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Illnesses / Medications / Emergencies

For the benefit of other children enrolled, please keep your child at home if he/she appears ill in the morning before you leave your home - fever, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, red eyes, etc. A daily health inspection of each child is made by teachers to check for any observable signs of illness. We do not accept children who are ill. When a child has been ill, he should not return to the Center until he/she has been without symptoms for at least 12 hours. If a child has had a communicable disease (i.e., chicken pox, impetigo, strep throat, head lice, measles, etc.) a doctor's permission will be required before readmission to the Center. Please notify the Center should your child become sick with a contagious illness, so that other parents may be notified. The Department of Human Resources requires that a parent alert the Center if his/her child contracts a communicable disease (i.e., chicken pox, head lice, impetigo, pink eye, etc.) so that other parents can be notified. The Center will, in turn, notify the parents of other children enrolled in the Center that their children have been exposed to the disease. Furthermore, if any child in the Center becomes afflicted with a disease declared by the Commission for Health Services to be reported, the Child Care Center Director shall notify the director of the local Health Department.

If a child requires medication while at school, the parent or guardian must sign an authorization form for Center staff to administer the medication. The medication must be in its original container. Prescription drugs may be administered only to that person whose name the physician has prescribed it for. Staff may not exceed dosages on labels unless a statement signed by a physician is presented instructing one to do so. Medicines should be picked up and taken home when no longer being administered. Any old medications left behind by parents must be discarded appropriately. We reserve the right to refuse to administer any medication.

If your child becomes ill during the day or is injured, you will be notified by your child's teacher or the teacher supervising. If you are unavailable at the time of the emergency call or should the situation warrant immediate medical attention, the medical professional and/or hospital in closest proximity to the school will be used. Staff will consider preferences listed in the child's folder as to medical attention as well as the extent of the illness/injury and distance involved. A supervising teacher will contact emergency transportation or will provide transportation in her personal auto, if necessary. If the child's teacher will be transporting the child to emergency care, another teacher or the Center Director will notify the emergency medical facility by phone of the situation. These same staff members will also contact parents or other emergency names listed in the child's folder as to the nature of the emergency and what steps have been taken.

A first aid kit is maintained in the Center's office and on the Center's playground. For simple injuries not requiring medical attention, a supervising teacher or the Director will administer simple first aid and an incident/injury report will be completed and filed in the child's folder. The parent will receive a copy of this report. All regular staff members are certified in Basic First Aid and Infant/Child CPR. Fire drills are held on a monthly basis.

The Center conducts monthly fire drills with the children. In the case of a tornado warning the staff will move the children to room 606 on the other side of the building. In the event that the College is evacuated, staff members will transport the children to the River Stone Counseling Center in Roanoke Rapids. Parents will be notified immediately.