At Open Arms, we try to stay proactive in keeping parents informed when it comes to any illnesses that may be affecting children in our Center. Here you can find updates, as well as resources to stay informed on any of these issues.
Open Arms Policies:
Children that exhibit any of the following symptoms WILL NOT be allowed to come to Open Arms:
- Undiagnosed sore or rash
- Severe upper respiratory infection (cough plus nasal discharge that would be yellow or green in color accompanied by a fever.)
- Temperature of 100 degrees or more
- Pus or mucus in the eyes
If a child should come down with any of these at the Center, a parent/guardian will be contacted immediately and be required to find appropriate care within one hour of the notification. If he/she cannot be reached, the child’s emergency contacts will be notified to come and get the sick child. The child will be separated from the other children until parents or emergency contacts arrive to remove the child from the Center. If we send your child home due to illness, he/she must remain out of the center for AT LEAST 24 hours. This means that a child may NOT return to the Center the day after being sent home. If your child has a fever of 100 degrees or more, they must be fever free, WITHOUT MEDICATION, for 24 hours.
Policy on Communicable Diseases:
- “Pink Eye” Conjunctivitis: Child is to stay home until drainage stops or after 24 hours of appropriate antibiotic treatment.
- Ringworm: Child is to stay home as long as lesions are present and living spores persist.
- Impetigo: Child is to stay home during drainage stages of infection.
- Chicken Pox: Child may return to daycare after all lesions have crusted over.
- Strep Throat: Child may return to daycare after receiving antibiotic therapy for at least 24 hours.
- Pediculosis (Head Lice): It is recommended that the child be treated via his/her family physician. The child may return to the childcare center 48 hours after SECOND treatment. The child may return sooner with a doctor’s note verifying that the child no longer has lice.
- RSV: Child may return to daycare after being fever free without medication for 24 hours and they are able to participate in every day activities.