Communicable Diseases

Communicable Diseases

Policy on the Management of Communicable Diseases 

If a child exhibits any of the following symptoms, he/she should not attend school. If such symptoms occur at school, the child will be removed from the classroom and you or an Emergency Contact will be called to take him/her home.

Table of Excludable Communicable Diseases• Severe pain or discomfort
• Acute diarrhea
• Episodes of acute vomiting
• Elevated oral temperature of 100° Fahrenheit
• Sore throat or severe coughing
• Yellow eyes or jaundiced skin
• Red eyes with discharge
• Infected, untreated skin patches
• Difficult or rapid breathing
• Skin rashes lasting longer than 24 hours
• Swollen joints
• Visibly enlarged lymph nodes
• Stiff neck
• Blood in urine

Once the child is symptom free, or has a physician’s note stating that he/she no longer poses a serious health risk to themselves or others, he/she may return to school.

If your child is exposed to any reportable disease at school, you will be notified in writing.

Policy on the Release of Children

Each child may be released only to the child’s custodial parent(s), or person(s) authorized by the custodial parent(s) to take the child from the Center and to assume responsibility for the child in an emergency if the custodial parent(s) cannot be reached.

A child shall not be visited by or released to a non-custodial parent unless the custodial parent specifically authorizes the Center to allow such visits or release in writing. This written authorization, including name, address, and telephone number shall be maintained in the file.

If a non-custodial parent has been denied access to a child by a court order, the Center shall secure documentation to that effect and maintain a copy on file.

Written procedures to be followed by staff members if the parent(s) or persons authorized by the parent(s), as specified above, fail to pick up a child at the time of the Center’s daily closing. The procedure shall require that:

  • The child is supervised at all times;
  • Staff members attempt to contact the parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the parents; and
  • An hour or more after closing time, and provided that other arrangements for releasing the child to his/her parent(s) or authorized person(s) have failed and the staff member(s) cannot continue to supervise the child at the Center, the staff member shall call the Division’s 24-Hour Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-792-8610) to seek assistance in caring for the child until the parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the child’s parent(s) is able to pick up the child.
  • Written procedures to be followed by staff member(s) if the parent(s) or person(s) authorized by the parent(s), appear to be physically and/or emotionally impaired to the extent that, in the judgement of the Director and/or staff member, the child would be placed at risk of harm if released to such an individual. The procedures shall require that:
  • The child may not be released to such an impaired individual;
  • Staff members attempt to contact the child’s other parent or alternate person(s) authorized by the parent(s); and
  • If the Center is unable to make alternative arrangements, a staff member shall call the Division’s 24-hour Child Abuse Hotline (1-800-792-8610) to seek assistance in caring for the child.