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Child Care Provider COVID-19 Information
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Child Care Provider COVID-19 Information

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Masking Recommendations for Child Care Providers

COVID-19 prevention strategies remain critical to protect people, including children and staff, who are not fully vaccinated.

  • Unvaccinated individuals ages 2+ should wear a mask when indoors. In general, people do not need to wear masks outdoors unless physical distancing between persons of different households cannot be maintained.
  • Allow individuals to remove their masks only with proof of full vaccination
  • When one or more children are unvaccinated, adults in the room should wear a mask as modeling behavior.

Other Prevention & Mitigation Strategies

Child Care Provider Case Reporting

Please contact when you have multiple individuals testing positive for COVID-19. You do not need to contact this email when you have isolated cases or have close contacts that attend or work in your facility. Please read the following instructions carefully to respond to positive cases in your facility and to determine when contacts may return to work or care following a household or high risk exposure.

Guidance For When A Child/Staff Member Tests Positive At Your Facility

Step 1 – Document the individual who tested positive using the ECE Case Tracking Spreadsheet.

  • Note: The Case Tracking Spreadsheet does NOT replace the requirement to maintain a complete and legible Illness Log.

Step 2 – Determine if the individual was at your program while contagious.

An individual with COVID-19 may be contagious to others starting up to two days before symptoms start and may remain contagious for up to 10 days after symptoms first appeared. COVID-positive staff and children may have been at your program while contagious if they attended:

  • Within 48 hours or less before their symptoms began through the first ten days since their symptoms first appeared
  • Within 48 hours or less of a positive test, if no symptoms occurred through the first ten days since their positive test was collected

If the individual was not present while contagious, you do not need to notify close contacts but you must record the case in the ECE Case Tracking Spreadsheet.

Step 3 – Determine if other staff and/or children were exposed.

If the individual with COVID-19 was in attendance while contagious (see Step 2), individuals who had the following interactions with them may have been exposed and should be notified of their potential exposure:

  • Any direct physical contact or contact with their respiratory droplets (e.g., hugging, feeding, or being coughed on).
  • Within six feet for more than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period. That doesn’t have to be 15 minutes in a row. If you were close to an infected person for five minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon on the same day, you’ve had close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Step 4 – Notify Close Contacts

If either of the above situations apply, then an exposure has occurred and letters should be sent the exposed person(s). This could be specific individuals, an entire classroom or cohort or an entire program, depending on the circumstances of the exposure.

If there has only been one case in the facility so far, then use the single case letter:

If there has been more than one case in your facility within 14 days, then use the “update” letter that contains language to let parents and staff know that there has been more than one case reported within one incubation period:

Guidance for Staff and/or Children Who Are Close Contacts with COVID Positive Individual

Individuals who share a household with a person with COVID-19 should be excluded from care until they complete a quarantine period.

Before proceeding: If either of the following conditions apply to the child or staff member, you do not need to exclude them for quarantine:

  1. Have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days OR
  2. Are up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations

If either applies, they may continue to attend care/work if they remain symptom free and have not tested positive.

For individuals that need to be excluded, use the ECE QT Calculator to determine the earliest date they may return to care.

BCPH COVID-19 Information

  • General COVID related information and resources, including testing site locations, data on vaccines, and provider information

BCPH General School & Child Care Recommendations

  • Recommendations for layered mitigation strategies to reduce transmission

Recommendations for Schools & Child Care Settings

  • Full document of BCPH recommendations

CDPHE Practical Guide for Operationalizing CDC’s School Guidance

  • CDPHE’s guide on how to implement CDC guidance for COVID-19 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

CDC’s Quarantine & Isolation Calculator

  • Tool to calculate length of isolation or quarantine

CDC’s Isolation & Quarantine Flow Chart

  • How to determine length of isolation and quarantine, with an accessible infographic

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

BCPH Case Data

  • Case data summary for Boulder County

BCPH Hospital Data Dashboard

  • Current hospital resource information for Boulder County


  • State level data, including case rates, outbreak maps, and variant information

CDPHE Wastewater Surveillance

  • Trend information for COVID-19 surveillance in wastewater

CDC’s Community Levels

  • Understand how community levels are measured and to determine specific county community levels

BCPH Video Tutorial Understanding Community Levels

  • Explanation of how community levels are measured and applied to inform mitigation measures

BCPH Recommended Precautions Based on Community Levels

  • Understand community level in Boulder County and follow relevant precautions

CDPHE Residential Camp Guidance

  • A tool to prepare and know how to respond to cases of COVID in residential settings

CDPHE Summer School & Summer Camp Testing

  • Learn how to become eligible to enroll and order free state testing resources for your camp

CDC’s FAQs for Directors of Residential Camps

  • A resource for common questions about what to do with COVID concerns in overnight camp settings

CDC’s Cleaning & 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

BCPH General Vaccine Information

  • Locate a vaccine provider and review data on vaccinations

CDC’s Up to Date with Vaccines

  • Understand if a child/staff member is up to date with their vaccines

CDPHE Follow Up Dose Calculator

  • Calculate when a child/staff member is eligible to receive their next dose

BCPH Vaccine Dashboard

  • Information on vaccine rates in Boulder County

BCPH Children & Youth Vaccine Information

  • Information on vaccines for pediatric children, including guidance for parents, and how to prepare for your vaccination visit

COVID Vaccine Talking Points

American Academy of Pediatrics COVID-19 Vaccines FAQ’s

  • Answers to questions about COVID-19 vaccines

CDC Resources to Promote COVID-19 Vaccines for Children & Teens

  • Content including infographics and flyers to promote the COVID-19 pediatric vaccine

Vaccine Appointment Guide

  • Information on the COVID-19 vaccine for children and what to expect at your child’s appointment

At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests

  • Get information about over the counter at-home COVID tests

BCPH Testing Site Locations

  • Find a testing site in Boulder County

Free At-Home COVID Tests

  • Order free at-home tests

Contact CDPHE Regarding COVID Testing

  • Contact if interested in obtaining a CLIA waiver and receiving bulk testing support from CDPHE

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