Sickness/Wellness Policy

Children must be well to attend Playgroup for the sake of your child(ren) as well as the others. We understand that it can be difficult for a parent to leave or miss work, but you may not bring a sick child to school. Upon arrival, Ms. Kadi may refuse a child who appears ill. Children exhibiting one or more of the following symptoms may be determined too ill to attend:

  • Signs of fever (one degree above normal) with behavior change or other symptoms indicating illness

  • Watering eyes

  • Chronic coughs and/or wheezing and/or difficulty breathing

  • Chronic runny nose or thick, colored mucous

  • Diarrhea (2 or more times in a 24 hours period)

  • Flu-like symptoms, including fever, a cough, a sore throat, body aches

  • Vomiting

  • Hand, Foot, and/or Mouth sores

  • Pink/red conjunctivitis with discharge, until treated for 12 hours

  • Unexplained rashes

  • A diagnosis of RSV in a child under 24 months of age

  • Head Lice, until treatment and all nits are removed

  • Illness that prevents your child from participating in activities

  • Illness that results in greater need for care than we can provide

  • For other specific illnesses, Playgroup refers to the Colorado Dept. of Public Health & Environment's “How Sick is Too Sick” as a guideline in determining whether a child is ill. 

 

This is not an exhaustive list and the final determination is up to the director. If it is determined throughout the day that your child is ill, Ms. Kadi or your child’s lead teacher will contact one or both parents, and you will be asked to come as soon as possible to pick your child up. Your child will be separated from the group until s/he is picked up. 

 

Children may return to school when:

  • They are fever free without the use of fever reducing medication (acetaminophen/ibuprofen) for 24 hours

  • They are free from vomiting and diarrhea for 24 hours (or 48 hours if norovirus is suspected)

  • They can participate comfortably in daily activities

  • They are free of open, oozing skin conditions and drooling (not related to teething) unless:

    • The child’s physician sign a note stating that the child’s condition is not contagious, and;

    • The involved areas can be covered by a bandage without seepage or drainage through the bandage

  • If a child has a vaccine preventable disease (measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis), a physician’s note stating that the child is no longer contagious and may return to our care is required.

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