WELL CHILD POLICY
Most children get sick at one point or another during the school year. It can be very disappointing when you have an event or field trip planned and your children get sick. We ask that all parents make an informed decision when determining if you should bring your child to an event. For the protection of all of our B.E.E.C.H. children we ask you to please follow the below guidelines and only bring WELL CHILDREN to events:
What is a well child? A WELL CHILD:
- Has been FEVER FREE without fever reducing medications for at least 36 hours.
- Has had NO Vomiting or Diarrhea without anitemetics or antidiarrheals for at least 36 hours.
- Does NOT have a runny nose and has no green or yellow nasal discharge. If bacterial and treated with antibiotics, may participate after a full 48 hours of taking antibiotics. If viral please don't participate for at least 7 days after onset of symptoms or until symptoms are gone.
- Does NOT have a Cough and is also not coughing up green or yellow discharge from his/her lungs.
- Does NOT have an Unexplained Rash.
- Does NOT have an Eye Infection. If the child had a recent eye infection and they have been on antibiotics for at least 48 hours they may participate. If no antibiotics, then please keep the child home for at least 48 hours AFTER the eyes are completely clear and have no drainage or discharge.
- Does NOT have Lice. Children and family members infected with lice should stay home until they have been treated and there have been no signs of lice or eggs evident for at least 72 hours.
- Does NOT have a skin infection like impetigo, boils, scabies, ringworm, staph, etc. Children that have had a recent skin infection should be kept home for at least 48 hours after treatment by a doctor and if applicable lesions have crusted and healed.
- Does NOT have a Virus with or without fever for at least 5 days.
- Does NOT have the FLU.
- Does NOT have a communicable illness such as, but not limited to, Strep, Chickenpox, Mumps, Measles, Pink Eye, Rubella, Pertussis, Fifth's Disease, Flu, Mono, Meningitis, Roseola, Pneumonia, Bronchitis, RSV, Scabies, Staph, Scarlett Fever, etc.
If your child is exhibiting any of the above symptoms at a BEECH event, you will be asked to remove the child. We ask that if your child is exhibiting the symptoms of an infectious or communicable disease that you keep all the children in your household home so as not to infect others. Children with a communicable disease may not participate in BEECH activities until well. In determining if your child is ready to come back to BEECH activities we ask you to keep the above and below guidelines in mind. These lists not all inclusive of every infectious or communicable disease. Please be kind to fellow members and their families and help keep them safe. It is better to air on the side of caution if you think your child might be contagious and stay home.
- Children with Chickenpox should be kept home for at least 7 days after the onset of rash and until all sores are crusted.
- Children with bacterial infections that are being treated with antibiotics should stay home until they have taken the antibiotics for at least 48 hours and are fever free.
- Children with any Viral infections should stay home at least 7 days or until symptom and fever free.
- The flu is usually contagious for a week after symptoms develop and RSV is typically contagious up to 8 days after symptoms develop. Please keep sick children home accordingly. Both RSV and Flu are typically contagious for 1-3 days BEFORE the onset of symptoms so please keep well siblings of a sick child home also.
- Children with Meningitis need to stay home until completely recovered and a doctor has given them a written release to participate in activities.
- Children with Mononucleosis (MONO) should stay home until the doctor has given them permission to attend BEECH activities. Mono symptoms can often mimic other illnesses like flu. If your child seems to be taking a long time getting better and/or is extremely fatigued please consult your doctor.
- Children with Measles or Rubella should stay home for at least 8 days after the onset of the rash or until it is gone. Children not vaccinated should stay home at least 2 weeks after onset. Please note that Rubella can be very dangerous to pregnant women and many of our BEECH moms may be expecting.
- Children with strep should not participate in any BEECH activity until on antibiotics for at least 48 hours. Strep is very contagious, can often present without any symptoms, and can lead to more serious illnesses. Children with strep not treated with antibiotics should not participate in any BEECH activities until proof of a negative strep test can be provided.
- Children with Pertussis (Whooping Cough) should not participate for at least 2 weeks after antibiotic treatment is started. If not treated with antibiotics, the child should not participate for at least 21 days.
- Children with Mumps should not participate for at least 10 days after the swelling appears or until it is gone. If the child has not been vaccinated please keep them home at least 2 weeks after onset. Please remember that mumps can sometimes cause infertility, esp. in boys.
- Children with Fifths Disease should stay home until 24 hours After the appearance of a rash on the face that looks like slapped cheeks. Please note that Fifths Disease can be very dangerous to pregnant women. It also has a long incubation period between exposure and onset of symptoms of approximately 4-12 days. If you or your other children have not yet had Fifths Disease please consider avoiding BEECH events until the incubation period has passed - which would be 12 days after the slapped cheek looking rash has appeared on the child infected.
- Children with Roseola typically have a fever for 3-5 days and then get a rash. Once the rash appears the child is usually no longer contagious. Please wait at least 24 hours after appearance of the rash to participate in a BEECH event.
- Children with Giardiasis should not participate in events until at least 4 days after drug treatment by a doctor.
- Children with Hepatitis should not participate for at least 7 days after the onset and until the diarrhea stops. A medical release is required by your doctor.
- Children with pinworm should be kept home until at least 48 hours after the first drug treatment by doctor, but preferably until after the 2nd dose of medication is given 2 weeks later. Please note that pinworm eggs remain contagious for 2-3 weeks and are easily spread to surfaces where they can be picked up by other children.
- Please remember if your child is on antibiotics it is important to take the medication as directed and to finish all the medication prescribed by your doctor.
We encourage our members to consult doctors when their children are sick. The above guidelines are not all inclusive of every illness and do not constitute medical advice - just guidelines to keep in mind when deciding whether or not your child is well enough to attend a BEECH event. Please keep in mind that some members may be pregnant or may have children with medical conditions that make them more susceptible to illness or more difficult to treat once they get ill. We understand that children do get sick but would like to help contain the spread of illness if possible so please be considerate of other members. If you attend a BEECH event and later find out that you were contagious with a serious illness like meningitis, please consider notifying someone on the board. Also please consider notifying someone in the case of lice infection since it is very contagious, a nuisance and often difficult to get rid of. We will keep your information confidential, but will notify other members of the risk of exposure.