Schools and Child Care Programs
Florida Schools, Colleges and Universities
The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is working closely with the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor COVID-19 and ensure that the most up-to-date CDC guidance is quickly and accurately disseminated.
Florida Child Care Programs
Florida Department of Children and Families
- CDC’s Guidance for Operating Child Care Programs during COVID-19 Updated – May 27, 2022
Florida Department of Health
- Florida’s Child Care Food Program (CCFP) will continue to use the available flexibilities and contingencies offered by the United States Department of Agriculture through the 2022-23 school year.
- USDA waivers have allowed Florida schools to leverage their participation in the USDA’s summer meal program to provide free meals during unexpected closures and circumvent group setting meal requirements.
Things Schools and Child Care Programs Should Do Now
At All Times
- Post the signs and symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
- Encourage people to stay home when sick.
- Maintain a hygienic environment through regular cleaning.
- Limit events and meetings that require close contact.
- Stay up to date on developments in your community.
- Create an emergency plan for a possible outbreak.
- Assess if community members are at higher risk and plan accordingly.
During an Outbreak in your Area
- Send home or separate anyone who becomes sick.
- If you identify a case, inform people who might have been exposed.
- Continue to safely clean and disinfect the person’s area.
- Connect with your local health departments.
- Put your infectious disease outbreak plan into action.
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