Before the reopening of the childcare centers and the Head Start and Early Head Start Centers on July 1, the secretary of the Department of the Family (DF), Orlando López Belmonte, published the Manual for prevention and control of Covid-19 in child care and development centers.
The manual describes the steps to follow to open and maintain the operations of the centers safely.
Among the recommended protocols is planning in advance to guarantee an adequate supply of articles that facilitate habits of hand hygiene, protection, cleaning of objects and surfaces.
In addition, it recommends that centers that have been closed for more than seven days, proceed with a deep cleaning of the facility or hiring a professional cleaning team.
Likewise, each center must evaluate its facilities so that it can adopt strategies of physical distance and salt ubrity among the minors and the personnel that take care of them.
The guide in turn details topics such as: Symptoms of Covid and its contagion; How to prepare your facilities for the start of service provision; Description of necessary equipment, services and materials; Daily preventive measures such as: cleaning and disinfecting surfaces; cleaning and disinfection of toys; Monitoring and exclusion of sick employees and children and physical distancing strategies, among others.
For his part, the administrator of the Administration for the Care and Integral Development of Children (ACUDEN), José Javier Fuentes, explained that the manual establishes a protocol for managing social distancing in localities that offer services to participants in the Head Start and Early Head Start centers.
“This manual includes, evaluating, staggering the time of entry and exit from the center, postponing or cancel special events such as festivals, festive events or special performances, modify or suspend daily group activities that could lead to broadcasting, limits, mixing between groups of children, and staggering play times in the yard, among others, "said Fuentes.  The Department of the Family, together with professional organizations that take care of minors and ACUDEN, developed the guide that seeks to ensure the welfare of minors and the personnel that work in these centers, as well as their families.
These guides are available from today to all the owners of care centers around the Island on our portal by accessing www. familia.pr.gov under Laws and Regulations or under ACUDEN, reported the secretary of the DF.
López Belmonte explained that thanks to the collaboration of professionals who work every day with minors, they obtained a manual that responds to the needs of the centers and the families that receive services.
For her part, the director of licensing of the DF, Llelitza Santiago reported that the plans of the Care Centers can be sent to the respective regional offices via email.
DF staff from the licensing office are available to answer questions and assist operators. "Operators do not have to wait for an evaluation or visit for reopening. Subsequently, and as the reopening plans of each establishment are received, we will initiate a round of compliance visits, so the centers are responsible for notifying their regional office of their reopening date, "said the official.
The reopening responds to the last phase of the executive order of Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced.