Why Your Child May Be Sent Home
Child Care illnesses can affect all the children in our care. For that reason, we have established policies to protect the welfare of all the children in our care. It is extremely important to us that everyone, children, staff and parents included, remain as healthy and safe from disease as humanly possible.
- Fever: Anytime the child has a fever of more than 100° F the child will be sent home. The child may not return to school until the fever is normal for 24 hours without having had Tylenol or Advil etc.
- Diarrhea: A child that has had diarrhea occurring at school twice in one day for whatever reason will be sent home. The child may return to school when the problem has been resolved. When a child is sent home with diarrhea on two consecutive days, the 24-hour rule will be necessary to prevent infecting other children.
- Conjunctivitis (Pink eye, eye infection): The child may return to school when the child has a current prescription to treat the problem or a medical certificate stating the problem is under control.
- Impetigo: The child may return when the area is clean and dry.
- Ears Draining: The child may return when the drainage has ceased.
- Rashes: Rashes that you cannot identify or that have not been diagnosed by a physician.
- Vomiting: The child may return to school when the problem has been resolved.
- Contagious diseases: e.g. Hands, Foot & Mouth. A child may return as stipulated by the Health Department for the specific disease.
If a doctor diagnoses a throat or other infection and gives the child an antibiotic, the child should not come to school until he/she has had the medication for at least 24 hours.
By helping us to observe good health standards, you will be protecting your child and the other children within our programs.
Thank you for your cooperation.
We will administer medicine to your child when necessary. We do it in the best interest of the child and so that the child can return to school. When we do give medicine, it is under the guidelines of the Health Department and the Day Nurseries Act.
Day Nursery standards require that medicine be administered at school under the following conditions:
- We prefer those drugs and medications to be prescribed by a doctor if they are to be administered to a child. Medicine must be in the original container with a current date.
- All containers to be clearly labeled with the child’s name, date and instructions for administration.
- A parent must sign in medicine with written instructions on the sheet provided.
- The teacher administering the medicine will also sign the sheet at the time of administration.
- Medicine cannot have another person’s name on it (e.g. sibling).
We realize it is inconvenient when a child is sick; however, it is not possible for sick days to be made up on another day.
If your child becomes sick at school, we will contact you immediately. In consideration of all of the children in our school, we know you understand it will be necessary for you to pick up your child or make arrangements for someone else to pick up your child as soon as possible. Not passing the ‘bugs’ around is very important to us. Please make sure you inform us of any phone number changes and that we also have an alternate number to call if we are unable to contact you.
If your child is sick for an extended period, there will be no fee after the first week until your child returns to school.