Child Care and Out of School Programs

Child Care and Out of School Programs

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As of June 14, there are no COVID-19 restrictions or requirements for Vermont's child care or out of school programs. 

With Vermont’s high vaccination rates and low number COVID-19 cases, it’s safe for most Vermonters to return to the activities they did before the pandemic. Our high vaccination rates mean the vast majority of Vermonters are protected from the virus, and keep the virus from spreading to others.
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Because a COVID-19 vaccine is not currently available for children under 12 years old, there are a large number of unvaccinated people at schools, child care and summer camps. Masks are recommended for unvaccinated people (2 years and older) when inside, throughout the summer. This is the recommendation of the Vermont Department of Health. There are other ways to protect children and families from COVID-19 infection, such as staying home when you're sick, and frequent hand washing. Learn more about why, how and when to do these things.

If you learn of a positive case at your child care or out-of-school care program, contact the Health Department's Infectious Disease Epidemiology team. Call 802-863-7240 (Mon - Fri 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and follow the prompts).

Surveillance Testing for Summer Camps and Programs

Surveillance Testing for Summer Camps and Programs 
To support the health and safety of Vermont’s children and youth, the State of Vermont is working with CIC Health in Massachusetts to offer regular COVID-19 surveillance testing for unvaccinated children, youth and staff through the Broad Laboratory for summer camps and programs. See the full program description. If you believe that your summer camp program is eligible, please fill out the State of Vermont Youth and Children Testing Self-Attestation Form. Please email with any questions regarding this surveillance testing program.

Return to Child Care or Out of School Programs Following Illness

Information for Families: Return to Child Care or an Out of School Care Program Following Illness
What to know if your child gets sick, and when they can return to child care or an out of school care program. See the pediatric flow chart referenced in this document. 
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