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Employee Childcare Center Releases Information Regarding COVID-19 Protocols

Revised August 18, 2021

The EMS ISD Employee Childcare Center at the Hafley Development Center remains committed to protecting the health and safety of children and staff. Regarding COVID-19 protocols, state requirements for licensed childcare centers are different than those for Pre-K-12 schools. The state licensing agency for childcare centers has directed that our local childcare programs will follow guidance of Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) regarding quarantines, contact tracing, notifications, and reporting of positive COVID-19 cases. This directive is specific to the Hafley Childcare Center only; Pre-K programs at Hafley and across the district will continue to follow protocols for Pre-K-12 schools.

The information below details the EMS ISD Employee Childcare Center's response to any of its children or staff members who test positive for COVID-19 in accordance with state and county protocols:

Reporting 

Tarrant County Public Health requires that the Hafley Employee Childcare Center report all COVID-19 positive cases to the TCPH childcare licensing department. Additionally, all positive cases must be reported to the licensing agency in accordance with communicable disease requirements for childcare facilities. All Childcare staff and families of children in the Hafley Childcare program will be notified of the positive COVID-19 case. 

Quarantines 

Any child or staff member at the Hafley Childcare Center who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine for 10 days. If TCPH determines that close contacts must quarantine, then any individuals identified as close contacts also must quarantine for at least 10 days. In most cases, vaccinated staff do not have to be quarantined, unless they develop symptoms. 

Please note that the requirement for close contacts to quarantine only applies to staff and children at the Hafley Childcare Center. EMS ISD staff members at other campuses who are parents or caregivers of children at the Hafley Childcare Center are considered "contacts of a close contact" and would not be required to quarantine unless they themselves develop symptoms.

The EMS ISD Employee Childcare Center will continue to follow Tarrant County Public Health's prevailing guidance for childcare centers. We continue to closely monitor local, state, and federal guidance and will update our school community with any new developments.