During this uncertain time and the spread of COVID-19 the safety of children and staff members is at the top of every administrator's mind. Parent is here to help in any way we can as we all go through this time together. We have gathered some resources to help prepare child care centers as well as educators through this time.
Table of Contents
- What is COVID-19?
- Know How it Spreads
- Health Information Resources
- Using Parent for E-Communication
- How to Protect Yourself
What is COVID-19?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness the can spread from person to person via respiratory droplets produced during coughing and sneezing. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in China.
Know How it Spreads
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease in 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.
- The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Health Information Resources
Stay up to date as information about COVID-19 is rapidly changing. The World Health Organization and the CDC are constantly updating the information regarding the virus and the precautions that need to be followed. Please check the links below for the latest information.
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- United Nations International Children's Emergency (UNICEF)
Please follow the steps provided by the CDC for schools and child care centers found here.
Using Parent for E-communication
You can use Parent to keep your communication open with parents and be part of advancing the child's development while they are at home.
Here are just a few of the features you can use:
- Newsfeed: Use the newsfeed to share videos of activities that can be done at home. You can also share safety tips and updates as about COVID-19 as you learn about updates.
- Documents: Share documents with your staff members through the newsfeed or the document center about safety tips and health information so they can share them with parents.
- Messaging: Use the internal messaging feature to send alerts and updates to staff members and parents.
- Check-in: Remove the location check and allow your staff members to check-in from home if they will be working remotely so you can monitor their working hours.
How to Protect Yourself
Clean your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid close contact
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community.
Cover coughs and sneezes
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Throw used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Wear a face mask if you are sick
- If you are sick: You should wear a face mask when you are around other people . If you are not able to wear a face mask, then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes. People who are caring for you should wear a face mask if they enter your room.
- If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a face mask unless you are caring for someone who is sick and they are not able to wear a face mask. Face masks may be in short supply, so please use them wisely.
Clean and disinfect
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.