preschool orientation

Each child’s health form must be filled out BEFORE they begin school. State law requires your child’s medication to be in the original prescription container with written instructions and a signed release permitting staff to dispense the medication. The medication must be delivered to the classroom teacher by the adult, not the child. Do not send your child to school on days when any of the following symptoms are present: fever, rash, cough, diarrhea, vomiting, discharge of mucous from nose or eyes.

Signs of illness may be non specific. The child may look and act differently. There may be unusual paleness, irritability, unusual tiredness or lack of interest.

Antibiotics prescribed until the medication has been given for at least 24 hours. Many illnesses are considered non contagious after administration for 24 hours. Please ask your physician specifically and relay this information to the center's staff. Any new medication, never prescribed before, should be given for 24 hours before returning to the center.

Simple Steps to Minimise Illness

  1. Dress children warm in winter, especially the head.
  2. Check ears regularly – This is the one of the key areas through which kids get sick. Keep ears clean and you can dramatically reduce the incidence of sickness.
  3. Lemon Juice – At the first sign of a cold give them fresh lemon juice, preferably without being diluted. Children can’t communicate their symptoms of a sore throat well; lemon juice usually stops a sore throat immediately.
  4. Disinfect everything including your car.
  5. Keep some Airborne tablets handy.
  6. Wash clothes frequently.
  7. Get an air purifier for the home.
  8. Keep your Childs immunization current.

California Immunization

Children must have required immunizations before they can attend school or child care in California. Parents must present their child's Immunization Record to school or child care staff as proof of immunization prior to admission. Health care providers are required to give or update the parent’s copy of the child's Immunization Record whenever these immunizations are administered.

Children who have not completed all immunizations will be admitted conditionally if they are up-to-date (no doses currently due), provided they obtain the next immunizations when they are due.

REFERENCE: Health and Safety Code, Division 105, Part 2, Chapter 1, Sections 120325-120380; California Code of Regulations, Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter 8, Sections 6000-6075

Helps Hints on Illness

TEMPERATURE : 100.6 rectally. Child should be without fever for 24 hours before returning to school CONJUNTIVITIS which is an eye infection commonly reffered to as “pink eye“. The eye is generally red with a burning sensation and there is thick yellow drainage secreted. The eye may get stuck after sleeping. RASHES that you cannot identify or that have not been diagnosed by a physician. BRONCHITIS: This can begin with hoarseness, cough and slight elevation in temperature. The cough may be dry and painfull, but generally becomes painful. IMPETIGO; A skin condition that shows up as red pimples. These eventually become small fluid filled spots surrounded by reddened area. When the blister breaks, the surface is raw and weeping.
DIARRHEA : Watery or greenish bowel movements that look different and is much more frequent than usual. Ths school usually uses a criteria of two diarrhea BM’s before calling the parents for pick up. MEASLES: Incubation period of 10 - 14 days. First symptoms: fever, runny nose, cough, rash. Period of communicability: from cough, runny nose - nine days; after rash appears - five days. GERMAN MEASLES: Incubation period 14 - 21 days. Same symptoms as measles. Period of communicability: four days after start of rash. CHICKEN POX: Incubation period 13 - 17 days. First symptoms - slight fever and rash. Period of communicability: not more than one day before nor six days after appearance of rash. MUMPS: Incubation period: 12 - 26 days. Symptoms: fever, swelling, and tenderness in salivary glands. Period of communicability: seven days before symptoms until nine days after appearance of symptoms. POISON OAK: What can be said? Late at night when you’re sleeping...?!! HEAD LICE: No nits, no lice—clothes, beds, everything and everyone needs the treatment if we’re to prevent infestations. COMMON COLD: Discharge? Green stuff? Stay home. Fever? Stay home. Vomiting? Stay home. Diarrhea? Stay home