Sick Children: Many communicable diseases are most infectious at the onset. Children are kept home to avoid getting other kids sick if they have shown the following symptoms:
- Gives evidence of a cold (sore throat, runny nose, cough and frequent sneezing)
- Has discharge from the eyes or ears
- Has a rash
- Has a temperature over 99 degrees
- Has an upset stomach or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- When any other family member has a contagious disease which the child has not had (such as measles, chicken pox, etc.) The child should be kept home during the incubation period as directed by the physician.
In the event that a child becomes ill at school, the parents will be notified immediately and the child will be made as comfortable as possible until he/she can be picked up.
Health – Immunizations: Each child admitted to the program must be in good health. An immunization record is required for each child in the program. If parents choose not to immunize their child, an immunization exemption form obtained from the Utah County Health Department will need to be turned in. We also require an emergency contact person/phone number in case parents cannot be reached.
Medication: Should children need medications administered, we require them to be in the original prescription bottle with a note from the parent authorizing the head teacher to administer the medication. All medication is kept in a cupboard in the classroom that is not accessible to the children and only administered by the head teacher. A written record of medication administered, times, and dosage will be included in the child’s file and given to the parents. The lab school is not authorized to administer over-the-counter medications (pepto-bismol, aspirin, benedryl, etc).
Injuries/Accidents: In the event that a child gets injured at preschool, the following will happen depending on the severity of the injury: If the injury is an emergency, parents will be notified after 911 has been called. An ambulance will take the child to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center emergency room. If parents are not home, the emergency contact person is called.
If the injury is not serious (minor cuts, scrapes, etc.) we treat it with a band-aid or ice and fill out an “owie form.” This form is given to parents at the end of the day explaining the injury, how it happened, and how the child reacted.