UMCH COVID-19 Response Policy
This policy has been established to articulate what happens if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19, arrives with symptoms, or becomes symptomatic during participation. This policy is intended to protect employees, workers, students, families and clients by limiting potential exposures to the virus. UMCH will engage in the following:
- Restrict all persons, except program participants, workers and agency personnel, from entering program spaces, including volunteers and the household members of participants.
- Screen everyone seeking to enter the facility for symptoms and temperature. No one with a temperature of 100.4 plus and/or displaying any symptoms will be permitted in the facility.
- Send anyone home, including employees/workers, clients and students, who becomes symptomatic, while on the job or participating in programs.
- Require all frontline service personnel to engage in routine testing for COVID-19.
- Isolate students who become ill, while in care. Please refer to the Student Illness Isolation Policy for details.
- Close and clean any classroom, for 14 days, should an individual in a classroom receives a positive test for COVID-19; everyone in that classroom should be quarantined for 14 days initially.
- UMCH will lean to the guidance of the local health department for guidance and best practice in determining if the entire facility must close.
- Report exposures:
- If a child, employee or worker becomes ill with COVID-19 symptoms during care.
- require household members of children in care to report to the provider if they become symptomatic or receive a positive COVID-19 test results.
- Notify parents in writing, should COVID-19 become exposed to the facility or specific program space; however, to respect the privacy of individuals in our care, UMCH will not share the health information of a specific person.
- Require families to have back-up child care plans if the child or a family member becomes ill or is required to self-quarantine due to possible COVID-19.
- Shorten hours of operations to ensure adequate staffing and contingency plans, allowing us to maintain proper program ratios and a safe environment.
- Incorporate social distancing measures in program spaces, where developmentally appropriate, and in high traffic areas.
- Increase cleaning and disinfecting tasks throughout the program day, as outlined by the Health Department and State of Michigan LARA.
- Mandated the use of personal protective equipment, as recommended by local, state and national authorities on health and safety.
- Limit the number of in-person transactions performed at the Service Desk; promote remote platforms.
UMCH will monitor symptoms of infectious diseases.
UMCH will monitor the symptoms of staff, workers, students and those picking up and dropping off, before permitting them to enter program areas. When staff, students and parents arrive, they will have their temperature screened and symptoms screened.
Symptoms of COVID-19 in Adults. The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:
- Fever of 100.4F (38C) or higher
- Shortness of breath
- Other respiratory symptoms have been reported
Symptoms of COVID-19 in Children. Children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms. It’s not known yet whether some children may be at higher risk for severe illness, for example, children with underlying medical conditions and special healthcare needs. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as:
- Fever of 100.4F (38C) or higher
- Runny nose
- Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported.
Personal Protective Equipment Policy
To assist in the limitation of the spread of infectious diseases, UMCH employees are obligated to comply with the following personal protective equipment uses:
- All UMCH employees who engage in direct contact roles will keep additional clothes on hand for routine exchange, should they be exposed to bodily fluids.
- All UMCH employees, at minimum, will wear a mask in program areas.
- All front-line employees and Infant teachers will in addition to a mask, wear a face shield.
- UMCH will provide the following:
- Temperature “no touch” gun readers
- A roster of children, to record temperatures. Parent temperatures must be taken to permit them into the lobby, but not recorded. Every student temperature must be recorded.
- Face shields (clear shield that is worn on the head like a visor and covers entire face and neck area)
- Face masks to be worn, under the face shield
- Gloves – just to be sure their hands don’t come in contact with anything
UMCH will maintain required staff to child ratios
UMCH has reduce programming; however, is maintaining the same workforce, to ensure the presence of subs for all occasions.
UMCH has also placed a temporary ban on how many teachers can utilize benefit hours per day. Our current limit is no more than two teachers per day.