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HEALTH AND ILLNESS

Your child's health is a matter of major importance to all of us. In spite of all your efforts and our efforts, your child will occasionally get sick, and unfortunately, may be sent home. If we suspect anything that could be contagious, you must have your child examined by a physician. Please have a back up childcare plan for illnesses.

Licensing Administrative Code requires that children stay home at the onset of a possible contagious illness, rash, cough etc. We may require a note from your pediatrician letting us know that your child is not contagious. If your child is absent from illness for three or more days, we must have verification from a doctor that your child is no longer contagious. We send children home when they have a fever of 100* or more.

Each day as you arrive, the teacher will give your child a brief health check. Your child may be sent home if she/he appears to have symptoms of illness. This could also occur during the day. In such cases, your child may be isolated from the others and a parent (or someone on the emergency card) will be contacted.

Keep your child home if he/she:

**Is unable or not well enough to participate in center activities**

Has a fever of 100 degrees or more, or has had one during the previous 24-hour period.
Has a cold that is less than three days old.
Has been taking an antibiotic for 24 hours or less.
Has an uncontrollable or unusually heavy nasal discharge.
Has a constant cough or sneezing.
Has diarrhea more than once in a 24-hour period.
Is fussy, cranky, lethargic, and generally not himself/herself.
Has head lice – must treated at home and checked for nits by a staff member before they can return. We have a NO NIT POLICY.
Has pink-eye/conjunctivitis. Must have had treatment for 24 hours.
Has a rash. We will require a doctor’s note to return.
Has symptoms of a possible communicable disease. (cough, sniffles, reddened eyes, sore throat, rashes, headache, abdominal pain, and fever.)

Please notify us at once if your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease (head lice, chicken pox, whooping cough, croup, hand, foot and mouth etc.). Certain circumstances require us to notify the county health department.

Medications:

Special arrangements must be made for any medication to be given at the center. Please ask for a “Medication Permission” form before going to the doctor as you and your child’s physician MUST sign this. We may contact a doctor for more information about your child’s illness or medication.

We do not administer over the counter medications. If you feel your child needs a cough syrup, aspirin/Tylenol etc., then your child is probably not healthy and should stay home for the day.

When Your Child Becomes Ill while in our program:

For your own peace of mind, take a few minutes to make arrangements with a friend or relative that you can call for emergency childcare when your child is ill. This helps if your child gets sick at the center and helps eliminate the panic when your child wakes up sick in the morning and you have an important exam. Please add backup names and phone numbers to your child’s emergency card and remind these emergency contacts that we will ask for photo identification when they arrive to pick up your child.

If we cannot reach you or someone on your emergency list we may contact campus public safety to find you in your class or expected location on campus.

If your child is sent to the doctor and starts on a new medication he or she MUST be taking that medication at least 24 hours before returning to the children’s center and we will require a doctors note upon their return.