Information For Schools and Child Care Facilities on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Schools are an important part of the infrastructure of communities and play a critical role in supporting the whole child, not just their academic achievement.
This guidance is intended to aid school administrators as they consider how to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, teachers, other school staff, their families, and communities and prepare for the return to educating students in person.
Pre-K / Child Care
care centers must follow all safety guidelines
detailed by the Department of Children and Families, including:
- Screening staff and children for
fever and other COVID-19 symptoms prior to entry to the program facility each
- Minimizing group sizes to 10
children and limiting movement between groups;
- Ensuring that the spacing of groups always
allows for ten feet of separation between groups;
- Taking steps to preclude crowding at
pick up and drop off times;
- Strictly limiting the sharing of
supplies, food, toys, and other items;
- Prohibiting field trips and other
off-site activities, except for activities within walking distance of the
- Strictly limiting and discouraging
close person to person contact (hugging, wrestling, games involving touching or
- Requiring staff to wear cloth masks
unless doing so would inhibit the individual's health – when feasible, children
over age two should wear face coverings within the facility;
- Continuing to teach and reinforce
healthy hygiene practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19;
- Restricting all visitors - except
for emergency/law enforcement personnel in their official capacity and
Department of Children Families personnel for child protection or childcare
licensing purposes – to after operating hours;
- Implementing enhanced cleaning and
- Planning for and abiding by
procedures for response to COVID-19 exposure;
- Completing DCF Office of Licensing daily log; and
- Requiring notices and wall signs to
be posted on entry and exit doors, in diapering areas, and in restrooms.
further details on safety guidelines, see the Guidance for New Jersey Child Care Facilities on COVID-19 Related Health and Safety Requirements and
see the Department of Children and Families' COVID-19 resources for licensed childcare. Each child care center must also submit an attestation to
the Department of Children and Families no later than 24 hours prior to the
anticipated opening date, or in the case of currently operating emergency child
care centers, within fourteen days of the effective date of Executive Order No. 149, attesting that it will follow all
applicable health and safety standards.
The New Jersey Department of Health has aso compiled a six-page Guidance for Reopening Childcare Centers, which includes recommendations for when COVID-19 illness occurs in a childcare facility. See that guidance below:
Guidance for Reopening Childcare Centers
Helpful Links for all Schools:
DCF Office of Licensing Daily Log
Self-Assessment Checklist for Child Care Center Safety Assessment
Facilities should continue promoting everyday disease
- If you are sick, stay home from school.
- Avoid close contact with those who are
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing
or sneezing with a tissue or the crook of your arm.
- Wash your hands often with soap and
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth.
Schools and childcare centers can share relevant CDC fact sheets to help students, families, and staff
understand COVID-19 along with steps they can take to protect themselves. Find fact sheets and more at the CDC's COVID page for childcare, schools, and youth programs here, or at the link below:
More Helpful Resources
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