Below you will find new Austin Public Health (APH) information and resources, as well as a few reminders.
Notifying families about positive cases- The translations of the sample letter for notifying families when someone in the program has COVID-19 have been posted on the website at these links: Arabic, Burmese, English, Korean, Chinese-Simplified, Chinese-Traditional, Spanish, Urdu, Vietnamese. The letter informs families whether or not their child is a close contact of the person with COVID-19 and whether they need to quarantine.
Isolation & Quarantine Guidance- APH has created a document that provides guidance on home isolation and home quarantine (attached in English and in Spanish) that may be helpful to you, your staff, and the families in your program. The document includes information on waiting for test results, getting test results, and steps for quarantining and isolating.
Tips for Families
- Physical Distancing- APH has created a flier with physical distancing tips as a reminder to families about the importance of continuing to practice physical distancing even as students return to in-person learning. While the flier is geared toward families with school-age children, please share it with staff and families in your program if you feel it would be helpful to them.
- Halloween & Día de los Muertos- To minimize the spread of COVID-19 and ensure everyone has a safe and healthy Halloween and Día de los Muertos, APH is offering risk guidance for those activities.
Free APH COVID-19 testing sites- Attached are updated fliers about free APH testing sites and free at-home testing available for those who are unable to leave their home to visit a test site. Please feel free to share these fliers with staff or families in your program. Visit the testing information page for more information about APH testing sites or to take a self-assessment to get tested. Those with insurance are encouraged to contact their physician’s office or insurer directly for testing referrals and private options.
Health & Safety Supplies- As a reminder, if you are in need of health and safety supplies, please fill out this survey and we will do all we can to try to help meet your needs.
Fee Waivers- As a support for high quality child care providers that accept child care subsidies, APH’s Environmental Health Services Division offers fee waivers for Custodial Care Inspections (a $110 annual savings) and Food Enterprise Permits (a $359 annual savings). To qualify, programs must have a quality rating of Texas Rising Star (TRS) 4 stars or national accreditation, accept child care subsidies, and be located within the City of Austin limits. Please see the attached flier for more information.
If you have questions for APH about these resources or about APH guidance for child care programs, please email them to ChildCareInfo@austintexas.gov. Thanks for all you are doing to keep children and staff safe, healthy, and learning!