COVID-19 Specific Illness Policy

In addition to our standard illness policy, we are implementing the following procedures/guidelines in response to COVID-19:

  • Children who become sick while onsite will be isolated in a designated area of the classroom until they are picked up by a parent or authorized pickup person.  The child will be asked to wear a mask while isolated.
  • Do not bring your child to childcare if you or anyone in the family is not feeling well.  Know that symptoms of COVID-19 vary from person to person.

Who should stay home?

  • Students who are well but who have a sick family member at home with COVID-19 should stay home for the recommended 14 day-quarantine period.
  • If your child is sick and you answer “yes” to either of the questions listed below.In the two weeks before you felt sick, did you:
    • Have contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
    • Live in or visit a place where COVID-19 is spreading?
  • The most commonly known symptoms associated with COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath/difficulty breathing. The following list includes symptoms that have been noted in previous cases of COVID*:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Tiredness/fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Nasal congestion
    • Runny nose
    • Sore throat
    • Diarrhea
    • Conjunctivitis or pink eye
    • Loss of smell/taste

*Note:  This is not a comprehensive list of all signs and symptoms and according to the CDC some people with COVID are asymptomatic.

  • If your child has a fever: 
    • Students who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to notify their JFK site and stay home until they are free of fever and any other symptoms for at least 72 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).  A fever is considered having a temperature of 99.1° F or greater using an oral or temporal thermometer.
  • Your child can return to JFK prior to the 72-hour stipulation, if: 
    • Your medical provider has determined a different illness than COVID-19 and cleared your student to return, or
    • Your student has two negative test results (at least 24 hours between each test) for COVID-19 and no symptoms, or
    • At least 10 days from first clinical diagnosis symptom and at least 72 hours fever free without fever-reducing medication and when symptoms are improving.