and they will pass it on to their Board Members.
November 12– Next meeting. The template from Joyce (H.R.) should be ready, as well as the one from Aaron. (Lawyer). Each daycare if they choose, must create their own policy using this information or template, and it must be adopted by each Board of Directors.
The QAPPD Board will decide if there will be a fee for these documents.
Each daycare gets $.55 a day per child to pay for extra Covid costs such as cleaning, door staff etc. For an 80-spot daycare this translates to over $11,000.
Measures Exceptional: The deadline to apply is Tuesday. Oct. 12. Directors were commenting on the fact that we don’t get a response until the Spring and are not sure how much to lay out in the meantime. Each year it is subjective as to whether you receive the funding, and how much.
We received an email from the Ministry asking for the number of children that we gave services to during the pandemic, outside of the ones who were already registered with us. (e.g., older siblings, and essential workers children).
Treasurer’s Report– moved to November 12th meeting,
Sante Public/Pandemic Information– One daycare reported that they will now be testing unvaccinated staff using Rapid Tests 3 times/ week. For now, it is just staff, but they may move on to children. The discussion went to how reliable are Rapid Tests? Who covers the cost? Who administers the test? Some boards are having this discussion, because as we consider adopting a policy about vaccinated staff, are we going to be short staffed?
Sante Public says to accept only PCR tests at this time.
We can, and a lot of us do, make our internal policies stricter than what Sante Public requires.
Be aware that written test results of both PCR and Quick Antigen testing often look the same.
Board News: The board meets regularly and plans the presentations and workshops for us. If anyone has any needs or wants, please reach out to anyone on the Board, as the calendars moving forward can be adjusted or added to.
Meeting Adjourned at 9:50 for a 10-minute break. Dr. Mitch Shulman (Mitch) began his presentation on Covid 19 at 10:00 A.M.
Dr. Shulman presented a detailed, interesting power-point until 11:00 A.M. He then took any questions for 30 minutes.
He suggested using the CDC, Health Canada, and the Quebec health site as reliable sources of information.
Respectfully submitted: Randy Zucker