Health Policy
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Health forms for each child must be up to date and on file.  They must include any pertinent health or allergy information as well as a record of all necessary immunizations and lead test.  Please note that State Health Department regulations indicate that children must have necessary immunizations for school entry.  Health forms must be updated each year.


A healthy child is a happy child.  Please respect the health of others by keeping your child home when he/she is ill.  This includes the common cold.  Please call the school if your child will be absent due to illness by 10:00 AM. If for any reason we don’t hear from you and your child is not at school, we will make an attempt to contact you.  This is done to ensure the safety of your children.  The ECDC telephone number is 508-660-1328.  It is very important that you alert the staff if your child contacts any of the communicable diseases listed below.


In accordance with the Department of Early Education and Care regulations, ECDC maintains a written Health Care Policy which is available to parents upon requests.  Some important components of this plan are:

1.      Parents are asked to keep their child at home when he/she is ill.  We are concerned with the contagious nature of many illnesses, and request that you have your child stay home if any of the following symptoms are present:

- Persistent cough with fever

- Thick, yellowish discharge from nose

- Fever (>99°) – may return after 24 hours of being fever free

- Conjunctivitis:  Check with physician for information on return to school.

- Strep throat:  May return after being on antibiotics for 48 hours

- Ear infections: Return after all symptoms have subsided.

- Nausea or vomiting within the past 24 hours.

- Three or more loose stools within the past 24 hours.


2.       Parents also need to alert the staff if their child contracts any of the communicable diseases listed below.   Children will be excluded from the program when they have gastro-intestinal illness, respiratory illness, or skin/direct-contact infections.  More specifically:

Chicken pox                Measles

German Measles          Strep

Mumps                        Impetigo

Conjunctivitis               Head lice

Pin Worms                   Ring worm (scalp or body)

Common Cold (when phlegm and nose discharge are not clear in color)

3.    Children who have already been admitted to the program and then begin to exhibit signs of illness will be separated from the group until the parent or emergency contact can come and pick up the child.  Please be sure someone is always available.

4.      Parents will be notified when a communicable disease has been introduced to the center via a written “Health Alert”.

5.      Mildly ill children will be provided food and drink, be allowed to rest, and have play materials as requested.  An adult will be available to sit with and provide comfort as needed while the child waits for his/her parent to arrive.

6.      In the case of emergency or illness, parents will be notified immediately.  If the parents cannot be reached, the child’s emergency contact person will be notified while the center continues to try to contact the parents.  If necessary, the local police and/or fire department will be contacted.  If treatment is required, the child will be transported to the nearest hospital by ambulance or other emergency vehicle.  Less severe emergencies may require transportation to the hospital by a staff member or parent volunteer.  A staff member will accompany the child at all times.

7.      In the event of an emergency or illness on a field trip, the child’s parents will be contacted immediately.  Along with the First Aid kit, the staff members will carry a file containing emergency information for each child on the trip.  When necessary, first aid will be provided by a staff member.


Plan for Dispensing Medication

1.   Topical lotions, creams, or ointments for sun protection and diapering are the only exceptions.  Topical lotions, creams, or ointments require written permission from the parent.

2.    Any prescription and non-prescription medication brought in to the school (inhalers, Epipens, Benadryl, etc.) must be accompanied with a written permission from the child’s parent and in the case of non-prescription medication, a signature by the child’s physician.  Prescription medication must be in the original packaging with the prescription label on it. A medication form is required with any medication brought in to school.

3.   Parents will be notified whenever any medication is administered.

4.   A written record will be kept of the administration of any medication, prescription or non-prescription. This record will include the time and date of each administration, the dosage, the name of the staff member administering the medication and the name of the child.  The completed medication record shall be made a part of the child’s file.

5.    Any prescription or non-prescription medications shall be kept out of reach of children.  Leftover medication shall be returned to the child’s parent.


Allergies and Other Medical Concerns

All parents of children with allergies should let the School Director and their child’s teacher know about all allergies and medical concerns pertaining to their child.  It is required that an Allergy Action Plan be completed prior to the start of school.  This plan can be obtained by calling the Director at 508-660-1328.  The plan provides the school with detailed information about each child’s history, symptoms, methods of treatment, and physician information.  If medication is required, ECDC will need a signed consent form allowing teachers to administer the medicine.  If an Epipen is required, two new Epipens should be provided for the year at the start of school. 


Children with food allergies are allowed to bring their own snack from home in lieu of having the school snack.  For all other children with allergies, the parents should review the snack provided to ensure that it is safe for their child.  If your child plans to stay fore the Lunch Bunch program, please discuss the existing protocol for keeping children with allergies safe during lunch with the School Director and with the appropriate teachers.


Peanut and Nut Awareness Policy

Because of the increased incidence of very serious peanut and nut allergies in children, ECDC Nursery School will not knowingly serve any nut-based food products.  Additionally, parents are asked to make sure that they are not sending in any foods for lunch or special events that may contain any peanut or nut products.  Specifically but not limited to:

- No peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (or other nut butters, eg. Nutella)

- No nut crackers or nut containing breads

- No granola bars that may have nuts or nut oils

Please be aware that practically speaking, the designation “Peanut free” or “Nut Free” is impossible to guarantee and it creates a false sense of security.  However, the teachers at ECDC will do everything in their power to insure that any children with life-threatening food allergies will be safe at school.  Parents are asked to please sign a Peanut and Nut Awareness Policy Acknowledgement and return to your teacher.


Accident Reports

ECDC takes any accident or injury very seriously.  In the event that your child is injured while at school, a complete Injury Report Form will be provided for your full review documenting the time, place, and nature of injury.  At the Director’s discretion, a parent may be contacted to discuss follow up care.  If immediate medical attention is required beyond first aid treatment, ECDC will contact the Walpole paramedics to transport a child to a medical facility.

Oral Health

In accordance with state group child care regulations, children who consume a meal at school will brush their teeth after eating.  Therefore, if your child stays for the Lunch Bunch program, you will need to provide a toothbrush that will be kept at school.  Teachers will assist childrenin brushing their teeth as needed.  Toothbrushes will be clearly labeledwith the child's name and stored in a rack so that they can air dry in a clean environment.  Toothbrushes need to be replaced every 3 months.