March 1, 2022
To All Licensed Child Care Providers,
Effective at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, the State of Emergency in Delaware, including the mask wearing requirement in child care facilities (and in K-12 public and private schools) will end. This means that the wearing of masks in licensed child care facilities is no longer required. However, each individual business may decide for themselves if this practice will continue in their child care setting.
You may choose to voluntarily wear a face mask at any time. We encourage people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 or have not received a booster dose to take this added measure today. For a complete list of locations where vaccines are available, visit the Delaware COVID-19 website.
Please note that with the CDC’s new county-by-county community level tracker, if one or more counties in our state reaches a HIGH level of COVID-19 infection and hospitalization rates, Delaware will revisit whether to re-impose the mandatory wearing of face masks or other policies.
Recommended Routine COVID-19 Procedures
- In addition to layered mitigation strategies such as distancing, ventilation, and vaccination, routine procedures are the minimum protections the Division of Public Health recommends being adopted to keep children and adults healthy and able to attend child care.
- Providers may discontinue quarantine for close contacts except household contacts.
- When someone is a household close contact who is up to date with their COVID vaccine, those individuals should wear masks for 10 days following the last date of exposure in the household and get tested on day 5 following the last date of exposure.
- When someone tests positive they should:
- Isolate at home for 5 days* and, if symptoms have resolved, return after day 5 and wear a mask in child care for the next 5 days. Or,
- Isolate at home for 10* days (required if unable to wear a mask in child care for the additional 5 days).
*Count the days from first day after symptoms or the first day after a positive test, whichever is earlier. Return date must be at least 5 days after start of any symptoms, with at least 24 hours fever-free without fever reducing medication.
- Any individual with COVID symptoms should stay out of the child care facility until they have tested and have received negative results.
Ventilation: In an environment without masks, maintaining good air circulation becomes an even more important tool for reducing transmission of COVID-19. Please continue taking steps to improve ventilation by opening windows when possible, upgrading HVAC systems, purchasing air filters readily available online, and spending time outdoors.
Please contact your licensing specialist with any questions.
January 6, 2022
Due to a recent change in DE Code, many previously license-exempt public, charter, and private schools that are serving children below the age of kindergarten will now be required to be licensed by January 1, 2023. The Office of Child Care Licensing will be hosting virtual information sessions for these programs on the following dates and times:
- Wednesday, February 2, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Wednesday, March 16, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Monday, April 7, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Tuesday, May 10, 2022, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
- Thursday, June 9, 2022, 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
These five sessions are open only to previously exempt facilities and attendance is required in order to begin the licensing process. Please contact Susan Lang at Susan.Lang@doe.k12.de.us as soon as possible to register.