Medication and Health

Medication

Sullivan Preschool will administer only medication which has been prescribed by a doctor and has an accompanying “Parent Authorization to Administer Medication” form filled out and signed by the parent. This authorization form is available at the front office desk. We will not administer any medication without this authorization form.

The medication must be in its original container, with the full pharmacy label which includes the child’s name, directions for administering the medication, date, physician’s name, prescription number, and name of pharmacy. The medication shall have child-protection caps whenever possible. Medicines are kept in the locked closet in the hall. Medicines are not to be left in the child’s bag or with personal belongings.

Non-prescription medication such as aspirin, Tylenol, cough syrup, etc. will not be administered unless accompanied by a note from your doctor with his instructions and dosage. This authorization for non-prescription medications will be honored for a period of one year from the date of the doctor’s signature. The medication must be in its original container.

Please do not send cough drops to school for your child. Because of the potential danger of choking, we will not administer cough drops under any circumstances.

Topical products, such as diaper ointment, sunscreen or insect repellent may be provided by the parent and will be used when accompanied by the parent’s written authorization and instructions.

It is the parent’s responsibility to keep the child’s health and immunization record current and to notify the Director immediately of any change in the child’s medical condition or treatment.

Health

Children will be screened upon arrival daily for any obvious signs of illness. If symptoms of illness are present, the child care staff shall determine whether they are able to care for the child safely, based on the apparent degree of illness and other children present. We do not have facility or staff to care for children who are ill.

Children with diarrhea and those with a rash combined with fever (oral temperature of 101 or higher or under the arm temperature of 100 or higher) will not be admitted while those symptoms persist, and shall be removed as soon as possible should these symptoms develop while the child is in care.

Children will not be excluded for a minor illness unless any of the following conditions exist, in which case we are required to exclude the child:

  1. Illness which prevents the child from participating comfortably in program activities.
  2. Illness which calls for greater care than the staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.
  3. Rash with fever or behavior change, unless a physician has determined the illness to be noncommunicable.
  4. Unusual lethargy, irritability, persistent crying, difficulty breathing or other signs of possible severe illness.
  5. Diarrhea
  6. Vomiting 2 or more times in the previous 24 hours, unless a physician has determined that the vomiting is due to a noncommunicable condition and the child is not in danger of dehydration.
  7. Mouth sores associated with the child’s inability to control his or her saliva, until the child’s physician states that the child is noninfectious.
  8. Purulent conjunctivitis, until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated.
  9. Impetigo, until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated.
  10. Strep throat, until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated and until the child has been without fever for 24 hours.
  11. Head lice, until the morning after the first treatment. The child must be free of all nits before returning to the center.
  12. Scabies, until the morning after the first treatment.
  13. Chicken pox, until at least 6 days after onset of rash. Chicken pox must be scabbed over and dry.
  14. Whooping cough, until 5 days of antibiotic treatment have been completed.
  15. Mumps, until 9 days after onset of gland swelling.
  16. Measles, until 4 days after disappearance of the rash.
  17. OR: symptoms which may be indicative of one of the serious, communicable diseases identified in the Illinois Department of Public Health Control of Communicable Diseases Code.

If your child develops any of the above symptoms of illnesses while at school, you will be contacted. Arrangements must then be made to call for the child. We do not have staff or facility to care for children who are ill. The staff person responsible for your child will fill out a Sick Child Log which will be sent home with your child when he or she is picked up. This log will give you information about your child’s symptoms.

Our staff will treat minor scrapes, cuts, bumps, etc. with antiseptic liquid or cream, ice packs, Band-Aids, etc. as necessary.

Emergency

In the event of an accident or injury requiring emergency medical care, Sullivan Preschool will immediately notify the parent by telephone. If the parents cannot be reached, emergency care will be arranged through the doctor or certified practitioner designated on the signed Emergency Medical Care consent form if that person is locally based. If the designated person is not locally based, emergency care will be arranged through Sarah Bush Lincoln Medical Facility, Sullivan; Fields-Wright Medical Facility, Sullivan; DMH Medical Center, Sullivan; or the Moultrie County Emergency Medical Technicians. Preference should be indicated on the Emergency Medical Care consent form.

An accident report will be filled out in duplicate for all minor and major medical incidents. The original will be given to the parent and the copy placed in the child’s file.

Sullivan Preschool staff are trained in CPR, first aide, and blood borne pathogen exposure control.