If your child is ill, please call the Center and let us know he/she
won't be attending that day.
All of our health policies are designed to maintain, protect
and improve the health of all the children in our care, and to reduce
the risk of spreading childhood disease and illness. This
is accomplished through close observation of the children, a lot
of hand washing, and keeping children home when they are ill.
MEDICAL RULES OF THUMB
The following information is provided as guidelines for deciding
when a child stays home and when it is okay to attend the Center.
No child should be brought to school who has exhibited any
of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours: fever, vomiting,
rash or hives, cold, sore throats, open draining sores, or extreme
- Fever - A fever is a warning that all
is not right with the body. No child with a fever over
100 degrees Farenheit should not be sent to the center.
- Stomachache, Vomiting, Diarrhea - Consult
your doctor if your child has a stomachache which is persistent
or severe enough to limit his activity. If vomiting occurs,
keep your child home until he/she can keep food down. A
child with diarrhea should always be kept home.
- Rash & Hives - A rash may be the
first sign of one of many childhood illnesses such as measles
or chicken pox. Do not send a child with a rash or hives
until your doctor has said ok.
- Cold - A child with a "heavy cold" and
a hacking cough should not be sent to the center, even if there
is no fever. Also, a child with profuse nasal discharge
or discharge from eyes or ears should be kept home. If
the nose is wiped every 5 to 10 minutes, that's too much.
- Sore Throats - If your child complains
of a sore throat and has no other symptoms, he/she may come to
the center. If white spots can be seen in the back of his or her
throat or if fever is present, call a doctor.
- Open Draining Sores - If your child
has any of the following examples they should remain at home:
impetigo lesions that have not dried or a staph infection.
- Extreme Listlessness - If your child
exhibits listlessness, a physician should be consulted immediately.
This could be a symptom of dehydration or some other serious
HEALTH CARE SUMMARY AND IMMUNIZATION RECORD
Before a child is admitted to the Maxwell Children's Center, a current
physical examination report signed by the child's physician must
be on file at the Center. Documentation of current immunization
must also be obtained. A notarized statement must accompany
any parental objection to required immunizations or medical exemptions.
New health care summaries are required when children change
age groups within the center. (For example: an infant moves
to the toddler room.)
Parents will be notified immediately when a child becomes ill or
injured at the Center. The child will be cared for away from
other children and comforted until a parent arrives. If the
parents cannot be reached, the listed emergency contact numbers
will be called and asked to pick up the child. Parents
should make certain the staff has current phone numbers for themselves
and also emergency contacts.
The staff will notify parents if their child has been exposed to
one of the contagious reportable diseases listed above. The
director will notify the health authority within 24 hours of receiving
parent's report of exposure.
Parents must inform the program staff of any and all communicable
diseases within 24 hours, exclusive of weekends and holidays, when
a child is diagnosed by child's source of medical or dental care
as having: lice, scabies, impetigo, ringworm, chicken
pox, foot & mouth disease, or conjunctivitis (pink eye).
Children are not permitted back in the classroom until child
has received medical clearance or prescribed treatment.
ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICINE
WE STRONGLY URGE MEDICATION BE GIVEN DURING NON-SCHOOL HOURS.
The Center staff will administer medicine only when
written permission of the parent is given. Medicines include: prescription,
non-prescription, diapering products, sunscreen lotions, and insect
repellents. All medication must be received in original containers
with child's name and dose included on label. Staff will
record all administration of medicine on Medication Form. A
HEALTH CARE CONSULTANT WILL REVIEW ALL HEALTH AND EMERGENCY POLICIES