Department of Human Services changes guidelines for child care centers

Written by on June 4, 2020

 Department of Human Services changes guidelines for child care centers

By Sarah Schneider, WESA

June 4, 2020

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As counties across the state move into the green phase of the reopening plan the Department of Human Services has changed guidelines for child care centers, WESA’s Sarah Schneider reports.

The state will not require children to wear masks. That decision is left up to providers. DHS Secretary Teresa Miller said Tuesday that staff are required to wear masks, and children don’t have to social distance but should remain with the same class in the same room daily. The state is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that advises staff to take the temperatures of all children before they enter facilities.

“In the event of exposure of staff or children, a general communication from the child care facility will be shared to inform parents of enrolled children when there’s a suspected outbreak of any communicable disease including COVID-19,” said Miller.

However, Miller says the decision to ask the child with a fever to stay home will be left to providers. 


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