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Health Policy

Homewood Early Learning Center provides outstanding early education and childcare to a diverse community. Prevailing research drives the curriculum, putting play- based, child-initiated learning at the heart of every child's experience. Homewood ELC's children thrive socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually in the loving care of talented, well-qualified educators.

In order to provide an environment where children and teachers are safe and protected, Homewood ELC adheres to the following protocols.

When is a child too ill to come to Homewood ELC?

A child is too ill to come to the center when s/he cannot fully participate in a day’s activities and when the staff is unable to meet their responsibilities and adequately care for your child at the same time.

It is important to note that our days are very active and a child who returns too quickly to the center after being ill, is more likely to have a relapse.

As working parents, it is vital for you to arrange some backup for times when your child is ill.  Time off work, of course, would be ideal but that is not always possible.  Relatives, babysitters, or nanny services are all possible alternatives.  Unfortunately, the reality of the situation is that we are unable to provide sick care here at Homewood ELC.

Guidelines

  1. FEVER.  A child shall be deemed to have a fever when there is an axillary (under the arm) temperature of 100 degrees or more.  In addition, if a fever develops while the child is in school, then the child will need to be picked up and taken home.  The child may return to school if s/he has been fever free for 24 hours without medication.
  2. RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS.  If a child is ill and requires antibiotics there needs to be a 24-hour period on medication before the child may return to school (i.e. strep throat).  Ear infections are not contagious, as long as there is no discharge.  “Exclusions of children with respiratory disease with no fever are probably not warranted, because transmission may already have occurred.” (i.e., the common cold and coughs) *
  3. DIARRHEA or VOMITING.  Children who are ill and have symptoms of diarrhea or vomiting may not attend the center.  If diarrhea or vomiting occur during the school day, the child needs to be taken home as soon as possible and may not return within 24 hours.  Public health and pediatric literature suggest that exclusion from the center reduces secondary cases thus decreasing transmission to other children.
  4. CONJUCTIVITIS.  Known commonly as “pink eye,” conjunctivitis is extremely contagious.  In suspected cases, parents will be contacted and in confirmed cases, the child may only return to school after being treated with medication for 24 hours, and any discharge has dried up.
  5. RASHES.  This covers a wide variety from eczema to poison ivy to allergies, etc.  If the rash is oozing, then the child may not attend school.  If the rash is dry and past infectious transmission, then the presence of a rash in itself is not a reason to exclude a child.
  6. SERIOUS INFECTIONS.  If your child has a serious infection such as rubella (German Measles), meningitis, or hepatitis, and less seriously chicken pox, the center should be notified immediately so that preventative measures can be discussed with Homewood ELC’s consulting physician.

Quotes are from Pediatric Infections Disease Journals. 6/03


Immunization Policy

Social justice is a value that permeates all aspects of Homewood ELC’s philosophy, pedagogy, and practice.  In keeping with this value and in order to protect the rights of others, Homewood ELC will require vaccinations for all children who are enrolled in the early learning and care center. 

The only exception to this policy is a written physician-ordered exemption from vaccination due to medical reasons (immunocompromised, severe allergy to vaccine components, etc.).  Children who are unvaccinated due to religious or personal beliefs will not be enrolled at Homewood Early Learning Center.  This policy is implemented to protect those who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons or those who do not mount an immune response to vaccines. 

Special thanks to Dr. Matt Laurens, Homewood ELC’s pediatric consultant, for his help in drafting this policy.


Updated 08/24/2015