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COVID-19 Resources: For Providers

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID-19 FAQs

Q: What are the quarantine and isolation guidelines for child care settings? – Updated March 2, 2022

Due to declining COVID-19 case rates and high levels of immunity, beginning March 12, 2022, Oregon Health Authority has paused the quarantine requirement for individuals exposed to COVID-19 in child care and K-12 settings. Individuals who test positive must be excluded from child care and isolate at home for 5 days. They may then return when symptoms are resolving and fever-free for 24 hours. When returning to care, that individual should wear a well-fitting mask in child care and public settings for 5 days after their isolation started. Early education and child care programs must notify families of an exposure so they can watch for symptoms, but children/staff exposed do not need to be excluded unless they have two or more COVID symptoms or test positive. Early education and child care programs may choose to impose stricter isolation, quarantine or masking requirements.

Q: Does a child care program need to close if there’s a positive COVID-19 case? If so, for how long?

ELD does not require closure of programs. However, a program may need to close if there are too many staff excluded for isolation maintain operations and staffing ratios.

Q: What are child care providers required to communicate to families if there is a positive COVID-19 case? – Updated March 2, 2022

Early education and child care programs must notify families of an exposure so they can watch for symptoms, but children/staff exposed do not need to be excluded unless they are symptomatic or positive. Providers must also communicate about a confirmed COVID-19 case to Local Public Health Authority.

Q: Can a parent ask if a child care staff member is vaccinated?

The Early Learning Division does not have authority to determine if parents are allowed to ask vaccination status. A provider or staff member may choose to answer or not.

Q: Are masks still required indoors?

The statewide indoor mask requirement ended on March 11, 2022. A child care program can choose whether to require masks. Head Start federal mask requirements are still currently in place.

The Early Learning Division and the Oregon Health Authority in alignment with the Center for Disease Control, strongly recommend that masks be worn by all individuals age 2 and older indoors when:

  • There are high  levels of COVID-19 transmission in communities
  • There are medium  levels of COVID-19 transmission and individuals are:
    • Unvaccinated
    • Immunocompromised
    • At high risk of COVID-19 hospitalization
    • 65 and older or with underlying health conditions
    • Living with people who have underlying health conditions.

Some programs may choose to continue universal masking at lower COVID-19 community levels because it promotes an inclusive and supportive environment for those children and staff who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19.

Q: Can a parent ask their child care program to support distance learning?

This is a business decision that should be made by individual programs.

Q: Are testing kits available to child care programs?

The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has a limited supply of testing kits to distribute across the state. For the first time, there are tests available for a limited number of early learning programs. These kits are being allocated to support Head Start, Preschool Promise and Relief Nurseries across the state. Unfortunately, that means a number of child care programs still do not have access to free tests. We are working with OHA to identify additional resources to serve more early learning and child care programs throughout Oregon.

Free at home COVID-19 tests are available through the federal government’s website with a limit of four at-home tests per residential address.

While there are testing shortages, OHA is prioritizing testing for the following:

  • Individuals with moderate to severe illness who require medical care
  • Individuals with symptoms or exposure at high risk for complications who meet eligibility criteria for COVID-19 therapeutics

Symptomatic individuals with mild symptoms who do not require medical care may be advised to isolate while recovering and not be recommended for testing during supply constraints.

Q: Can a provider accept an at home COVID-19 test?

Yes

Q: Can you explain what is a “well-fitting mask” for children?

It’s any mask that fits snuggly and the child will wear reliably.

Q: Where can I find additional resources?

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Resources (general): https://govstatus.egov.com/or-oha-covid-resources

Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 Resources: Supporting Families Prenatally to Age 5:
https://www.oregon.gov/oha/PH/HEALTHYPEOPLEFAMILIES/DATAREPORTS/Pages/COVID-19-Resources.aspx

Q: Is daily symptom screening still recommended?

Daily screening is no longer required. However, staff and family should be aware of COVID-19 symptoms, and individuals should be excluded if symptoms develop. If symptomatic, it is recommended they get tested for COVID-19.

Q: Are child care providers still required to notify Local Public Health if there is a positive COVID-19 case in their facility?

Yes, per ORS 333-019-0010, programs are required to report COVID-19 cases to the Local Public Health Authority.

DEADLINE EXTENDED to MAY 31

Oregon early childhood education and care providers, How can we support you?

The Oregon Early Learning Division (ELD) would like to hear from early childhood education and care providers and learn about their experiences during the last year (since March 2021).

The ELD is asking for your feedback on how to best support providers. Center- and family based owners, directors, teachers, assistants, and aides (whether currently employed or not), please share your experiences.

If you are eligible, you will receive an email with a link to the survey. Look for an email from “The Preschool Development Grant” during the week of April 18. Check your spam folders.

Survey deadline: Monday, May 31, 2022.

Questions? Didn’t get an email and think you should have?
Contact Denise Ford with ODI. Email: denisef@oslc.org Call or text: 916-205-6851

CPR training online will expire on June 30, 2022

What does this mean?

