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Cuesta College Children's Center and Lab Schools Health and Illness Policy 

**COVID-19 Procedures and Protocols are Listed Below**

The Cuesta College Children's Center and Lab School is a place for children to learn, grow, explore and engage. In order for everyone in our classrooms (both children and adults) to participate in our daily experiences we require everyone in our programs to work together to ensure that illness stays out of the classrooms. Children may not attend school while they are ill, or have any symptoms that could be contagious.  

Your child's health is a matter of major importance to all of us and the reason why we keep such stringent policies. In spite of all of our best efforts, your child will occasionally get sick, and unfortunately, may be sent home. Whether your child presents with symptoms at home or at school, they will be required to stay home until 48 hours after symptoms have ceased. Depending on the circumstance your child may be required to be examined by a physician before returning to school. Community Care Licensing Administrative Code 101226.1 requires that children stay home if there is a possiblilty of contagious illness.

We ask for your understanding regarding these policies as we know that it can be frustrating to have to keep your child home. We create these policies not only to keep your children healthy, but to ensure that our teachers stay healthy as well. In addition, our program strives to create an environment that promotes a love for learning and opportunity for success. When children are not feeling well they are not able to be successful in our busy daily routines. 

Each day upon arrival, a teacher will complete a brief health check. Your child may be sent home if she/he appears to have symptoms of illness. This could also occur during the day. In such cases, your child may be isolated from the others and a parent (or someone on the emergency card) will be contacted.

Children will not be able to attend school if they:

**are not well enough to participate in center activities**
*have a fever of 100 degrees or more.
*have a cold that is less than three days old.
*have been taking an antibiotic for 24 hours or less.
*have an uncontrollable or unusually heavy nasal discharge.
*have a constant cough or sneezing.
*have diarrhea more than twice in a 24-hour period.
*are fussy, cranky, lethargic, and generally not himself/herself.
*have head lice – must treated at home and checked for nits by a staff member before they can return. We have a NO NIT POLICY.
*have pink-eye/conjunctivitis. Must have been on medication for at least 24 hours.
*have a rash. We will require a doctor’s note to return.
*have symptoms of a possible communicable disease. (cough, sniffles, reddened eyes, sore throat, rashes, headache, abdominal pain, and fever.)

***Please notify us at once if your child is diagnosed with a communicable disease (head lice, chicken pox, whooping cough, croup, hand, foot and mouth etc.). Certain circumstances require us to notify the San Luis Obispo County Dept of Public Health and/or Community Care Licensing. 

***If your child is absent from illness for three or more days, we may require verification from a doctor that your child is no longer contagious. 


Special arrangements must be made for any medication to be given at the center. Please ask for a “Medication Permission Form” before going to the doctor as you and your child’s physician MUST sign this. We may require more information about your child’s illness or medication before they can return.

We do not administer over the counter medications. If you feel your child needs a cough syrup, aspirin/Tylenol etc., then your child is not healthy and should stay home for the day.

If your child is prescribed any new medication or antibiotics they must have taken them for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

When Your Child Becomes Ill while in our program:

During the enrollment process you are required to fill out an Emergency Information Form. This form provides us with contact information of those that you permit to pick up your child from school. In the event of illness we will attempt to reach the parents first and foremost. If that is not possible emergency contacts will be called. We do expect that an adult from the emergency contact makes every effort to pick up an ill child immediately upon notification. 

Please ensure that everyone on the emergency contact list has consented to pick up the child in the event of illness or emergency and that we have the most up to date contact information at all times. 

Cuesta College Students, Staff and Faculty: If we cannot reach you or someone on your emergency list we may contact campus public safety to find you in your class or expected location on campus.


In the event of allergy related symptoms, a letter from a medical professional is required. The note must state the specific allergies that a child has, what symptoms to expect and when, and how long the reaction is expected to last.
At that point we will look for changes in "baseline". At that point we will observe to see if the child presents with symptoms that do not align with the medical evaluation information or do not present as usual.

Example of a note: 

Child A has been diagnosed with seasonal allergies that can present with runny nose and itchy eyes. Most symptoms will occur during or after outside play. Symptoms are expected to last through the entirety of the spring season. 
Child A is on _______________ (daily medication) to alleviate symptoms. 


**COVID-19 Procedures and Protocols**
Updated January 2021

Due to COVID-19 we are currently operating under the following Health Guidelines, as well as the "Cuesta College Children's Center and Lab School Health and Illness Policy" listed above:

Symptoms of Infectious Illness 

  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher (and/or or chills)  
    Coughing (for those with documented allergies or asthma, a change in baseline cough) 
    Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing (for those with documented asthma, a change from baseline) 
    Fatigue, or being unable to participate in activities as normal
    Muscle or body aches 
    New loss of taste or smell  
    Sore throat  
    Congestion, including runny nose or eyes  
    Abdominal pain, nausea, and/or vomiting  
    Abnormal stools such as diarrhea (2 or more per day)
    Poor appetite
    Complaining of not feeling well

Requirements to Return to School 

If it has been less than 10 days since the first signs of illness, we will require a doctor note specifically stating the symptoms are unrelated to COVID-19 and they are not considered contagious at this time OR a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional after the date of exclusion from the Children's Center.

If your child has been medically evaluated and it has been determined by a physician that the illness is not related to COVID-19, or if your child has received a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional, then they may return to school 48 hours AFTER symptoms are gone (back to baseline).

Please note, a medical note is not necessary if your child has completed the 10 days of isolation and has had no symptoms for at least 48 hours.

If your child tests positive for COVID-19:

Notify our center right away (email the director and your child's classroom teachers). Be ready to provide us with the day they were tested and the last day they were at our facility. Their identity will be protected; however, this is critical to the protection of all children and staff in our center. If you have other children in the program, they will also need to stay home.

If your child was exposed to someone with COVID-19:

If your child has been in close contact with a person who tested positive, defined as within six feet of a person for at least 15 minutes in a 24-hour period within 2 days of their positive test (regardless of mask use).

You must begin a minimum 10-day quarantine. Do not wait to be notified by the Public Health Department.
Contact your doctor or the Public Health Department to determine if your child should be tested.
Your child cannot return to the program for at least 10 days. After 10 days, if they have no symptoms, they may return and you should continue to monitor for symptoms for up to 14 days. If they become symptomatic during this time immediately isolate and follow the guidelines for “Discontinuing Home Isolation” after a suspected or confirmed COVID illness.

Anyone that is not fully vaccinated and have been exposed to a confirmed positive will need to quarantine for 10 days regardless of testing results.

**Staff will follow the Cuesta College Administrative Policies in any circumstance of illness. 

Daily Health Check Questions (updated 8/13/2021)

Is your child feeling sick today?
Has your child experienced any symptoms of infectious illness as outlined in our health policy?
Was your child given any fever reducing medication today (ex: Tylenol)?
Is anyone in your household awaiting COVID test results or under directions from the Department of Public Health?
Has your child been exposed to a confirmed COVID case?
**Has anyone in your household, including your child, traveled internationally in the last 10 days? 


We reserve the right to use our best judgement regarding the health and safety of everyone at the Cuesta College Children's Center and Lab School. With this, please understand that we may not be able to accommodate a child even if a medical professional has deemed them ready to go back to school.