ILLNESS POLICY

All seasons bring the possibility of colds, the flu and allergies.  Remember to use your best judgment when determining if you should send your child to school.  A child doesn’t need to say home with just a few sniffles, however if a heavy cold is just beginning, some extra rest could be the difference between a severe illness and a quick cold.  Also, it’s the season for stomach bugs which, as we are all aware, are extremely contagious.  Any child who has vomited must be kept home until they are twenty-four hour vomit-free before returning to school.  For the safety of all our children and teachers, it is extremely necessary for all of our parents to adhere to our guidelines.  Please remember that if you child is ill or not feeling well, it is in their best interest to stay home.  A doctor’s note is required to return to school for all children sent home with a contagious illness.  If any medication is administered to your child prior to coming to school, we must be notified in case of any emergencies or adverse reactions.

FEVER: If your child has a fever of 100.5º or higher, regardless of the cause, they should remain at home until they have been without fever for at least 24 hours (without the aid of fever reducing medication.)  Therefore, if your child is sent home with fever, they will not be allowed to attend Busy Bee the next day.

ANTIBIOTICS: Children must have at least three doses of antibiotics before returning to Busy Bee.  If the third dose occurs during the school day, they should not return until the following school day.  Until then, they are still considered contagious.

COLDS: Children can have colds that last for several weeks.  While we do not expect you to keep them out of school for that long, please refrain from bringing in children who are obviously not up to being at school.  (i.e., severe, green runny nose, wet, hacking coughs, lethargic or very sleepy.)

PINK EYE (Conjunctivitis):  Once antibiotic treatment has been given for 24 hours, bacterial conjunctivitis is not generally contagious.  There is, however, a second type of viral conjunctivitis that is highly contagious for several days.  Please consult your child’s doctor before bringing your child to Busy Bee who is ill with Conjunctivitis.  Child must have doctor’s note to return to school.  If your doctor does not prescribe drops for your child, child must remain home for at least 48 hours until discharge has stopped.

STREP THROAT:  24 Hours after antibiotic treatment has started, the child is no longer considered contagious.  Please let us know if your child has been diagnosed, as we must notify all other students.

VOMITING/DIARRHEA:  If a child vomits or has severe diarrhea, they will be sent home from Busy Bee.  Please be sure your child is at least 24 hours free from vomiting/diarrhea before returning to school.

EAR INFECTIONS:  If a child has been diagnosed with an ear infection, please keep them home until they have had at least 3 doses of their antibiotic and written approval from their pediatrician that they are not contagious and can return to school.  If your pediatrican does not prescribe antibiotics, your child should remain home for at least 24 hours after the diagnosis and still have a doctor’s note to return to school.

Any time you are not sure if your child is well enough to come to Busy Bee, the best decision is to keep them at home.  For the protection of all the teachers and children in our care, we reserve the right to restrict the attendance of a child who is obviously ill.  Please have pre-arranged backup care for times when you may need to leave your child at home.  Thanks!

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