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Illness and Sickness Policy



To ensure the health of our students and their families, as well as our staff and their families, we have established the following illness policies for our Weekday Preschool.


Deciding if your child is “too sick” to attend school or not can be a complex decision. Here are some guidelines for you to follow. If you still are not sure, practice the golden rule when deciding whether or not to send your child to school.


Your child must stay home if they exhibit any of the following:
(this list covers the most common illnesses, but is not inclusive of all reasons for exclusion)

  • Illness that prevents your child from participating comfortably in preschool activities.
  • Illness that results in a greater need for care than our staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.
  • Unusual behavior: your child is irritable or less active than usual; cries more than usual or just seems unwell; exhibits loss of appetite or general discomfort.
  • Fever of 99.5 degrees and above.
  • Diarrhea: your child may only return to school after 24 hours of a firm stool.
  • Vomiting: your child may only return to school after 24 hours symptom free.
  • Severe and/or excessive coughing.
  • A runny nose showing greenish nasal mucus. A clear runny nose is acceptable when not accompanied by other symptoms such as excessively running nose, fever, sneezing, coughing, vomiting or listlessness.
  • Mouth sores.
  • Rash: unless a physician has determined it is not contagious.
  • Purulent conjunctivitis: (defined as pink or red conjunctiva with white or yellow eye discharge) until your child has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
  • Impetigo: until 24 hours after treatment.
  • Strep throat: until 24 hours after treatment
  • Head lice: until after treatment and all nits are removed.
  • Scabies: until 24 hours after treatment has begun.
  • Chickenpox: until all lesions have dried and crusted (usually 6 days).
  • Pertussis: (whooping cough) until 5 days of appropriate antibiotics.
  • Hepatitis A virus: until one week after onset of illness, after immune globulin has been administered


We will send your child home (or call emergency contact) if they exhibit any symptoms above.


Children must remain home for 24 hours without symptoms before returning to school.


In the case of a suspected contagious disease or continuing symptoms, a doctor's note is required before your child is permitted to return to school. As soon as your doctor determines that your child has a communicable disease, please inform the Preschool immediately.


Children may return to preschool when:

  • They are free of fever, vomiting and diarrhea for a full 24 hours.
  • They have been treated with an antibiotic for a full 24 hours.
  • They are able to participate comfortably in all usual preschool activities, including outdoor time.
  • The child is free of open, oozing skin conditions and drooling unless: A health-care provider signs a note stating that the child's condition is not contagious, and the involved areas can be covered by a bandage without seepage or drainage through the bandage.


Please view our complete illness policy listed in our handbook.