Child Care Provider Information for Contagious Viruses
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Child Care Provider Information for Contagious Viruses

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Preventing the Spread

Masking Recommendations

Masking is not required in early care and education (ECE) but remains an effective mitigation strategy to reduce the risk of transmission. Boulder County Public Health (BCPH) continues to encourage masking, which childcare programs can adopt during outbreaks.

Young children, particularly infants, have immune systems that are still developing. In addition, their lungs and airways are smaller, making viruses that affect airways more of a threat.

Communicable Disease Reporting

When multiple individuals have similar symptoms, please report them to using one of the following forms:

You do not need to contact BCPH when you have isolated cases or have close contacts who attend or work in your facility.

CDC and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment recently updated their guidance for the general public, which has changed to discontinue previously established protocols for quarantine. Please refer to How Sick is too Sick for guidance.

ECE programs may use more stringent guidance if they feel it is the best for their organization.

Everyday Actions to Prevent Infection

CDC recommends ECE programs have everyday strategies to prevent the spread of infections as part of your normal operations, such as:

Thank you for your continued efforts to keep Boulder County healthy. If you have COVID-related questions, please contact us at

CDPHE Practical Guide for Operationalizing CDC’s School Guidance

  • CDPHE’s guide on how to implement CDC guidance for communicable disease in school and child care settings

CDC’s Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools & Early Care & Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning

  • Mitigation strategies to safely maintain in-person learning

CDPHE Infectious Disease in Childcare & School Settings Manual

  • For child care providers, health consultants, and school nurses to refer to when a child/staff member is diagnosed with one of the listed infectious diseases

How Sick is too Sick

  • A quick guide to reference when a child/staff member has symptoms or has been diagnosed with a specific illness

CDPHE Welcome to Summer Camp Toolkit

  • Provides practical guidance, resources, and tools for residential and overnight camp directors and staff to implement specific recommendations in a summer camp setting

CDC’s Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

  • Guide on how to clean and disinfect your facility after a child/staff member is suspected to have COVID

CDC’s Ventilation in Schools & Child Care

  • Tool to improve ventilation in your facility

CDC’s Interactive School Ventilation Tool

  • Measure particle levels in your facility

American Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 Vaccines FAQ’s

  • Answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccines

Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Care and Education Programs to Support Safe In-Person Learning

  • This guidance can help K-12 schools and ECE programs remain open and help their administrators support safe, in-person learning while reducing the spread of COVID-19.

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