Information Regarding COVID-19
Health Policies and Protocols for our School
Child care plays a vital role in the lives of families. We strive to provide children with a safe place to learn and play. Keeping children safe during COVID-19 is our utmost priority.
PLEASE NOTE: SCPH Guidance is the minimum and RCELC reserves the right to modify and/or adjust to stricter policies as needed.
All information is subject to change as new information is released.
Mask Resource: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/guidance-for-face-coverings.aspx
Sacramento Public Health (916) 875-5881
Guidance from Sacramento Public Health
What to do if a child is sick or tests positive:
Please note if positive: we require a negative rapid test to return
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Please note: If a child tested positive and cannot wear a mask, they may not return until day 11 WITH a negative rapid test.
Please note: If an exposed child cannot wear a mask, they may not return until day 6 WITH a negative rapid test.
If a child becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms while at the Center, the child will be immediately isolated from other individuals.
The Center will contact the parent/guardian to inform them of the child’s illness and the child must be picked up within 30 minutes.
The Center will review its COVID-19 Illness Policy with the parent/guardian.
If a child or a member of the household becomes ill with a COVID-19 symptom, we ask that the child not return to care until the entire household is well.
The Center will contact Sac County Public Health for guidance and notification is made to licensing.
Proper hand hygiene will be performed by washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer will be used (2yrs and up only).
Proper hand hygiene will be practiced upon entry to the Center and throughout the day.
All children will be supervised to ensure proper hand hygiene is being practiced.
Preventative Health Measures
The only items permitted to be brought from home by children is bedding (that is to be washed weekly), labeled water bottle (water fountains are not being used at this time), changes of clothes as needed and medication required by a physician (with appropriate medication authorization form on file with us).
Masks are recommended by Sacramento Public Health but they are not required.
Children cannot be forced to wear a mask. Children will not wear masks while sleeping and we will ensure the use of masks does not cause children to overheat in hot weather.
Daily Health Screening
Prior to dropping children at the Center parents/guardians should take the child’s temperature at home and screen for any Covid-19 symptoms. If any symptoms occur the symptom decision tree should be followed and the center must be notified.
Child drop-off and pick-up will occur outside of the childs classroom at the door. Parents may enter the classroom at pick up only. They may not "play and stay" and are asked to keep pick up brief. Children will need to wash hands upon arrival.
If a child can walk, please avoid a “hand off” and allow the child to walk into the facility.
Teachers will have limited in-person contact with parents/guardians. Brightwheel will be used for communications regarding the child.
There is no longer any restrictions in regards to travel.
Please see: https://covid19.ca.gov/travel/
Cleaning and Disinfecting
In addition to our regular cleaning routines, frequently touched surfaces (doorknobs, toys, tables, chairs, etc.) will be cleaned throughout the day.
Cots will be disinfected after each use.
We have a third party company EnviroMaster, specializing in sanitation coming and spraying the facility inside and out as well as extra sanitation of all restrooms.
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