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Child care programs are a vital part of communities and provide safe, supportive environments that support development, provide access to important services, and improve outcomes for children. VDH is committed to providing guidance that ensures a safe and healthy environment for all students, teachers, and staff in child care centers.

COVID-19 Testing Support For Child Care Facilities

VDH is providing at-home rapid COVID-19 test kits to child care facilities through their local health districts. Tests can be used for diagnostic testing (to determine if someone has COVID-19 or not) of students age 2 and older, staff, and teachers who have symptoms of COVID-19 or are close contacts of someone with COVID-19.

How to use eMed-proctored BinaxNOW Antigen At Home Test Kits

More information about the test kits can be found below. For child care facilities interested in receiving test kits, please reach out to your local health district.

VDH Child Care Facility Guide to eMed BinaxNOW At-Home Tests

(PDF) (3 pp, 66 KB)

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VDH Informational Session on eMed BinaxNOW At Home Test Kits

(PDF) (18 pp, 677 KB)

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VDH Parent Guide to Using eMed Tests

(PDF) (7 pp, 591 KB)

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Test to Stay Option

Test to Stay (TTS) is a practice that allows close contacts of individuals with COVID-19 who are age 2 or older and not vaccinated or not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines to continue to attend their child care facility in-person during their quarantine period. TTS participants must have repeated negative COVID-19 tests, remain asymptomatic, and wear a mask.

To Remain In School or Child Care, Close Contacts Must:

Checklist

Have Repeated Negative COVID-19 Tests

Mask

Wear a mask

Summary of COVID-19 Testing for Child Care Facilities

(PDF) (1 pp, 71 KB)

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Test to Stay Protocol

(PDF) (11 pp, 171 KB)

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VDH Test to Stay Informational Presentation

(PDF) (11 pp, 171 KB)

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Resources for Facilities to Implement Test to Stay

Implementation Guide

Detailed checklist for child care facilities to review to ensure adequate staffing, resources, and processes to implement Test to Stay.
(PDF) (2 pp, 53 KB)

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Template Sample Test to Stay Parent/Guardian Consent Form

(DOCX) (2 pp, 10 KB)

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Template Sample Test to Stay Teacher/Staff Consent Form

(DOCX) (1 pp, 10 KB)

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Test to Stay – Daily Monitoring Form

This form is for child care centers to track data on individual test results, symptoms, and exposure dates.
(PDF) (1 pp, 52 KB)

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Child Care Facility Test to Stay Checklists

Includes eligibility criteria for enrollment, continued participation, and release from TTS
(PDF) (3 pp, 61 KB)

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Sample Letter to Child Care Community

(DOCX) (1 pp, 205 KB)

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Test to Stay Resources for Participating Families

Test to Stay Daily Monitoring Form

Those participating in TTS may use this form to track information on test results, symptoms, and exposure dates.
(PDF) (1 pp, 51 KB)

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Do you know about Test to Stay?

Easy to read overview of TTS
(PDF) (1 pp, 81 KB)

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What should you do if participating in Test to Stay?

Easy-to-follow infographic about TTS
(PDF) (1 pp, 228 KB)

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General COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Facilities

Frequently Asked Questions

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