Updated Center Policy
We are continuing to monitor the rapidly evolving public health situation around COVID-19, the new coronavirus. We have developed the following online resource for your easy reference to our current guidance. This update and all future updates will be available below.
The health and well-being of our families and staff are our highest priorities. In the interest of limiting the opportunity for transmission to our vulnerable community, we are taking the following precautionary measures.
Your household must remain out of the center for 14 days following the last potential exposure, if any member of your household^ has (or has been in close contact^^ with anyone who has):
a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 (for example – close contact at school, work, religious service, social gathering); or
recently returned from a Level 3 area, as designated by the Centers for Disease Control
If, at the end of this 14-day period, no household member has experienced any symptoms, return to the center is allowed. If any household member does experience symptoms during that 14-day period, you will need to confirm that there is no continuing risk of exposure before returning to care. Please note, depending on the circumstances we may require you to obtain medical clearance before return to the center will be allowed.
^Household members include individuals who may not live in the household but may be staying there or are otherwise present in the household on a regular basis (e.g. nannies, caregivers, home health workers, contractors, etc.) and includes anyone with pick-up or drop-off privileges at the center.
^^Close contact is defined by the CDC as (1) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time and can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case, or (2) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on). Considerations when assessing close contact include the duration of exposure and the clinical symptoms of the person with COVID-19.
For Medical Professionals: If contact occurs while wearing recommended personal protective equipment or PPE (e.g., gowns, gloves, NIOSH-certified disposable N95 respirator, eye protection), that contact will NOT be considered close contact for purposes of this policy.
Our regular Child Illness Policy** remains in place, which states, in part:
Exclusion from the center is sometimes necessary to reduce the transmission of illness. For your child's comfort, and to reduce the risk of contagion, we ask that children be picked up within 1.5 hours of notification. Until then, your child will be kept comfortable and will continue to be observed for symptoms.
Children need to remain home for 24 hours without symptoms before returning to the program, unless the center receives a note from the child’s medical provider stating that the child is not contagious and may return to the center. In the case of a (suspected) contagious disease, rash, or continuing symptoms, a note from the child’s medical provider may be required before the child can return.