College lifts mask mandates for Child Development Center

College lifts mask mandates for Child Development CenterBy LAURA Austin

News Review Staff Writer

Monday, April 18, Parents and Guardians whose children are enrolled in Cerro Coso Community College Child Development Center (CDC), received notice that Cerro Coso Community College had announced that in response to the change in state and local guidance and the current stats related to COVID-19, they were updating the Center’s COVID-19 guidance. Masks are now optional.

Should regulating guidance change or we experience another escalation in the spread of Covid-19, they will revisit the protocols accordingly.

Jessica Krall, Child Development Center Program Manager, sent a letter thanking the families whose children attend the Child Development Center for working with the college and for their patience regarding the matter.

Krall presented the following COVID-19 strategies to parents, guardians and caregivers of children who attend the CDC. Masks are strongly recommended, but not required. Facemasks will be available to the children and family members. She also stated that the CDC will continue to encourage the children to wear a mask at the parents request to the best of our ability. It is requested of parents that they keep the children home when sick and have them tested, if they are experiencing COVID symptoms. “Please do not come to the Center. When you come to the Center you are attesting that you are symptom free,” Krall said. “Stay home when exposed. Children who are exposed to COVID-19 must stay home. Please notify management immediately to discuss next steps. Follow the Center’s wellness policy. If you are unsure, please ask a teacher or management.”

The college will continue to follow California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance on cleaning/sanitizing. Drop off- Sign your child in, then escort your child to their classroom. The college is asking that parents ensure that their child is taken to a teacher to greet their child and perform a health check.

Beginning May 2, the CDC will no longer be doing temperature checks. Sign in sheets will be in binders by classrooms.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jessica or Tiffany at 760-384-6362.

Laura Austin Photo: Classmates Khloe Golden and Tiena Mendez play unrestricted by masks for the first time in over two years.

Story First Published: 2022-04-22