This letter sets out clearly the protocols we must follow to keep your children who attend our Early Childhood Education Program safe, well, and protected.

August 5, 2020

Dear Families,

As we approach late summer and early fall, we tend to see more illness and or conditions symptomatic of illness.  Our guidelines from the Vermont Department of Health, the Agency of Education, and the Department for Children and Families are very specific in regard to the requirements for caring for children in a group setting.  The most recent updates and guidance can be found here:

https://www.healthvermont.gov/response/coronavirus-covid-19/schools-and-child-care-programs

These are some of the guidelines we will be asking all families and staff to follow:

  • All staff and adults on our campus must wear a facial covering.
  • Children under two years will not be required to wear facial coverings as it is not considered medically safe for them to do so.
  • Children over two years of age will be encouraged to wear facial coverings, especially the three and four-year olds.  Facial coverings for preschoolers are required for those attending public school programs.
  • Every child and adult, including staff, who enter the building will have a Daily Health Check.  You will be asked if you, or anyone in your family has been in contact with a person who has Covid-19. You will also be asked if you, or your child, have any symptoms consistent with Covid-19.
  • These symptoms include cough, temperature, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.  If your child is flushed, extremely fussy, or fatigued, this could also be symptomatic of illness. 
  • Your child will be excluded from the program if they show any of these symptoms of Covid-19, have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19 in the last 14 days, have a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees F, have a significant new rash particularly when other symptoms are present, or have large amounts of nasal discharge in the absence of a documented allergy diagnosis. 

A medical note will be required before your child can return to care in cases where Covid-19 is suspected. Children and staff with a fever greater than 100.4 degrees, with no specific diagnosis when Covid-19 is NOT suspected must remain at home until they have had no fever for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

We all need to work together to keep OCPCC a safe and healthy place.  If we have a child or staff member that tests positive for Covid-19, it could result in closure of all programs for a minimum of 14 days.  We are doing our best to keep groups separate and minimize the impact of a positive test.  However, we have siblings who are in different classrooms, staff with children in other classroom – all increasing the likelihood of a total shut down if there is a positive case.

Please help us by doing your part.  We recognize the hardship when your child cannot attend childcare.  Adhering to the guidelines will help ensure that we all stay safe and healthy and that we are able to keep the doors open for all of you that rely on us for quality early care and education.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Mary Ellen