Illness/Infection Policies

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At some time during the year, your child is going to be ill. This happens to all children and this explanation is meant to help you understand how to deal with illness when your child is enrolled in our program.

Please note – if the illness falls under the guidelines below, the parent must provide alternative care. These guidelines were determined by the Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and the Medical Committee of the Day Care Council. We are not permitted to deviate from these guidelines.

We strongly suggest that you consider plans for the care of your sick child ahead of time, before it is needed. Often, this may simply be the decision to take days off from work and spend them with your child. At other times, it may involve some arrangement with family members, responsible friends or someone who can provide care in your home.

Our staff will be sensitive to your child’s health status during the day. Our goal is to prevent the spread of illness to healthy children. Every parent is depending on the cooperation and good health policies of all the families in the school.

Please….

  • Have an alternative plan arranged for when your child is ill
  • Contact your child’s physician when your child is ill - please ask for a doctor’s note indicating the diagnosis and the date of return - we may need to contact the physician if additional information or clarification is needed
  • Maintain your child’s immunizations and schedule regular check-ups
  • Keep all of your emergency telephone numbers at the Center up to date

If Any Of The Following Symptoms Are Present, Your Child Is Too Ill To Attend School:

  1. Fever (before the use of fever reducers) of 100 degrees - Children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school
  2. Diarrhea (not secondary to antibiotics) -
    • Change in amount of bowel movement
    • Change in consistency/frequency of bowel movement
    • Grey or white stool
  3. Episodes within 24 hours or 1 episode with any other symptom
  4. Runny Nose – Green or yellow mucus discharge
  5. Vomiting – 2 episodes within 24 hours or 1 episode with any other symptom
  6. Sores or rashes - excluding the diaper area or physician-confirmed allergic reaction
  7. Severe coughing
  8. Child gets red or blue in the face
  9. Child makes high-pitched, croupy or whooping sounds
  10. Persistent cough that interferes with the child’s activities