Child Care and Out of School Programs

Child Care and Out of School Programs

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To help protect our community, 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 COVID-19 symptoms or if you are a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and you are not vaccinated or not up to date on your vaccines.
  • 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 and need assistance, contact the Health Department's Infectious Disease Epidemiology team. Call 802-863-7240 (Mon - Fri 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). You can contact your Local Health Office (preferred) with your contact information, or [email protected]. Please do not include any names, dates of birth or identifying information in your email.

Summer programs

Tests are not available for summer programs, but they are widely available to the public. Learn more about where to find tests. Summer programs should follow routine procedures for children who develop symptoms, including sending them home when feasible. Summer programs should encourage participants and staff to be up to date on COVID-19 vaccines.

COVID-19 Antigen Tests For Child Care Programs

Handling a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19

Template letter for potential close contacts of COVID-19 - this letter is for child care centers to share with parents and caregivers to let them know if their child has been in contact with someone with COVID-19. This template letter offers links to guidance and more information.

If there is a positive case in your child care facility, notify members of your community and direct them to follow Health Department guidance.


What to do if you test positive for COVID-19
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What to do if you are a close contact of someone with COVID-19
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