Medical Forms & Resources
Hand hygiene is the most important way to reduce the spread of infection. Many studies have shown that improperly cleansed hands are the primary carriers of infections. Hand hygiene is effective in preventing transmission of disease. Children are required to wash hands thoroughly upon arrival at the center, prior to snack, after outside playtime, after toileting and handling mucous (sneeze, runny nose, etc.) For a review of proper handwashing techniques with children, please visit the following website: https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/healthy-child-care/Documents/AR_Handwashingp.pdf Handwashing etiquette will also be a part of the daily curriculum at the center.
Please call the school if your child will be absent and provide the symptoms of illness. Please do not contact a student’s teacher directly in the event of an absence.
If a child exhibits any of the following symptoms, the child should not attend the center. If such symptoms occur at the center, the child will be removed from the group, and parents will be called to take the child home:
* Severe pain or discomfort
* Episodes of acute vomiting
* Yellow eyes or jaundiced skin
* Infected, untreated skin patches
* Skin rashes in conjunction with fever or behavior changes
* Skin lesions that are weeping or bleeding
* Mouth sores with drooling
* Any other symptom that seems unusual and is a cause of complaint to the child
Please note, a child must be symptom free for 24 hours, without the aide of fever-reducing medicine such as Advil, Tylenol or Motrin, before returning to school. In the event of vomiting and diarrhea, a child must be symptom free for 48 hours, without the aid of medication prior to returning to school.
Once the child is symptom-free for the required period of time, or has a health care provider’s note stating that the child no longer poses a serious health risk to himself/herself or others, the child may return to the center unless contraindicated by local health department or Department of Health.
EXCLUDABLE COMMUNICABLE DISEASES: A child or staff member who contracts an excludable communicable disease may not return to the center without a health care provider’s note stating that the child presents no risk to himself/herself or others. If a child is exposed to any excludable disease at the center, parents will be notified in writing.
NOTE: If a child has chicken pox, a health care provider’s note is not required for re-admitting the child to the center. A note from the parent is required, stating either that at least six days has elapsed since the onset of the rash and that all sores have dried and crusted.
COMMUNICABLE DISEASE REPORTING GUIDELINES: Some excludable communicable diseases must be reported to the health department by the center. The Department of Health’s Reporting Requirements for Communicable Diseases and Work-Related Conditions Quick Reference Guide, a complete list of reportable excludable communicable diseases, can be found at: http://www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/reportable_disease_magnet.pdf.
LISTING OF EXCLUDABLE COMMUNICABLE DISEASES: Please refer to the requirements listed in the Reporting Requirements for Communicable Diseases and Work-Related Conditions Quick Reference Guide, located at www.nj.gov/health/cd/documents/reportable_disease_magnet.pdf, for a full list of communicable diseases set forth by the Department of Health and Senior Services. If a child contracts any of the diseases listed on this reference guide, please report it to us immediately. The child may not return to school without a doctor’s note stating that the child presents no risk to himself/herself or others. Parents will be notified if another child in the classroom has been positively diagnosed with a communicable disease referenced on this list.
Policy Regarding the Administration of Medicine to a Child
It is the center’s policy NOT to administer medication to a child. This policy shall include all prescription and non-prescription medication related to a short-term illness. Medicine, provided by the parent, required in the event of an allergic reaction will be administered if a current allergy action plan is on file with the Center and the parent has reviewed these procedures with the staff. At any time allergy medication has been administered, a parent will be notified and will be asked to take child home for observation for the remainder of the school day. In the event a staff member deems it necessary to administer a dose of epinephrine to a child, the center is required to contact emergency response personnel for follow-up treatment. A parent will also be notified immediately. The emergency response team will then advise the Center and parents as to the required treatment.
Policy Regarding Health Records & Immunization Requirements
The center will maintain on file a Universal Child Health Record, immunization record and special care plan (if applicable) for each child enrolled. Parents must provide this information to the center prior to the start of the school year and at the time updates are made. Date of physical should be clearly noted on the Universal Health Form and shall be dated within the past 12 months. A student shall not be permitted to attend class if this information is not provided. For an updated list of required immunizations for all children attending preschool in New Jersey, please refer to the following web site: http://nj.gov/health/cd/documents/cc_preschool_requirements-parents.pdf FLU SHOTS ARE REQUIRED BY DECEMBER 31st.
Policy Regarding Head Lice
Though head lice may be a nuisance, they don't cause serious illness or carry any diseases. Because of the young age of our students and their inclination to play on the floor and within close head-to-head contact of other children, the Christian Nurturing Center maintains a policy that both live bugs and nits must be absent in order for a child to return to school in the event of an occurrence of head lice. Please refer to the following website for additional information https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/from-insects-animals/Pages/Signs-of-Lice.aspx