During this very difficult time, the decision to send your child back to day care should be based on your comfort that the facility is following safety guidelines to protect your child. If your child is considered high risk because of underlying health concerns, please call our office to speak to a member of our professional staff.
The facility should follow CDC and AAP guidelines to help minimize the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and any other infectious diseases. These CDC guidelines can be found at:
The AAP guidelines can be found at: https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/guidance-related-to-childcare-during-covid-19/
First and foremost, the facility should have a plan to protect every child from infectious diseases. There should be a screening of all children as they enter the day care. This can be a questionnaire
regarding if there are any signs of infection- fever, cough, or shortness of breath or a staff member taking the child’s temperature at the door.
Parent/Caregiver should have staggering pick up and drop off times or have them wait outside to drop off or pick up the child. Infants should be brought out in car seat to parent.
Day care groups should be smaller to allow for more social distancing and cots and cribs should be 6 feet apart for nap time or barrier in between with alternating head to toe positioning to minimize risk of
Routine cleaning and disinfecting should occur on frequently touched items and beds, cots etc.
Frequent hand washing should always be the norm.
Masks should be worn if social distancing cannot be maintained.
An arrangement to isolate a child that becomes ill while at daycare from the other child
Please remind your child to wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds, avoid touching their face and maintain social distance. Even with all these safety guidelines in place, child put objects in their mouths and touch their eyes and face. It is important to understand that the majority of children have a mild response to this virus.