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Policies and procedures to manage COVID-19 risks

As the country and states individually are making determinations about what is required to address COVID-19, we wanted to make sure that you are equipped to manage the risks within your own communities. The CDC has issued a Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist. Additionally, stay abreast of the government’s response at the CDC’s website:

Federal agencies have begun to provide for flexibilities and provide blanket waivers for meeting federal requirements. Guidance is on their respective websites – OCC, OHS, and FNS.

During this time, you will likely need to consider policies for:

  • Limiting parents entry into the classroom;

  • Sanitizing daily or more;

  • Waiving attendance policy;

  • Canceling trainings and meetings;

  • Excluding teachers and children exhibiting symptoms;

  • Handwashing;

  • Limiting entry into child development centers;

  • Delivery of resources and food orders;

  • Cleaning and sanitizing toys and play spaces;

  • Allowing non-essential employees to work from home;

  • Eliminating family-style dining;

  • Cleaning and sanitizing office spaces and vehicles.

Additionally, there are examples of how Tribes and States are managing their own services available from across the country that you can access – Chickasaw Nation (OK), Delaware Child Development (OK), North Carolina, Rosebud Sioux Tribe (SD), Texas.

If you have a policy that you are willing to share, please upload it here. Please also share how your program and community have been affected by COVID-19. Your stories are important for ensuring that child care programs are receiving the supports required to meet the needs of our communities.

To stay abreast of the latest on COVID-19, check out the live data website developed by a 17-year old from Seattle.

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