Health and Safety for Your Child During the Pandemic
As parents, you can help by keeping children home from child care if they are sick, or if anyone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.
You can also encourage practices like social distancing (keeping six feet apart from other people), careful handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and covering coughs and sneezes.
Child care providers are required to report cases of COVID-19 to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). If a child in your provider’s care has COVID-19, they should notify you. They also should be isolating children and staff who test positive for COVID-19 based on MDH guidance.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published guidance for child care programs that remain open on its website. These guidelines can help parents assess what child care programs are doing to reduce the risk of transmitting the coronavirus.
The CDC has additional guidance available on its website on how to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in young children and tips for talking with children to help them feel safe.