COVID-19 Operational Updates
COVID-19 Guidelines & Policies
COVID-19 Safety Plan
The health and safety of the CCSC community members is always our utmost priority. Please refer to the guidelines and policies provided in this page, and a more detailed one in our new COVID Safety Plan Guide. We are in the process of updating the COVID Safety Plan Guide to align with our updated guidelines and policies below.
Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines
The health and safety of all CCSC’s community members are of highest priority. CCSC’s COVID-19 guidelines were realigned with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) beginning June 6, 2023. In some areas, CCSC’s guidance is more conservative because of the nature of childcare. Please note that guidance on the CDPH’s web pages change frequently, so it is important to read CCSC’s posted guidance below.
If you or any household member tests positive for COVID-19, or have close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you must follow the guidance below to resume or continue to be on-site:
Isolation is when you are sick or test positive for the virus (even if you don't have symptoms). Children, household members or CCSC staff with COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status or previous infection, should:
Quarantine is when you might have been exposed to the virus and may or may not be infected. Children, household members or CCSC staff who might have been exposed to the virus, and may or may not be infected, should follow the guidelines provided below.
CCSC recommends, but does not require, that international travelers test themselves using a rapid COVID test on Day 0. Travelers who are experiencing symptoms of illness should mask until receiving a negative rapid COVID test on Day 5.
Masking/Face Coverings Policy
Masking indoors is optional. Anyone who chooses to wear masks for personal reasons may do so and will be supported. There are circumstances when masking will be required by the classroom or program. See examples of these below.
Masking outdoors for everyone is optional.
Masking for children 2 years and under is not permitted at child care centers.
Circumstances when masking will be required:
Masks must be worn through day 10 after a person, regardless of vaccination status, tests positive for COVID-19.
Masks must be worn by persons with symptoms even if they test negative, until their symptoms are improving or resolved.
CCSC may require 5-10 days masking center-wide in the event of COVID outbreak, after winter break or in classrooms with a high concentration of symptoms and positive cases.
We ask ALL community members to be mindful of COVID symptoms. Since our children and staff are in close proximity and often have close contact, we are still vulnerable to higher infection rates. While the pandemic emergency has ended, child care centers are still likely to have disruptions in our hours of operations if staff are infected and while the state continues to require 5-day isolation for positive cases. With this in mind, please continue to be in close communication about cold symptoms, especially those of COVID:
Below are other illnesses that may require your child to stay home. If confirmed that symptoms are not COVID-related:
Children and staff may come back to CCSC when:
If your child was exposed to any highly contagious illnesses (such as chicken pox, measles, lice, strep throat, stomach bug, etc.), please inform the classroom teachers immediately.
Updates for Winter Closure 2022
Negative COVID-19 Test
All child care operators will also require a negative COVID-test result in order to return. At CCSC we ask you to upload your negative test result HERE and be prepared to show your negative test results to your teachers. Tests must be taken no more than 24 hours before returning to CCSC, but the morning of is preferred.
News of positive test results in your household or when school resumes, should be sent to this group email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Hope, Ashley, Rachel, Tessa and Susan) and one of us will respond with instructions for quarantine, isolation and/or masking. We will continue to observe CCSC’s Illness Policy for other non-Covid related illnesses.
Another Social Story: A Story About Face Masks and Why We Wear Them
This is a social story that a team of teachers wrote with the inspiration from BKP children through classroom interactions and through Zoom. Wearing a face mask is now required whenever we are around other people. Through the creation of this social story we hope to support children as they experience this new reality. The children's thoughts, ideas, words, and drawings in our story illustrate their understanding of this important topic.