Frequently Asked Questions
What You Need to Know
Are you licensed healthcare professionals?
No, we are medical, allied health profession, graduate or undergraduate students from local colleges/universities.
Are you licensed childcare providers?
No, we are medical, allied health profession, graduate or undergraduate students coming together, voluntarily, to provide services to help our colleagues in the field.
How do I get matched?
After you fill out the form, your request will be reviewed by the coordinator, who will review our list of volunteers and match you with an eligible student. Once a match has been made, you'll receive a phone call or text from the coordinator to discuss screening and details. After, you'll receive a phone call or text from the student you've been matched with. How you choose to screen students is up to you.
Please be aware that our students are involved in virtual classes, so they have assignments and studying. Since the situation is rapidly evolving, we are only capable of tackling one week at a time. We cannot guarantee a match, but we'll do our best!
Does this cost money? Are you paid to do this?
It does not cost money to get matched with a student. As the organizers, we are all volunteers. When signing up, healthcare workers have the option to state whether they can provide compensation. Compensation is independent of the service SD COVID Babysitting offers.
However, if you rely on your student to complete household management or errands tasks (i.e. grocery shopping), please pay them in full. We cannot accept IOU's.
Is this service mandated by or affiliated with any university or institution?
No. This is an offer to help connect participating students and healthcare workers. It is completely voluntary and not an endorsement nor affiliated with any employer or academic institution. We are just a group of students, acting as private citizens, who want to help connect frontline health workers with support during the COVID-19 crisis.
Do you verify student information?
We have an evolving volunteer base. Currently, we require a .edu email address from students, and have asked students when signing up to acknowledge that they are up-to-date with vaccinations. Due to our limited workforce capacity, we do NOT perform verification of student information. Some students may have had a prior background check done by their affiliated institution. It is up to both parties to vet one another after being matched.
Please follow CDC and institutional guidance and common sense precautions regarding exposure history. If you are a healthcare worker who is requesting a sitter, we are unable to work with you if you/anyone in your household has had a fever or shortness of breath of unknown origin in the last 14 days, or has tested positive for COVID-19. If you are a student, we are unable to have you work with us if you have had a fever or shortness of breath in the last 14 days, have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID19, or have traveled to a high-risk area in the last 14 days. Please update us if there are changes to your situation.
We do not assume liability for volunteers or requesting healthcare workers/households. Participants must use their own discretion to evaluate risk. Please refer to the Student Contract and Release of Liability sections on this website for more information.