Child Care facilities should:
- Follow procedures daily for self-screening for all staff, residing family members in a FCCH, and children. This should include taking temperatures before arriving to work or beginning care.
- Train staff about the new screening procedures and notify caregivers. Ask caregivers to screen themselves and children daily, prior to coming to your facility. Caregiver must also notify you if children have taken any fever reducing medications in the prior 24 hours.
- If anyone has a temperature of 100.4°F/38°C or higher they must be excluded from the facility.
- It is recommended as a best practice to take children’s temperature each morning only if the facility uses a no-touch thermometer. The no touch thermometer needs to be wiped with an alcohol wipe after each use.
- If the facility uses a thermometer requiring a touch-method (under the tongue or arm, forehead, etc.), it should only be used when a fever is suspected.
- Thermometers must be properly cleaned and disinfected after each use. (Information regarding best practices for thermometers can be found within the CDC document at this link.)
- Monitor staff and children throughout the day for any signs of possible illness.
- If staff or a child exhibit signs of illness, follow the facility procedures for isolation from the general room population and notify the caregiver immediately to pick up the child.
- Implement and enforce strict hand washing guidelines for all staff and children.
- Post signs in restrooms and near sinks that convey proper hand washing techniques.
For further instructions visit the Guidance for Childcare industries at https://www.cdss.ca.gov/Portals/9/CCLD/PINs/2020/CCP/PIN_20-06-CCP.pdf or https://reopenmercedcounty.com/guidelines/