The Vivian Olum Child Development Center strives to promote and extend the protection of children’s health, preventing illness whenever possible, as well as to provide the most appropriate environment and care for the wellbeing of the child who becomes ill. We exclude ill children from the center:
When the presence of the child poses risk of spread of infection to the other children;
When the ill child requires more attention and care than is available by the regularly scheduled staff.
Ill children may not return to the center until they are free of symptoms for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing medication.
Guidelines for Medical Exclusion
In compliance with the State of Oregon Child Care Division’s rules, the center shall not admit or retain in care a child who has one of the following symptoms, or combination of symptoms, or illness:
- Fever over 100 degrees F. The center uses temporal scanning thermometers.
- Diarrhea (more than one abnormally loose, runny, watery or bloody stool);
- Severe cough;
- Unusual yellow color to skin or eyes;
- Skin or eye lesions or rashes that are severe, weeping, or pus-filled;
- Stiff neck and headache with one or more of the symptoms listed above;
- Difficult breathing or abnormal wheezing; or
- Complaints of severe pain.
A child who shows signs of illness, as defined in this rule, shall be isolated and the parent(s) notified and asked to remove the child from the center as soon as possible. If a child has mild cold symptoms that do not impair his/her functioning, the child may remain in the center and the parent(s) notified when they pick up their child.
When it has been determined that a child is too ill to remain at the center, we ask that you make arrangements to pick up our child within 30 minutes. Isolation of a child away from the classroom uses extra staffing and can affect the activities of the rest of the group.
Medication Administration During the School Day
Medication Authorization forms must be completed by a parent (or an authorized adult) and approved by a staff member when a child requires medication while at school. No prescription medication or non-prescription medication, including, but not limited to, pain relievers, sunscreen, cough syrup, diapering and first aid ointments or nose drops, may be given to a child except under the following conditions:
- A signed, dated, written authorization by the parent(s) is on file
- Prescription medication is in the original container and labeled with the child’s name, name of the drug, dosage, directions for administering, date, and physician’s name
- Non-prescription medication is in the original container, labeled with the child’s name, dosage, and directions for administering
- A written record of all medications administered listing, as a minimum, the name of the child, type of medication, the signature of the person administering the medication, date, time, and dosage given, shall be kept.
Parent(s) shall be informed daily of medication administered to their child. Expired medication cannot be used and will be sent home.