Schools, Colleges and Child Care Programs

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Vermont schools have reopened. Child care programs are open, following health guidelines. Vermont colleges and universities are working with state and community partners to ensure a safe environment.

The Health Department continues to work with the Agency of Education and other partners to support the health and wellness of children and their families during this time.

Below are resources to help you understand what is happening and guide you in responding to COVID-19.

Information for:

Administrators, Teachers and School Nurses

If you learn of a positive case at your school, contact the Health Department's Infectious Disease Epidemiology team. Call 802-863-7240 (Mon - Fri 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, choose Option 3, outside those hours, choose Option 7).

Find a quick guide and checklist with next steps to take when you learn of a positive case in your PreK-12 school. 

Guidance and Resources

NEW COVID-19 Desktop Scenario – School Outbreak
Health Department training video that simulates an outbreak of COVID-19 at a fictional school. School administrators, teachers and nurses are encouraged to complete the training, which may take up to 1.5 hours (45 minutes to view the recording, plus time to consider questions and complete an exercise). To participate in the training:

  1. Watch the desktop scenario video 
  2. Make sure you have the line list for schools available for the exercise
  3. After watching the video, download the slides for links to key resources and to access the presenter's notes (top left corner of the slide)

NEW School Based COVID-19 Transmission
Data on laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases present and transmitted in Vermont K-12 schools.

NEW Guidance on Mask Exemptions in Children and Adolescents
Provides guidance for the rare conditions that allow children or adolescents to qualify for a mask exemption. From the Health Department, University of Vermont Children's Hospital, Vermont Child Health Improvement Program and Vermont Chapter American Association of Pediatrics.

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.

Safety and Health Guidance for Reopening Schools, Fall 2020
Provides guidance for school administrators and school personnel to create and implement a plan to safely reopen schools. From the Agency of Education.

COVID-19 Guidance for Vermont Schools
Index to many guidance documents on special education, school closure, child nutrition programs, continuity of learning, finance and more. From the Agency of Education.

Health and Safety Guidance on Reopening Schools
Slides from August 13 presentation on school reopening. From the Health Department.

How PreK-12 Schools Can Prepare for COVID-19 Cases in their School
A comprehensive guide to help schools to be prepared if a person tests positive while in school. From the Health Department.

PreK-12 School COVID-19 Case Actions Checklist
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.

COVID-19 at School: Quick guide for when someone was infectious at school
A short guide with actions to take if someone who tested positive was at your school. From the Health Department.

Social, Emotional, and Mental Health Supports
Addresses guiding principles, recommended practice and special considerations to support social, emotional and mental health of staff and students. Also provides recommendations surrounding equity, anti-racism and related topics. From the Agency of Education.

Fall Sports Programs for the 2020-2021 School Year
Provides direction on fall school sports programs for students K-12, including guidance for outdoor and indoor sports. From the Agency of Education and Agency of Natural Resources.

Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs
Includes links to guidance on preparing and operating schools, face coverings, screening students, cleaning and protecting staff. From the CDC.

State Drinking Water Guidance and Recommendations when Reopening Buildings
Information on how to interact with the Drinking Water Program during this period. Includes guidance on disinfection, water quality, sanitary survey process and water conservation. From the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation
Guidance for schools to manage risk from mold, Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease. From the CDC.

What to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19
Guidance for employers including information to gather, supporting employees, return to work, close contacts. From the Health Department.

What to do when your co-worker has COVID-19
Actions people can take to stay safe if a co-worker has tested positive, and details about quarantine. From the Health Department.

Child Care Programs and Out-of-school Care

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, choose Option 3, outside those hours, choose Option 7).

Find a quick guide and checklist with next steps to take when you learn of a positive case in your PreK-12 school.

Resources and Guidance

Health Guidance for Childcare and Out-of-school Care
Guidance for childcare (regulated and unregulated, center and family-based), out-of-school-time care, summer, recreational and afterschool programs. Designed to help programs maintain health and safety requirements and physical distancing directives while providing services. From the Health Department.

Children's Development Division COVID-19
Resources for child care providers and providers of Children's Integrated Services. From the Department for Children and Families.

Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs
Includes links to CDC guidance on preparing and operating schools, face coverings, screening students, cleaning and protecting staff. From the CDC.

Supplemental Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open
Guidance from CDC on many topics, including general preparedness and planning, social distancing strategies, parent drop-off and pickup, cleaning and food preparation. From the CDC.

Updates on Financial Supports for Child Care Programs
Describes grant opportunities and stipends. From the Department for Children and Families.

State Drinking Water Guidance and Recommendations when Reopening Buildings
Information on how to interact with the Drinking Water Program during this period. Includes guidance on disinfection, water quality, sanitary survey process and water conservation.

Reopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation
Guidance for schools to manage risk from mold, Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease. From the CDC.

What to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19
Guidance for employers including information to gather, supporting employees, return to work, close contacts. From the Health Department.

What to do when your co-worker has COVID-19
Actions people can take to stay safe if a co-worker has tested positive, and details about quarantine. From the Health Department.

Colleges and Universities

If you learn of a positive case at your college or university, contact the Health Department's Infectious Disease Epidemiology team. Call 802-863-7240 (Mon - Fri 7:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, choose Option 3, outside those hours, choose Option 7).

Guidance and Resources

NEW  Public Testing Dashboards and Information for Vermont Colleges and Universities
Find a link to each Vermont college and university that is maintaining a public dashboard or otherwise publicly maintaining information regarding their COVID-19 testing results. From the Department of Financial Regulation.

Guidance Inventory for College and University COVID-19 Support
Lists sources of guidance and resources including information on the Health Department role and support, campus living, facilities and classrooms, and managing and preventing spread. From the Health Department.

Student Messaging Toolkit for Post-Secondary Schools in Vermont
A resource for that content post-secondary institutions can use to communicate to their student populations, including useful links. From the Health Department.

Mandatory Guidance for College and University Campus Learning
Guidance to help decrease the risk of people infected with COVID-19 entering the campus through effective public health prevention, decrease transmission of COVID-19 among staff and students once on campus through effective public health measures , quickly identify people with COVID-19 and put containment procedures in place to minimize the impact on students, staff and education. From the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

Resources for Institutes of Higher Education
Understand how to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff. Guidance also aims to help institutions react quickly should a case be identified or if there is spread within the community. The guidance includes considerations to help administrators plan for the continuity of teaching, learning, and research if there is community spread of COVID-19 and address concerns related to COVID-19 associated stigma. From the CDC.

Supportive Quarantine Program
For students and others moving to Burlington and for people asked to quarantine as part of contact tracing. Includes a daily check-in, move-in care package and gift certificate. From the City of Burlington.

Enjoy Safer Sex and Reduce the Risk of Spreading COVID-19
Offers strategies and tips to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 during sex. From the Health Department.

What to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19
Guidance for employers including information you'll gather, supporting employees, return to work, close contacts. From the Health Department.

What to do when your co-worker has COVID-19
Actions you can take to stay safe if a co-worker has tested positive and information on when you need to quarantine. From the Health Department.

Families

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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COVID-19 Information for Families with Children
Links to expert resources that support youth of different ages plus information about where to go for support for basic needs. From the Health Department.

Mask Up! Tips to Make Kids More Comfortable With Masks, Broken Down by Age
Specific advice for children and teens according to age, including those with sensory and developmental needs. From the Connecticut Children's Medical Center.

How to select, wear, and clean your masks. (available in a few languages)
Advice about masks. From CDC.

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