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So, what do you do when a staff member gets Covid-19?
It varies by local health authority, but
this flowchart is generally what you should do when staff or children get sick at your program or you receive a positive Covid-19 diagnosis.

Be sure to appoint a COVID-19 point of contact (POC) at your program and bookmark save this file. It's also available to members, along with our other resources, on

AB 685 creates new Covid-19 reporting, record-keeping requirements for employers, beginning January 2021. Part of AB685 requires you as the employer to provide written notice within 1 business day of knowledge to employees who were potentially exposed to COVID-19 at the worksite. 

Is your program liable? What if multiple staff get Covid-19 in one classroom?
It depends. Effective September 7, 2020, SB 1159 created new COVID-19 reporting obligations for employers, specific penalties up to $10k for non-compliance, and three legal presumptions that COVID-19 is work-related, and therefore would impact Worker's Compensation. One of the legal presumptions is 4 or more employees with Covid-19 in 14 days, if you have less than 100 employee, is considered an outbreak.

We’ll be discussing all this, along with reporting requirements in our Worst Case Scenarios breakout session at Together, CQEL’s Fall Conference.

We have an amazing lineup of sessions, including: 
  • OSHA: Common Childcare Citations and What to Expect From a Visit
  • Effective Hiring During The Pandemic
  • How to Manage Worst Case Scenarios (Breakout Sessions)
  • Leadership in Early Childhood Education... Even Through The Toughest Moments
  • Leveraging Culture to Keep It Positive In The New Normal
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