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Illness Policy

Date: October 23, 2013 Author: BK Tots Categories: Administration, Policies

Dear Parents,

When the cold and flu season is upon us, please be considerate of others when deciding if your child is too ill to attend daycare. This memo is to help you along in case such a circumstance occurs. The information provided applies to all children admitted into our program and its to insure the protection of your child.

Fever: If your child has a fever they must be excluded until they are fever free without the aid of a fever reducer (Tylenol, Advil, Motrin) for 24 hrs.

Vomiting and/or diarrhea: If a child has either of these symptoms they must be excluded from daycare until they are symptom free (again for 24 hr.)

Lice: Children must be excluded until all family members have been checked and treated, as well as the home, bedding, carpets, and vehicles and car seats. The child may return only when they are lice and nit free. I will check often for this!

Colds: slight cold symptoms are acceptable, which means some coughing and/or sneezing and clear nasal discharge. Thick nasal discharge that is discolored (usually greenish or yellow) is NOT acceptable, this usually indicates a condition that needs to be evaluated and treated by a physician. Excessive constant coughing in a child or wheezing is also cause for alarm and should be evaluated.

Antibiotics: If a child is put on antibiotics for any reason they must be excluded from daycare for 24 hrs., and be given all the doses of the medicine prescribes for that time period.

Other symptoms:

  • Any unusual skin rashes
  • Conjunctivitis/Pink Eye
  • Severe complaints of headache
  • Sore Throat and/or Swallowing

If your child has a fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or any other symptoms listed above keep your child at home until he/she is cleared by a doctor with a note for our files.

If a child becomes ill while at daycare, we will call and let the parent know that they need to be picked up, parents please make sure you give us all phone numbers where you may reached or someone on your pickup list. If a child becomes ill they will be isolated from the others until you or someone arrives, please don’t delay in these instances as you may risk infecting other families.

Thank you!!