‘Tis the season, for colds and other winter-related illnesses and therefore, I wanted to remind all families that as a state licensed and accredited child care center, we are bound by regulations established by the State of Missouri. The requirements for handling ill children include:
- Notification of parents when any contagious disease occurs in the Center
- A child may remain in care when he/she has no more than one of the following symptoms:
- Temperature up to 100 degrees by mouth (or 99 degrees under the arm)*
- Is on medication and has been determined to be no longer contagious by a physician
- Has vomited once with no further episodes
- Has experienced a loose stool with no other episodes
- Parents will be called and asked to pick up their child with any of the following and will be asked not to return to the Center until symptoms have been relieved:
- Severe coughing, sore throat or trouble swallowing
- Difficult or rapid breathing
- Infected skin or rashes
- Fever over 100 degrees by mouth (or 99 degrees under the arm)
- Other unusual or painful conditions
We will keep your child as comfortable as possible until you are able to pick him/her up!
If your child is taking medication, please consult the Family Handbook and note that prescription and non-prescription medications must be in the original container labeled with the child’s name. Medications should be removed by families as soon as the course of the medication is completed.
I also want to share that we recently had three confirmed cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) in our Milky Ways classroom. RSV is contagious for three to eight days and can be contagious longer. We are increasing the frequency of our normal precautions: hand washing, cleaning of hard surfaces, not sharing personal items, sanitizing toys, etc., but the virus can be transmitted through the air. We ask that you and your family also increase the frequency of these precautions in your home.
May you and your families maintain good health during this winter and holiday season!
Post by Vincent Flewellen