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Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) has a current list on their website indicating which schools are providing daily meals for students: https://www.esd112.org/news/southwest-washington-school-districts-providing-meals-for-children-during-school-closures/
At this time, childcare centers and in-home operations are not required to close. If remaining open, practice social distancing and other strategies outlined in CDC community mitigation guidance.
ChildCare Aware of Washington operates a database of all licensed childcare providers in the state of Washington at http://www.childcareawarewa.org/families
If your childcare facility closes due to COVID-19 concerns, call ChildCare Aware Family Center at 1(800) 446-1114. Their team can help you search for alternative childcare.
Longview Schools has partnered with Educational Service District 112 (ESD 112) and ChildCare Aware to support families of First Responders and medical professionals seeking childcare options.
Visit ChildCare Aware (at https://childcareawarewa.secure.force.com/providerupdate/CCAWAOnlineLookUp) or call Family Services at 1-800-446-1114 to search for available childcare centers during the mandatory school closures due to Covid-19. You will receive an updated list of open childcare programs in our area that can meet your childcare needs.
Childcare workers should ensure they are fever and symptom free before they leave home and report to work.
Conduct daily health checks of children when they arrive.
Follow strategies for schools and childcare as outlined athttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/guidance-for-childcare.html
There are currently no recommendations that you clean and sanitize playground equipment. Continue with your general cleaning schedule. Ensure students have adequate time to wash hands after they return from playing outside.
Consider first why you would need to close. Currently there are no recommendations that childcare centers in Cowlitz County close. Base decisions regarding closure on the specific circumstances at your facility. For example, if someone is sick with confirmed COVID 19, close contacts should stay home for 14 days after first contact. Depending how many people this involves, this may influence your decision for how long to close. Most individuals infected with COVID-19 begin to develop symptoms within 14 days. Anyone with symptoms should contact their healthcare provider.
Children at high risk for severe complications from COVID-19—like a compromised immune system or respiratory conditions like severe asthma—should stay home. When in doubt, consult the child’s doctor for guidance.
Group sizes should be reduced to no more than ten people total, including children and adults. If it’s not possible to separate groups by rooms, create a physical barrier (e.g. tables, cones, etc.) between groups that provides at least six feet of separation.
Every day when children arrive, take their temperature and ask if they have:
If the temperature is below 100.4º F and all answers are no, the child can attend childcare.
If the temperature is 100.4º F or higher or any question is answered yes, the child should not be allowed to attend. They should remain at home. If symptoms worsen, the health care provider should be contacted.
If forehead or disposable thermometers aren’t available, ask the caregiver to complete and sign a form that affirms they don’t have a fever or reports the child’s temperature as taken at home.
People at high risk for serious illness from COVID-19 include:
People with the above conditions shouldn’t provide childcare or visit childcare facilities.
Small childcare centers or in-home providers should consider closing if the owner/operator is at high risk for serious illness and can’t be excluded to remain operational.
Follow these steps to reduce the of spread germs:
Groups shouldn’t include more than ten people. Keep six feet of distance between people.
Clean toys and equipment more often. Clean with soap and water, then disinfect with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectant registered for use against the novel coronavirus. If toys aren’t easy to clean (like stuffed animals, bean bag chairs, pillows, etc.), remove them temporarily. Some items can’t be cleaned or sanitized (like play dough or slime). Stop using these items temporarily.