Preschool Communicable Disease Policy

Last Updated: 8/1/2019 3:33 PM


1. A child should not be sent to preschool if:

-he/she has a temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

-he/she has a skin rash.

-he/she has had diarrhea and/or vomiting two or more times in the same day.

-he/she shows any evidence of lice infestation.

He/she exhibits any of the following:

-severe coughing

-difficult or rapid breathing

-yellowish skin or eyes

-conjunctivitis (pink eye)

-untreated infected skin patches

-unusually dark urine and/or gray or white stool.

-stiff neck

-sore throat or difficulty in swallowing

2. A child who shows any of these signs after he/she has come to preschool will be isolated from the group, and the parents and /or guardians will be immediately called to come and take the child home. The child will be provided with a cot and blanket (These articles will be sanitized after each use).

3. The child may come back to school when all symptoms have ceased or in the case of a disease like chicken pox, when the director gives his/her permission for the child to return.

4. Staff members who have been trained in recognizing and managing communicable diseases will greet each child each day and determine if that child is illness-free and can stay in school that day.

5. The communicable disease chart is located in the preschool room.

6. Many questions arise concerning recess during the winter months. as you know, children need fresh air and daily outdoor exercise whenever the weather permits. Recesses are planned for the benefit and the welfare of the student. When the weather is too severe, 20 degrees F or lower, outdoor recesses will be cancelled. there can be two exceptions to the general rule for children's participation in outdoor recess:

A. A child is under the care of a doctor who feels that the child is able to come to school but his physical condition makes it necessary to remain indoors throughout the school day. A signed statement from the doctor to this effect should be presented to the teacher, and the child will be permitted to remain indoors for the period of time in the doctor's statement.

B. If a student has been absent from school for a number of days and actually needs to remain indoors the first day or two after returning. A note from the parents explaining the situation will be sufficient and arrangements will be made for the child to remain indoors.