PROCEDURE REGARDING SICK CHILDREN
When to Keep Your Child Home
Children must to be picked up from HIG within 30 minutes of initial illness call.
If you are unable to come within 30 minutes of call, please arrange someone on your emergency contact to pick up your child.
A written statement from the child’s physician must accompany any child who has had a contagious disease before he or she can return to the Center. Your child must be kept at home and medical attention sought for the following symptoms:
Flu: If your child is diagnosed with any strain of the Flu, we require that your child must be fever free and no symptoms for 72 hours after being fever free without any medicine.
Fever: Children with fever above 99o Fahrenheit are not allowed to be in class attendance. If your child starts to run a fever after being dropped off at the Center, we will call you to pick up your child. At the time of the phone call we will ask if you would like us to give fever reducing medicine to lower the fever, Children must be fever free without medicine for 24 hours before returning to the Center.
Vomiting and/or Diarrhea: your child should stay home until the illness is over, and for 24 hours after the last episode (without medication). The office will send a child home after they have two diarrhea episodes at school.
STREP, Red or Sore Throat: A sore throat could be a symptom of a serious illness. If your child has been diagnosed with strep, he/she cannot return to the Center for 24 hours after beginning an antibiotic and must be Fever Free. Receipt for Proof of purchase of an antibiotic prescribed by your child’s physician is required.
Head lice: Must have proof of complete treatment before returning to the Center. Complete treatment means: Store receipt for Proof of purchase of an over the counter treatment or a doctor’s prescription treatment accompanied by the box of the treatment of choice. Along with proof of treatment, your child’s head must be egg free, nymph free, or adult lice free. Your child cannot attend the Center if he/she still has eggs, nymphs, or adult lice in their hair, even if your child has been treated or has proof of treatment. We will not risk infecting other children when these three things are still present.
Scabies: Must have proof of complete treatment before returning to the Center. Complete treatment means: Receipt for Proof of purchase of treatment prescribed by your child’s physician. Your child may return to HIG after 24 hours of the completed treatment.
Impetigo: Must have proof of complete treatment before returning to the Center. Complete treatment means: Receipt for Proof of purchase of an antibiotic prescribed by your child’s physician. Your child may return to HIG after the skin sores are treated with antibiotics for 24 hours or the crusting lesions are no longer present.
Ringworm: If a child is suspected to have ringworm, the child must be seen by a Physician to determine the presence of Ringworm. A Physician Note must be presented to the Center stating the diagnosis concerning Ringworm in the negative or the affirmative. A skin test is needed if the Physician’s diagnosis is negative. HIG Center must have a copy of the skin test results. Must have proof of complete treatment before returning to the Center. The HIG office has more details about this policy if needed.
Chickenpox, Measles, or Mumps: Must have proof of treatment before returning to the Center.
Red or Pink Eyes (Conjunctivitis). Your child is not permitted to return to the HIG until 24 hours after starting prescribed treatment from your child’s physician. If your child has been on prescribed medication and continues to have discharge from their eyes, they will not be permitted to return to HIG until eyes are clear of discharge.
Thrush: Must have proof of complete treatment before returning to the Center. Thrush can be controversial. In our experience with thrush, we believe it to be contagious; therefore your child is not permitted to attend until 72 hours has elapsed along with taking a prescribed medication from their physician before they can return to the Center.
Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease: Must have proof of complete treatment before returning to the Center. Your child may not attend the Center for 3 full days after being diagnosed by your child’s physician. After the 3 days of diagnosis, your child can only return if they are BLISTER FREE. Our staff cannot care for your child without compromising their ability to care for the health and safety of the other children in the classroom.
Unexplained rash or unexplained pain: Must have proof of complete treatment before returning to the Center.
RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus): If your child has been diagnosed with RSV, they must be kept out for 8 days from date diagnosed. A doctor’s note for re-admittance is required after 8 days.
Croup: is caused by viruses that can be spread easily through coughing, sneezing, and respiratory secretions (mucus and droplets from coughing or sneezing). Children with croup should be considered contagious for five days after the illness begins. If a child has been diagnosed with Croup, they will not be able to return to the Center for 5 days.
The Center will notify you to pick up your child if any of the above conditions are found after the child has been left in our care. Please do not send your child to the Center if the above symptoms are occurring. The health and well being of your child and other children are very important to us.