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Minnesota stops requiring child care providers to quarantine kids exposed to COVID-19

The change to state licensing requirements is effective immediately and may ease the care juggling that increased for parents in the omicron surge

 

January 13, 2022

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

The COVID-19 omicron spike has wreaked havoc on early-childhood classrooms in Minnesota and on the schedules of working parents with small children.

The state will no longer require child care providers in Minnesota to quarantine students and staff who were in contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19, though it recommends they continue to do so.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), which notified providers Tuesday of the change to its licensing requirements, is walking a tightrope as the surge of omicron cases frustrates providers and families alike.

The spike has wreaked havoc on early-childhood classrooms - leading many to shut down for at least a week - and the schedules of working parents with young children. Some families are at wit's end after children have been sent home to quarantine multiple times in recent months.

https://www.startribune.com/minnesota-stops-forcing-child-care-providers-to-quarantine-kids-who-get-near-someone-with-covid-19/600135125/

 

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