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Policy on the Management of Communicable Diseases


If a child exhibits any of the following symptoms, the child should not attend the center.  If such symptoms occur at the center, the child will be removed from the group, and parents will be called to take the child home.

            Severe pain

            Acute diarrhea

            Episodes of acute vomiting

            Elevated oral temperature of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit

            Lethargy

            Severe coughing

            Yellow eyes or jaundice skin

            Red eyes with discharge

            Infected, untreated skin patches

            Difficult or rapid breathing

            Skin rashes in conjunction with fever or behavior changes

            Skin lesions that are weeping or bleeding

            Mouth sores with drooling

            Stiff neck 

Once the child is symptom-free, or has a heath care provider’s note stating that the child no longer possesses a serious health risk to himself/herself or others, the child may return to the center. 

TABLE OF EXCLUDABLE COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

A child who contracts any of the following diseases may not return to the center without a health care provider’s note stating that the child presents no risk to himself/herself or others: 

Respiratory IllnessesGastrointestinal IllnessesContact Illnesses
Chicken Pox ** Campylobacter* Impetigo
German Measles* Escherichia coli* Lice
Hemophilus Influenzae* Giardia Lamblia* Scabies
Measles* Hepatitis A* Shingles
Meningococcus* Salmonella*  
Mumps* Shingella*  
Strep Throat    
Tuberculosis*    
Whooping Cough*    

*Reportable diseases that must be reported to the health department by the center. 

**Note:     If a child has chicken pox, a health care provider’s note is not required for re-admitting the child to the center.  A note from the parent is required, stating either that at least six days has elapsed since the onset of the rash, or that all sores have dried and crusted. 

If a child is exposed to any excludable disease at the center, parents will be notified in writing. 

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