In accordance with CDC guidelines, we encourage staff to take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness.
- Children are to Wash hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, children will use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Children will always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Staff will supervise young children when they use hand sanitizer to prevent swallowing alcohol.
- Staff will Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Children are encouraged to Cover cough and sneezes.
- Adults are encouraged to cover their mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when they are in the building.
- Cloth face coverings will NOT be put on babies and children under age two because of the danger of suffocation.
We require sick children and staff to stay home.
- Staff will communicate to parents the importance of keeping children home when they are sick.
- Directors will communicate to staff the importance of being vigilant for symptoms and staying in touch with facility management if or when they start to feel sick.
- Staff will establish procedures to ensure children and staff who come to the child care center sick or become sick while at your facility are sent home as soon as possible.
- Staff will keep sick children and staff separate from well children and staff until they can be sent home.
- Sick staff members should not return to work until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation.
We have a plan if someone is or becomes sick.
- We have an isolation room or area (such as a cot in a corner of the classroom) that can be used to isolate a sick child. Additional information about isolation in related settings can be found here: isolation at home and isolation in healthcare settings.
- We will follow CDC guidance on how to disinfect your building or facility if someone is sick.
- If a sick child has been isolated in our facility, we will clean and disinfect surfaces in our isolation room or area after the sick child has gone home.
- If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member:
- Staff will close off areas used by the person who is sick.
- Staff will open outside doors and windows to increase air circulation in the areas.
- Staff will wait up to 24 hours or as long as possible before they clean or disinfect to allow respiratory droplets to settle before cleaning and disinfecting.
- Staff will clean and disinfect all areas used by the person who is sick, such as offices, bathrooms, and common areas.
- If more than 7 days have passed since the person who is sick visited or used the facility, additional cleaning and disinfection is not necessary.