Health Exclusion Policy


The objective of this policy is to standardize health related exclusion of students.

Applicable to:

All students & parents

Value (s) guiding policy:

a) Value Term: Responsible

b) Why: Student will maintain a high standard of behavior by adhering to the values & principles and respecting the rights of others.


If a child is identified as having any health related condition which requires immediate, temporary exclusion is necessary until student is normal.

Policy Guidelines:

Certain symptoms in children may suggest the presence of a communicable disease. Children who have the following symptoms should be excluded from the class room setting or from other kids until

  • A physician has certified the symptoms are not associated with an infectious agent or they are no longer a threat to the health of other children at the center,
  • The symptoms have subsided for 24 hours or the treatment has started, using the following guidelines.
If your child develops Then keep him/her home until
FEVER – A temperature of 100 Fahrenheit auxiliary of higher, before fever reducing medication is given The fever is normal for 24 hours without fever reducing medication
RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS -Difficult or rapid breathing or severe coughing that is constant and prevents the child from participating in activities Coughing, breathing difficulties and/or other symptoms no longer affect normal activity
VOMITING -Vomited two or more times OR any vomiting if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, behavioral changes, abdominal pain, or diarrhea 24 hours after vomiting has stopped
DIARRHEA -An increased number of abnormally loose stools in the previous 24 hours. Observe the child for other symptoms. 24 hours after the last loose stool
RASH or SKIN PROBLEMS – Rash disappears or is diagnosed as not contagious. Impetigo – 24 hours after treatment begins and lesions are dry or can be covered with bandages.Scabies – 24 hours after treatment beginsChicken Pox – until blisters have dried into scabs, about 6 – 10 days after onsetRingworm – 24 hours after treatment begins
CONJUNCTIVITIS (Pinkeye)Tears, redness of eyelid lining, irritation followed by swelling and discharge of pus. 24 hours after treatment begins
HEAD LICE – First treatment is completed, no live lice are seen, and you have removed ALL nits (eggs)
STREP THROAT / SCARLET FEVER – 24 hours after treatment begins AND child is without fever
GENERAL LETHARGY -When a child is not able to participate in activities with reasonable comfort and requires more care than the program staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children. Condition improves

Your cooperation in these health matters is greatly appreciated. If all parents keep sick children at home, Fountainhead families and staff will remain healthier and happier. This will mean fewer missed classes/work days and illnesses for parents.