Sickness / Immunizations
Health & Safety
Families are expected to notify the program regarding children’s food, seasonal and/or environmental allergies. Parents/guardians of children with diagnosed allergies or asthma are required to provide the program with an individualized health care plan, signed by the child’s physician, detailing the child’s symptoms, reactions, treatments, care, and all necessary medication.
If your child uses a nebulizer, please let us know so we can have you fill out an additional form. If your requires that an EpiPen be kept in school, it is the parent’s responsibility to check expiration date and replace accordingly.
Despite our diligent efforts, it is impossible to eliminate all risk for children with food allergies. Some allergies are so severe that the presence of the allergen in proximity of the child causes a reaction. Similarly, it is impossible to prevent children from sharing food or for an allergen to be brought into the program by a family member or child, despite our best efforts to educate families and raise awareness. Ultimately, parents/guardians will need to decide whether group care is appropriate for their child with allergies in light of the risks that cannot be eliminated.
The parent is responsible for
Children need to be kept home when they have any of the following symptoms: fever, diarrhea, vomiting, conjunctivitis (pink eye) or discharge from eyes, severe coughing, skin rash of unknown diagnosis, difficult or rapid breathing, or nits on hair from head lice. If a symptom of an illness manifests while a child is at the program, the parent or guardian will be contacted immediately and the child will be cared for away from other children while waiting to be picked up by parent/guardian.
Diarrhea: A first excessively loose stool will constitute a call to the parent. New diet may be the cause. After the 2nd loose stool, the child will be sent home until diarrhea subsides and normal stools are produced at home. When a child returns after a bout of diarrhea, it is a provisional return; if the child experiences another bout of diarrhea, he or she must be picked up immediately.
Fever: If a child has an ear temperature of 100.6 degrees or greater, parent will be asked to pick up the child. The child may return when he/she is fever free and after being kept home for at least 24 hours. This means that your child will be out of the program for one full day after being sent home.
Exclusion for vomiting is decided by incident. Two or more episodes will be cause for exclusion. A first vomiting episode may cause exclusion if the teacher determines that the situation for the child is extreme or debilitating.
Eyes must be free of mucus or running substance. Children are asked to be kept home for 24 hours after beginning medication. Clogged tear gland conditions must have a written physician’s note.
If a child has a rash of any kind, the child will be sent home until the rash is gone or until a physician’s note has been received stating that the rash is not contagious. A physician’s certificate of good health is required to return.
If a child has signs of any kind that indicate lice may be present, the child will be sent home until the child has been properly checked and cleared or until a physician’s note has been received stating that the infestation has been treated. A physician’s certificate of good health is required to return.
Crayon Power staff does not administer medication, with the exception of an EpiPen, inhailer, and Nebulizer in emergency situations. We ask that parents administer medication before bringing their child to school.
Chronic Medical Conditions
If your child has a chronic medical condition, which needs “as needed” treatment (e.g. asthma, eczema, seizures due to high fever), we need physician instructions on file at the program.
If your child sustains a minor injury while at the program (e.g., scraped knee), you will receive an Accident/Incident Report outlining the incident and course of action taken by the staff member. Minor wounds, such as cuts, scrapes, or bites, will be washed with liquid soap and cool, running water followed by rinsing. A dry bandage or dressing may be applied as appropriate. You will be contacted immediately if the injury produces any type of swelling, is on the face or head, or needs medical attention.
If a serious medical emergency occurs, the child will be taken to the hospital immediately, accompanied with a staff member, by ambulance, and a staff member will contact you (or a designated emergency contact if you cannot be reached).
It is important that CP has medical coverage information should it be required by the medical provider.We freely use bandages (i.e. Bandaids) and may use antibacterial soap.
Emergency disaster plans are located in the entry area of Prospect Explorer’s with Crayon Power inc.. Our policy is to dial 911 in the event of an extreme emergency. Families will be notified about Shelter-in-place and Fire-emergency protocols by email in the beginning of the school year.