Wildhorse Children’s Center Illness Policy
Our illness policy is designed to protect staff, children, and families. It has been modified to accommodate CDC guidelines regarding the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
• Persons who have a fever or other signs of illness will not be admitted to the facility.
• Families should be on the alert for any signs of illness in their children and KEEP THEM AT HOME if they are sick.
• Children are visually screened upon arrival to the facility. Staff checks for any sign of illness, which could include flushed cheeks, rapid breathing or difficulty breathing (without recent physical activity).
• Temperature checks are conducted in order to minimize the risk of exposure.
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided for staff and children as needed.
• Staff will take everyday preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory illness as recommended by current CDC guidelines including proper hand washing, cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces, and covering coughs and sneezes.
• If someone becomes ill while at the facility they will be sent home as soon as possible. The ill person will be isolated while waiting for pickup. After the ill person has gone home, all surfaces in the isolation area and any area where the ill person had contact will be cleaned and disinfected.
• Symptoms of COVID-19 vary from person to person. The following list includes symptoms that have been noted in previous cases of COVID-19*:
o Fever of 100°F or higher
o Shortness of breath, difficulty breathing or wheezing
o Nasal congestion
o Drainage (clear or otherwise) from the nose, eyes, or ears
o Sore throat
o Diarrhea or vomiting
o Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
o Loss of smell/taste
*Note- This is not a comprehensive list of all signs and symptoms and according to the CDC some people with COVID-19 are asymptomatic.
While the above symptoms are related to COVID-19, a more extensive list is included below. See “WHEN A CHILD CANNOT ATTEND DAYCARE”
If a child is sent to daycare with any of these symptoms or develop symptoms during the day they will be sent home.
WHEN A CHILD CANNOT ATTEND DAYCARE:
• Fever temperature of 100⁰F or higher when taken orally, by ear, or temporal artery (forehead).
• Rash other than a common diaper rash or skin irritation.
• Conjunctivitis (pink eye) Discharge from or irritation to eye(s) or any discoloration to the whites of the eye(s).
• White, Green or Yellow Discharge. Any white, green or yellow discharge, nasal or otherwise.
• Diarrhea. Two or more loose bowel movements in one day.
As a state-licensed childcare facility we are required to keep each child’s immunization record on file. If you do not have a copy we can access it online for you via Idaho’s Immunization Reminder Information System (iris.dhw.idaho.gov)
• Wildhorse Children’s Center does not administer medication, prescribed or otherwise.
• Exceptions will be made for children with chronic conditions such as asthma or diabetes.
Special Needs Care
• Our childcare program is designed to meet the needs of all children including those with special needs and/or disabilities. PLEASE NOTE: we are not currently staffed to provide care to those who require one-on-one assistance to participate in normal daily activities.
• Wildhorse Daycare reserves the right to refuse care to ANY child with physical or emotional needs that cannot be met by our staff, and/or when providing care would jeopardize the health and safety of other children.