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An Important Message from OSSE:Phase One Health and Safety Guidance for Child Care Providers

Dear Early Childhood Education Community,

We are sharing updated health and safety guidance for Phase One of DC’s recovery period, which started on Friday, May 29. 

Please review the full guidance here

Child care providers are considered essential businesses, per the Mayor’s March 24 order, and have always been permitted to operate during the public health emergency. Child care providers that have remained open and those that are planning to reopen should follow this updated guidance. 

While much of the guidance is continued from the public health emergency period, there are a few key updates, including: 

  • The ability to have partitions in child development facilities, as long as they meet certain health, safety and other requirements; 

  • The ability to use floating staff members when certain safety measures are met;  

  • The need for high-risk individuals to receive clearance from their health care provider before returning to in-person congregate child care; 

  • Updated list of symptoms and procedure for daily health screenings;  

  • Non-medical (cloth) face coverings are required for staff; and 

  • Other updates included in the guidance. 

Please note that since the June 1 call, the guidance has been updated to allow partitions of 6 feet, not 7 feet as previously discussed. You can view the key updates and questions from the June 1 call here.

We will plan to cover the updated guidance during the June 8 Early Childhood Education Stakeholders call at 10:10 a.m. Click here to register for the June 8 call

Please share any questions with

Thank you,

Division of Early Learning Communications 

Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) 

Government of the District of Columbia 

1050 First St. NE 

Washington, DC 20002 

Office: (202) 741-5937 

Twitter: @OSSEDC

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