Due to surges in Covid-19 cases both in and out of LCLA, we have decided to temporarily amend our Ill Child Policy/Procedure. We ask that you keep your child home if they are experiencing any symptoms including, but not limited too:
• Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
• New loss of taste or smell
• Fever or chills
• Nausea or vomiting
• Muscles or body aches
• Sore throat
• Congestion or runny nose
If your child is at school, our teachers will use this same criteria when doing health checks throughout the day. If our teachers are concerned about a child a child’s symptoms, they will discuss it with the Director and/or the Assistant Director to determine if the child will need to be sent home. If your child is sent home with any symptoms of illness, they will need a negative PCR Covid-19 test to return to school. Once we receive the negative result they may continue to attend with that same symptom as long symptoms do not multiply or worsen.
We understand how difficult it is as working parents to keep your children home. This is a frustrating situation for everyone. However, we are responsible for the health and safety of many children and adults. We are doing what we can to provide safe quality care for your children. We appreciate your support and understanding while we ride this wave.
We will continue to monitor Covid-19 activity. When we feel it is safe for LCLA, we will return to our standard sick child policy found in the Family Handbook.
If your child becomes a close contact while at LCLA, you will receive a letter via email similar to this:
If your child becomes a close contact we will inform your family as soon as possible. You will need to pick up your child at your earliest convenience. Please call the center at 608-233-9970 (Traditional) or 608-233-1610 (Non-Traditional) to let the staff members know when you will be picking up your child. Your child will need to be PCR tested five days after the date of exposure, we will inform you what that day is. Your child may return with a negative PCR test IF–
1.Your child can wear a tight fitting mask all day except for at meals and while sleeping. If your child cannot wear a mask your child will need to be out for the full 10 days.
2. Your child has been positive in the last 90 days you may return to school.
I will need to a copy both positive and negative results.
A. If your child has not completed a primary COVID-19 vaccine series and has not had COVID-19 in the last 90 days OR are fully vaccinated and eligible for a booster but haven’t received one OR cannot wear a mask
• Quarantine at home for 5 days. Wear a well-fitting mask when around others at home, if possible. The first day you should return to in-person activities is day 6 after exposure. After that, continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days through day 10 after exposure. Get tested at least 5 days after exposure if possible (not required). If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations.
• If you cannot wear a mask around others, you must quarantine for 10 days. The first day you can return to in person activities is day 11 after exposure.
• When quarantining, always stay home from work and other activities You should notify your health care provider you were exposed to someone with COVID-19.
• If you develops symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations.
• Some facilities are requiring a longer quarantine period. If your facility is requiring a quarantine period longer than 5 days, you cannot return until you have completed the facility’s quarantine period.
B. If your child is fully vaccinated and received any booster doses you are eligible for
• You do not need to quarantine. Get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19 if possible. If you develop symptoms, get tested immediately and isolate until you receive your test results. If you test positive, follow isolation recommendations.
• You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
C. If you: Tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test (not an at-home test) within the previous 90 days
• You do not need to quarantine or get tested. You should wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you cannot wear a mask during an activity, you should not participate in that activity. If you develop symptoms, consult a doctor about whether you should be tested.
People with COVID-19 may experience a range of symptoms including no or mild symptoms but still be able to spread COVID-19 to others. Symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, loss of sense of taste or smell, or shortness of breath.
If you need medical care, call your health care provider before you go to the clinic or hospital. Tell them about your symptoms and that you were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Take this letter with you when you go. Unless it is an emergency, you must call before going to the clinic or hospital in order to keep other people from getting infected.
COVID-19 is spread from person to person through droplets produced by coughing or sneezing. It causes mild symptoms in most people but in some people it can cause more severe illness, such as pneumonia. The CDC’s website has more information about COVID-19: http://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus
If your family/child has a close contact outside of LCLA, you will need to follow the same guidelines outlined above to return to school.
Thank you for your patience.