Routine Practices: Guide to Creating a Healthy Environment and Preventing Infections within Child Care Facilities and Schools

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The following infection prevention and control guidelines have been developed to assist licensed early learning and child care facilities and schools in keeping children, students, and staff safe in situations where germs can spread. Although public health measures can significantly reduce the risk of spreading communicable diseases in child care facilities and schools, the risk is never zero. The best way to control the spread of disease is by continuing to follow applicable health and safety guidelines, including the implementation of Routine Practices and other infection prevention and control measures, to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of children, students, and staff.

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Cover Page (PDF Document 46 KB)
ISBN (PDF Document 50 KB)
Contents (PDF Document 35 KB)
Introduction (PDF Document 41 KB)
How Germs Are Spread (Chain of Infection) (PDF Document 283 KB)
How Do We Reduce Exposure to and Transmission of Germs? (PDF Document 181 KB)
Infection Prevention and Control Measures (PDF Document 157 KB)
What is the Role of the Child Care Facility and School? (PDF Document 97 KB)
What is the Role of Staff? (PDF Document 80 KB)
Appendix A: Definitions (PDF Document 120 KB)
Appendix B: Point of Care Risk Assessment Tool (PDF Document138 KB)
Appendix C: Hand Hygiene Procedures (PDF Document 105 KB)
Appendix D: Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Use (PDF Document 149 KB)
Appendix E: Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting Equipment and Environment (PDF Document 309 KB)
Appendix F: Dishwashing Procedures (PDF Document 535 KB)
Appendix G: Laundering Procedures (PDF Document 60 KB)
Appendix H: Diapering Procedures (PDF Document 89 KB)
Appendix I: Safe Food Handling (PDF Document 242 KB)
Appendix J: Pet and Animal Handling (PDF Document 150 KB)
Appendix K: Transmission of Infection and Precautions Tables (PDF Document 61 KB)
Appendix L: Additional Guidance for Child Care Facilities (PDF Document 95 KB)
References (PDF Document 187 KB)