Families with Children

Families with Children

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Prevention

Families can teach their children to do the same things everyone can do to keep from getting or spreading COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Keep your social circle small. At this time, your social circle should only include the people you live with.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from people you don't live with.
  • Wear a mask (children over 2 who are able) when you’re with people you don’t live with.

Learn more about why, how and when to do these things.

Gathering in groups or "pods" related to social activity, informal play groups, play dates, or sleepovers are not allowed at this time. Gathering in pods related to education or child care that are already formed can continue. New pods of any kind are discouraged.

NEW: As of November 14, 2020, youth and adult recreational sports activities, not related to Vermont Principals Association sanctioned school sports, are suspended until further notice.

Information on school and child care for parents and caregivers

Information for Families: Return to School Following Illness
What to know if your child gets sick, and when they can return to school. See the pediatric flow chart referenced in this document. 
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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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What Parents Can Expect Fall 2020 Pre-K to 12th Grade School
Information to help prepare families for changes that will allow schools to open safely for in-person learning. From the Health Department.
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What Parents Can Expect from Child Care and School Age Camps and Care
Information to help prepare families for changes that will allow child care programs to be open.
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Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Learn more from CDC about COVID-19 and pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Resources for your family

For help with formula, diapers or other baby necessities, call 2-1-1 to connect with Help Me Grow-VT.

For help with food and breastfeeding support for income-eligible pregnant and postpartum individuals and infants and children up to 5 years, contact WIC.

Face Coverings for Children also in: Arabic | Burmese | Chinese | French | Karen | Kirundi | Lingala | Nepali | Somali | Spanish | Swahili | Vietnamese

Mask Up! Tips to Make Kids More Comfortable With Masks, Broken Down by Age (Connecticut Children's Medical Center)

How to select, wear, and clean your masks. (available in a few languages from the CDC)

Masks and Kids: What You Need to Know (Videos from the University of Vermont Children's Hospital)

Coronavirus Resources (Let's Grow Kids)

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children and COVID-19

Child Safety Fact Sheet

Children and COVID-19 (CDC)

Children, Teens and COVID-19 (CDC)

Helping your child or teen cope with stress

Tips and tools for you and your child to use when worry is feeling big (Puppets in Education and Vermont Family Network)
Helping your Teenager Cope with the Quarantine (University of Vermont Medical Center)
Coping with Stress (Vermont Health Department)