If you took an online-only CPR class between March 24, 2020 and June 30, 2022, it will be accepted for training credit in the Oregon Registry Online (ORO). When it is time for the next renewal of your CPR/First Aid certification, you must complete CPR training with in-person instruction. All CPR classes taken on or after July 1, 2022, must have the in-person training component.

The temporary rule for Registered Family, Certified Family, and Certified Center states: “an online-only CPR certification obtained between March 24, 2020 and June 30, 2022 will be accepted to meet the training requirement until the certification expires.”

On July 1, 2022 the OARs revert back to the regular rule language, which states: “Caregivers must have current certification in first aid and infant and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). CPR training must have practical hands-on instruction. CPR courses that involve an online component with hands-on instruction may be accepted. Strictly online CPR training is not acceptable.”

To find classes, contact the local Child Care Resource & Referral office, or check the Oregon Registry Online Training Calendar at https://calendar.oregonregistryonline.org/.

If you have questions, please contact your licensing specialist or contact occ.customerservice@ode.oregon.gov.

Provider Information Sessions

The Early Learning Division (ELD) May info sessions included:

  • Recap 2022 Legislative Session
  • Learn about the ELD Programs Team and Preschool Promise
  • Check in on COVID-19

Held Tuesday, May 3
All provider types. (Interpretation available in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and ASL)

Held Thursday, May 5
All provider types. (Spanish Language)

This was a virtual event. Registration was required to attend via Zoom. Questions were accepted in advance on the registration forms. The public was also able to participate on ELD’s Facebook page live stream at the same time. ELD staff  monitored the Facebook comment section for questions. Note: Attendees using the interpretation services (Spanish Russian, Vietnamese, Chinese, and ASL) needed to join the session via Zoom.

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Click here to access the Information Session Archive Playlist.

Recordings of May’s Provider Information Sessions


May 3, 2022  English Language Session
Slides in English  |  Slides in Russian Slides in Traditional Chinese  |  Slides in Vietnamese


The May 5, 2022 Spanish Language Session
Slides in Spanish

CHILD CARE PROVIDER COVID-19
REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The Early Learning Division, in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, updated requirements for managing COVID-19 in child care. Please continue to stay connected via the Child Care Updates newsletter.

Note: Staff and volunteers of school-based programs are not required to be boosted with vaccinations as described by being “up to date.” It is required that school-based program staff and volunteers be fully vaccinated. “Fully vaccinated” means having received both doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since the individual’s final dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

Learn the symptoms of COVID-19 on the CDC website.

Schools and School-Based Programs Vaccination Requirement

The “COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements for Teachers and School Staff” rule (OAR) 333-019-1030) applies to early learning and child care programs in school settings. It does not apply to programs that are not located in a school setting.

Child care, preschool and recorded programs operating in schools, meaning public, private, parochial, charter or alternative educational programs offering kindergarten through grade 12 or any part thereof, are covered by the rule.

The Oregon Health Authority has published Frequently Asked Questions about the rule and medical and religious exception forms for OAR 333-019-1030 (these links download Word forms). Questions for “Child Care Settings” are included in this document.

Child Care Providers are Eligible for the Vaccine Booster

All three vaccines are available as a booster dose for early care and education (ECE) employees. If you are an ECE employee and received the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago, you are now eligible for a booster dose. The CDC recommends everyone who received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine get a booster or second dose of J&J at least two months after the first dose. A third dose of Moderna is recommended for immunocompromised people at least 28 days after the second dose. Click here for more eligibility information and resources.  

Emergency Background Checks

In March 2020, under Oregon’s declared COVID-19 state of emergency, the Early Learning Division (ELD) began to provide an expedited Emergency Background Check (EBC) process and an expedited Emergency Child Care (ECC) licensing process. ECC was defined in Executive Order 20-19. As of the first of the year 2022, the EBC has expired. You can read more about background check requirements here: Central Background Registry – Oregon Early Learning Division

Child Care Nurse Hotline

The Early Learning Division is partnering with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to support child care providers in Oregon with a COVID-19 nurse hotline at no cost. The number, 1-833-647-8222, is now available seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Child care providers can access the toll-free hotline for assistance with:

  • Symptoms or health concerns that are concerning to them or staff
  • Questions about excluding children and staff
  • Steps to take if someone is positive for COVID-19

The hotline is a resource reserved for child care providers and staff. It is not intended for families. Language assistance is also available. See the below flyer for details on this service.

Click here to view the news release.

Guidance for License Exempt Providers
ECC Substitute Referral Request

Child Care substitutes are vital to maintaining our early learning workforce and at this time, our substitute referral tool is not active. We look forward to launching a new subsidized substitute system in the near future. The Center on Early Learning and Youth Development (CELYD), in partnership with the Early Learning Division (ELD), is committed to supporting child care programs and early educators throughout Oregon.

Visit https://oregonearlylearning.com/Archive-COVID-19-Resources for an archive of all documents from the emergency COVID response period.