Health & Safety

Immunizations and Physicals

Epiphany and Company Presents: Self and S.T.E.A.M Academy requires all children enrolled in the program to be immunized. Families must contact their local health department to obtain a signed certified Nonmedical Waiver Form for delayed vaccines. A Health Appraisal form is required prior to enrollment. This form requests a record of your child's immunizations and date of last physical examination.

*Important: It is your responsibility as parent or guardian, to maintain up-to-date immunizations and physicals for your child (ren). Updates must be reported to the center director in writing.

Kindergarten children and older--parents must sign the Physical Health/Immunizations Parental Acknowledgement for School-Age  Programs  letter,  plus  submit  a  copy  of  the  child’s  immunization  record to the office. A new letter must be signed yearly. Yearly health exams are required as well.

 

Wellness Policy

You are the best judge of your child's health, and we trust you will not bring a sick child to the center. However, if while in our care your child becomes ill, displays an unknown rash, or acts out-of-character your child's teacher will consult the director and you may be called to come take your child home. When called, you (or an alternate emergency person) are expected to come within the hour. This is to protect the health of your child and his/her classmates. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. The following criteria will be considered in determining if your child must go home:

  • Unknown rash will need to be seen by a physician and the child can return to school by the written recommendation made by the doctor. A doctor note is required.

  • Fever of 100.5° or higher. For a mild fever, muscle aches, toothache, or headache Tylenol (supplied from home) may be administered.

*See Medications below. The child must be fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of Tylenol, or other fever reducing medications.

  • Diarrhea (more than two loose, watery stools), or vomiting. Consideration will be taken if your child is allergic to certain food/drink products or on medication. The child may return when bowel movements are normal, and no other symptoms of illness are present. The child may return 24 hours after the last time he/she vomited, and no other symptoms of illness are present.

  • Persistent cough or runny nose for an extended period pf time (cough suppressants and/or allergy medications are not recommended unless prescribed by a doctor). Child may return 24 hours cough free without the aid of cough suppressant, or allergy medication.

  • Crying and irritable for a long time, or not eating or drinking normally. Anytime a child is not themselves, cannot be soothed by a teacher, requires one-on-one care, complaining about discomfort, or not interacting with the class is reason to take a Wellness Day and spend time in the comfort of their own parent(s) arms. • Highly contagious condition such as:

  • Head lice: suggested treatments available upon request. Child must be nit free to return to school. • Chicken pox and Hand Food Mouth: Child must be fever free and sores scabbed over.

  • Strep throat: Child must have 24 hours of antibiotics in his/her system.

  • Mumps, pin worm, impetigo, conjunctivitis (pink eye), etc: Follow doctor’s recommendations method of treatment. Information from our main office is available upon request. If your child is too ill to play outside with his or her class, or participate in regular classroom activities, then your child is too ill to attend the center.

*If questions arise to the appropriateness of a child's return to the center, the final decision will be that of the Center Director or Assistant Director.

Medication

Medication will only be administered after a parent signs, and dates a form entitled, Medication Permission. The parent must provide all medications. Prescription medication must be in the original container and labeled with the child's name. A parent or guardian must administer the first dosage under their supervision; never the center staff. We will not administer cold medications to any child. Staff cannot administer medication (prescription or over the counter) without the proper dosage for that child listed on the container. If the container reads, “Consult/see Doctor” then a note from the doctor with the child’s weight, and the dosage recommended, must be provided.

Medication will be stored per the manufacturer’s recommendations. We have locked cupboards, and containers for the refrigerator, for the storage of medication. A Non-Prescription Release form for other applications such as diaper wipes, sun block, soap, etc. will be signed upon enrollment.

If your child has any medical allergies, please make sure it is listed on their Student Information Sheet and speak with your teacher immediately. Teachers can store allergy medications/epi-pens in the classroom if the item is clearly labeled with a prescription in the child’s name. The teachers are not permitted to administer any medications to the child under any circumstances. If an emergency arises teachers will assess

the situation, seek medical attention, and contact the grown-up immediately. Children should be aware of their allergies, as well as their medications and have a basic knowledge of administration. We will make every reasonable effort to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If your child requires accommodations, please call us in advance at 916-369-9844.

Food Allergies & Restrictions

If your child has any food allergies, please make sure it is listed on their Student Information Sheet and talk with your child’s teacher immediately. The teacher will then compile all class allergies to ensure food safety daily and inform the other families.

Communicable Diseases

If your child is exposed to lice or any communicable disease such as pink eye, measles, chicken pox, etc., please notify the site immediately so that incubation dates are verified and the health of all children concerned may be protected. Names of sick children will not be provided to families. Only the type of illness, possible symptoms and exposure dates will be shared as a courtesy so there is awareness of possible exposure. It also helps to reduce the risk of the spread of communicable

diseases to ensure every child’s health and safety. Some conditions that are contracted through person- to-person contact may require a doctor’s release prior to the child returning to class.

Other Illnesses and COVID-19

Sick children and staff are asked to stay home and should not be allowed to participate in program. “Sick” is someone exhibiting, but not limited to, the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, nausea, loss of taste or smell, sore throat and/or vomiting.

Should your child develop any of the symptoms above, please notify Rachel Brown

rbrownepiphanyandco@yahoo.com or Francesca Cooley epiphanyandco@yahoo.com

immediately.

 

Staff will be vigilant in monitoring symptoms of children who may be suspected of having COVID-19 and will notify a supervisor if they or a child is showing symptoms of being sick (symptoms listed above). Children and staff who arrive sick or become sick while at program will be sent home immediately. Grown-ups must be prepared to pick up as soon as possible should they receive notification that their child is showing signs of illness. Staff and children who become sick while at program will be isolated from all others. One staff

member will maintain physical distance of at least 6 feet and will supervise any sick children in the resting area until a grown-up arrives to pick them up. Children will be made as comfortable as possible. If a class has a COVID-19 confirmed participant, District protocol will be followed.

 

Sick staff and children may not return until they have consulted with their doctor about resuming public activities. A record that a doctor was consulted will be required to be readmitted into any programs.