Outbreak Response Protocols: Child Care Guidance for COVID-19 Outbreak Response in Child Care Settings. Version 2.1: November 8, 2021 [Rhode Island].
Rhode Island Department of Health.
State Resource Public Policy Report
Published: November 8, 2021
Intended for child care professionals in Rhode Island, this playbook provides guidance about how to respond if a child or staff member is exhibiting a symptom of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19. It begins with a letter to child care providers that explains the playbook will help them navigate the new normal when a child or staff member gets sick. The purpose and the use of playbook are explained, as well as the expectation of the playbook to serve as a resource of child care providers, nurses, and families to outline the current State requirements and best practice recommendations to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 are then reviewed, and information is provided on: COVID-19 symptom management and existing illness policies; steps to take if a staff/child becomes symptomatic; mitigation strategies in child care settings; authorized COVID-19 vaccine boosters, and vaccination opportunities for children age 5 to 11; quarantine exemption after vaccination for COVID-19; determining whether symptoms are COVID-19 or allergies; testing for COVID-19 and K-12 and child care test scheduling service; confirming a positive asymptomatic antigen test; infectious and isolation periods; quarantine; travel and quarantine; quarantine and isolation within the household; guidance for individuals positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days; and child care response protocols. The playbook closes with additional resources for administrators, teachers, parents/guardians, and children.
Rhode Island; COVID-19; Child care; Early childhood education; State disaster response; Worker safety; Child safety