As of August 15, 2022, all students and staff in child care, in school in grades K-12, or participating in out-of-school time (OST) and recreational camp settings should follow the updated isolation and exposure guidance issued by DPH, in alignment with the most recent guidance from CDC. EEC strongly encourages providers to update their own quarantine and isolation practices for children and families in accordance with this guidance.
The EEC COVID-19 Healthline, a free resource staffed with health experts, is available in English and Spanish, to all EEC-licensed child care programs. Providers and programs with questions about the updated guidance or other COVID-19-related questions should continue to contact the EEC Healthline rather than their licensor or other EEC staff. Contact the EEC COVID-19 Healthline: at 857-488-4418 or EEChealthline@primary.health.
Programs are required to adhere to the requirements specified in 606 CMR 7.00. As part of EEC’s health and safety regulations for licensed child care programs (606 CMR 7.11), programs should incorporate any specific practices needed to support the continued prevention of COVID-19 transmission into their program policies.
Programs should ensure that all policies developed for their sites are designed to meet the specific needs of each program’s circumstances and the population the program serves. Programs should also have in place a system to communicate updates with parents.