COVID-19Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
How our Nannies fight Coronavirus
- MORNING TEMPERATURE CHECK
- SOCIAL DISTANCING in public spaces
- USE of fresh clean masks upon each care session
- WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR & FRESHLY CLEANED SCRUB UNIFORMS
- USE surgical method of washing hands throughout the day
- Keeping fingernails short to avoid germs
- DISINFECTING all common objects
- COUGH & SNEEZE in elbow when no tissue is nearby
- QUARANTINE when needed
- TEACH YOUNG CHILDREN safety measures
- MULTI VITAMIN REGIMENT (Recommended)
- FLU SHOT (Recommended)
After School Sitter
Emergency/Backup Care Nannies
Below are some frequently asked questions we developed after speaking with our families. Please also feel free to contact us directly should you want to speak with one of our staff members about our protocols during the Covid-19 Pandemic at:
Yes. Since the nanny industry is classified as Home Care, nannies are considered “essential” as approved by all local Governor’s & the Mayor of DC. To assist nannies as they travel to & from work, our agency can supply your nanny with a letter, stating their nature of work in case they are stopped by law enforcement.
Since this is such a sensitive time for us all, you should have a conversation with your nanny to talk about her fears. If the two you are unable to reach point where the nanny’s level of safety is more secure, you might want to consider hiring a temporary replacement until your nanny feels safe to travel back & forth.
If you plan to allow your nanny to stay home due to your family’s decision, you should inform her to apply for unemployment benefits from her state of residence during the time frame. You would have needed to have been paying local & federal taxes on your nanny’s pay in order for her to be eligible.
If you would like your nanny to be exclusive with your family during this time to lower the risk of possibly spreading the disease, you will probably need to increase her pay or hours in order for her to compensate for the loss in hours.
Depending on her exact reason for taking off during Covid-19 will determine if she uses vacation or other leave. To find the exact answer to this question we recommend you contact Patrick DiFiore of GTM Payroll Services, Inc. You can find his information on our website.
Many families have considered this solution in order to protect their families. This however, depends on the nanny’s ability to do so. Some nannies have their own children or elderly loved ones. It could be a hardship on them to disrupt their homes for this purpose. If your nanny is unable to start living with you, you may want to consider hiring a temporary nanny to help out.
Yes, this question is appropriate for the both you to ask of each other. This has the potential to put worries to rest.
If you can’t go to work because a health care professional advised you to self-quarantine or you need to be quarantined by a federal, state or local order, you may be eligible for paid sick leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). Also, you could receive paid leave if you’re caring for someone who is quarantined by the direction of a health care professional or subject to quarantine or isolation by a federal, state or local order.
If your employer is not in need of you because they are not working due to the COVID-19 epidemic, you may want to look for another family to work for on a temporary basis. If you are unable to find alternate work, you can apply for unemployment benefits if your employer has paid you legally by having state & federal taxes withheld.
Have an honest conversation with your employer. Let them know your fears & worries. Talk to them about solutions to addressing your exact worries is. Once this is done, you and your employer should make a decision about getting a temporary replacement if you still are not comfortable with working.
Yes, absolutely. This is information you need in order to know you are safe from the possible spread of the disease. Ask your employer what they are doing to keep you & their family safe.
Yes, this will allow you to know if they are aware of best methods of keeping everyone safe.
At A Mother’s Prayer, we are taking every possible precaution to make sure our nannies don’t contribute to the spread of COVID-19. The safety and wellbeing of our nannies, as well as each & every family member of both our clients & nannies are our top priorities. We have implemented the following requirements for our nannies:• Follow the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing, shelter in place when not working, frequent hand washing, wearing of masks & gloves if in public areas. • When coughing or sneezing use your elbow if a napkin is not accessible. • Report any illness of nanny or family member to our agency immediately. • Self quarantine if known exposure happens. • No caring for sick children in other families homes. • Use disinfectant or sanitizing wipes to keep surfaces clean at home & at work. • No play dates or nanny sharing. • No use of community parks, playgrounds, pools or other community play places