When your child is sick, we ask that you please do not send your child to our programs. We want to be careful not to spread infections of any kind, including the common cold.
Children will not have a positive day if they are not feeling well, and therefore, should not attend. A child who appears to be ill upon arrival will not be allowed to stay. Any child who becomes ill while in attendance will be isolated promptly from the group and parents or guardians will be notified to pick up their child.
Please keep in mind that consideration is the key to stopping the spread of many infections. We do our best to maintain a sanitized environment with diligent teachers and we need your cooperation by not bringing your children sick.
Communicable Childhood Diseases:
Signs of illness may include but are not limited to
- vomiting or diarrhea
- inflamed mouth and throat
- colored runny nose
- unusual crying/fussiness
- head lice
Colds: From onset, a cold typically lasts three or more days. A runny nose that produces yellow or green mucous suggests an infection that should be seen by a physician. Persistent colored mucous may require more time at home followed by a physician’s release to attend. If a child has nasal discharge that interferes with the daily routine and classroom hygiene, the child should not attend and will not be allowed to stay.
- Fever: A child must be fever free (24 hours) before returning to school. That means a child can not have Tylenol or any other fever-reducing medicine in his/her system to make him/her fever free.
- Vomiting/Diarrhea: If a child has more than two diarrhea diapers, then he/she will be sent home for the day. If a child vomits one time then he/she will be sent home for the day. A child can not return for at least 24 hours after symptoms have disappeared.
- Strep Throat: This is a highly contagious infection and the child should be on antibiotics for 48 hours and fever free before returning.
- Chicken Pox/Shingles: Those exposed may break out 12 -21 days later. He/she may feel ill for two days prior to the appearance of the skin rash. A child cannot return until no new lesions have appeared for 48 hours and all spots are dry and scabbed or crusted over (about seven to 10 days).
- Pinkeye: A child must be diagnosed and on medication for 24 hours and the eye must be cleared and free of discharge prior to his/her return to school.
- Impetigo: This is a bacterial infection of the skin. Blisters will appear first and brownish colored scabs or crusts will follow. It will spread easily to other body areas and is contagious to others. A doctor must diagnose and treat this infection. The child can return after the use of medication and the scar area is healed.
- Lice: A child must remain home for two days and be treated with an over the counter medication shampoo. All nits must be removed before returning to the program. The treatment should be repeated seven days later to kill any new nits or newly hatched lice.
- Fifth Disease: This is a bright red rash on the checks, followed by a lace-like rash on the extremities, which can come and go for one to five weeks. The child must stay home if there is fever or if the rash is itchy.
- Giardia: This is an active intestinal parasite that appears five to 25 days after exposure. Symptoms include mild or sever diarrhea, fatigue, sometimes vomiting and may come and go over a period of time. The child cannot return until he/she has taken all of the medication (five to10 days) and has two negative tests three days apart. We also need a written confirmation from the doctor that the tests were negative.
- Shigellosis: This is a bacterial infection of the intestinal tract. Mild to severe diarrhea is the major symptom. The child can not return until he/she has been treated and the diarrhea is gone.
- Ringworm: This fungus is contagious and is easily spread. The child should see a doctor for medication. After 24 hours of application of the medication the child may return. However, the area must be kept covered while at school.
- Measles: This is contagious for four to five days after the onset of the rash. The child cannot return until he/she is fever free and the rash has been gone for three days.
- Hand, Foot, Mouth: This disease is a mild, contagious viral infection and is characterized by sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands and feet. There is not specific treatment for hand, foot, mouth disease. You can reduce your risk of infection by practicing good hygiene. HFM may cause the following signs and symptoms: fever; sore throat; painful, red, blister lesions on the tongue, gums, and inside of the cheeks; a red, non-itchy rash on the palms of the hands; sores on the feet and buttocks; irritability in infants and toddlers and a loss of appetite. The usual period from initial infection to the onset of signs and symptoms (incubation period) is three to seven days. A fever is often the first sign of HMF, followed by a sore throat and general not feeling well. One to two days after fever sores in mouth, a rash on hands and feet may appear. The child cannot return until he/she is fever free and the sores/rash has been gone for two days.
All skin infections, including scratches, scrapes and abrasions that have become infected must be covered during the time the child is at school.