KEEPING DELC HEALTHY AND VACCINATION POLICY.
As your child begins his or her adventure with group care, issues around wellness and sickness will come up a lot. We found this useful explanation of these issues (United Methodist Christian School of Durango) and felt it would help for you to have an understanding of them from the beginning.
One of the ways our bodies develop immunity is by fighting disease; consequently young children are susceptible to illness. Group care exposes your child to many others and as a result they will have their share of illness whilst their immunity systems develop. With this in mind it would be a good idea to have a backup plan if your child does become sick as there is a good chance that you won’t have enough paid sick days of your own to cover every time you or your child are ill. The general rule is that for the first 6 months of group care your child will be vulnerable to all the viruses, bugs and malaise that are circulating – this also goes for new teachers taking up position of their first job – it does get better as your child grows and their bodies are more familiar with group care.
There are different kinds and severities of illness and some such as strep throat, whooping cough, chicken pox etc clearly indicate that your child should not be at school. A fever, deep cough, green runny nose, diarrhea or vomiting are other obvious illnesses where a child should not be at school. The difficulty arises when a child is clearly not well but there is no specific diagnosis. The main questions we explore at school to decide this gray area is – Is the child well enough to be in group care? Can this child function as part of the group and follow the schedule? Is this child so uncomfortable that s/he needs to be continually comforted by a teacher? Does this need for comfort negatively impact on the required teacher/child ratio? Our ratios are carefully planned out and if one teacher is focused on caring for one child then it can become quite stressful for the other children and teachers. Coupled with this is that the best place to fully recover is in your own home environment where there is comfort and reassurance in familiar territory and attention does not need to be shared. This is often why they seem to make a miraculous recovery once at home, so please be assured that we use our training and experience to decide if it is essentially for your child’s wellbeing that we phone.
Mild symptoms are open to interpretation and as such we do need to make decisions that benefit the health of the group as well as the emotional need of the individual child. We know that balancing work, home and childcare needs can be stressful and we would be the last people to intentionally add to that stress as our goal is to support families and work in partnership with them. However we do need to look at the big picture and sometimes in our efforts to be fair and make the right decision we know that by asking you to collect your child from school is the last thing you need to hear. The more we all work together and understand the complexities of the “gray” areas the better will all be able to handle it.
P.S. Symptoms and illnesses of when, or when not your child cannot attend school are posted outside of the toddler room and on the parent board in the hallway leading to the sun room.
New incoming children who are enrolled in DELC must have all the required vaccinations as stated by the Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment. DELC will hereafter only allow medical exemptions. If your child is on a delayed vaccination schedule, DELC requires a letter from your child’s primary health provider.