Keeping Our School “Germ-Free”

Every year around this time when children are more prone to getting sick with the weather changing, we like to remind parents about our illness guidelines. It’s important for us to keep our school environment as “germ-free” as possible so here are some things to consider when considering sending your sick child to school. Of course, we always recommend not sending your sick child to school to prevent it from spreading to other children and faculty. Without proper rest, your child may become sick or take longer to get better.

First and foremost, if your child becomes ill, please notify us at Jolly Fun House Playschools. We require a parent to keep us up-to-date on the nature of the illness. If your child has a contagious disease, he or she may not return to school days without a cleared and signed note from a physician/pediatrician.

When deciding if your child is sick enough to stay home from school, consider the following guidelines:

  1. Always check your child’s temperature. If it is higher than 100 degrees, he or she should absolutely stay home from school and rest. Then your child may not return to school until the child has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without medicine in his or her system and as long as they don’t have a contagious disease in addition to the fever.

  2. If your child has yellowish-green drainage or has a hacking and deep cough, please do not send your child to school.

  3. If your child’s ear/ears ache or have drainage coming from one or both ears, please do not send your child to school.

  4. Sore throats or white spots on the back of the throat are more than likely a sign of strep throat or a contagious viral infection. We recommend a doctor’s visit and not coming to school.

  5. Please have your child stay home if he or she is vomiting or has diarrhea.

  6. If your child has a rash or hives, please consult a doctor and do not send your child to school unless cleared by a doctor.

  7. If your child has “pinkeye,” also known as conjunctivitis, please don’t send your child to school. This type of eye infection is a highly contagious disease and spreads very quickly from person to person.

Please note that we reserve the right to send any child home from school that we feel may be too ill to be in school and that can spread illness to others around him or her. We will call any authorized names and numbers you have provided for us that can pick up your child when sick. We also ask to have the name and phone of your child’s physician in case we need to call the medical office.

We hope all parents will understand that we take each child’s health very seriously and our number one goal is to keep our children safe, happy, and healthy. Thank you for helping us with this, parents!