COVID-19: Isolation and Precautions in Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs
Quick Guide: Isolation
What to do when a child in your early care and education (ECE) program might have COVID-19.
Returning to the ECE Program
Children returning from isolation should wear a high-quality mask around others through day 10. If the ECE program is using a test-based strategy, children who have two negative antigen tests 48 hours apart after ending isolation may remove their mask sooner than day 10. Whenever possible, keep distance between children who are returning from isolation before day 11 and others, especially people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
[ 1 ] For program administrators: When you determine isolation policies, you should consider multiple factors: The impact of the loss of access to education and care on the well-being of children and families, COVID-19 Community Levels, presence of other people who are at high risk for severe illness, and the ability to use additional prevention strategies.