COVID-19 Health and Wellness Policy

  • This Covid19 Health and Wellness policy has been created to comply with the Restore Illinois and DCFS guidelines for safeguarding the health of ALL children in the care of Precious Lambs Preschool. This policy will help prevent children from contracting both viral and bacterial infections. To differentiate, a viral infection is one that does not require medicine and a bacterial infection is one that does require medication, but both are contagious. Accordingly, please note the following, which applies to all staff and children within this facility.

    On arrival, children will have their temperature taken, together with the parent and educator, before entering the facility. If the child has a temperature, they must be taken home and remain home, as per the health policy, below.

    Parents will additionally be asked questions each morning, confirming that their child is symptom free and that their child has not been given acetaminophen or ibuprofen in the last 12 hours.

  • Symptom May return when
    Temperature of 100.3 F / 37.8 C or higher (orally) or 99 F / 37.2 C or higher (under the arm) May return to preschool after 10 days or when symptom free
    Runny nose May return to preschool after 72 hours symptom free if nasal discharge is clear.
    Cough May return to preschool after 10 days or when symptom free, whichever is longer
    Sore throat May return to preschool after 10 days or when symptom free, whichever is longer
    Difficulty breathing or wheezing May return to preschool after 10 days or when symptom free, whichever is longer
    Unexplained fatigue, aches, or cold/flu-like symptoms May return to preschool after 10 days or when symptom free, whichever is longer
    Sinus congestion May return to preschool after 72 hours symptom free if nasal discharge is clear.
    Children who have, or children with others living in the same home who have just returned from international travel May return after self-isolating for 14 days and being symptom free
    Children who have, or children with others living in the same home who have been identified as at-risk of potential Covid19 exposure May return after self-isolating for 14 days and being symptom free


  • If your child is diagnosed with COVID-19, he or she may not return to school until ALL THREE of the following criteria are met:
    • Child is fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medication
    • Individual is no longer showing symptoms, including cough
    • It has been 10 days since the onset of illness


    Please note: If your child has TWO of the following concerning for COVID-19 (fever, chills, shortness of breath, muscle aches, vomiting or diarrhea), the child may return to school if one of the following is met: the child is fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, a negative test for COVID-19 is produced, or a note from a medical provider is provided documenting no clinical suspicion of the COVID-19 infection.

    Additionally, our pre-COVID health and wellness policy stands:

    Children may not attend preschool while they have any of the following symptoms until 72 hours after they are symptom free:

    • unusual, unexplained loss of appetite, fatigue, irritability, or headache
    • eye infections (such as Pink Eye)
    • unexplained rashes or any rash that is not confirmed by doctor to be non-contagious
    • known or suspected communicable diseases (measles, chicken pox, pink eye, hand foot and mouth, etc.)
    • ear infection
    • nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea in the last 72 hours


    These are the same symptoms for which we will call you during the day to pick up your child. We ask that you are here within the hour to pick up your child. We can also contact a designated emergency person to pick up as well. If it is necessary for your child to be sent home, they must be free of symptoms for 72 hours (new requirement this year) before they can return to school.

    Please inform us if your child contracts anything contagious so that we can inform other parents in the class (i.e. chicken pox, strep, pink eye, lice).

    When your child is ready to return to school after an illness, please make sure he/she has been on necessary medication for 72 hours. Please keep in mind that we will not administer any medication while the child is in our care. No medication may be in the child's possession, including cough drops, vitamins, pills, etc. Please also make sure that the child is well enough to play outside.

    For any ongoing medication, not prescribed for an acute illness, or fitting the above situations, please see the Director to discuss possible arrangements.
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Re-opening January 18th!

Hello,

With careful consideration and hard work to make sure we are following the strictest guidelines, we are able to safely open our doors. This is your opportunity to register your child to attend the 2022-2023 school year.

Stay well!
Sarah Lanham, Director

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