Q) Can my child come to school ill?
A) Children who are ill, with or without a temperature, or who are unable to participate in regular activities may not return until their temperature has been normal for a minimum of 24 hours, and the child is able to participate in regular activities. Infectious illnesses such as the Flu, Pink Eye, Strep Throat, etc or symptoms such as fever over 100°, vomiting, severe coughing or diarrhea will require removal of the child from the program.
If a child becomes ill while he/she is in our care, parents will be notified and asked to come immediately and pick up their child. Until parents arrive, ill children will be separated from the other children. An alternate plan for your child must be established by parents if they are unable to pick up a sick child or if they cannot be reached by telephone during the work day. This plan must be given to the staff who will keep it on file at the center.
The child may return to the center when it has been more than 24 hours since they were symptom free or with a written documentation from a health care professional stating the child is not contagious and can attend the center.
Q) Who provides the diapers for the infant and toddler programs?
A) Parents/Guardians will provide diapers or pull-ups for their child. The staff will notify the parent a day or two in advance, through a written note, when additional diapers, pull-ups are needed. Wipes will be provided by the center.
Q) What is your medication policy?
A) No medication will be administered to the children by the staff. This includes antihistamine, non-aspirin fever reducer/pain reliever, non-narcotic cough suppressant, decongestant, ointment or lotion intended specifically to relieve itching or dry skin and sunscreen. Please inform your child’s physician of the center’s policy so he/she may prescribe medication to fit your child’s schedule. We recommend that you apply sunscreen on your child before bringing him/her to the center.
There are very few exceptions that need approval from the Corporate Office. Some of these exceptions includes but not limited to: EPI Pen, Asthma breathing machine, lotion for severe Eczema and medicated diaper ointment. All medications must have a health care professional documentation detailing how long and what time of the day to administer the medication. All medications must be in their original container with a current date, the child’s name, name of the medication, dosage and mode of administration and name of prescribing physician or dentist on it. Medications will be administered to children only if the “Authorization to Administer Medication” form filled out by the parent is current and on file at the center. Always give the medication directly to a manager at the center. All medications are stored in a locked container out of the reach of children. Any unused medication will be returned to you or properly disposed.
Diaper Powder will not be applied. Consent of a health care provider is not required for diaper cream. The diaper cream must be in their original container with a current date and the child’s name is written on the tube. Diaper Cream can only be applied if the “Authorization to Administer Medication” form filled out by the parent is current and with the diaper cream. Always give the cream to the infant room teacher which will be stored in a locked container out of the reach of children. Any unused or expired cream will be returned to you or properly disposed.