Sick Policy

ILLNESS

LALA’S LOVEABLES CHILDCARE INC. IS A “WELL-CHILD FACILITY.”  AT NO TIME DO WE PROVIDE CHILD CARE TO SICK CHILDREN.  THE FOLLOWING ILLNESS POLICIES WILL BE STRICTLY ENFORCED, FOR THE HEALTH, WELL BEING AND SAFETY OF ALL CONCERNED:

SICK CHILD POLICY:

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES MAY A PARENT BRING A SICK CHILD TO DAYCARE IF THE CHILD SHOWS ANY SIGN OF ILLNESS (SEE SYMPTOMS), OR IS UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NORMAL ROUTINE AND REGULAR CHILD CARE PROGRAM.  SICK CHILDREN WILL EXPOSE ALL CHILDREN AND STAFF WHO THEY COME IN CONTACT WITH.  IF OTHER CHILDREN BECOME ILL DUE TO EXPOSURE TO YOUR SICK CHILD OTHER PARENTS WILL BE UNNECESSARILY INCONVENIENCED.  BECAUSE THIS IS DISRUPTIVE TO OTHER CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES, YOUR COOPERATION IS IMPERATIVE.

EVERY EFFORT IS TAKEN TO REDUCE THE SPREAD OF ILLNESS BY ENCOURAGING HAND WASHING AND OTHER SANITARY PRACTICES.

**IF YOUR CHILD IS UNABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE NORMAL ACTIVITIES OF THE CHILDCARE, THEN YOUR CHILD MUST STAY HOME.**

CHILDREN WILL BE VISUALLY SCREENED WHEN THEY ARRIVE.  IN THE EVENT A CHILD BECOMES ILL AND NEEDS TO BE PICKED UP, THE PARENT(S) WILL BE CALLED AND ARE EXPECTED TO PICK UP THE CHILD WITHIN ONE HOUR (60 MINUTES).  IF THE PARENT(S) CANNOT BE REACHED, OR HAVE NOT ARRIVED WITHIN AN HOUR, THE EMERGENCY CONTACT PERSON WILL BE CALLED AND ASKED TO PICK UP THE CHILD.

FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR STAFF AND OTHER CHILDREN IN OUR CARE, A SICK CHILD WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO RETURN TO CARE FOR 24 HOURS AFTER THE CONDITION HAS RETURNED TO NORMAL.  THE CHILD MAY RETURN 24-48 HOURS (DEPENDING UPON THE ILLNESS) AFTER THEY HAVE RECEIVED THE FIRST DOSE OF AN ANTIBIOTIC.  IF A CHILD RECEIVES AN ANTIBIOTIC FOR AN EAR INFECTION, HE/SHE MAY RETURN TO CHILD CARE IMMEDIATELY IF HE/SHE HAS BEEN FREE OF OTHER SYMPTOMS MENTIONED FOR AT LEAST 24 HOURS.  IF YOU AREN’T SURE ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT TO BRING YOUR CHILD TO CARE, PLEASE CALL ME TO DISCUSS THE CIRCUMSTANCES.  ALLERGY RELATED SYMPTOMS, AND NON-COMMUNICABLE ILLNESSES DO NOT REQUIRE EXCLUSION IF YOU HAVE A NOTE FROM YOUR DOCTOR.

SYMPTOMS

FEVER:  FEVER IS DEFINED AS HAVING A TEMPERATURE OF 100 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT OR HIGHER, TAKEN UNDER THE ARM, 101 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT TAKEN ORALLY, OR 102 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT TAKEN RECTALLY.  FOR CHILDREN 4 MONTHS OR YOUNGER, THE LOWER RECTAL TEMPERATURE OF 101 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT IS CONSIDERED A FEVER THRESHOLD.

A CHILD NEEDS TO BE FEVER FREE FOR A MINIMUM OF 24 HOURS BEFORE RETURNING TO CHILDCARE, THAT MEANS THE CHILD IS FEVER FREE WITHOUT THE AID OF TYLENOL, OR ANY OTHER FEVER REDUCING SUBSTANCE.

  • FEVER AND SORE THROAT, RASH, VOMITING, DIARRHEA, EARACHE, IRRITABILITY, OR CONFUSION.
  • DIARRHEA: RUNNY, WATERY, BLOODY STOOLS, OR TWO (2) OR MORE LOOSE STOOLS WITHIN THE LAST FOUR (4) HOURS.
  • VOMITING – TWO (2) OR MORE TIMES IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD. 

NOTE:  PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILD IF THEY HAVE VOMITED IN THE NIGHT.

  • BREATHING TROUBLE, SORE THROAT, SWOLLEN GLANDS, LOSS OF VOICE, HACKING OR CONTINUOUS COUGHING.
  • RUNNY NOSE (OTHER THAN CLEAR MUCUS), DRAINING EYES OR EARS;
  • FREQUENT SCRATCHING OF BODY OR SCALP, LICE, RASH, OR ANY OTHER SPOTS THAT RESEMBLE CHILDHOOD DISEASES, INCLUDING RINGWORM.
  • CHILD IS IRRITABLE, CONTINUOUSLY CRYING, OR REQUIRES MORE ATTENTION THAN WE CAN PROVIDE WITHOUT HURTING THE HEALTH, SAFETY OR WELL-BEING OF THE OTHER CHILDREN IN OUR CARE.

NOTE: DO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THAT THIS IS MY HOME AND I TOO        HAVE A FAMILY.  IF YOU DECIDE TO BRING A SICK CHILD, IT NOT   

              ONLY AFFECTS THE OTHER CHILDREN IN MY CARE, IT ALSO 

              AFFECTS MY FAMILY.  I CANNOT EMPHASIZE ENOUGH THAT IF YOU 

              ARE NOT SURE WHETHER YOUR CHILD IS WELL ENOUGH TO BRING    

              TO DAYCARE, PLEASE CALL AHEAD AND ASK US.  WE MAY REQUIRE         

              A  DOCTOR’S DECISION AS TO WHETHER OR NOT THE CHILD IS 

              CONTAGIOUS.  WE THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR 

              COOPERATION.

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