School & Child Care Provider Guidance

When to Notify Nevada County Public Health:

If your school or child care program has identified three or more cases of COVID-19 in a cohort, such as a classroom, within a 14-day period, notify Nevada County Public Health using the SPOT Intake Form.

After you submit the SPOT Intake Form, Nevada County Public Health will review your information and contact you if additional information is required.

If you have questions, please call 530-265-7258.

CDPH COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Providers and Programs

CDPH K-12 School Guidance, 2022-2023

Tests for COVID-19

Antigen tests are preferred in the child care setting for rapid results.

AT-HOME TESTS — plan ahead to have tests at home before getting sick or being exposed. Available at most pharmacies, no doctor's prescription needed. Check with your local pharmacy or retail store.

  • At-home tests—8 per month per person— are required to be covered through Medi-Cal, Medicare, or private insurance. 

More details are available at the California COVID-19 Testing Information page or by calling 211.

CDPH Testing Task Force Testing Programs

CDPH Testing Task Force OTC Test Order Form for Child Care Programs


COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended for all eligible people in California, including providers, teachers, staff, children, and individuals sharing homes with members of our child care communities. Make an appointment online or call 1-833-422-4255.

Face Coverings/Masks

Nevada County Public Health strongly recommends that individuals 2 years old and older wear an effective, well-fitting mask while indoors in child care settings. Children younger than 2 years old should NOT wear masks.

Masking Tips For Children (pdf)