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COVID-19 Child Care Update
Update 1/2/2022: we are following the new health and safety guidelines: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information on Schools, Childcare, and Youth Programs - Disease Prevention and Control, San Francisco Department of Public Health (sfcdcp.org)
Revised on 8/21/2020
If you have not been following about the most recent City and County of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health’s Shelter in Place Order, it states on page 30, effective June 1, 2020, child care programs can open to serve all children regardless of parental work category or status. We have reviewed the latest San Francisco Health Order, Interim Guidance, and Industry Directives for Childcare.
Parents and providers will have to review and comply with the following requirements
COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan: Sample form. Completed original plans are posted at individual locations.
Risk Acknowledgement Forms for Parents/Guardians:
Childcare providers must collect signed Risk Acknowledgement Forms from parents/guardians in order for their children to attend childcare.
COVID-19 Health Checks at Programs for Children:
This document lists symptoms that must be assessed, defines what body temperature is considered a fever, and sets out the criteria that must be met for a child to return to childcare after COVID-19 symptoms subside.
COVID-19 Health Check Sheet for Staff:
One-page check sheet that can be used by programs for children and youth to screen children for COVID-19 symptoms and fever when they arrive each day.
Parent/Guardian Handout: COVID-19 Health Checks/If Your Child has Symptoms:
Information for parents and guardians about how to conduct a COVID-19 Health Check (symptoms screening and temperature checks). The second page contains instructions on what to do if a child has fever or COVID-19 symptoms, criteria for when they can return to childcare/camp/programming after their symptoms subside, and information about COVID-19 testing locations.
What happen in case exposure to COVID-19
Will our child care service need to close if a family member or household member of a child or staff member has COVID-19?
Child care services are typically considered low-risk, and closures are not usually recommended. However, our program should not allow children or staff members who have been exposed to return for 14 days after their last close contact with the person they have been exposed to.
For staff members who have been exposed, please see the SF Department of Public Health’s guidance about leaving isolation and returning to work.
What should we do if a child, or staff member has been infected with COVID-19, as confirmed by a positive COVID-19 test?
Additional Information and Guidance
Please see San Francisco Department of Public Health Disease Prevention & Control: https://www.sfcdcp.org/infectious-diseases-a-to-z/coronavirus-2019-novel-coronavirus/#1585590211125-ccfb7e93-4edf
Children's health and safety is our first priority in our program.
As everyone's concern, parents have inquired about our precaution regarding coronavirus. We understand children we work with are primarily infants and toddlers, they have an immune system still developing and not as strong as adults.
To prevent widespread illness in your child’s child care program, we recommend that your child stay home from child care if experiencing flu or cold symptoms.
In an effort to support the well-being of all families in our child care, we have continued to monitor recommendations related to the 2019 novel Coronavirus (n-CoV). This situation is dynamic and rapidly changing with new guidance and recommendations issued.
While this is a serious public health threat, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) characterizes the immediate health risk from the new coronavirus as low for anyone who is unlikely to be exposed to this virus.
The coronavirus is in the family of viruses that cause the common cold, so symptoms and prevention measures are similar. To decide whether or not to send your child to school and whether or not to seek medical help, please consider the following:
Consider keeping your child at home if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
There are currently no known exposures to the coronavirus in our child care programs. Although this is a low risk situation to our homes, we are taking high precautions and will continue to update the families as circumstances warrant.
On January 31, 2020 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency and announced new travel restrictions from China to the United States:
Effective 5 p.m. February 2, 2020, the U.S. has new travel restrictions and required monitoring. There will be a temporary ban on entry for foreign nationals who have been to China in the past 14 days. American citizens returning from Hubei in the past 14 days will be subject to health screening and up to 14 days of mandatory quarantine. American citizens returning from mainland China in the past 14 days will be subject to health screening and up to 14 days of monitored self isolation.
If you were in China and returned to the United States after January 18, 2020, this is important information for you:
If this applies to you, click here for what you need to know and do.
In addition to these new travel restrictions from China to the United States, earlier this week, travel restrictions to China were implemented by the U.S. Department of State and the CDC. State Department elevated China travel advisory to 'Do Not Travel' due to coronavirus.
To help prevent cold, flu, and coronavirus:
If your child has cold and flu symptoms, please observe your child at home before deciding whether or not to send them to child care. Your child should be physically able to participate in all child care activities upon return to school. Keeping a sick child at home will minimize the spread of such viral infections in the child care home.
Thank you for helping prevent the spread of illness at child care!
On January 31, 2020 the Department of Health and Human Services announced new travel restrictions and required monitoring for those traveling from China to the U.S.
If you have traveled from China to the U.S. since January 18, 2020, this important information applies to you.
1. Effective immediately, all travelers coming from China in the past 14 days (since January 18th) should:
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