Illness and Preschool Attendance

  • If your child has mucus of any color other than clear, they will be sent home. Refer to the chart below.  If there is a doctor's note of a reason for colored mucus other than illness, the preschool offices need to be notified. 

    Please take a look at the Preschool Parent Handbook for more reasons your child should stay home.

    Children will be sent home for:

    • Coughing 
      • Deep, involving mucus
      • So much so that they cannot catch their breath.
      • So much so that they vomit (regardless of the lack of other symptoms)
    • Vomiting (Children must remain home for 24 hours after their last bout)
    • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
    • Self Admission of: 
      • not feeling well partnered with lethargy, irritability and abnormal behavior
      • vomiting the night/morning before drop off (staff will ask families upon calling to check the validity) 
      • receiving medication prior to coming to school for not feeling well (staff will ask families upon calling to check the validity) 
    • Diarrhea (children must remain home after 2 loose stools and/or 24 hours after their last bout)

    Children must remain home if:

    • They are on antibiotics for an illness: If you child is on antibiotics for an illness, they may return after 24 hours of first dose, fever free for 24 hours and behaving normally
    • They have a pending Flu, Rhinovirus etc. test

    We can only do so much to keep children healthy. Reducing the spread of viruses and illness is a community effort. 

    If you are aware that your child is not feeling well, keep them home and monitor symptoms. There is not a cap on how many sick days your children get. Your child will not be removed from the program because they or a family member is ill. 

    Be respectful of the other children and staff in the classroom. We never know who has an infant, elderly member and/or immunocompromised family members in the home. Many of these illnesses could prove fatal.

    All families take chances sending their children to school, and believe me when I say we want them there. We also want to remain healthy and we want our families to remain healthy.

    As a note, if a majority of preschool staff contract an illness, the site will be required to close because we would not be able to adhere to proper Teacher:Child ratios. 

  • Symptoms of Strep Throat

  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

  • Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)