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The Hiersteiner Child Development Center observes the following COVID pocedures.

Positive Case:

  • Child: If a child tests positive for covid, they will be out the full 10-day quarantine period as they cannot mask during rest time and have meals while in attendance requiring them to take off the mask.
    • Parents would be responsible for tuition incurred while the child is absent as the classroom is still open and operating.
  • Staff: If a staff member tests positive, they will be out for a 5-day quarantine period and then able to return on day 6 as long as symptoms are improving or they are asymptomatic, provided they can commit to wearing a KN95 mask the ENTIRE time they are in the classroom and leaving the center or going outside for breaks. They CANNOT unmask in the classroom for any reason during their final 5 days of quarantine window. If they cannot commit to wearing a KN95 mask as described, they would then be out the full 10-day quarantine.

Exposure:

Child Exposure at HCDC: If a child is exposed due to another case in the classroom (i.e., another child or staff member) the classroom will go on a modified classroom quarantine. The classroom will then mask for the remaining 10 days since exposure. If any children experience symptoms such as cough, low fever, fatigue, etc. they would then be sent home and require a negative test to return.

Child Exposure outside of HCDC: If a child is exposed due to a positive parent case or weekend event, etc. the child who was exposed would then be required to quarantine at home for 5 days from last exposure and require a negative test to return before the full 10 days. If the child cannot be tested, they would be out the full 10 days from last exposure.

For example: if a child’s parent tests positive, if possible, they would then need to isolate and quarantine separately as the child’s quarantine window does NOT start until the parent’s 10 days of positivity ends. So, if the parent tests positive on July 1, the parent is considered contagious until July 11 (July 1 is considered day 0), and the child’s quarantine is considered to be July 12-21 if they did not test on July 16 to return early; effectively having the child absent from July 1 through 22.

Parents would be responsible for tuition incurred while the child is absent as the classroom is still open and operating

If a child is vaccinated, they will need to mask for the 10-day exposure window but may continue to come to school as long as they do not develop symptoms. If they develop any symptom they would then need to quarantine at home and have a negative test to return.

Staff: If a staff member is exposed, either at HCDC or elsewhere, it will be determined by vaccine status per CDC:

If a staff member is vaccinated, they will need to mask for the 10-day exposure window but may continue to work as long as they do not develop symptoms. If they develop any symptom they would then need to quarantine at home and have a negative test to return

If a staff member is NOT vaccinated, they would need to quarantine for 5 days, testing on day 5 to return before the 10-day window. They must have negative test results to return and mask the remaining 5 days at work.

Classroom Closures:

HCDC will close the classroom if there are 3 or more positive covid cases (either child and/or staff) in a classroom during an exposure window. Families will be notified of each exposure and if the classroom closes. The classroom will close for 5 days and then mask the remaining 5 days. HCDC does reserve the right to close if 2 of the staff test positive if it results in a major staffing shortage or classroom coverage issue.

Families will not be charged if their child’s particular classroom is closed.

Definitions:

Quarantine: Keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. Individuals in quarantine should stay home. If an individual must be in public to seek medical assistance, they should practice masking and physical distancing as much as possible. Quarantine/exclusion timelines always begin with the last exposure to a person with confirmed or presumed COVID-19. Guidance from CDC and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, updated in August 2021 and December 2022, offers the following shortened quarantine protocols.

Isolation: Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus away from people who are not infected. Individuals with confirmed or presumed COVID-19 should isolate within their household and use a separate bedroom/bathroom, if possible. Sleeping areas should not be shared. Individuals should not spend time in common household areas (living room, kitchen); if face-to-face interactions must take place, all household members should mask. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces in the household often.

Close Contact/Exposure: A close contact is defined as:

  1. Being directly exposed to infectious secretions (e.g., being coughed on); or
  2. Being within 6 feet for 15 cumulative minutes or more over a 24-hour period.

Additional factors like infected person/contact masking (i.e., both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been consistently and properly masked), classroom-level mitigation measures, individual risk profiles, and case symptomology may affect this determination. Either (a) or (b) is defined as close contact if it occurred during the case’s infectious period.

Infectious Period: An individual is considered infectious (capable of spreading the virus) for two days before their symptoms began until ten days after symptom onset and 24 hours after their fever (if present) has resolved without the aid of medication and initial symptoms have improved. For an asymptomatic individual who tests positive for COVID-19, their infectious period is two days before through 10 days after their specimen was collected.

Johnson County Health Department Child Care Licensing Covid Info

All COVID protocols are subject to current health regulations per Johnson County KDHE requirements.

Updated 07/13/2022