Health Requirements

Health forms (instructions) should be filled in by your child's doctor. All children in public and private schools are required by the State of New Jersey to have the following immunizations: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis), Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio, Haemophilis B., Pneumococcal, Varicella (chicken pox) and an annual Influenza vaccine between September 1 and December 31. If your child does not have these immunizations, please see that he/she gets them immediately.

Parents will understand the necessity of keeping the child home if he/she shows any symptom of illness. Please keep your child home for twenty four hours after any fever, diarrhea or vomiting has ended, thus giving him/her a chance to fully recuperate and help prevent the spread to other students and staff.

Please let us know if your child is to be absent from school for illness or any other reason. Our teachers worry and may be holding up an activity in hope that the child will arrive soon. It is best to call the school before the child's normal starting time. Please report communicable diseases to the school. We in turn, will post a notice on the bulletin board if your child has been exposed to a communicable disease.

The teachers will send home any child showing any of the symptoms listed or who in the opinion of the teachers is feeling ill enough that he/she can not participate in classroom activities. We have facilities for isolating the child until arrangements can be made for his/her return home.

Please note the following policies mandated by the State of New Jersey as outlined in the Manual of Requirements for Child Care Centers:

 

Policy on the Management of Communicable Diseases

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

* Severe pain or discomfort
* Acute diarrhea or bloody diarrhea
* Episodes of acute vomiting
* Elevated axillary temperature of 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit
* Lethargy that is more than expected tiredness
* Yellow eyes or jaundiced skin
* Red eyes with discharge
* Infected, untreated skin patches
* Difficult rapid breathing or severe coughing
* Skin rashes in conjunction with fever or behavior changes
* Weeping or bleeding skin lesions
* Mouth sores with drooling
* Stiff neck

Once the child is symptom-free, or has a doctor's note stating that he/she no longer poses a serious health risk to himself/herself or others he/she may return to the center.

 

Policy of Excludable Communicable Diseases

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

Respiratory illnesses

Gastro-intestinal Illnesses

Contact Illnesses

Chicken pox**

German Measles*

Hemophilus Influenzae*

Measles*

Meningococcus*

Mumps*

Strep Throat

Tuberculosis*

Whooping Cough*

Campylobacter*

Escherichia coli*

Giardia Lamblia*

Hepatitis A*

Salmonella*

Shigella*

Impetigo

Lice

Scabies

Shingles

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

** If your child has chicken pox, a doctor's note is not required for re-admitting to the center. A note from the parent is required, stating that all sores have dried and crusted.

If your child is exposed to any excludable disease at the center you will be notified in writing.


Medications may be administered only after a written request and instructions from the child's parent or guardian.

For minor injury, First Aid kits are located in each classroom, and will be used to disinfect and bandage the hurt area following Red Cross First Aid instructions. For more serious injuries while under the school's care, the school will take the necessary actions to protect the child from further harm and will immediately attempt to notify the child's parent/guardian orally. The emergency medical release form signed by the parent/guardian empowers the school's representative to authorize medical treatment at an emergency medical center. The school carries an accident insurance policy for each child covering the time he/she is in school.

Infants up till the age of eighteen months will be put to sleep on their backs only. We can make no exception to this rule unless we receive a signed directive from the child's physician.