Management of Illness

A childcare staff member with currently valid training management of communicable diseases shall observe each child daily upon arrival.

The center will immediately notify the parent of the child's condition when the child has been observed with signs or symptoms of illness. Until the family arrives, a child displaying any of these symptoms will be isolated to a cot in the classroom or in the office if requiring one on one care. An ill child must be picked up within twenty minutes of receiving a call. If this is not possible emergency services will be contacted.

Symptoms observed which require isolation and immediate discharge: a child with any of the following signs or symptoms of illness shall be immediately isolated and discharged to his parent or person designated by the parent.

  1. Temperature of at least 100° Fahrenheit.
  2. Diarrhea - three or more abnormally loose stools within a 24 hour period.
  3. Severe coughing, causing the child to become red or blue in the face or to make a whooping sound.
  4. Difficult or rapid breathing.
  5. Yellowish skin or eyes.
  6. Redness of the eye, obvious discharge, matted eyelashes, burning, itching.
  7. Untreated infected skin patches, unusual spots or rashes.
  8. Unusually dark urine and/or grey stool.
  9. Stiff neck with an elevated temperature.
  10. Evidence of untreated lice, scabies, or other parasitic infestations.
  11. Sore throat or difficulty in swallowing.
  12. Vomiting more than one time or when accompanied by any other sign or symptom of illness.

In an effort to limit illness at the center, a "symptom free" policy is in effect. Children exhibiting any of the above symptoms should not return to the center until 24 hours after the symptoms disappear. Families are encouraged to find back up care when their children are mildly ill.

physician's note will not preclude this policy.

Parents and emergency contacts must be able to arrive at the center within 20 minutes of notification that a child needs to be picked up.