COVID Return to Care and Work Policy
Staff members and children should stay home and self-isolate if they show symptoms of COVID-19. It can be challenging to determine when to isolate young children because they are ill more often than adults, and the cause of a fever is sometimes unknown. If a staff member or child has a fever or COVID19 symptoms, UMCH will strictly enforce all child and staff illness policies. The following policy is an update that applies to the COVID-19 Pandemic duration.
- UMCH requires children to be fever-free for 72 hours before returning to care (even if other symptoms are not present). If a child exhibits multiple symptoms of COVID-19, you suspect possible exposure, or an individual tests positive for COVID-19, the individual must stay home until:
- Has been fever-free for at least 72 hours without the use of medicine that reduces fevers AND
- Other symptoms have improved AND
- At least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared.
- UMCH requires employees and workers to be fever-free for 72 hours and have documentation of a negative COVID-19 screening results, before returning to work.
- Accompanying adults who have had a fever of 100.4 or greater, and/or displaying COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to perform drop off/pick up duties for 72 hours, before they can resume duties.
- Children who have reported a household member has been diagnosed will be disqualified from participation for 14 days; they shall be permitted to return following quarantine.
- UMCH staff will not be permitted to work until after the have tested negative for COVID-19
- Securing testing should take place, three (3) days following their return, to allow time for any exposure to the virus to become detectable.
- Staff are responsible for securing a test; prescheduling may be advantageous, as all hours missed during the restricted/quarantine/testing period are unpaid.