As Haygood Weekday Children’s Ministries navigates safety procedures and guidelines in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continuously refer to the Centers for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health to ensure we are following the most up to date information available for child care centers. The Georgia Department of Public Health in conjunction with Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning have updated COVID-19 response guidelines in the Interim Guidance for Georgia Child Care Facilities. Please carefully read the following information, updated July 9, 2021.
What happens if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at school?
- In a confirmed case of COVID-19- all non-vaccinated parties who have had direct contact with the confirmed individual are required to self-quarantine and cannot return to school until after the 14th day since the last day of interaction with the confirmed person while they were contagious.
- The CDC has given permission for students to shorten quarantine from 14 to 7 or 10 days if need be, with stipulations. These stipulations include, continued mask wearing, keeping social distance of 6 feet and continued monitoring of symptoms. Because WCM class size and teacher ratios inhibit social distancing, and because the CDC STILL recommends a 14 day quarantine, Haygood WCM is unable to accommodate a shortened quarantine period and still requires 14 days.
- Producing a negative test result will not result in a change in return to school date. Even if a close contact’s test results are negative for COVID-19, they must remain quarantined for the entire 14-day quarantine period to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.
- Siblings of those who are directly exposed to someone with Covid-19 are required to quarantine until both students receive a negative PCR test taken 3-5 days after the last date of exposure.
- Haygood WCM requires a negative PCR test for all secondary contact parties prior to returning to school.
How do I report if a member of my household has tested positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19?
All Haygood WCM employees and families are required to report all COVID-19 confirmed contact or cases to WCM Executive Directory Mahogany Williams [email protected] and their child’s program director, for Preschool Morgen Smith [email protected] and for CDC Sama Worthy-Belcher [email protected].
How do you determine COVID-19 positive child/staff’s contagious window?
- If experience symptoms, two days before the first reported symptom
- If not experiencing symptoms, two days before the positive COVID-19 test date
How do you identify close contacts/direct contact?
- Anyone in the same classroom including staff and other children
- Any individuals, outside of the classroom, with whom the case spent fifteen minutes or longer or within 6 feet over 24 hours.
Will the entire school close if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19?
- If a confirmed case only had contact with those in the same classroom, the other staff and children in the facility do not need to be quarantined.
If my child’s class has to quarantine, do I still have to pay tuition?
- Billing remains the same even if a class has to quarantine.
What defines a COVID-19 Outbreak at the Child Care Center?
- A COVID-19 outbreak in a child care facility setting will be defined as: Two or more laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among children or staff with illness onsets within a 14-day period, who are epidemiologically linked (e.g., have a common exposure or have been in contact with each other), do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing.
- Children who present with a fever of 100.4 or greater are required to be symptom free without the use of fever reducing medication for 48 hours before returning to school. Siblings are also required to stay home for 24 hours.
If a child is experience more than one symptom related to COVID-19 such as cough, diarrhea, vomiting, or runny nose, they will immediately be sent home and allowed to return to school after it has been at least 24 hours since their symptoms have improved.