COVID-19 Daycare Guidance

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There are two sections to the Covid-19 Daycare Guidance.

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DAYCARE SPECIFIC Info regarding COVID-19

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DAYCARE SPECIFIC Info regarding COVID-19

(as per the State of CT Office of Early Childhood 1/24/2022)

  • Isolation means to separate sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine means to separate and restrict the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
  • A close contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period.
  • A person who tests positive using a home test should be considered to be infected with COVID-19 and does not need to confirm such test result with a laboratory test unless otherwise instructed by a health care provider.
  • The testing of children shall not be administered by program staff but rather the child’s parent or guardian.
  • Children under 2 years old should not wear a mask so the isolation or quarantine periods of 10 days should be observed as outlined in the table below. For children 2 years old and older and staff in child care programs, a program shall consider an individual’s ability to wear a mask consistently and correctly during any activities when around others (excluding while eating and sleeping) when deciding whether the isolation or quarantine period shall be reduced from 10 days to 5 days.

The general Office of Early Childhood mask requirement does not apply for children until 3 years old; however, if the isolation or quarantine period is reduced to 5 days as outlined in the chart below, the individual (who may be as young as 2 years old) should wear a mask consistently and correctly for an additional 5 days at all times (except when eating or sleeping) when around others.

  • If the conditions for isolation have been satisfied, it is not necessary that a child or staff who tested positive be required to demonstrate a negative test prior to their return to the program.
  • Programs may establish and put in writing more stringent rules than those outlined in the chart
  • Reporting Positive Cases: Programs required to report cases of COVID-19 to the Connecticut Department of Public Health will now do so, in lieu of calling, by submitting weekly non-identifiable information on the total number of enrolled children and staff that have tested positive for COVID-19 on either a self test or a laboratory test using a form found at https://forms.office.com/g/H09DZsL3Zt

o No individual case information (names, DOBs, etc...) needs to be reported

o Report non-identifiable data by close of business Tuesday of each week

o Report total number of enrolled children and the total number of staff that tested positive in the previous week (Sunday-Saturday)

  • A program may reach out to their local health department for assistance with implementing this guidance

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Norwich, CT 06360

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