COVID-19 Information

CDC COVID-19 Related Resources:

American Academy of Pediatrics Face Masks and Other Prevention Strategies:


The CDC published a study that showed a significant and concerning nationwide decrease in vaccinations in April 2020 compared to April 2019. In Maryland, data shows similar declines. Both the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend continuation of essential services, including immunizations, during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Children must have a physical examination and immunization records which meet the guidelines of the Maryland Department of Health. Each child must have at least one dose of each vaccine appropriate for the child’s age and a schedule to complete required immunizations. Children also must have an appropriate screening/testing for lead poisoning before entering the Clara Barton Center for Children. State of Maryland health and immunization forms must be completed and signed by parent(s) and health care practitioner. MSDE’s vaccination requirements for children enrolled in a child care facility can be found at

For more information about how to access vaccinations if you do not have a health care provider, visit

Children entering care for the first time or re-enrolling into child care programs must have immunization records which meet the guidelines of the Maryland Department of Health. Each child must have at least one dose of each vaccine appropriate for the child’s age and a schedule to complete required immunizations.

What to Expect at Clara Barton under COVID-19

The Clara Barton Center is committed to keeping our children, families, staff and community safe. 

Everyday prevention methods, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and hand washing, in addition to ensuring you are up to date with all vaccinations, will help control the spread of all viruses. Also, please help us by notifying the school office immediately if your child has been diagnosed with any communicable illness so that we can inform other families of possible exposure.

A Registered Nurse and Early Childhood Health Consultant in the Montgomery County DHHS advises CBCC. If you travel, we remind everyone to adhere to the following health and safety protocols to keep our school and community safe:

If a CBCC student, staff, or family member is diagnosed with COVID-19, CBCC will contact DHHS to inform them and follow DHHS quarantining and isolating guidance:

Generally, the guidance is as follows:

o    Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 and do not have symptoms must wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days after the last close contact with the individual with COVID-19. 

o    Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 must stay home for at least 5 full days from the symptom onset if symptomatic or the date of the positive test (Day 0) if no symptoms. An Individual can return after 5 full days if symptoms have improved, AND they can properly wear a well-fitted mask at all times except while eating and napping/resting

o    CBCC staff will determine if a child can properly wear a well-fitted mask that securely covers the mouth and nose. Those who cannot correctly wear a well-fitted mask must remain home or be sent home for 10 days. 

  • If a CBCC student or staff has exposed others to COVID-19, CBCC will notify the classroom and will follow guidance from CDC and/or DHHS.
  • CBCC Travel Policy-For the safety of everyone, we are asking that ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF WHO TRAVEL, EITHER DOMESTICALLY OR INTERNATIONALLY, TAKE A RAPID COVID-19 TEST THE DAY THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL. CBCC’s general travel policy based on CDC recommendations are:
  • International Travel: If an individual travels outside of the country, the person must follow the most current CDC guidelines, which are currently: The person gets a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after returning to the US but can come to school if they are symptom-free.
  • Domestic Travel: Individuals who travel domestically can return to school immediately after travel if they are symptom-free and have a negative rapid COVID test.

Thank you for your continued commitment, cooperation, and flexibility as we work together to maintain a healthy school community.

                                                                                                                                                    Updated 12/2/2022