Assumption Early Childhood Learning Center Attendance, Health and Illness Policies
To gain maximum benefit from our preschool program, regular attendance is expected. If your child is going to be late or absent due to illness, doctor’s appointment, etc., please notify the preschool office. Children should not be absent more than 20 days during a school year. If a child is absent more than 5 days in a month then documentation from someone other than the parent is required, such as a physician, or other party upon the child’s return to school. Arrangements for absences due to other circumstances should have prior approval from the school. Parents/guardians of VPK children will need to sign and follow the attendance/tardiness policy, which will be provided at the onset of school. Late pick-ups will incur charges to your account.
Every child should be at school on time. Our preschool program begins promptly at 8:00am. When children enter the classroom late it interferes with their routine, the classroom environment, and the children’s learning process. If your child will be arriving late due to a doctor’s appointment, please notify the school in advance.
Health and Illness Policy (please see additional information under COVID policies below)
Your child’s health is a matter of importance to us. Assumption Early Childhood Learning Center is a place for WELL children. If you receive a call that your child is ill, PLEASE make arrangements to pick-up your child immediately to protect the health and well-being of the other children and our faculty. You are expected to pick up your child from the office within an hour. Depending on the illness, your child will probably be moved from his/her classroom and remain in the preschool office until picked up.
DO NOT bring your child to the preschool if he/she has had any symptoms discussed below in the past 24 hours. When children return to school before they are really well, they don’t feel like participating in our activities. They also share their germs with other children and adults and are at risk for another infection. Control of communicable disease in the preschool environment takes a cooperative effort on the part of the parents and the faculty. The Assumption Early Childhood Learning Center will not dispense any medication.
Illness requiring temporary removal from the Preschool include the following:
- Diarrhea: If diarrhea is apparent, and the Director feels it is necessary for the child to go home, the parents will be notified.
- Temperature elevation: When a temperature elevation is suspected, the child’s temperature will be taken. If your child has a temperature over 100.3 , parents will be notified and asked to pick up the child immediately.
- Rash: Suspected contagious disease, (e.g. measles, chicken pox, scarlet fever, etc.): When a rash is noted, the child’s temperature will be taken. The child’s parent will be notified of the rash. If a contagious disease is suspected, the parent will be requested to pick the child up immediately.
- Lung Congestion: Serious lung congestion and cough in children will necessitate their absence from the preschool until the condition improves.
- Prolonged vomiting: If a child has vomited before he/she comes to school, then the child should be kept home for 24 hours. If vomiting occurs while the child is at preschool, the parents will be notified and requested to pick the child up immediately.
- Conjunctivitis: “Pink Eye” is the infection of the membrane covering the eye and eyelid, pink color instead of white eyes. The child’s eyes may be irritated, swollen or crusted in the morning. The child will need to be on medication for at least 24 hours.
- Lice: Any infestation of head lice must be reported to the Director immediately. The parents of the children in that classroom will be notified (not using the name of the child involved). All the children in the classroom will be head-checked. If your child is infested with head lice, an initial and follow up treatment is required before returning to school. Children should be louse, nit and casing free.
Under normal circumstances, sick children typically remain at home for one day (or 24 hours) after pick up. In order to return, they are fever free or symptom free without medication. For example: If a child is picked-up at 1:00pm on a Monday, the student may not return to school on Tuesday at 1:00pm. They may return on Wednesday morning. If you have been exposed or if your child is not feeling well, please do not bring them to school. While this may inconvenience you a day or two, think about the effect it would have on a classroom that we would have to shut down for 14 days and the other families involved. In the event of a classroom closure, as stated in our parent agreement, tuition will be expected to be paid. Again these policies are for the protection of your children and our faculty. Your cooperation is appreciated.
Please be assured that we will not send home students lightly and will use different thermometers to scan more than just the front of the forehead for the most accurate reading possible. Students may return to school when fever-free without medication or earlier with a doctor’s note clearing them with non-communicable clearance.
Students with temperatures ranging from 99.6 to 100.3 will be monitored throughout the school day and sent home if the fever rises and/or if they exhibit other symptoms.
For any questions and/or concerns in this matter, please contact the Director at 904-518-4880.