Because the Delta variant is highly transmissible, unvaccinated people are at a much higher risk of getting and spreading COVID-19. This includes children who are under 12 years old since a vaccine is not yet available for them. To help protect those who are unvaccinated, everyone should follow these basic prevention steps:
- Get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible
- Stay home if you feel sick
- Get tested if you have any symptoms, may be a close contact, or have taken part in activities that could put you at risk, such as large gatherings
- Wash your hands regularly
Learn more about how to protect yourself and others.
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).
Read the advisory memo for contact tracing in the fall (Agency of Education)
What to do when COVID-19 is in PreK-12 School, Child Care, Camps and Out of School Programs
A general list of what to expect and actions to take if there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19. From the Health Department.
Checklist for Handling COVID-19 in School, Child Care, Camps and Out of School Programs
A checklist of actions to take if someone who tested positive was at your facility. From the Health Department.
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.
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See the pediatric flow chart referenced in the document above.
- Testing Decision Guide for understanding next steps based on initial PCR or antigen test results (including at-home tests or self-tests)
- COVID Support VT: a team of professionals with expertise in mental health, public education and awareness and knowledge of COVID-related issues and resources.
- To find more information please refer to the Caring for our Children standards from the National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education
- COVID-19 Advisory Memorandum (Department for Children and Families)
- Children's Development Division COVID-19 Regulations
- Vermont Afterschool COVID-19 Resource Library
- Read more about the COVID-19 vaccine in Vermont
- COVID-19 Testing in Vermont
- Protect Yourself and Others
- Keep Germs from Spreading
- Proper Handwashing
- COVID-19 "Stop the Spread of Germs" Poster (CDC)