The Division of Child Development and Early Education (DCDEE) has updated the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit to reflect Governor Cooper's Executive Order 180, changes in CDC guidance, and clarify language.
The December edition of the ChildCareStrongNC Public Health Toolkit includes:
- Revised requirement for face coverings for ALL children ages 5 or older, unless an exception applies (Pages 7 and 12)
- Requirement to follow latest Center for Disease Control's (CDC) guidance regarding quarantine (Pages 4, 16, and 19)
- Allows regulatory agencies and consultants providing monitoring of health and safety practices and offering technical assistance to enter child care facilities once screened (Page 6)
- Clearly defines stable groups of children and adults (cohorts) to minimize the extent of exposure (Page 6)
- Glossary of commonly used terms (Page 20)
DCDEE requests that particular attention be paid to the requirement to utilize the CDC's most up-to-date quarantine guidance. As a reminder, quarantine refers to an individual who has been a close contact (within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period) of someone who is positive with COVID-19. CDC continues to recommend quarantine for 14 days after last exposure. However, as of December 2, 2020, the CDC has offered options to reduce the duration of quarantine in either of the following two scenarios:
- 10 days of quarantine have been completed and no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring;
- 7 days of quarantine have been completed, no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring, and the individual has received results of a negative antigen or PCR/molecular test on a test taken no earlier than day 5 of quarantine.
- If quarantine is discontinued before day 14, the individual must continue to monitor symptoms and strictly adhere to all non-pharmaceutical interventions (e.g. wear a mask, practice social distancing) through 14 days after the date of last exposure.
- Follow the recommendations of your local public health department if someone at your schools must quarantine. Local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last in the communities they serve, based on local conditions and needs.
If you have questions about these updates, please contact your child care health consultant.