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My child is sick should I let him/her go to Preschool?

In an effort to maintain a safe and healthy school environment, please do not send your child to school if the following symptoms are present:

  • Fever greater than 100 degrees over the past 24 hours ((i.e. your child must be fever free for 24 hours without the administration of Tylenol or Motrin)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours (i.e. your child must be vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours prior to the start of the school day)
  • Discharge from eyes with or without redness. If eyes are “crusted over” in the morning and child describes his eyes as “itchy”, this could be pinkeye.  The child should be on antibiotic eye drops for at least 24 hours before returning to school.
  • If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, they should be on antibiotics for at least 24 hours before returning to school. If a strep test is pending, the child should remain home until a negative result is obtained or the child has been on antibiotics for 24 hours.
  • Chicken pox lesions. Your child may return to school following chicken pox approximately 5-7 days after first lesions have been identified or when all of the lesions are scabbed over.
  • Your child is taking medication in which the side effects would include diarrhea.

Colds and viruses are very contagious.  The teachers at St. Francis Preschool stress good hand washing in an effort to prevent the spread of germs.

If your child has a sibling that is sick, please do not bring them into the preschool building.  Please contact the office and one of the staff members will meet you at the car.

Many times a child may be feeling run-down from a cold (or from medication used to treat a cold), if this is the case, please allow the child to fully rest up at home before returning to school.

If any of the above mentioned symptoms occur during the school day, you will be called to pick up your child from school.  Please be sure that emergency and mobile numbers are accurate.

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