RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – On Thursday, The Texas Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new emergency rules for Texas Daycare’s.
The new rules are in response to more than 400 staff members and more than 200 children in daycares across the state testing positive for COVID-19.
Under the direction of Texas Governor Greg Abbott, HHS, released the emergency rules to increase safety at child care operations.
The new rules require daycares operate in accordance with the guidelines for child care programs already released by the CDC, as well as the new regulations.
Some of those new regulations require that caregivers must now take a health and safety training course related to COVID-19, and screenings are back for anyone entering a building. Drop off and pickups will limit exposure between family and staff, with outside only being encouraged.
Food preparations restrictions include that only individual meals and snacks can be served. There are also other regulations involving environment health, diapering procedures, and soiled clothing.
According to the Health and Human Services, the new emergency rules are meant to strengthen health and safety standards related to COVID-19 for child care services in Texas.
For a full list of emergency rules you can click here.