In our preschool program, we generally adhere to the district guidelines for illness. However, there are sometimes discretionary decisions made by the school nurse due to the unique needs of the preschool child. Multiple factors are taken into consideration as we consider the health of the young child.
To help prevent children from contracting or spreading an illness while at preschool, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:
Keep your child at home if they have had any of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours:
- Fever of 100 degrees or more
- It does not help your child’s health to give medicine for fever and send them to school; that only reduces the fever for a short time and does not take care of the illness causing the fever
- Diarrhea-two or more episodes or associated with a low grade fever
- Skin rashes- undiagnosed or suspicious of being contagious
- Vomiting-two or more episodes or associated with a low grade fever
In general, children should stay home whenever they do not feel well enough to participate in the normal activities in a school day. If your child is feeling sick at school, then not much learning is taking place. In order to control communicable disease in school, it is important to keep your child home for the following reasons:
- Persistent cold symptoms-cough, congestion (thick, colored mucus)
- Discharge from the eyes or nose
- Swollen glands
- Sore throat
A child should not return to school within the first 24 hours of taking antibiotics. A child must be free of fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication before returning to school.
If the parent or guardian cannot be reached, those persons listed in the child’s emergency form will be contacted to pick up the child. While the child is waiting to be picked up, he/she will be isolated from the other children. A teacher or a familiar adult will be available to comfort the child as needed until the parent/guardian or other designated adult arrives. Please be sure all phone numbers on your child’s emergency form are always up to date. Children who exhibit any of the above symptoms within the past 24 hours should not be brought to the program and will not be allowed to remain the day.
We care about the health of your child and make providing a safe, healthy environment a priority.