Each year a health consultant will review our health and safety policies as stipulated by Rule 3. The consultant reviews required first aid and safety policies and procedures and practices for food preparation and cleanup.
Your child’s health is of major importance to us all. The state health department mandates that before a child can be enrolled in our program his immunization record must on file in our office. An HIB vaccination is required for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. Children arriving the first day without such must be taken home. If your child has not received a vaccine for preventable disease and there is a case of that disease in school, you will be asked to keep your child home. Within 30 days after enrollment, the State further requires a completed health form, signed by physician, be on file.
If your child cannot participate in daily activities including outdoor play due to the following symptoms, he/she must be kept at home:
- Unexplained lethargy
- Vomiting two or more times that day
- Fever (100 degrees or higher Fahrenheit axillary)
- Drainage from eyes/ears
- Lice, ringworm (must be treated before a child may return)
- Bacterial infections such as strep and has not completed 24 hours of antibiotic treatment
- Three or more loose stools that day
- Undiagnosed rash
- Significant respiratory distress
- Chicken pox unless the lesions are all crusted over
- Requires more care than staff can provide without compromising health and safety of other children
The above symptoms have been established by the Department of Human Services with concern for the health and welfare of all children. Please help us keep illness to a minimum by being aware of these symptoms and keeping your child home if he/she comes down with any of them.
If the symptoms occur, parents will be notified to pick up their child from school. We have mats and an area where the child may rest until his parent or other authorized person can pick him up.
Please inform the school if your child will not be present. Parents must notify CDLC within 24 hours when a child has contracted a contagious disease. Parents will be notified by note and/or email should a child in your child’s class be diagnosed with a contagious disease.
When you sign the permission form you are allowing your child to be involved in program activities and allowing our staff to take whatever steps may be necessary for medical emergencies.
No medication (prescription or non-prescription) will be given to your child without a current and accurate prescription label on the bottle and an Individualized Child Care Plan filled out and signed by a medical doctor. You can receive one of these forms from the office or download one from our website. All medications will be kept out of reach of children (and refrigerated if needed). Administration of medication will be recorded and verified to the parent. Teachers reserve the right to request specific training regarding administration of meds prior to complying with doctor’s directions. This training will be provided by prescribing doctor or our nurse consultant. Antibiotics, cough syrup, Tylenol, etc. are not considered life sustaining.
Snack time is a special part of the day for our students, not only for keeping away hunger pains but as an opportunity to teach sharing, consideration, manners and independence. Snacks are designed to encourage whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Keeping in mind that this is a snack and not a meal, each student will receive a serving of the designated school snack and will be allowed a second helping if they request it. The designated school snack will consist of two of the four food components identified by the ASDA (fluid milk, juice, fruit or vegetable, meat or meat alternate, whole grain bread or whole grain cereal).
Staff allow children to decide how much to eat. Staff will encourage children to try new and less favorite food. Children are never forced to eat or try new foods. Snack menu is designed to encourage fruit and vegetables. We try to provide low fat, low salt and sodium, and low sugar snacks. Drinking water is available to children at all times.
Birthday Treat Policy
At CDLC, we know how important and special your child’s birthday is! We love to celebrate your child’s birthday in school and encourage you to be a part of this celebration. We do allow birthday treats to be brought into the classroom to share.
Due to allergies, sanitary guidelines, safety concerns and MN State law, only store-bought treats are allowed for birthdays. Please adhere to the following guides for treats:
- CDLC is a Nut-Free school. We are committed to not offering any foods that contain nuts; including peanuts, tree nuts, peanut butter and food processed in plants using nuts. Please check the package labeling carefully!
- Please do not send in any type of treat or candy which may be a choking hazard to our students.
- Check with the classroom teacher to get a list of student allergies in the class and plan your treat accordingly.
Some great birthday treat suggestions are:
- apple slices
- frozen fruit pops
- rice krispie treats
The treat should be something that your child will enjoy. Birthday treats will be served in lieu of our daily snack. If a child does not like or is allergic to the birthday treat, the regular classroom snack will be available. We encourage nutritious snacks. Your questions or suggestions can be directed to your child’s teacher or the CDLC Director.
Please remember CDLC is a NUT FREE school and all snacks and treats must not contain nuts and must be store bought.
All Day students have a half hour lunch time each day. We ask that each all-day child bring a nutritious lunch each day.
Rest time is a scheduled part of the daily schedule for All Day students and is required by DHS licensing guidelines. The children are required to lie on a cot to rest for at least 30 minutes. The environment is darkened, and restful music is played or a story is read.
We know that many preschoolers have not been toilet trained for long or are still mastering this skill. If a child becomes noticeably wet, we will offer the child a change of clothes and can assist the child with changing if needed. CDLC is not equipped to change soiled pants, if the child becomes noticeably messy, or does not want to change their clothes; we will call the parents to come and assist the child with changing or take them home for the remainder of the day.
Your child is encouraged to develop independent habits for personal hygiene such as washing hands when arriving at school, before snacks and after toileting. We try to help children gain an appreciation and a feeling of responsibility for personal cleanliness and neatness.
Parents should apply sunscreen before sending their child to school. CDLC staff will apply sunscreen before going outside in the afternoon for any All Day students who supply sunscreen and provided written permission.