COVID-19 Precautions

 

Updated May 25, 2022

 

The following guidelines refer to the provision of care on-site during the COVID-19 crisis. As guidelines for the country, state and county continue to develop, these policies will change to reflect current standards. We monitor the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and information from the Harris County Public Health Department for updates. The Carruth Center provides this information so families will be aware of precautions we are taking and are aware of the risk of their child receiving face-to-face therapy.

Self-Screening

  • Parents are asked to complete a self-screen at home before coming to The Carruth Center. Please do not come to the center if your child has any of the symptoms below:
    • Sore throat
    • Running Nose/Congestion outside your normal baseline (i.e. allergies)
    • New uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing (for students with chronic allergic/asthmatic cough, a change in their cough from baseline)
    • New onset of severe headache, especially with a fever
    • Fever over 100.4

If your child is not able to pass this screen, please alert Mim Branham at mbranham@carruthcenter.org.  Decisions regarding failed health screens including determination of a return to therapy date will be made based on established guidelines.

If your child has failed the health screen and has NOT been diagnosed with COVID or been in close contact with a confirmed case, your child may return to therapy when: 

  • The student has been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours after respiratory and COVID-19 symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days after symptoms first appeared.
  • OR the student has received a negative Real-time PCR COVID-19 test result.
  • OR you can provide documentation from a healthcare facility of a negative rapid antigen test conducted by a healthcare professional.
  • OR the student has a doctor's release form.
  • OR the student has an alternate diagnosis that has been resolved and COVID-19 has been ruled out. (No pending COVID-19 tests)  

Close Contact

Close contact occurs when you are within six feet of a person diagnosed with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period. For those who have been in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case but are not symptomatic, individuals may return to campus activities and programing. Continue to monitor for symptoms until 10 days after you last had contact with the individual who tested positive and get tested if you develop symptoms.

Diagnosis

Diagnosed: student may return on day six if symptoms are resolved and fever free without the aid of fever reducing medications for 24 hours. No test is needed to return.

Symptomatic

Symptomatic: for illness that includes fever 100.4 or above, the individual may return when when:

  • You have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours after respiratory and COVID-19 symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days after symptoms first appeared.
  • OR you have received a negative Real-time PCR COVID-19 test result.
  • OR you can provide documentation from a healthcare facility of a negative rapid antigen test conducted by a healthcare professional.
  • OR you have a doctor's release form
  • OR you have an alternate diagnosis that has been resolved and COVID-19 has been ruled out. (No pending COVID-19 tests)

COVID Precautions

  • Clients and staff will wash their hands before starting their therapy session and at the end of their therapy session.
  • Social distancing will be used when possible, however, it is very likely that your child’s therapist, and possibly other children, will be within 6 feet of your child during their therapy session.
  • Masks are available to our therapy staff to wear during sessions, however are optional at this time.
  • Masks for clients are optional and would be provided by the child’s family. Due to the nature of some therapies, a mask may be removed for part or all of your child’s session to facilitate strategies needed to help your child in therapy.
  • Gloves may be worn if a therapist is at risk of exposure to bodily fluids.
  • Tissues, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, soap, gloves, disposable masks and face shields are readily available to staff and children if needed.
  • Cleaning protocols with our maintenance staff and clinic staff have been increased to help decrease the spread of COVID-19 as well as other illnesses. If you have questions about our cleaning protocols, please contact the Clinic Director, Mimi Branham, at mbranham@carruthcenter.org.

Client Pick-Up and Drop-Off

When arriving to The Carruth Center, clients may be picked up from their vehicles, from our front porch or may wait in our waiting room for their therapy session to begin. Please note that while our waiting room is open, we ask that no more than 4 families congregate in the waiting room at one time.  Masks are optional for adults and siblings waiting in the waiting room. We ask all parents not waiting in our waiting room to return 5–10 minutes before the end of their child’s therapy time. We do not have staff who can watch your child if you arrive late for pick-up.

Thank you for your patience while we navigate these unprecedented times together.  Please reach out to us with any comments, questions, or concerns.

Any questions about these policies may be directed to Mimi Branham, Carruth Center Clinic Director at mbranham@carruthcenter.org.