Health and Safety Information

Children must be symptom free and/or on medication 24 hours before entering or returning to the center. Therefore, any child sent home with vomiting and/or diarrhea will NOT be able to come back to the center the following day. When children arrive at the center, the teacher or assistant teacher greets each child and does a quick assessment to determine that the child is healthy. Parents are encouraged to establish a plan for back-up care should their child be ill or become ill while at the center.

Certain symptoms in children may suggest the presence of a communicable disease. Children with the symptoms listed below should be excluded from the childcare setting until symptoms improve, a healthcare provider has determined that the child can return, or children can participate in routine activities without more staff supervision than usual.
  • Any child with a reportable illness or condition as specified by the health department that is contagious, and a physician determines has not had sufficient treatment to reduce the health risk to others.
  • 100.0 degree Fahrenheit temperature (axillary) or higher without fever reducing medication.
  • Vomiting - one time since admission that day.
  • Diarrhea- two or more abnormally loose stools since admission that day or loose stools that can not be contained within a diaper.
  • Undiagnosed rash or a rash attributable to a contagious illness or condition.
  • Undiagnosed drainage from eyes and/or excessive ear drainage that cannot be contained.
  • Significant respiratory distress (fast, difficult, or different breathing, uncontrolled coughing, and/or wheezing) and/or needing two or more nebulizer treatments while in our care.
  • Unexplained lethargy.
  • Any child who is unable to participate in child care program activities with reasonable comfort.
  • Any child who requires more care than the staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of the other children.
LSELC follows the "Infectious Diseases in Childcare Settings and Schools" handbook written by the Hennepin County Community Health Department. The Director has a copy of this manual which is available for your review, or you may view it on the Hennepin County Website. For more information, you may call Hennepin County Health Department at (952)351-5230, or call your local health department.