The change comes nearly two weeks after the commission moved to terminate previous emergency restrictions on child care. Since June 12, providers have not been required to screen for illness.
Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced an executive order calling for new emergency measures to be laid out in reaction to an uptick in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state’s daycares.
The rules enacted this week are similar to the previous requirements, bringing a return to mandated screening procedures in accordance with guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Required outdoor drop-off and pick-up is back, except in situations in which a parent must accompany a child inside.
The new rules do not require adults or children to wear face masks while inside child care centers.
Thursday’s action adds the requirement that all caregivers take health and safety training related to COVID-19 through the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and encourages employees over 65 to consult with a doctor to assess whether they should stay home to avoid the risk of contracting the virus.
Increased sanitation standards procedures for diapering, hand-washing, food preparation and toy-cleaning are also now in place. When possible, the state is now asking providers to adjust their air ventilation systems to allow fresh air inside.