Schools and child care
Teachers, parents and caregivers have been resourceful, creative, and patient in supporting at-home learning. Child care and early learning centers have been critical in supporting workers on the front line of our COVID-19 response. We commend all their efforts! Please check this site for frequently updated guidance to keep children and young people safe in Child care settings and campus housing.
Currently all schools and higher education institutions in Washington State will be closed for in-person instruction through the end of this school year. Some school sites are operating "Grab and Go" student meal sites in King County.
Child care and early learning programs are open. They play a critical role in keeping emergency rooms operating, essential businesses functioning, and our children safe as some parents continue working. Our Child care providers are superheroes: From a parent in Public Health.
- Expanded list of COVID-19 symptoms
- Symptom screening upon arrival for children and staff
- Recommendation for children over 2 years of age and staff to wear non-medical face coverings, if feasible
- Guidance for temporarily isolating individuals who become symptomatic while in care
- Change from 7 to 10 days of isolation for individuals who are showing COVID-19 symptoms or are a confirmed case
- Updated notification/reporting guidelines to PHSKC of suspected or confirmed cases (children and staff)
- Guidance on option for child cares serving families in essential services to remain open during 14-day symptom watch
Prevent and prepare for COVID-19 in child care
- Changes to Cleaning and Disinfecting During COVID-19
- Bleach Labels for Spray Bottles (5.25-6.25% or 8.25-8.3%)
- More resources on cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting
- Child Care Food Handling Procedures During COVID-19
Respond to suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in child care
- Please report to King County Coronavirus Call Center: 206-477-3977, identifying yourself as a child care program, if:
- You have a single, mild case
- You are considering a brief 2-5 day closure or a longer 14-day closure
- You see a group of children or staff (i.e. a cluster) with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infections in your childcare; OR
- Staff, children, or volunteers become severely sick with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infections or undiagnosed respiratory illness (requiring hospitalization or causing death).
- Guidance for Child Care Administrators: What to do when you have a suspected/confirmed case of COVID-19 in your facility
- Checklist for child care administrators: Steps to take when you have a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case in your facility
- COVID-19 fact sheet for families
- Keep me home if...
Infographic displaying illness symptoms to determine if children should stay home.
- Cloth face covering information
- Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open (CDC)
- Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs (CDC)
- Child Care Resources & Recommendations (Washington State DOH)
- Child Care Resources
- Child Care Aware
- If you have questions about COVID-19, please call the King County Coronavirus Call Center: 206-477-3977. Identify yourself as a child care provider and you will be connected to a nurse consultant from the Child Care Health Program.
- Seattle & King County Child Care Health Program
Signs to print and post to help establishments communicate with their customers and staff the steps they are taking to minimize the risk of COVID-19.
Posters for families and staff at childcare centers
- Guidance for Administrators of US Childcare Program and K-12 Schools to Plan, Prepare, and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019, CDC
- Resources for K-12 Schools and Childcare Programs, CDC
- Child Care Resources & Recommendations, WA State Dept. of Health
- Child Care Resources, Childcare.org
- Child Care Aware of Washington, Childcare.org