Staff and teachers welcome you to St. Thomas Preschool.  At STPS we foster a love of learning by supporting children’s natural curiosity, perseverance, confidence and risk taking through play and activities in nature.  Please be sure to thoroughly read through the Parent Handbook so that you have a full understanding of our school policies and guidelines. If you have any further questions, please contact the office staff or your classroom teacher.

Click on the "Parent Handbook" below to read our message and policies.

Illness Policy

The purpose of our Illness Policy is both to contain the spread of illness as well as to encourage the full recuperation of the sick child.  All classes are outside for an extended period of time daily.  A child who is not well enough to play outdoors should be kept home from school that day.  In the event that a child becomes noticeably unwell at school, the child will be made comfortable in the office and parents notified to pick their child up as soon as possible.


Hand Washing Procedures

Children will wash their hands with the supervision of staff upon entering school, after playing outside, before and after eating snack/lunch, after using the restroom, after playing with shared toys/material. my child will be required to wash their hands using CDC recommended handwashing procedures throughout the day using running water and rubbing with soap for at least 20 seconds.  Parents will be asked to approve the use of hand sanitizing wipes will be used when hand washing is not possible.


SEE ADDITIONAL ‘Health and Safety Agreement’ FOR 2021/2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Please keep your child home and notify the office if they exhibit any  ONE of the following symptoms of illness or communicable condition:
*A fever of 100.4 degrees or more
*Sore Throat
*Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
*New onset of severe headache
*New loss of taste or smell
Heavy nasal discharge
An unusual skin rash
Head lice

*Requires note from a doctor to determine diagnosis OR negative COVID test, which is to be determined by a pediatrician. The type of testing will be determined by the local health department at the time of illness. 

In general, children should be symptom free for at least 24 hours (without the use of medication) before returning to school or after it has been determined that they are no longer contagious.  In addition, we ask that children not attend activities held at the school outside of school hours if exhibiting symptoms of illness.

A child may not be re-admitted to care after an absence of 3 days or more due to illness without a written statement from the parent or physician that the child may return to a regular schedule.

St. Thomas’ Preschool follows the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics with regard to head lice.  We do ask parents to begin treatment for lice 24 hours prior to sending children back to school.

The following communicable diseases/conditions must be reported to the school (all personal reports will be kept confidential): measles, meningitis, hepatitis, food poisoning, head lice, adverse reactions to pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine, Lyme disease, chicken pox, tuberculosis (TB),whooping cough (pertussis), MRSA, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and related infections, mononucleosis, flu, impetigo, and Fifth Disease and COVIN-19/Coronavirus.

Students who have chickenpox (varicella) are excluded from school until all lesions are scabbed over.  

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