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Health and Illness

Is your child too sick to attend?

A child is considered sick if s/he has any contagious or infectious condition such as, but not limited to: diarrhea, vomiting, cough, sore throat, red or matter in the eyes, thick yellow or green nasal mucus, or temperature 100 degrees or higher. A good rule of thumb is that any child who is too sick to comfortably participate in any of the classroom’s daily activities (including outdoor play) is too sick to be at school.

Illness Attendance Policy

The SBCDC will not accept a child with any of the symptoms listed above. If your child has any of these conditions but is not contagious, you may need to bring a note from your child’s physician. If you have questions or concerns about a child’s illness, please contact the SBCDC at 360-475-7190.

Children who become ill while in the care of the program will be separated from the other children. Parents will be contacted at once and must pick up their child immediately. Examples of when a child might be excluded are a bad cough, temperature over 100 degrees, excessive coughing, is very uncomfortable at the Center, or is unable to participate in classroom activities.

Alternative Arrangements for Childcare

It may be a good idea to explore alternative childcare options in preparation of a day your child is sick. We encourage you to try to make arrangements with a good friend, a neighbor, relative, or other such person to care for your child on these emergency days.

Exposure to illness

Exposure notices will be posted if your child has been exposed to any contagious illness.

No medication may be given orally or topically except with the written and signed direction of a health care provider and the parent. Designated Early Childhood Program Specialists may dispense medication, however we prefer that parents administer medications themselves.

If your child will need medication three times a day, the following schedule may be helpful to you: Administer dosage first thing in the morning, after you pick your child up from childcare, and a third in the evening at bedtime.

Staff will not give over-the-counter medicines, unless the physician and the parent has authorized by signing a written permission form. Parents may bring medicine to administer “as needed” as long as the symptoms warranting administration are clearly indicated on an Individual Health Plan, which is signed, dated, and renewed as necessary by the child’s parent/guardian and health care provider.

If your child has a chronic health condition, please inform staff of this at the time of enrollment. You will be given forms for you and your child’s health care provider to complete. These forms help insure that we will be able to meet the specific health needs of your child. Due to the severity of some chronic health conditions we must have these forms completed and returned to us prior to your child’s first date of service.

We aim to maintain a healthy environment at all times. Adults and children will wash hands as often as necessary. Designated hand washing will occur when entering the facility, prior to preparing, serving or eating food, after toileting, and after handling bodily secretions. Adults will use gloves when assisting children with toilet accidents, and when cleaning up all children’s bodily secretions such as bowel, urine, vomit, or blood.

Any sickness or accidents occurring at the Center will be treated in accordance with the DSHS recommended procedures, or American Red Cross Standard First Aid recommended procedures. Minor injuries that would normally be cared for at home may be tended to in the following manner:

Scratches and abrasion: Control bleeding, clean the wound carefully with soap and water only. Apply a sterile gauze dressing or Band-Aid. Advise parents to watch for infection.

Bruises: Determine the cause of the injury. A cold compress may be applied to area to reduce swelling.

The Center staff will notify parents following any head injury significant enough to produce a bruise or swelling.

If an injury requires medical attention staff members will apply First Aid and immediately call the emergency contact phone number. If the injury clearly warrants medical attention, we will first call 911 and subsequently call the child’s parent or guardian. OC Campus Safety and Security personnel may be asked to assist in this process. It is very important that parents keep emergency contact information up-to-date.

A copy of our complete Health Policy is available in every classroom for any parent’s reference, review, or possession.