Ms. Terri's Corner Blog
SYMPTOMS REQUIRING REMOVAL OF CHILD FROM CHILDCARE (no exceptions)
Please do not bring your child if he/she is sick; the health and well being of all of the children here are of the utmost importance to me. It is for the protection of the children that I must insist on a strict adherence to my illness policy. Please read it carefully.
Communicable Diseases: Not permitted by law in childcare. Some of these illnesses are, but not limited to: Infectious Conjunctivitis (pink eye), Impetigo, Hepatitis A, Scabies, Ringworm, Infectious Diarrhea, Chicken Pox, Scarlet Fever, Lice, Strep Throat. If your child is thought to have a communicable disease, you will be notified and asked to pick him/her up. Your child will be accepted back into care when no longer contagious and must have a doctors note saying so. All other parents will be notified of possibility of a communicable disease and what symptoms to watch for.
Fever: Not Permitted. A child needs to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to childcare; that means the child is fever free without the aid of any fever reducing substance. Administering Tylenol to reduce your child's fever so that you can bring him/her is grounds for termination. (A) Oral temperature above 101 degrees and accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness; (B) Rectal temperature above 102 degrees and accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness; (C) Armpit temperature above 100 degrees and accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness; (D) Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness, such as lethargy, abnormal breathing, uncontrolled diarrhea, two or more vomiting episodes in 24 hours, rash with fever, mouth sores with drooling, wheezing, behavior changes, or other signs that the child may be severely ill; and (4) A health-care professional has diagnosed the child with a communicable disease, and the child does not have medical documentation to indicate that the child is no longer contagious.
Diarrhea: Not Permitted. Children may return to care 24 hours after beginning an antibiotic or needs to be diarrhea free for a minimum of 24 hours. Infants and toddlers with fevers and/or diarrhea pertaining to teething will only be accepted into care with a doctor’s note stating that these symptoms are due to teething.
VOMITING: Not Permitted. If your child vomits while at Daycare, you will be expected to come within THE HOUR to pick your child up. The child must stay home until 24 hours have passed with NO VOMITING EPISODES.
Running Nose: Your child may be brought to daycare if he/she has a common cold (slight occasional cough, clear runny nose, occasional sneezing) Discharge of any color other than clear is not acceptable in child care. A constant runny nose, which lasts longer than a week and you suspect it may be due to allergies, I will require you to bring a doctors note stating the same.
Rashes: Not Permitted. Any rash other than diaper rash must accompany the child to child care with a note from the doctor stating it is not contagious.
Runny and/or Crusty Eyes: Not Permitted. Watery, matted, and/or red/pink eyes are not acceptable in child care under any circumstances.
Excessive Crankiness: If your child is irritable, excessively whining or crying wants to be constantly held, or requires more attention than I can provide without jeopardizing the health, safety, or well being of the other children in my care, you must keep your child home regardless of the presence of other symptoms. If this occurs during child care hours, you will be called to come pick up your child.
Lice: Not permitted back to childcare until after the second hair treatment.
24 Hour Rule: Your child must be free from any of the above symptoms for a minimum of 24 hours before you can return to childcare. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you arrive and tell me your Childs fever broke at noon the previous day, you will be asked to leave.
Please take the rules seriously. It is always best to call me and ask if you are unsure whether or not you may bring your child. It is always best for you to have a back up plan available to you in the event your child is ill and you cannot miss work. Any infractions of the above rules and you will be called at work or school to come and pick up your child. Repeated calls to have you return here to pick up your child may result in termination (with all fees due and payable). If someone in my family has any of the above symptoms, I will call you the previous evening, or as soon as I am aware of the situation, so that you may determine whether or not you want your child exposed to such symptoms. I will ask you to make other arrangements if I feel the illness in my family will hinder the quality of care I give your child.
THANK YOU for following the school rules and helping make it the best it can be for everyone!