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COVID-19 Resources: For Providers

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine FAQs

Q: What are the quarantine and isolation guidelines for child care settings?

Child care providers are required to exclude from the program:

  • Any child or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, for 10 days. The day they started having symptoms, or if asymptomatic, the day the positive test was taken is considered day zero. Day one is the first full day after symptom onset or the positive test was collected.
  • Anyone not up to date with COVID vaccinations and exposed to a positive or presumptive case should quarantine for 10 days. The day of their last exposure is considered day zero. Day one of quarantine is the first full day after the last exposure to a case.
    • Up to date with vaccination is defined as:
      • If an individual is 18 years of age or older and:
        • Has received two (2) doses of a 2-dose primary series (Moderna or Pfizer) of COVID-19 vaccine within the last 5 months; OR
        • Has received one (1) dose of a 1-dose primary series (Johnson & Johnson) of COVID-19 vaccine within the last 2 months; OR
        • Has completed a primary 1-or-2-dose COVID-19 vaccine series and received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. OR
      • If an individual is 5 to 17 years of age and:
        • Has received 2 doses of a 2-dose primary series of COVID-19 vaccine
      • If the positive case is a household member, the exposed person’s quarantine would begin after the positive person’s infectious period is over (five days after the positive case became symptomatic, or if asymptomatic, after the positive test was taken).
  • Anyone who has COVID-like symptoms, but no known exposure, it is recommended they be excluded for 10 days.

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 or quarantine to maintain operations and staffing ratios.

Q: What are child care providers required to communicate to families if there is a positive COVID-19 case?

According to the Early Learning Division’s “Child Care Provider COVID-19 Requirements and Recommendations,” providers must inform all families, staff, and individuals who enter the child care program that they should not enter if they are not up to date with vaccinations and have been exposed to a COVID-19 case.

Providers must also communicate about a confirmed COVID-19 case, in coordination with Local Public Health Authority, to all individuals who have been in the child care facility in the past 14 days.

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?

Yes, adults and children kindergarten age and older are required to wear face coverings indoors.

Following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Early Learning Division (ELD) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) strongly recommend children ages two and older to wear face coverings. ELD and OHA recommend children ages two and older wear a face covering if it can safely be worn, if the mask fits the child’s face measurements, AND the child is able to remove the mask themselves without assistance.

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: 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

CHILD CARE PROVIDER COVID-19
REQUIREMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
– Updated October 7, 2021 –

As COVID-19 cases increase in Oregon due to the Delta variant, the Early Learning Division and Oregon Health Authority are updating requirements for child care providers. The changes are effective immediately. The update includes statewide protocols such as indoor and outdoor mask requirements, along with the school-based vaccine requirement for all teachers, educators, support staff, and volunteers in K-12 schools to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021. This requirement applies to early learning and child care programs located in K-12 school settings.

PERMANENT RULE CHANGE
– Update November 4, 2021 –

The Early Learning Division (ELD) updated some of the rules for Certified Family, Certified Center, and Registered Family Child Care centers. These rules, which were temporary during the COVID-19 pandemic, are now permanent under Oregon Administrative Rules.

Providers can review the updated rule changes below.

If you have questions, please contact your licensing specialist or email the Office of Child Care at ProviderContact@state.or.us. Providers are also encouraged to subscribe to ELD’s Child Care Update e-newsletter for the latest information.

Permanent Rule Changes
  • Certified Family Child Care Permanent Rule Change (10272021)
  • Certified Child Care Centers Permanent Rule Change (10272021)

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.  

UPCOMING SURVEY FROM THE CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF CHILD CARE EMPLOYMENT (CSCCE) 

Oregon will be participating in a study called the Supportive Environmental Quality Underlying Adult Learning (SEQUAL) conducted by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE) at the University of California, Berkeley. As part of the study, eligible licensed child care providers in Oregon will be asked to complete a SEQUAL survey. Complete the survey and share your thoughts on how your work environment can support your efforts to provide the best early learning experiences for children in your program.  

Watch for an email from CSCCE with a link to the survey in the next few weeks. This research was made possible by the Early Learning Division. 

UPCOMING PROVIDER INFORMATION SESSIONS

Join the Early Learning Division (ELD) in February to learn more:

  • Check in on COVID-19 with Oregon Health Authority
  • Update on Child Care Stabilization Grant Awards
  • Agency and Program Updates

Tuesday, February 1 | 6 to 7 p.m.
All provider types. (Interpretation available)
REGISTER: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_9SH_e2BpTH2AssqYX4Ik0w

Thursday, February 3 | 6 to 7 p.m.
Spanish language. (All types)
REGISTER: https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_z2NUr3gDTpSbLNmAoC2HQA

Recordings of December’s Provider Information Sessions

December 1, 2021  |  English version with ASL interpretation
Slides in English  |  Slides in Russian  |  Slides in Chinese  |  Slides in Vietnamese

December 2, 2021  |  Spanish version will be posted December 3
Slides in Spanish

PREVIOUS INFORMATION SESSIONS

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS ALL OTHER INFORMATION SESSIONS.

October 27, 2021  |  English version with ASL interpretation
Slides in English  |  Slides in Russian 

October 28, 2021  |  Spanish version
Slides in Spanish 

Statewide Indoor Mask Mandate Effective August 13

With a recent increase in COVID-19 cases due the Delta variant and hospitalizations in Oregon, Governor Kate Brown announced on August 11 a statewide indoor mask mandate will be effective Friday, August 13. This mandate requires all Oregonians ages 5 and up to wear face coverings in all indoor public places regardless of vaccination status.

Following this mandate, face coverings are required for all children ages 5 and up, staff members, and other adults (including parents and family members) while indoors at child care facilities starting August 13. The Early Learning Division and Oregon Health Authority will release updated guidance to reflect this new mandate. Together, we can reduce the spread of COVID-19.

*UPDATE* Following the governor’s indoor mask requirement for indoor face coverings, ELD has received additional clarity that child care programs will only need to implement this face covering requirement for school-age care beginning at kindergarten. This means that children in 0 to 5 preschool programs, particularly classrooms with 3- to 5-year-olds, will not have to wear a face covering. If a child is attending kindergarten (or other grade levels), they are required to wear a mask. Note: The federal law requiring face coverings on public transportation, including school buses, applies to children two and up.

If you have questions, please contact your licensing specialist or email us at ProviderContact@state.or.us.

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.