Health Policies and Procedures

NO SMOKING

No smoking or smoking paraphernalia is allowed on preschool premises.  Failure to comply will be immediate cause for dismissal.  This includes throwing butts on the property around the preschool as well.

First-aid procedures

·         Red Cross first aid and poison center guidelines will be followed.

·         I have been trained in First Aid and CPR for infants and children.

      ·          A first-aid kit will be on the premises.

      ·         Emergency numbers are available at all times.

·         Parents will be notified of accidents, and an injury record is kept for each child.

Medical emergencies

·         Immediate first aid will be given.

      ·         Ambulance will be called and paramedic recommendations followed.

      ·         Parents will be notified as soon as possible.

      ·         When parents are not available, your emergency reference will be called.

      ·         Parents are responsible for any expenses as a result of emergency room care,

      ambulance, etc.

·         Hospital used for emergencies is Hays Medical Center, St. Anthony’s Campus, 2220 Canterbury Drive, Hays, KS

Illness

I will always respect your need to be at work when it comes to an ill child.  I ask, however, that you give consideration to the other children in care and ask yourself how you would feel if your child were here and healthy and another child were as ill as your child is.

·         If your child becomes ill during the day, you will be notified and expected to pick your child up as soon as possible.

 

·         If your child will be missing preschool due to illness, please notify me by phone the previous evening or the morning of the day of absence.

 

·         If your child requires medicine, they must take the medicine consecutively, according to the doctor’s instructions, for 24 hours.  Missing doses will result in child not being able to return to school until all doses have been taken in a 24-hour period.

 

    • The only exception to the above stated rule is if the doctor has instructed the child stay out of preschool for a period of time.  This should be something you would ask the doctor before leaving his office. 

 

The following are guidelines set by the State of Kansas for not permitting a child into preschool.

 

·         Temperature: Oral temperature 101 degrees or greater; rectal temperature 102 degrees or greater; axillary (armpit) temperature 100 degrees or greater; accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness until medical evaluation indicates inclusion in the facility. Oral temperature should not be taken on children younger than 4 years (or younger than 3 years if a digital thermometer is used). Rectal temperature should be taken only by persons with specific health training. 

 

·         Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness (such as unusual lethargy, uncontrolled coughing, irritability, persistent crying, difficult breathing, wheezing, or other unusual signs) until medical evaluation allows inclusion.

 

·         Uncontrolled diarrhea, that is, increased number of stools, increased stool water, and or/ decreased form that is not contained by the diaper until diarrhea stops.

 

·         Vomiting illness (two or more episodes of vomiting in the previous 24 hours) until vomiting resolves or until a health care provider determines the illness to be noncommunicable, and the child is not in danger of dehydration.

 

·         Mouth sores with drooling, unless a health care provider or health official determines the condition is noninfectious.

 

·         Rash with fever or behavior change, until a health care provider determines that these symptoms do not indicate a communicable disease.

 

·         Purulent conjunctivitis (defined as pink or red conjunctiva with white or yellow eye discharge), until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated.

 

·         Untreated scabies, head lice, or other infestation.

 

·         Untreated Tuberculosis, until a health care provider or health official states that the child can attend child care.

 

·         Known contagious diseases while still in the communicable stage.

 

 

Communicable disease prevention and reporting

·         Your child must be current in his/her immunizations.

 

·         Your child will be kept isolated from other children as much as possible if your child has a communicable disease.  Communicable diseases will be reported to the Department of Health.

 

·         Each child will be observed daily for illness.

Individual cubbies, cups, disposable towels, etc. will be used to minimize the spread of infection.

 

 

Management of medication

·         Please plan on giving medication before or after school. It is not part of my policy to give medications.

 

Health record

·         Immunization records and the date of your child’s last physical examination must be kept up to date.

 

·         Please notify me of any special health problems or concerns regarding your child or family.

 

·         If your child has any allergies to food, please let me know so I know what types of food your child needs to avoid.