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Due to COVID-19 we are currently operating under the following Health Guidelines:

COVID -19 Health Policy for Cuesta College Children’s Center
Updated January 2021

Based on currently available information regarding COVID 19 illness and children, people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Though information suggests children may have more mild illness, there are reports of severe illness in children and a higher risk of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MISC) and other potentially serious illnesses when exposed to the virus. Also, children can spread the virus to other children and adults. At this time, SLO County is in the widespread/purple Tier and under the Southern CA Regional Stay Home Order.

To protect those at higher risk, it’s important that everyone practices healthy hygiene behaviors and stay home when they are sick. For these reasons, we must take all the signs and symptoms listed below seriously.  
If you have children with underlying health conditions, talk to our center about their risk and always discuss your plan with their doctor.

Symptoms of Infectious Illness

No single symptom indicates someone has COVID-19, however, they may have an infectious illness that they might pass on to others. Your child will be screened daily upon arrival and throughout the day for signs of illness listed below.

The presence of any of the symptoms below generally suggests a child has an infectious illness and should not attend school, regardless of whether the illness is COVID-19. For students with chronic conditions, a positive screening should represent a change from their typical health status.

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher (and/or or chills)  
    Coughing (for those with documented allergies or asthma, a change in baseline cough) 
    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (for those with documented asthma, a change from baseline) 
    Fatigue, or being unable to participate in activities as normal
    Muscle or body aches 
    Headache  
    New loss of taste or smell  
    Sore throat  
    Congestion, including runny nose or eyes  
    Abdominal pain, nausea, and/or vomiting  
    Abnormal stools such as diarrhea (2 or more per day)
    Poor appetite
    Complaining of not feeling well
    If your child had symptoms consistent with COVID 19 we recommend you contact your local public health department, or doctor, for testing recommendations. If your child tests positive for COVID 19 notify our center right away.

Children should remain home until they meet all of CDC criteria for Discontinuing Home Isolation (See Below)

If your child has been medically evaluated and it has been determined by a medical doctor the illness is not related to COVID 19, then your child may return to school 48 hours AFTER symptoms end (back to baseline). If it has been less than 10 days since the start of their illness your child will need a doctor note stating their symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19 and they are not considered contagious at this time. Please note, a medical note is not necessary if your child has completed the 10 days of isolation and has improvement in their symptoms with no fever. If you obtain a doctor note, your child still needs to remain home if they have signs or symptoms of illness until 48 hours after they resolve.

Please note, a medical note is not necessary if your child has completed the 10 days of isolation and has improvement in their symptoms with no fever.

Criteria for Discontinuing Home Isolation
Use this guideline if you know or think your child had COVID 19 and had symptoms. Your child can return to the program after:

10 days since the symptoms appeared AND
At least 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medication) AND
Symptoms have improved

If your child tests positive for COVID 19:

Notify our center right away. Be ready to provide us with the day they were tested and the last day they were at our facility. Their identity will be protected; however, this is critical to the protection of all children and staff in our center. If you have other children in the program, they will also need to stay home.

Scenario A: “I know or think my child has COVID 19 and had symptoms.” If your child test positive and was symptomatic they can return to the program after:

10 days since the symptoms appeared AND
At least 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever reducing medication) AND
Symptoms have improved

Scenario B: If your child tested positive for COVID-19, but had no symptoms and they continue to have no symptoms, your child can return to the program after:

10 days have passed since the day they were tested. If they develop symptoms after testing positive, follow the guidance above for “I know or think my child has COVID 19 and had symptoms.”
If you have other children in the program, they will need to remain home for a minimum 10-day home quarantine period (see below).

My Child was exposed to someone with COVID-19:

If your child has been in close contact with a person who tested positive, defined as within six feet of a person for at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period within 2 days of their positive test (regardless of mask use).

Begin a minimum 10-day quarantine. Do not wait to be notified by the Public Health Department.
Contact your doctor or the Public Health Department to determine if your child should be tested.
Your child cannot return to the program for at least 10 days. After 10 days, if they have no symptoms, they may return and you should continue to monitor for symptoms for up to 14 days. If they become symptomatic during this time immediately isolate and follow the guidelines for “Discontinuing Home Isolation” after a suspected or confirmed COVID illness.

**A negative COVID test does not shorten the minimum 10-day self-quarantine period following contact with a positive case of COVID 19.

 *In the event new symptoms develop while a child is at school, the child will be isolated from other children, the parents/guardians will be contacted to pick up their child immediately.  

A 10-day quarantine is now required for the following:

● Return from travel by any means to any other state or country.


On 11/13/2020, the California Department of Health issued this statement:
 

The incidence of COVID-19 is increasing in many states and countries. Persons arriving in California from other states or Californians returning from other states or countries could increase the risk of COVID-19 spread. In addition, travel itself can be a risk for exposure to COVID-19, particularly travel through shared conveyance such as air, bus or rail travel.

Accordingly, effective immediately, in addition to the existing 14-day quarantine for air travel, the Cuesta College Children's Center and Lab School, as well as our partner agency CAPSLO, is adopting the following:

Children and anyone in their household arriving in California from other states or countries must self- quarantine for 14 days after arrival. These persons should limit their interactions to their immediate household.

