CCYC's Response to COVID-19

CDC recently changed their guidance for Early Childhood programs.  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 in lace for CCYC as of June 27, 2022.

Vaccinations

Everyone 6 months of age and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.  We strongly encourage all those who are eligible to consult with their health care provider about getting the COVID-19 vaccine and boosters as applicable. 

Mask Wearing at CCYC

  • All Staff will have the option to wear a mask. 

  • School Age children are option 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 option 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 recommend to any visitor in the building over the age of two, to wear a mask. 

  • Individuals who want to wear a mask will be supported by staff.  If your child(ren) will continue to wear a mask, please communicate this to your child’s classroom teacher.  Ridicule of mask wearing individuals will not be tolerated. 

Additional Health and Safety Messures

  • If you or your child are sick, STAY HOME. 

  • Stay up to date with your COVID vaccination.

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

  • Sensory play will be available for children inside and outside.  Each classroom will have an assigned set of sensory toys that will be washed and sanitized after each use.  The shared outdoor water trough will be washed and sanitized after each use.  

  • Stuffed animals/toys/pillows will be allowed to be brought from home if the item is for that child only, ie-naptime or special pajama day.  These items will be washed each week.  

  • 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 washed/dried or sanitized after each use as appropriate for the item. 

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

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

  • Outdoor only field trips at this time.    

COVID-19 Exclusion Policies for 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. 

Testing is highly recommended for any symptomatic child, consult your health care provider.  If you are awaiting results from a COVID test, your child must remain out of care until you have received test results. 

POSITIVE COVID-19 test results, child may return to care: 

  • After 10 days of quarantine, from date of positive test (if no symptoms) or symptom onset.  AND

  • Symptoms have improved AND

  • Have a note from a health care provider stating the child is no longer contagious and may return to group care.  AND

  • Be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. 

NEGATIVE COVID-19 test results, child may return to care: 

  • After at least 24 hours for any of the above symptoms have improved.  AND

  • Have a note from a health care provider stating the child is no longer contagious and may return to group care.  AND

  • Be fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. 

CLOSE CONTACTS should quarantine for 10 days from last contact with a positive case.  It is recommended to receive testing immediately if symptoms develop or 5 days after last close contact if they do not develop symptoms.  Consult with your health care provider for advice.

If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you DO NOT need to quarantine. 

  • You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccine

  • You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (meaning you tested positive using a viral test). 

You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0).  Get tested at least 5 days after you have had close contact with someone with COVID-19.  If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people and follow recommendations for isolation.  If you tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to quarantine or get tested after a close contact.  You should continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19 (the date of last close contact is considered day 0). 

  • Siblings will also be asked to be excluded as an additional precaution unless up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination and remaining asymptomatic. 

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

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

Symptoms of COVID-19 vs. Common Illnesses

COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Quick Guide