Bright Horizons FAQs: Layered Prevention Strategies
Updated as of August 25, 2021
Protecting the health and safety of our center communities will always be Bright Horizons’ highest priority. Bright Horizons serves one of the most vulnerable populations: children under the age of 12 who are not currently eligible for vaccination. Bright Horizons implements layered prevention strategies designed to protect our children, families and staff while keeping our centers open to provide consistent and safe care. Bright Horizons’ approach is informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control, the American Association of Pediatrics, state and local authorities, current scientific evidence and the lessons we have learned implementing COVID-19 prevention strategies.
The emergence of the more contagious Delta variant is presenting new challenges and Bright Horizons continues to evolve its practices and protocols to address these new challenges:
Testing Protocol: As an added safeguard to minimize the spread of COVID-19, Bright Horizons is launching its newest protocol requiring all staff members who are not fully vaccinated to participate in weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing. Any staff testing positive and any symptomatic staff will continue to be excluded immediately in accordance with Bright Horizons’ current exclusion protocols.
Vaccination Campaign: Bright Horizons is strongly encouraging all staff members who are safely able to receive the vaccine to do so. Bright Horizons has the “My Shot to Fight COVID” campaign, which includes a $100 gift card for fully vaccinated staff members and provides a variety of educational materials and resources to inform staff members about the vaccine’s safety and where to get it. Bright Horizons is not mandating vaccinations at this time. Consistent with the majority of employers and many government agencies, Bright Horizons continues to encourage vaccinations, with the launch of the Testing Protocol, will require those who are not or cannot be vaccinated to participate in a weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing program. Masking protocols and other enhanced protocols noted below continue to apply to all staff, vaccinated or not.
Masking Protocol: Masks are a key strategy for preventing the spread of COVID-19. Bright Horizons continues to require all staff, as well as any other adult at a center, to be masked. Bright Horizons requires children in school age programs to be masked. Bright Horizons also strongly recommends that all children 2 and over wear a mask. Our staff members are able to assist children with learning how to wear masks safely and consistently while in our centers.
Enhanced Protocols: Bright Horizons has operated continuously since the start of the pandemic. Throughout that time, Bright Horizons has been developing and implementing industry-leading COVID policies and enhanced protocols based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and state and local authorities, and with assistance from a pediatric infectious disease specialist from Boston Children’s Hospital. Bright Horizons continues to implement those policies and enhanced protocols including daily health checks, strict exclusion policies and frequent cleaning and disinfection. Bright Horizons’ current COVID-19 policies can be reviewed HERE.
In our childcare setting, where some measures cannot be used (e.g. strict social distancing, vaccinating children) using these layered prevention strategies are the most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19.