Children (or staff) who travel by airline will not be permitted to enter the center for 14 days after their last flight. 

Children and anyone in their household are encouraged to stay home or in their region and avoid non- essential travel to other states or countries. Avoiding travel can reduce the risk of virus transmission and bringing the virus back to our classrooms.

Please be aware that our policies may need to change depending on changing situations and governmental advisories and directives. We greatly appreciate your cooperation. 

 

Staff will follow the Cuesta College Return to Campus Policy from the Safe Reopening Plan.
 

Daily Health Check Questions (updated 4/16/2021)

Is your child feeling sick today?
Has your child experienced any symptoms of infectious illness as outlined in our health policy?
Was your child given any fever reducing medication today (ex: Tylenol)?
Is anyone in your household awaiting COVID test results or under directions from the Department of Public Health?
Has your child been exposed to a confirmed COVID case?
**Has anyone in your household, including your child, traveled outside of the state of California in the last 10 days? 
**Has anyone in your household, including your child, traveled internationally in the last 10 days? 
**Has anyone in your household (including your child) traveled by airplane in the last 10 days (in OR out of the state of California)?

**Procedures differ depending on vaccination status and/or essential vs non-essential travel guidelines. 

HEALTH AND ILLNESS (During Typical/Non-COVID-19 Times)
***We still abide by these policies on top of our COVID policies. Children may not attend school while they are ill, or have any of these symptoms, regardless of if they are COVID related. 

Your child's health is a matter of major importance to all of us. In spite of all your efforts and our efforts, your child will occasionally get sick, and unfortunately, may be sent home. If we suspect anything that could be contagious, you must have your child examined by a physician. Please have a backup childcare plan for illnesses.

Licensing Administrative Code requires that children stay home at the onset of a possible contagious illness, rash, cough etc. We may require a note from your pediatrician letting us know that your child is not contagious. If your child is absent from illness for three or more days, we must have verification from a doctor that your child is no longer contagious. We send children home when they have a fever of 100* or more.

Each day as you arrive, the teacher will give your child a brief health check. Your child may be sent home if she/he appears to have symptoms of illness. This could also occur during the day. In such cases, your child may be isolated from the others and a parent (or someone on the emergency card) will be contacted.

Keep your child home if he/she:

**Is unable or not well enough to participate in center activities**

Has a fever of 100 degrees or more, or has had one during the previous 24-hour period.
Has a cold that is less than three days old.
Has been taking an antibiotic for 24 hours or less.
Has an uncontrollable or unusually heavy nasal discharge.
Has a constant cough or sneezing.
Has diarrhea more than once in a 24-hour period.
Is fussy, cranky, lethargic, and generally not himself/herself.
Has head lice – must treated at home and checked for nits by a staff member before they can return. We have a NO NIT POLICY.
Has pink-eye/conjunctivitis. Must have had treatment for 24 hours.
Has a rash. We will require a doctor’s note to return.
Has symptoms of a possible communicable disease. (cough, sniffles, reddened eyes, sore throat, rashes, headache, abdominal pain, and fever.)

Please notify us at once if your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease (head lice, chicken pox, whooping cough, croup, hand, foot and mouth etc.). Certain circumstances require us to notify the county health department.

Medications:

Special arrangements must be made for any medication to be given at the center. Please ask for a “Medication Permission” form before going to the doctor as you and your child’s physician MUST sign this. We may contact a doctor for more information about your child’s illness or medication.

We do not administer over the counter medications. If you feel your child needs a cough syrup, aspirin/Tylenol etc., then your child is probably not healthy and should stay home for the day.

When Your Child Becomes Ill while in our program:

For your own peace of mind, take a few minutes to make arrangements with a friend or relative that you can call for emergency childcare when your child is ill. This helps if your child gets sick at the center and helps eliminate the panic when your child wakes up sick in the morning and you have an important exam. Please add backup names and phone numbers to your child’s emergency card and remind these emergency contacts that we will ask for photo identification when they arrive to pick up your child.

If we cannot reach you or someone on your emergency list we may contact campus public safety to find you in your class or expected location on campus.

If your child is sent to the doctor and starts on a new medication he or she MUST be taking that medication at least 24 hours before returning to the children’s center and we will require a doctors note upon their return.

 

Symptoms of infectious illness

Symptom screening should not try to identify every known symptom of COVID-19. No single symptom indicates someone has COVID-19, and many COVID-19 symptoms can occur when a person does not have COVID-19 or any infectious illness. Instead, use symptom screening to determine if a student currently has an infectious illness that they might pass on to others.

The presence of any of the symptoms below generally suggests a student has an infectious illness and should not attend school, regardless of whether the illness is COVID-19. For students with chronic conditions, a positive screening should represent a change from their typical health status.

Temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
Sore throat
Cough (for students with chronic cough due to allergies or asthma, a change in their cough from baseline)
Difficulty breathing (for students with asthma, a change from their baseline breathing)
Diarrhea or vomiting
New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
Students should not attend school in-person if they or their caregiver identifies new development of any of the symptoms above.