CCYC's Response to COVID-19

We are doing our best to keep up with the rapidly changing mitigation regulations that have been put in place by DHS and IDPH.  We will continue to update you are changing are implemented.  Since this continues to be a fluid situation, Ms. Amanda and Ms. Connie continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC, IDPH, DHS, and our Child Care Nurse Consultant. Below is what we have currently put in place for CCYC. 

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Starting Monday June 21st, parents will be able to drop off and pick up in the center.  Please walk your child to his/her classroom and sign them in/out each day. 

  • Please maintain social distancing during drop off and pick up. 

  • Children must wash their hands as soon as they enter the center for 20 seconds (we have installed hand washing timers at all sinks), at regular intervals during the day and prior to leaving the center to go home.

  • If you or your child show signs of an illness at drop off, your child will not be allowed to enter CCYC.

Mask Wearing at CCYC

  • All Staff unless they have a medical waiver will be required to wear a mask unless they are eating or outside with a group of children. 

  • School Age children are required to wear a mask unless they are eating. or we are playing outside  We have several here at the center so you do not need to provide them for your child. 

  • Preschool children will be required to wear a mask. unless they are playing outside, they are eating, or it is rest time. We ask that parents provide masks for your preschool age child as the ones we have do not fit the little children as well.  We would prefer 4-5 masks per child. 

  • Masks will be washed and dried on a daily basis at CCYC.

  • We ask any visitor into our building to wear a mask. 

Additional Health and Safety Messures

  • Toys and any shared materials will continue to be washed on a daily basis. 

  • We will be starting sensory play inside only at this time. 

  • No stuffed animals/toys/pillows will be allowed to be brought from home.

  • Family style serving will be suspended during COVID-19.  Each child’s meal will be plated by staff and served directly to that child to prevent multiple children from touching and using the same serving utensil.  We will also serve the children their milk/water as well as keeping serving dishes on the serving cart instead of on the table.  Each child will have an assigned seat for lunch and all snacks so we know who they are exposed to when not wearing a mask. 

  • Tooth brushing is suspended at this time due to the possibility of aerosol production, which is known to transmit COVID-19. 

  • All soft toys, pillows, dress up, and doll clothes will be removed from the classrooms immediately. 

  • All cot sheets and blankets will be washed and dried each week. 

  • Outdoor play equipment in childcare settings should be routinely cleaned during COVID-19 but does not require disinfection.  The first group at CCYC out on the playground each day will clean all high touch surfaces made of metal and plastic, such as handrails, slides, and railings using soapy water, microfiber cleaning cloth, and dried with a towel. 

  • Regular cleaning and disinfection of doorknobs, handrails, and other commonly touched surfaces 

  • We are going on outdoor only field trips at this time. 

  •  All deliveries, except food from Hy-Vee, will be accepted at the main door and brought in by a staff member.   

COVID-19 Exclusion Policies for Unvaccinated Staff and Children:

If your child(ren) has one of the following COVID-19 symptoms, PLEASE KEEP THEM HOME.  If your child(ren) develops one or more of the below symptoms while in care that prevent them from participating in regular activities or their needs exceed what the teachers can offer and compromises the needs of other children in the group, you will be asked to pick up your child within one hour and have your child assessed by their health care provider. 

If your child has any of the symptoms listed below:

COVID-19 symptoms

  • Fever (101 or higher)

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Sore throat

  • Respiratory Symptom including runny nose, congestion

  • Headache

  • Chills

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle or body aches

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Diarrhea

  • Vomiting

Symptoms may be very mild to more severe. 

The child must be out of care for at least 24 hours for any of the above symptoms and have a note from your child’s health care provider in order to return to care stating that the child is not contagious and may return to group care.  Children with a fever must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. 

Unless directed differently by IDPH, Iowa DHS or your child’s health care provider, COVID testing will be encouraged but not required for return to care unless the community spread is uncontrolled and Polk County’s 14 day rolling positive cases are at or above 5%. 

If Polk County’s 14 day rolling positive cases are at or above 5%, CCYC will follow recommended CDC guidelines for childcare programs concerning COVID-19 exclusion. CDC Return-to-Child Care Policies guidance is outlined below:

In most instances, those who have had COVID-19 can be around others after

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared OR negative PCR COIVD-19 test results and

  • 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications and

  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

  • PCR COVID-19 testing will be required for return to care.

  • Sibling will also be asked to be excluded as an additional precaution.

  • Per our regular sick policy concerning billing tuition will be billed regardless of attendance.

If staff, children, or family members have or think they might have COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people.

Symptoms of COVID-19 vs. Common Illnesses

Domestic Travel Guidelines

International Travel Guidelines