Detailed guidance for child care programs is forthcoming and the most up to date information for child care programs continues to be found on the Centers for Disease Control website at http://www.CDC.gov and specifically for child care, the CDC has guidance at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools-faq.html.
All child care programs should use universal precautions, sanitize as recommended by the CDC (and is already an established requirement per regulation) and make sure disaster plans are current, are being reviewed, directors/owners are making alternate plans for their program and parents and staff are kept informed about them. Child care programs should also be planning next steps for potential staffing issues. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers a 1-hour prerecorded webinar Managing Infectious Diseases in Early Education and Child Care Settings.
It is at the discretion of the child care program at this time, based upon their plan of action, to either follow the scheduled closing of the school system or not. Child care programs are not being mandated or told to close by the WV DHHR BCF. The Early Care and Education continues to review Any health concerns are best addressed by that program’s local Health Department and protocols established for reporting illnesses. It is up to the owner/director of the program to determine what is best for the families and children enrolled. The situation is fluid and can change at any time.
The following links will assist you in finding contact information for your child care regulatory or licensing specialist and your local child care resource and referral agency:
WV DHHR Child Care Center Licensing Map
WV DHHR Child Care Center Family Child Care Map
Child Care Resource and Referral Maps
In addition the West Virginia Statewide Child Care Disaster Plan is attached. Within that document is information for requesting a waiver to increase enrollment at currently licensed or registered providers to provide additional care for a limited time during the Coronavirus-19
Finally, West Virginia continues to share up to date statewide information at www.coronavirus.wv.gov and citizens can call Hotline: 1-800-887-4304 with questions related to the coronavirus-19 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Lisa M. Ertl, M.Ed.
WVDHHR BCF Division of Early Care and Education
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301