July 17, 2020

Child Care Regulation is reminding Child Care providers of the reporting requirements when a child or employee tests positive for COVID-19.
Once you are aware a child or employee at your operation tests positive for COVID-19, you must report to:

  • Your local health authority about the presence of COVID-19 in your facility. Your local health authority will advise you on operational procedures. DSHS has established a listing of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Local Health Entities. This list identifies the local health authority or Public Health Regional Office for each county.  
  • Child Care Regulation. Contact your licensing inspector or the Child Abuse or Neglect Hotline at 800-252-5400 or email MSC. The notification must occur as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours after you become aware.
  • All parents of children in the child care operation. Coordinate with local health officials to notify all parents in writing and within 48 hours of becoming aware that a child or employee has contracted an illness deemed notifiable by the DSHS. Align this communication with the communication plan in your center’s operational policies. You must maintain confidentiality of the child or employee.

Reporting Requirements in Minimum Standards
These reporting requirements are outlined in:

  • 26 TAC §744.305(a)(3) and §744.307(c) for School Age/Before and After-School Programs
  • 26 TAC §746.305(a)(3) and §746.307(c) for Centers
  • 26 TAC §747.303(a)(3) and §747.305(c) for Child Care Homes