Dear Austin-Travis County child care program teachers, staff, and directors,
Thank you for your help in working to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Thank you also for providing care to essential workers during this unprecedented time. A thank you is not nearly enough. We are still in the middle of this pandemic and need your help and support to continue.
Cloth Face Coverings
Per a City of Austin control order issued on April 13, 2020, all staff of child care programs and children in care over the age of 10 must wear some form of covering over their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief, in the child care setting.
Per CDC guidance, fabric face coverings should:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to the shape
Even with the use of appropriate face coverings, individuals shall maintain 6 feet of social distancing whenever possible.
The CDC also advises that:
- Cloth face covering should be routinely washed and that a washing machine suffices to properly clean them.
- Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and should wash hands immediately after removing.
- Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
CDC sew and no-sew instructions for making cloth face coverings can be found here. Thank you for complying with these safety measures so that we can flatten the curve and return to normal as soon as possible.
Grocery Purchase Authorization Form for Child Care Providers
To help with challenges child care programs have faced in buying items you need at grocery stores due to limits on the number of items you can purchase, the Texas Frontline Child Care task Force issued an Emergency Supply Purchase Authorization Form. Complete this Form and bring your operating permit (copy or original) to your local grocery supply store to request that they allow you to purchase above their current limits.
- Please note that this is voluntary, so the store may not be able to accommodate your request. Also, some stores are not limiting essential food items, so only make this request to stores that limit the number of items you can purchase.
The City of Austin and Travis County will be posting additional information, frequently asked questions, and resources on our COVID-19 website. If you have questions specific to your operations, please visit the website or call Austin 3-1-1.
Thank you for your support and cooperation.
-Austin Public Health