ISU EARLY LEARNING CENTER ILLNESS POLICY
If you receive a call because your child is ill, you will be required to take the child home. One or more of the following symptoms will make this necessary: illness which prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities or which results in a greater need for care than the staff can provide, unusual lethargy, uncontrolled coughing, inexplicable irritability/persistent crying, difficult breathing, wheezing, or other unusual signs for the child as determined by the care provider. Also:
CHICKENPOX: Until all sores have dried and crusted. Exposure to chickenpox may occur 14-21 days before symptoms appear. Multiple small red bumps progress to watery blisters; open sores then become dry crusts. They usually start on the trunk or head.
DIARRHEA: Characterized by watery, frequent stools that cannot be contained inside a diaper or by the child's ability to use the toilet. Regardless of cause, children may not be in the Center. Child may be readmitted following a firm bowel movement.
FEVER: If a child is warm-to-the-touch and appears to be uncomfortable or registers a temperature exceeding 100.5 degrees (aural thermometer). Child must be fever-free for 24 hours, without the aid of medication, before returning to the Center.
HEAD LICE: Live only on human beings and can spread quickly despite good health habits. Child may be readmitted after first treatment (when all lice and nits are gone) and will be checked upon readmittance.
MOUTH SORES: Those accompanied by drooling, unless a health care provider determines that the child is noninfectious.
PINK EYE (Purulent): Pink or red eye with white or yellow discharge, often matted eyelids after sleep, and including eye pain or redness of the eyelids or skin surrounding eye. Child may return to the Center 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has been initiated.
RASH: Especially with fever or behavior change, until a physician determines that these symptoms do not indicate a communicable disease. Those with impetigo may return 24 hours after treatment has been initiated. Ringworm requires that a child not be readmitted until symptoms are gone. Those with scabies may return after treatment has been completed.
STREP: Strep throat or other streptococcal infection until 48 hours after initial antibiotic treatment. VOMITING: Two or more episodes of vomiting in the previous 24 hours. Regardless of cause, child may not be in the Center. Child may be readmitted after vomiting resolves.
MEDICATION: Medication forms are available at the front desk. This permission form must be completed and on file, accompanied by a prescription from a doctor, before any medication can be administered (this includes over-the-counter medications). The ELC staff will not administer any medication without a prescription. Medication will be kept in the refrigerator, not in diaper bags or children's cubbies. No medication (i.e., vitamins, cough drops) will be left with children in their pockets, mouths, etc.
CHILDREN NEED TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE FULLY IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE PROGRAM.