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Our Covid Policies and Guidelines

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                                                                                                           UPDATED 5/1/2022



Risk Mitigation at the Center:


Ventilation- We will have 2 HEPA air filters running and at least 2 windows open at least 2 inches at all times in every classroom.

All Staff will wear masks while indoors.
Children over 2 will mask, higher grade masks are recommended, at all times when inside except for eating and sleeping. Those with a disability who cannot wear a mask or cannot safely wear a mask, due to developmental delays are exempt and will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Children can also wear masks outside at their parents’ request.

Separate cohorts- Children will not combine with another class inside. They will continue to share outdoor play yard spaces with one other group. 

Distancing- While eating children will sit apart from others with a divider between shared tables, While napping children will be 6 ft apart from each other. 

Vaccination- Staff are required to complete all recommended vaccines or test each week.

Testing- Anyone with symptoms will test and remain at home unless they have a negative test result. PCR, Antigen, or Home Antigen for children over 2 are acceptable. If Staff or students over age 2, who have a parental consent on file, become symptomatic while at school they can be tested at school and remain with a negative test, no fever, and mild symptoms. Children under 2 will need a test approved for children under 2 years of age.  
The bolded COVID-19 symptoms below (when they occur alone) should require immediate exclusion from care. The non-bolded symptoms should be managed on a case-by-case basis by Riverside and the family depending upon the severity, combination of symptoms, and child illness policies of the program. 

-Fever (100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or higher,) chills or shaking chills  
-Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 
-New loss of taste or smell  
-Muscle aches or body aches  
-Cough (not due to other known causes, such as a chronic cough) 
-Sore throat, when in combination with other symptoms 
-Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea when in combination with other symptoms  
-Headache when in combination with other symptoms  
-Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms 
-Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms


PCR Testing-

Riverside will offer individual PCR testing to all staff and children once a week. This is a voluntary program that will help us identify positive cases and lower the spread of illness. 

Covid Exposure and Isolation:

The CDC and MDPH have agreed that due to the difficulty in finding tests, a PCR test, Antigen test, or home Antigen test for children over age 2, may be used to diagnose Covid or release individuals from quarantine or isolation. Symptoms should always be used as a guide to when someone should stay at home. 


Please notify the center immediately if your child or someone in the house has tested positive for Covid. 

If your child is a ‘close contact’ with a Positive individual not while at Riverside they must quarantine at home and may return on day 6 (day 0 being the last date of exposure or day that the close contact tests negative if in the same household without isolation) with a negative covid test. (Antigen or PCR, or At-home Antigen for children over age 2)


Testing for Childcare Program:

Close Contacts


Close contact quarantine for children over age 2-  Children who have been exposed to a covid positive individual at Riverside Children’s center will be given up to 5 rapid at-home tests. Parents will administer one test each morning for 5 days before the child comes to school, and will sign the log at drop-off attesting to the negative test result. If the 5 day period goes over the weekend, no test will be done on Saturday or Sunday and a test will be done on Monday morning before the child returns. 

Close contact quarantine for Children under 2- Children will quarantine at home and test on day 5. They can return on day 6 as long as they have a negative test result from their pediatrician, and they are fever-free.




Covid Positive Cases

Isolation for all positive cases - anyone who tests positive for Covid must isolate for 5 days and can test on day 5 or after. Children over 2 can use an Antigen, or At-home Antigen test. Children under 2 will need a test from their pediatrician. 

If the test is negative, they are fever-free, and symptoms are improving they can return on day 6. 

If the test is positive, they will continue to test using the testing methods for their age group and can return once receiving a negative test result or if they reach day 10, they can return on day 11 if fever-free.

If they can not test they will remain in isolation for 10 days with a return on the 11th day if they are fever-free. 

Upon return, they will go back to regular mask usage for their age group.

Use of Antigen Tests:

Riverside Children’s Center will be following the Testing for Childcare Program, through EEC. We have signed up for free home antigen tests through Neighborhood Villages, the non-profit organization that is also running the PCR testing program. These are both federally funded programs. 

At-home antigen tests are only approved for children over 2 years of age. 

Parents, of children over the age of 2, will need to sign the consent form for antigen testing if they want their child to be tested when they exhibit mild symptoms at school. Teachers and Administration will determine if the child is well enough to stay at school. All children with a fever over 100 degrees will need to go home and must be fever-free for 24 hours with no fever-reducing medication and a negative test result, following testing guidelines for their child’s age group, before returning. 

At-home Antigen tests will be provided to parents of children ages 2 and over who were exposed to Covid while at Riverside. They will receive up to 5 tests depending on when the 5 testing days fall in the week. (No tests will be given for Saturday and Sunday) and you will be asked to test on Monday before returning to school.

If Riverside is unable to provide tests for any reason, Children would need to quarantine at home for 5 days, with a return on day 6 after a negative test, or use daily tests that a parent provides. Riverside is unable to reimburse parents for any testing supplies purchased.
Riverside reserves the right to require additional testing if symptoms warrant further test results, and will provide these tests or test the child while at school with a consent form.


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