Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
UPDATE
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.
UPDATE
The White House announced that vaccines will be required for international travelers coming into the United States, with an effective date of November 8, 2021. For purposes of entry into the United States, vaccines accepted will include FDA approved or authorized and WHO Emergency Use Listing vaccines. More information is available here.
UPDATE
Travel requirements to enter the United States are changing, starting November 8, 2021. More information is available here.

COVID-19 Child Care Program Symptom Screening Flowchart

COVID-19 Child Care Program Symptom Screening Flowchart
COVID-19 School Symptom Screening Flowchart

COVID-19 Child Care Program Symptom Screening Flowchart

Flowchart showing child care staff what to do if a child in their care has symptoms of infectious illness. For a child with symptoms of infectious illness:

  • Has the child had close contact (within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with a person who has COVID-19?
    • If yes, the child HAS had close contact with a person who has COVID-19: What are the results of COVID-19 testing?
      • Negative or No Test Result: Stay home and quarantine* for the recommended period of time after last contact with a person who has COVID-19
      • Positive Test Result: Stay home (isolate) for at least 10 days after symptom onset AND symptoms have improved AND 24 hours without fever with no use of fever reducing medicine
    • If no, the child HAS NOT had close contact with a person who has COVID-19: Does the child attend a child care program in community with ongoing transmission?
      • If No: Stay home until symptoms have improved according to existing child care program policy, typically 24 hours without fever with no use of fever reducing medicine
      • If Yes: what are the results of COVID-19 testing?
        • Negative Test Result: Stay home until symptoms have improved according to existing child care program policy, typically 24 hours without fever with no use of fever reducing medicine
        • Positive or No Test Result: Stay home (isolate) for at least 10 days after symptom onset AND symptoms have improved AND 24 hours without fever with no use of fever reducing medicine
  • Note: If a person has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, they should quarantine even if they do not have symptoms. Access When to Quarantine for more information.