Is It Safe to Send Your Child Back to Daycare During COVID-19?

Safety Measures Daycares Are Taking to Lower the Risk of COVID-19

Kids will be screened daily.

  • Children and staff who are sick or who have tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to stay home. A larger outbreak might require the facility to close for two weeks.
  • Pickup and drop-off times will be staggered and done outside of the facility, with one parent or caregiver being designated to come to the center at a given time. Parents must wear a face covering.
  • Temperatures of children and staff will be taken and recorded daily, and may be repeated throughout the day; those with 100.4 and over will not be able to enter. Some states—like New Jersey—actually require daycares to submit these temperature logs.
  • Parents will also be asked whether or not the child has recently been near someone with COVID-19 or if anyone at home is sick. If the answer is “yes,” they will not be able to enter.

Social distancing and hand-washing will be enforced.

  • Staff may be required to wear cloth face masks, and it may be recommended for children over the age of 2. (Here are some tips to get your kids to wear a mask.)
  • Hand-washing will be implemented immediately upon entering the center, and frequently throughout the day.
  • Social distancing will be reinforced as much as possible, with children split into smaller groups. They will remain with the same caregiver and group all day, which means no communal eating, playing with other classes, or assemblies.
  • Visitors will be prohibited.
  • Outdoor time is suggested as much as possible, but social distancing should continue. Any outdoor toys will be disinfected before the next group comes out to play.

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