Child Screening Questions
(Health screening questions to be asked at time of drop-off each day)
1. Have you or your child been in direct contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19? The CDC defines “close contact” as being approximately 6 feet from a person with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
If yes, please notify your child’s Teacher or Family Advocate as soon as possible so that at-home instructional materials can be prepared and provided to encourage at-home learning. The CDC has updated the recommended quarantine period for anyone in the general public who is exposed to COVID-19. Those who are unvaccinated, including children under the age of 5 who are not yet eligible for a vaccination, should not come to school and quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. If the child is unwilling to consistently wear a mask while at school, the child should remain at home for the full 10 days. For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19 (see Question 4 below).
2. Has anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19?
If your enrolled child has tested positive, he/she must remain out of school for 10 days from the date that symptoms began. If another member of the household tested positive and cannot be isolated from your enrolled child, your child must also remain out of school for 10 days from the date of the positive test. Please notify your child’s Teacher or Family Advocate as soon as possible so that at-home instructional materials can be prepared and provided to encourage at-home learning. It is recommended that anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 remain in isolation and members of your household self-quarantine during this time and consult with a medical provider should signs or symptoms of COVID-19 develop.
3. Has your child experienced any of the following COVID-19 related signs or symptoms? These symptoms indicate a possible illness that may decrease the student’s ability to learn and also put them at risk for spreading illness to others (Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, sore throat, new uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline), diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or new onset of severe headache, especially with a fever)
If yes, please notify your child’s Teacher or Family Advocate immediately. If you answered NO to Questions 1-3 and you do not have reason to believe that your child has been exposed to COVID-19, your child will be excused from school in accordance with the existing school illness policy (until symptom-free for 48 hours without medications). If additional signs or symptoms of COVID-19 develop, it is recommended that you consult with your child’s medical provider. If a COVID test is administered to anyone in the household and the results are positive, the Arkansas Dept of Health may provide guidance on when it is safe to return to school. If rapid test results are negative but the test is sent off to the lab for further testing, the child should remain at home until the secondary test results are received. At-home instructional materials will be prepared and provided to encourage at-home learning while your child is away from the center.
Notice to Parents:
Children who develop symptoms or become sick during the day will immediately be separated from their classmates and will need to be picked up immediately. If you or anyone in your household develops any of the symptoms listed on page 1, please stay home and notify your Teacher or Family Advocate immediately.
Students or family members diagnosed with COVID-19 should stay home, isolate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. Questions regarding return to school should be jointly decided in consultation with parents or caregivers, school personnel, and the student’s healthcare provider.
NEW as of 11/30/2021
Mask Requirements to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 in Head Start Programs
The Office of Head Start has released a new mask requirement for anyone ages 2 and older, effective immediately. The details are listed below. Ask your Family Advocate or Center Director for more information. Disposable face masks will be provided for all children ages 2+ while attending EOA Head Start programs.
Universal masking is required for all individuals 2 years of age and older when:
Indoors in a setting when Head Start services are provided.
Two or more individuals are in a vehicle owned, leased, or arranged by the Head Start program.
Outdoors in crowded settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact with other people. OHS notes that being outdoors with children inherently includes sustained close contact for the purposes of caring for and supervising children.
Children and adults when they are either eating or drinking.
Children when they are napping.
The narrow subset of individuals who cannot safely wear a mask because of a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), consistent with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on disability exemptions.
When a child's health care provider advises an alternative face covering to accommodate the child's special health care needs.
Timeline – This requirement is effective immediately upon publication of the IFC on Nov. 30, 2021.
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