REASONS FOR EXCLUSION FROM THE CENTER
A child showing any of the following signs/symptoms MUST be excluded from the NLC:
- Temperature of 101 degrees F or higher within the last 24 hours
- Undiagnosed skin rash
- Yellow/green nasal discharge accompanied by fever
- Diarrhea (more than twice)
- General discomfort
- Coughing so that the child cannot play, cry, sleep or eat
- Ear ache
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye) – this is generally a viral infection that is spread via the hands. It is highly contagious for the first 3 to 5 days after symptoms appear. Symptoms include red, draining or crusty eyes.
- Strep throat
- Any communicable disease (ex// Chickenpox, Fifth Disease, Influenza, Norovirus, Ringworm, Scabies, etc.)
If we observe any of these symptoms in your child while they are in our care we will isolate them from the other children and will call you immediately so that you can make arrangements for early pick-up. Exclusion from the NLC is required when the teachers and the Director feel that a child is in a contagious phase of an illness, if they require more care and observation than can be offered at the NLC, or if a child can no longer be comfortable at the NLC.
If your child exhibits any of the above listed symptoms while in your care, please follow the exclusion/inclusion regulations, even if their symptoms have resolved by drop-off time. We understand that it can be inconvenient to stay home with a child who no longer appears to be ill, however bringing a child who has had symptoms like those listed above into contact with other children often spreads illness. Please be considerate of other children and families and – if in doubt – keep your child home.
INCLUSION/RETURNING AFTER ILLNESS
A child may attend/return to the NLC:
- After 24 hours fever, vomiting and diarrhea free
- 24 hours after treatment with antibiotics for infections such as pink eye, ear ache, and strep throat
- After treatment with lice shampoo and removing nits with a nit comb. Recheck your child after 7-10 days.
- Common cold without a fever
- Skin rash with a doctor’s note
- After coughing/wheezing/sneezing has stopped or lessened or if the child is on an antibiotic for at least 24 hours
- Nasal discharge is clear
- Doctor’s release for communicable diseases
Children may attend the NLC with a slight cold, as long as their temperature is less than 101 degrees and none of the symptoms mentioned in the Exclusion section above are present. We cannot allow Tylenol or any other pain reliever to be given to mask a fever if a child is ill.
Some illnesses/conditions such as Hand, Foot and Mouth, or lice, are easily spread in a community such as a child care center. If a child is diagnosed with such an illness, every effort will be made to notify families whose children might have come in contact with either the ill child or other opportunities to be exposed to the disease. Notification will be made via email, flyers, postings at the front desk, etc.
Please Note: Some communicable diseases must be reported to the Public Health authorities so that control measures can be implemented. Parents and staff are asked to notify the NLC within 24 hours after a child, a person in that child’s immediate family, and/or staff member, have developed a known or suspected communicable disease. If a communicable disease is diagnosed within the NLC community a notification email will be sent to all families regarding the specific symptoms, what to watch for, steps to take to avoid/treat, etc.