Illness and Injury
Parents should notify the teacher when they drop their child off if the child did not eat well, did not sleep well, or seems to be out of sorts. Parents should also notify the teacher if their child has been diagnosed with pink eye, strep throat, chicken pox, measles, lice, scabies, etc. If a child becomes ill at the Center, parents will be notified to come and pick their child up immediately. For this reason, it is extremely important that parents are careful to inform the Center where they are each hour their child is in the Center. The Lindgren Child Care Center does not rely on cellular phones; parents must tell the Center where they are in class and where they study. If parents cannot be reached, the Center will call the persons authorized by parents to pick up the child. Until the parents come, ill children will be separated from the group.
The Center’s policy is stringent: The Lindgren Child Care Center does not care for sick children. Therefore, each parent must make other arrangements for their child when they are sick. The Center keeps sick children out of the center so the healthy children remain healthy. The center has no facilities to care for sick children. Therefore, each parent must make other arrangements for children when they are ill. Teachers are required to have First Aid training, and will proceed accordingly.
Children should remain home when any of the following situations arise:
- The child is ill enough to require one to one attention in order to be comfortable;
- The child’s temperature is 100°F or above (a temperature is the body’s basic defense mechanism to battle illness so a temp is an indicator that a child is ill. Parents should not give their child acetaminophen to reduce fever and then bring them to the center).
- The child has any communicable infectious disease such as pink eye, measles, chicken pox, mumps, strep or bronchial infections;
- The child has profuse, thick, yellow or green nasal discharge or discharge from the eyes or ears. A profuse discharge is one which the nose needs to be wiped every 3-5 minutes;
- The child has any infectious skin disease or rash, such as active fever blisters, thrush, or impetigo;
- The child has persistent, non-productive, excessively forceful, or ‘barking’ cough that interferes with their program day;
- The child has an intestinal disorder accompanied by nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting. To prevent the outbreak of gastro-intestinal disease in the center, the center must exclude all children and staff with diarrhea from the facility. Parents must NOT bring their child to the center if their child has diarrhea regardless of the cause. Children shall be excluded from attending the center until the child is without nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting for 24 hours.
- With influenza or other illnesses with fever, children shall be excluded from attending the center until the child is without fever for 24 hours without the aid of acetaminophen.
Minor injuries will be treated with appropriate first aid and parents will be informed about them on an accident report.
- Accident Report, Appendix IV-I