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Aha! & Aha 2 Childcare & Family Learning Center

 Happy New Year

Please review the Healthcare policy on illness below.

 

This may also be found in the Parent Handbook (p. 8) and Healthcare Policy (p. 5), located on the sign in/out table

POLICY AND PROCEDURE FOR EXCLUDING ILL CHILDREN

Children with any of the following symptoms are not permitted to remain in care:

1. Fever of at least 100 º F as read under arm (axillary temp.) using a digital thermometer accompanied by one or more of the following:

• Diarrhea or vomiting

• Earache

• Headache

• Signs of irritability or confusion

• Sore throat

• Rash

• Eye drainage that is thick and discolored

• Fatigue that limits participation in daily activities

                 No rectal or ear temperatures are taken.

2. Vomiting:

3. Diarrhea:

4. Rash (especially with fever or itching)

5. Eye discharge or conjunctivitis (pinkeye): until clear or until 24 hours of antibiotic treatment

6. Sick appearance, not feeling well, and/or not able to keep up with program activities

7. Open or oozing sores, unless properly covered and 24 hours has passed since starting antibiotic treatment, if antibiotic treatment is necessary.

8. Lice or scabies:

• Head lice: until no lice or nits are present.

• Scabies: until after treatment

Once a parent/guardian or emergency contact is notified to pick up child we expect pick up within 30 minutes.

Following exclusion, children are readmitted to the program when they no longer have any of the above symptoms and/or Public Health exclusion guidelines for child care are met.

**Child should not return until symptom free without medication for 24 hours.

     We notify parents and guardians when their children may have been exposed to a communicable disease or condition (other than the common cold) and provide them with information about that disease or condition. We notify parents and guardians of possible exposure by a posted notice, or a note in the sign in/out book. Individual child confidentiality is maintained. **“Communicable Disease Letters for Families” are available online at www.kingcounty.gov/health/childcare

In order to keep track of contagious illnesses (other than the common cold), an Illness Log is kept. Each entry includes the child’s name, classroom, and type of illness. We maintain confidentiality of this log.

Staff members follow the same exclusion criteria as children.

We follow this policy to keep from sharing illness with other families in our care.