Illness & COVID-19 Policies

We're in this Together

Hutch Kids works in concert with King County Public Health, Fred Hutch infection prevention experts and our own Nurse Consultant to determine the very best standards to both keep our community safe and our center open to support children and families.

Hutch Kids Early Learning Center requires all children aged 6 months and older to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, unless a medical exemption is provided. This is to ensure the safety of the multiple at-risk populations at the center.

  • All age-eligible and enrolled children are required to be vaccinated.
  • Upon enrollment any unvaccinated child who is age-eligible for Covid-19 vaccination must present proof of initial vaccine dose within 21 days of enrollment and continue to provide proof of subsequent dose until the vaccination series is completed.
  • When children turn 6 months old, they will have three months to complete their vaccinations
  • Children are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their final dose of their chosen vaccine
  • Parents are responsible for vaccinating their children and providing a copy of their child’s vaccination records to Hutch Kids administration

Students will be excluded from care when they have:

  • An illness or condition that prevents the child from participating in normal activities or requires more care and attention than the early learning provider can provide.
  • Diagnosed contagious illness.
  • Fever (a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher) and symptoms of illness such as sore throat, cough, earache, headache, vomiting, diarrhea. Considered resolved when fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications and 24 hours of improved symptoms.
  • Open sores or wounds discharging bodily fluids that cannot be adequately covered with a waterproof dressing or mouth sores with drooling
  • Diarrhea—two or more times in the previous 24 hours
  • Vomiting—two or more times in the previous 24 hours
  • A rash not associated with heat, diapering, or an allergic reaction
  • Other signs of new illness unrelated to a known condition (such as seasonal allergies)
  • Lice, ringworm, or scabies until after receiving the first treatment

After an infectious and/or respiratory illness, children can return to Hutch Kids, when, for at least 24 hours, both of the following are true:

  • Symptoms are better overall
  • They have been fever free for 24 hours (and are not using fever-reducing medication) See attached visual.
  • They can participate in normal activities (eat, sleep and play) and do not require 1:1 care from an early learning provider
  • After returning to Hutch Kids following a respiratory illness, children aged 3 and older are encouraged to mask for the five days following the first day of improved symptoms.

Public Health Vaccine Finder

Below are resources for families.