Sick Child Policy
Please keep your child home if he/she has:
- An oral temperature above 99 degrees in the morning. Children must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to a classroom setting.
- Conjunctivitis, which is an eye infection commonly referred to as "pink eye." The eye is generally red with some burning or itching and there is thick yellow or green drainage secreted.
- Bronchitis - this can begin with hoarseness, coughing and a slight elevation in temperature. The cough may be dry and painful, but it gradually becomes productive.
- Rashes that you cannot identify or that have not been diagnosed by a physician.
- Impetigo, which shows up as red pimples on the skin. Impetigo is a strep infection and must be treated by a physician.
- Diarrhea for any reason - allergies, illness, medication, etc.
- Severe cold with fever, sneezing, and yellow or green colored nasal discharge.
- A contagious disease. Some of these are: Measles, German Measles, Chicken Pox, Roseola, Hand/Foot and Mouth disease.
- If a doctor diagnoses an ear or throat infection, strep, or staph and places your child on an antibiotic, the child should not return to the classroom until he/she has been on the medication for at least 24 hours. If a culture has been taken, wait for the results before determining if the child should be in the classroom.
- Head Lice. This condition requires treatment of the child, the family, as well as the home environment. All nits must be removed from the hair before the child may return to the classroom.
- If a child seems sick without any obvious symptoms.
By helping to observe good health standards, you will be protecting your child, yourself and others in the Co-op. Please inform the director if your child has an infectious disease and other children may have been exposed, so that we may confidentially and discretely notify families of possible exposure. Also remember that there are no facilities to contain sick children. If your child should become ill while participating in Excelsior! Co-op, your prompt attention is appreciated.
Additional Sick Policy
When a parent is unable to attend Co-op because of a sick child, it is the parent’s responsibility to find a replacement for volunteer responsibilities. (To access the Co-op Family Directory on this website, please keep your password handy to avoid last-minute obstacles.) Siblings of sick children may attend Co-op if the sibling is not vulnerable to spreading illness to other Co-op members AND if the parent is able to secure another Co-op member as the responsible party for the siblings. The Parent Off Site Authorization form must be filled out and approved by a Board member prior to leaving the children at Co-op in the care of another member.
Children may also be brought to Co-op by another adult family member; please notify a Board member ahead of time. Non-family, non-member adults must be approved ahead of time by a Board member prior to bringing children to Co-op.
Any adults (family or otherwise) who will be substituting as a teacher or helper in a classroom must have a background check completed ahead of time (to be paid for by the family). Otherwise, the parent must also find a Co-op member to sub in the classroom.
In the case of teacher absence, the Assistant Teacher will act as a substitute (see Teacher Policies).