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1. Yellowknife Day Care Association is under strict guidelines with regards to disease control, hence there may be times when we are forced to send an ill child home, or not accept an ill child into the program.  In this case, parents will be contacted immediately to remove their child from care as soon as possible.  If the parents are not available, the emergency contact person will then be notified.  Once the child is removed from the program, they will NOT be allowed to return until the period of contamination has passed or until the child has fully recovered.  A child will be deemed “sick” and parents will be notified if the child exhibits the following symptoms:

  1. Green nasal discharge (means the child’s cold is contagious until discharge is clear)
  2. Severe coughing
  3. Fever of 101* F (38* C)
  4. Labour or shortness of breath
  5. Unusual spots or rashes
  6. Difficulty in swallowing
  7. Conjunctivitis (pink eye) – can return with proper treatment in 24 hours
  8. Lice or nits (can not return until all nits are gone, can return with proper treatment in 24 hours)
  9. Persistent Diarrhea (2 bouts)
  10. Vomiting
  11. communicable diseases such as chicken pox, mumps, measles, influenza, and sore throats
  12. should the child seems complacent, listless, overly tired, or complaining of “not feeling well” the parent will be called.

When medications, either prescriptions or non-prescription are involved in the child care, the parent MUST fill out, sign and date the Permission to Administer Medication Form each time a child is given a medication. This is offered as a convenience, however, if your child is sick enough to require medication, they should not be here.  If your child is staying home due to illness please call in so we may be able to spot a possible outbreak as soon as possible to help other parents.

2. HEAD LICE

Yellowknife Day Care has never had a large outbreak of head lice.  We have a very stick Policy regarding lice and that is as follows:

  1. any child found to have head lice must be picked up by the parent immediately.  It will be the parent’s responsibility to get the treatment shampoo and follow those directions for it’s use.
  2. The child can not return to the day care until their hair is nit free.

The discovery of head lice often means time consuming head checks and extra care of clothes, bedding, carpets, furniture etc.  Please keep in mind, however, that lice need warmth and blood to live, but can move from a “donor” to the next “host” easily.  There are many sites on the web regarding head lice,two good sites are:  www.kidshealth.org and www.headlice.org for information.