Parent Pandemic Policy 

All UMCH Child Development Center families desire a safe and healthy environment, for their child(ren). Child care providers are a critical part of helping communities limit the spread of the virus. UMCH will engage in the following safety measures: 

  • Require strict adherence to student schedules; UMCH will enforce all early/late alterations and enforce any associated fees.
  • Will ban non agency personnel, workers and program participants from going past the lobby security doors and into program areas.
  • Limit the number of persons that accompany program participants; additionally, require pick up and drop off persons be limited to one person who serves routinely in this roll. 
  • Limit personal belongings brought into the Center. Only daily necessities that can fit into a 1 gallon size zip-lock bag will be permitted. A second bag may be used for families that supply their own food. 
  • Require all accompanying adults to wear a mask or facial covering.
  • Require use of the Procare platform for payment processing, remotely. 
  • Require parents to keep ill and/or symptomatic children at home.
  • Require all students and accompanying adults to participate in health screenings, prior to permitting facility access. Parents should plan to arrive a little early to provide screening time.
  • Send anyone who becomes symptomatic home immediately. If possible, children and staff should leave care right away if they are ill.
  • Allow student car seats to be stored in the lobby for pick up (only if the designee for pick up is different from drop off; this must have advanced approval from the CDC Director).
  • Isolate people who become ill while in care but can’t leave immediately.
    • Parents are obligated to provide a working number themselves and an accessible emergency contact, who is able to pick up the child, should the student become ill/symptomatic. During isolation, staff will not leave children alone.
      • Parents have 30 minutes to retrieve the child, from the time of notification
        • If a child becomes ill/symptomatic and both the parent and the emergency contact is not accessible for a period greater than 1 hour, child may become subject to program suspension or dismissal. General late fees will apply to time past the 30-minute window. 
  • Mandate participation in routine screenings and send ill employees and workers home. Employees and workers who develop any of these symptoms during their shift, will report it to their supervisor. If an individual is the only caregiver, they will limit close interactions with children until they can be relieved by another staff member.
  • Mandate that everyone report exposure. If a child, employee/worker, family member, or visitor to the UMCH Child Development Center becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms, they are obligated to report it to the health department. Employees and household members of children in care are also required to report to the provider if they become symptomatic or receive positive COVID-19 test results. UMCH will notify parents if COVID-19 has been present in the facility. The notification will not include the health information of a specific person, as UMCH is obligated to respect everyone’s confidentiality.
    • If an individual in a classroom is identified with a positive test for COVID-19 the classroom will be closed, cleaned and everyone in that classroom should be quarantined for 14 days.
      • Parents must have a back-up care plan in the event their classroom must quarantine or their child is sent home ill/symptomatic. o If a household member of a student is identified with a positive test for COVID-19 the student will be disqualified from participation for the recommended 14-day quarantine, following the diagnosis.
  • Require social distancing to ensure healthier environments.
  • Require families to send an extra change of clothes in the event contamination happens.