When is it safe to send a Foster Child back to daycare in VA
Children in Foster Care need Daycare to be safe in Covid-19
Safe daycare standards in Virginia during Covid-19 for all kids
Like all children, including the ones in Foster Care, our kids need safe daycare with high standards in VA. This will keep all our family safe as some daycares remained open and provided services to first responders and essential workers during the pandemic. Others are beginning to reopen across the country, however, COVID-19 still exists, and experts continue to report on the potential uptick in COVID-19 infections. Living through the uncertain times of COVID-19 has placed many of us in unique positions to answer questions where there is no right or wrong answer. If you happen to be one that has been home with your children for the past few months and is now faced with having to return to work, you may be wondering if your child's daycare center is safe and, more importantly, should you send your child(ren) now?
According to Jill Garripoli Pedalina, D.O., pediatrician , and owner of Healthy Kids Pediatrics in Nutley, NJ, "For the otherwise healthy child in a family who can 'afford' to keep the child home. Staying home for the first month or two while the country is starting to open back up can reduce the child's exposure to the regular daycare germs that circulate and the potential uptick in COVID-19 infections." Dr. Jill, as her patients lovingly call her, highly recommends that parents hold off sending their kids back to daycare if logistically possible if they have any underlying medical condition or previously diagnosed weakened immune system.
If you are in the position in which your child(ren) will be returning to daycare, you can be assured that they will be working in accordance to guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local and state health officials and will be taking precautions to protect all children from this virus. You should expect things to both look and run differently than it did pre-COVID.
Here are a few things that you should look for:
- Children and staff who are sick or tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to stay home.
- 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.
- Staff and children temperatures of children will be taken and recorded daily, and maybe repeated throughout the day; those with 100.4 and over will not be able to enter.
- Parents will be required to answer a three-question screening.
Social Distancing and Hand-washing:
- Staff will be required to wear face masks, and it may be highly recommended for children over the age of 2.
- Social distancing will be reinforced as much as possible.
- Visitors will be prohibited.
- Surfaces and objects that are frequently touched thoroughly cleaned and sanitized more often.
- Toys will be disinfected between uses.
- Every child should have their supplies to limit contact.
When making the final decision of whether or not, or better yet when your child(ren) will return to daycare, schedule a time to speak with the center's director. It will be essential for you to hear firsthand what steps are being taken to ensure that every precaution will be taken to protect your child(ren) while in their care.