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If a child becomes ill during the day, his or her parent will be contacted immediately. Parents are asked to pick up their child and keep them at home if they exhibit any of the following symptoms: fever, skin eruptions, vomiting, excessive diarrhea, or redness of the throat or eyes.

Children must be kept at home until they have been free of symptoms and fever for 24 hours. When calling to notify teachers of a child's absence, parents are asked to report any contagious diseases for the protection of the other children attending Project Help. Some common childhood illnesses are: strep throat, pink eye, measles, mumps, head lice, and fifth's disease. Children are required to be up-to-date with their immunization schedules. Information on each child's health status must be up dated annually.

Our primary goal is the safety and protection of your child. To ensure children's safety, Project Help staff members will not allow a child to leave the center with anyone other than the parent unless the parent gives prior notice and the person's name is on file as an authorized individual. Maintaining an updated list of people authorized to pick up your child is essential for preventing complications when unforeseen circumstances arise. Persons picking up your child will be asked to show picture identification.

Symptoms of Contagious Illness

Fever

Temperature of over 100° as defined by Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University.
  • Auxiliary (armpit) temperature above 99.0°
  • Pacifier temperature above 100°. New digital ones are accurate.
  • Temporal artery (TA) temperature above 100.4°

Vomiting

Must be symptom free 24 hours before returning to center

Diarrhea

Must be Symptom free 24 hours before returning to center

Pink Eye

Note from doctor that child is receiving medication

Communicable Disease

Note from doctor that child has been on medication for 24 hours (strep, impetigo, lice, ringworm, open oozing sores, etc.).

Medications 

  • Must be clearly labeled with child's name, doctor's name, correct dosage, and administration directions.
  • Must be in prescription bottle if prescription drug.
  • Must let staff know of time of last dose and time of next dose.
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