Preschool Health Policy
- For the protection of your child and other children, parents should not bring a child to a preschool class who appears to be ill. Upon the recommendation of the Committee on Control of Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child should not be taken from home when any of the following exist:
- Fever – currently or within previous 24 hours
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Any symptom of childhood disease such as scarlet fever, German measles, mumps, chicken pox, or whooping cough
- Common cold – from onset through one week
- Sore throat
- Any unexplained rash
- Any skin infection – boils, ringworm, impetigo
- Pink eye or other eye infections
- If a child develops a fever or other symptoms of illness while in a preschool class, he will be isolated and the parents will be contacted.
- Parents are responsible for informing the preschool teachers/helpers of any significant allergies by using the sign-in procedure or labels.
- Preschool teachers and staff are not able to administer medication.
- Flu Guidelines:
- Children should not be brought to class if they have any flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc.).
- Children should be fever free for at least 48 hours before returning to class.
- A minimum of 7 days from the time of flu onset should pass before a child should return to class.
Hygiene & Cleaning Policy
- All toys used by our younger preschoolers are washed and sanitized before each session to prevent spread of germs. Teachers and helpers should place used toys in the dirty toy container (located in Infant – 2’s classrooms) or stack them on the floor.
DO NOT RETURN TOYS TO SHELVES AFTER THE CHILDREN HAVE USED THEM.
- Use a new pair of disposable gloves for every diaper change.
- Use a clean sheet of waxed paper for each child when diapering.
- Infants should have clean linens put on the cribs before use.
- Wash or disinfect hands after each diaper change and after wiping noses and mouths.
- Gather mouthed toys as children finish with them. Do not allow children to share toys that have been put in their mouths.
- Assist children in washing/cleaning their hands after toileting and before eating a snack.
- Teachers & helpers should wash or sanitize hands before giving a snack.
- Serve snacks to older preschoolers on a napkin, paper towel, or plate for each child at the table. Younger preschoolers should not be allowed to share food or walk around the room with food.