Immunizations Required for Child Care
All children must have a yearly physical in their file at school and must have all immunizations up to date. Families should be aware that both lead screening and Varicella (the Chicken Pox vaccine) are required by the State for school admission.
Prescription medication can be administered to children only when requested by the prescribing physician. Each container shall carry the name of the medication, the person for whom it was prescribed, the name of the prescribing physician, and the physician’s instructions. The child’s medication must be in its original container. No medication shall be transferred between containers. The family must also complete a medication authorization form before the center may administer any medication. A child must remain at home for 24-hours after beginning a new medication to ensure that he or she will not have a reaction to the medication.
Non-Prescription medication can only be given once the center has received the written order of the physician and a signed medication form from the parent/guardian. The authorization forms will be valid for one year. Parents will be notified each time a non-prescription medication is administered to their child. This is in compliance with state and federal laws.
A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher will be sent home and may return to school after being symptom-free for 24-hours. If a prescription medication is prescribed, a 24-hour recovery period is mandatory before the child may return. It is recommended that families create a plan for responding to illnesses. It is critical that the center staff be able to contact either a family member or emergency contact person quickly when a child is ill and that children have the opportunity to recover at home until they are well enough to take part in all of the typical school activities. Parents will be notified if a child within the center contracts a communicable illness.