Sending kids back to daycare during the COVID-19 pandemic

Virus Outbreak Child Care
Posted at 1:23 PM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 16:23:19-04

It is a dilemma facing many families as states reopen and parents go back to work: is it safe to send your kids to daycare again?

One family said their need for child care is serious. But so is their concern about the risk of coronavirus.

"My emotional brain is telling me, we need to get our daughter back. She needs a structure to be able to continue learning and things like that," said Dr. Gavin Harris. "And then the rational brain is also saying, but like, hold on a second, we need to make sure we're safe about this."

The first issue for parents like the Harrises is their child's safety.

The Pediatric Journal of the American Medical Association says the initial data from the United States suggests only 1.7% of positive cases are children, but the number of asymptomatic infections in children is unknown.

Experts are providing the best practices including social distancing but acknowledging it won't be easy.

"I think if they make sure that all the recommended precautions by the CDC are being taken, I think it is safe," said Cindy Lehnhoff, director of the National Child Care Association. "I can't say that it doesn't mean that they will not get sick."

\Some changes the academy and the CDC are recommending is to check the temperature of children and staff each day, follow EPA guidelines for increased cleaning and reduce class sizes.