**COVID-19 Procedures and Protocols** 
Updated March 2022 

Due to COVID-19 we are currently operating under the following Health Guidelines, as well as the "Cuesta College Children's Center and Lab School Health and Illness Policy" listed below. 
 
Symptoms of COVID-19 or Other Infectious Illness 

  • 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 

 
Requirements to Return to School  

If your child has symptoms of infectious illness, you have the following options:  

Get tested for COVID-19. If negative, may return when feeling better and no fever for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medication. 

OR 

Provide a physician’s note attributing current symptom(s) to a non-COVID related health issue. The note must specifically state the symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19 and the child is not considered contagious at this time. Symptoms must resolve prior to your child’s return to school.  

OR 

Stay at home for 5 days; your child may return when they are feeling better and have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours 

You may utilize either antigen or PCR tests for COVID-19. You may utilize a home test or one administered by a medical professional. If symptoms of illness persist for more than 24 hours and you did a home test on the first day of symptoms, you must re-test 24 hours prior to your child’s return to school. 

If your child has been medically evaluated and it has been determined by a physician that the illness is not related to COVID-19, or if your child has received a negative result from a COVID-19 test, then they may return to school 24 hours AFTER symptoms are gone (back to baseline). 

Please note, a medical note is not necessary if your child has completed the 5 days of isolation and has had no symptoms for at least 24 hours. 
 
If your child tests positive for COVID-19: 
Do not come to school. Notify our center right away (email the director and your child's classroom teachers). Be ready to provide us with the day they were tested and the last day they were at our facility. If you have other children in the program, they will also need to stay home. We will provide guidance based on current guidelines from Community Care Licensing, the San Luis Obispo Public Health Department, and Cuesta College.  
 
If your 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): 

You must begin a minimum 5-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. 

Quarantine can end and you can return to school after day 5 if your child does not have symptoms. 

The date of exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. 

If a family member tests positive for COVID-19, your child's quarantine begins the day after the family member's ends.  

Staff will follow the Cuesta College Administrative Policies in any circumstance of illness.  
  
Daily Health Check Questions re: COVID-19 (updated 8/13/2021) 

  • 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 internationally in the last 10 days?  
     

***COVID guidance supersedes other sick child exclusion guidance at this time. For the most part, it is the stricter guidance. The expectation is that children will arrive at school healthy, feeling good and ready to participate in their educational program. There are always exceptions and gray areas, even in a typical year. Please consult with the Director with questions or concerns. 

We ask for your understanding regarding these policies as we know that it can be frustrating to have to keep your child home. We create these policies not only to keep your children healthy, but to ensure that our teachers stay healthy as well. In addition, our program strives to create an environment that promotes a love for learning and opportunity for success. When children are not feeling well, they are not able to be successful in their daily routines.  

Cuesta College Children's Center and Lab Schools Health and Illness Policy  

**COVID-19 Procedures and Protocols are Listed Above** 

The Cuesta College Children's Center and Lab School is a place for children to learn, grow, explore and engage. For everyone in our classrooms (both children and adults) to participate in our daily experiences, we require everyone in our programs to work together to ensure that illness stays out of the classrooms. Children may not attend school while they are ill or have any symptoms that could be contagious.   

Your child's health is a matter of major importance to all of us and the reason why we keep such stringent policies. Community Care Licensing Administrative Code 101226.1 requires that children stay home if there is a possibility of contagious illness. Despite all our best efforts, your child will occasionally get sick, and unfortunately, may be sent home.  

Each day upon arrival, a teacher will complete a brief health check. Your child may be sent home if she/he appears to have symptoms of illness.  

Children will not be able to attend school if they: 

  • **are not well enough to participate in center activities** 
  • have a fever of 100 degrees or more. 
  • have a cold that is less than three days old. 
  • have been taking antibiotics for 24 hours or less. 
  • have an uncontrollable or unusually heavy nasal discharge. 
  • have a constant cough or sneezing. 
  • have diarrhea more than twice in a 24-hour period. 
  • vomited in the previous 24-hour period. 
  • are fussy, cranky, lethargic, and generally not himself/herself. 
  • have head lice – must treated at home and checked for nits by a staff member before they can return. We have a NO NIT POLICY. 
  • have pinkeye/conjunctivitis. Must be on medication for at least 24 hours prior to returning. 
  • have a rash. We will require a doctor’s note to return. 
  • have 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 San Luis Obispo County Dept of Public Health and/or Community Care Licensing.  

***If your child is absent from illness for three or more days, we may require verification from a doctor that your child is no longer contagious.  

When Your Child Becomes Ill while in our Program: 
During the enrollment process you are required to fill out an Emergency Information Form. This form provides us with contact information for those that you permit to pick up your child from school. In the event of illness, we will attempt to reach the parents first and foremost. If that is not possible emergency contacts will be called. We do expect that an adult from the emergency contact makes every effort to pick up an ill child immediately upon notification.  

Please ensure that everyone on the emergency contact list has consented to pick up the child in the event of illness or emergency and that we always have the most up-to-date contact information for all adults listed on the form.  

Cuesta College Students, Staff and Faculty: 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. 

Returning to School After Illness: 
Whether your child presents symptoms at home or at school, they will be required to stay home until 24 hours after symptoms have ceased. If your child had a fever, they must be fever-free for at least 24 hours without the use of any fever-reducing medication. Depending on the circumstance your child may be required to be examined by a physician before returning to school. 

Medications: 
Special arrangements must be made for any medication to be given at the center. Please ask for a “Medication Permission Form” if your child needs to take a prescription medication while at the center. We may require more information about your child’s illness or medication before they can return. 

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

If your child is prescribed any new medication or antibiotics, they must have taken them for at least 24 hours before returning to school. 

Allergies: 
In the event of allergy related symptoms, a letter from a medical professional is required. The note must state the specific allergies that a child has, what symptoms to expect and when, and how long the reaction is expected to last. At that point we will look for changes in "baseline". We will observe to see if the child presents symptoms that do not align with the medical evaluation information or do not present as usual. 
 
Example of a note:  
Child A has been diagnosed with seasonal allergies that can present with runny nose and itchy eyes. Most symptoms will occur during or after outside play. Symptoms are expected to last through the entirety of the spring season.  
Child A is on _______________ (daily medication) to alleviate symptoms.  
 
We reserve the right to use our best judgement regarding the health and safety of everyone at the Cuesta College Children's Center and Lab School. With this, please understand that we may not be able to accommodate a child even if a medical professional has deemed them ready to go back to school.