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 even 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.

Please keep your child home and notify the office if they exhibit any of the following symptoms of illness or communicable condition:

  • A fever of 100 degrees or more

  • Vomiting within the previous 24 hours

  • Diarrhea within the previous 24 hours

  • Heavy nasal discharge

  • A constant cough or sore throat

  • An unusual skin rash

  • Head lice

  • Conjunctivitis

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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