E.P.C.C. Illness Policy 2020

In an effort to keep children and teachers healthy, you are asked to keep your child home when he/she is sick.


If the following symptoms occur your child may not attend school:


A temperature of 99º or higher or any fever accompanied by:

a deep cough or uncontrollable spasms of cough

earache or draining ear

a red, sore throat or swollen glands

B.   A rash of any kind until diagnosed, treated or declared harmless by physician

Early colds (coughing and sneezing), very bad colds with purulent (green, thick) discharge

Diarrhea or vomiting  

Red, runny or matting eyes - may be pink eye (conjunctivitis) - please call your doctor

Bronchitis - if your child is coughing frequently

Lethargy – if your child is lethargic or simply not him/herself


Children must remain home and be free of the above-mentioned symptoms for 72 hours (during the COVID-19 pandemic) before they can return to school.  While we understand that a green, runny nose and cough are not necessarily indicators of infectious disease, we will require a doctor’s note if there is any question about your child’s health.  Many children suffer from allergies with cold-like symptoms.  If this is the case for your child, a doctor’s note will be required for re-admittance.


In the event that your child becomes sick while at school you will be promptly notified.  We expect that you will pick your child up immediately, as we do not have the facilities to care for sick children.  If you are unable to pick up your child, please send someone from your emergency list to do so.  Remember, when we send a child home we are using our best judgment in determining whether or not that child should remain at school.  Please respect this policy as well as the families and staff at EPCC by adhering to it.


We are a Center for "healthy" children.  A child who is not well does not benefit from our program and can adversely affect the health of our other children as well as our staff.  If you have any doubts about your child's health, please keep your child home and contact your family doctor.


The following chart lists time periods for which your child should be excluded from school for various illnesses.



Illness:                                               May Return:


Chicken Pox                                        24 hours after all lesions have crusted

Conjunctivitis (pink eye)                      24 hours after start of treatment (if drainage and excessive tearing has stopped)

Croup                                                  After illness has subsided

Diarrhea-Gastro Enteritis                    24 hours after last loose stool and after 1 normal bowel movement

Rubella                                                At least 7 days after onset as well as 24 hours after symptoms end

Hepatitis A                                           At least 7 days after onset of jaundice

Impetigo                                              24 hours after treatment has started

Fever                                                   72 hours after temperature is normal (during Covid Pandemic)

Influenza                                              72 hours after symptoms have subsided (during Covid Pandemic)

Measles                                               At least 4 days after onset of rash

Lice                                                     24 hours after treatment has begun and child is   free of nits and eggs

Whooping Cough                                At least 7 days after therapy has started

Pin worms                                           After treatment is completed

Roseola                                               After illness has subsided

Scabies                                               24 hours after start of treatment

Strep throat                                         72 hours after start of treatment (during Covid Pandemic)

Poison Ivy                                            After lesions have dried up

Pneumonia or Epiglottis                      Written note from physician

(if due to H-Flu, Health Dept. must give order)

Bacterial (Spinal) Meningitis               When Health Dept. gives OK

Mumps                                                14 days after onset of swelling

Covid 19-Positive                                Must have a negative result before returning with a doctor’s note.


*Source:  US Dept. of Health & Human Services



Prescription medication may be given only upon written order of a physician stating that the center may administer such medication and specifying the circumstances, if any, under which the medication must not be administered.    A medication release form must be completed by the parent and kept on file for the duration of the time the child is in need of a specific medication.


Prescription medication must be in the original container and labeled with the child's complete name, the medication name, recommended dosage, time intervals for administration, expiration date and physician’s name.  All medications will be stored according to the instructions on the label, kept beyond the reach of children and returned to the parent when no longer needed.


Over-the-counter medication may be given on an infrequent, non-routine basis under written instructions from the parent in conjunction with a doctor’s note.   Instructions must be consistent with the directions on the manufacturer's label.  Over-the-counter medication must be in the original container with the manufacturer’s label. Again, such medication will be stored according to the instructions on the label, kept beyond the reach of children and returned to the parent when no longer needed.


For all medications that must be administered orally, a graduated medicine syringe or spoon must be provided.


Topical ointments may be applied as needed for protection against the sun or other skin irritations under written parental instructions and a doctor’s note.


Never send medication in your child’s lunch box or backpack.  Any medication must be handed to a teacher with a completed medication release form.  Medication forms can be obtained from the teachers in your child’s classroom.




Plan for When a Staff member of child becomes sick :(

Plan for When a Staff Member or Child Becomes Sick

  • Anyone who exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 will be moved to an isolation room to separate them from all others.
  • Any students or staff exhibiting symptoms will immediately be required to wear a face covering and be required to wait in an isolation are until they can be transported home or to a healthcare facility, as soon as practicable.
  • Arrangements for safe transport home or to a healthcare facility, when an individual is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms:
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore Throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • For serious injury or illness, we will call 9-1-1 without delay. Seek medical attention if COVID-19 symptoms become sever, including persistent pain or pressure in the chest, confusion, or bluish lips or face. Updates and further details are available on CDC’s webpage
  • We will notify local health officials immediately of any positive case of COVID-19, and exposed staff and families as relevant while maintaining confidentiality as required by state and federal laws. Additional guidance can be found here.
  • We will immediately close off areas used by any individual suspected of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and will not use before cleaning and disinfection. To reduce risk of exposure, we will wait 24 hours before we clean and disinfect. If it is not possible to wait 24 hours we will wait as long as practicable. We will ensure a safe and correct application of disinfectants using personal protective equipment and ventilation recommended for cleaning and keep disinfectant products away from students.
  • We will advise sick staff members and students not to return until they have met CDC criteria to discontinue home isolation, including at least 72 hours with no fever, symptoms have improved and at least 14 days since symptoms first appeared, and a negative COVID result signed by a doctor.
  • We will implement the necessary processes and protocols when a school has an outbreak, in accordance with CDPH guidelines.
  • We will investigate the COVID-19 illness and exposures and determine if any work-related factors could have contributed to risk of infection. Update protocols as needed to prevent further cases.
  • We will update protocols as needed to prevent further cases. See the CDHP guidelines, Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace. Which are incorporated into this guidance and contain detailed recommendations for establishing a plan to identify cases, communicating with workers and other exposed persons, and conducting and assisting with contact tracing.
  • Everyone should continue following basic protective measures, including:
  • Wash your hands frequently. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene. Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Stay home if you or your child feels unwell. If you or your child have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention