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At Discovery Island Learning Center, it is our passion to educate young minds and hone their skills to develop during their formative years. We make use of fun, engaging activities that promote a healthy curiosity for their environment and to foster friendship with other kids at the Center. Find out more about us...

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Parent Handbook

PARENT HANDBOOK

TABLE OF CONTENTS

About Our Program

Center Mission & Purpose
Educational Goals
Curriculum

Enrollment & Billing

Hours of Operation
School Closings
Enrollment Policy
Withdrawal Policy
Registration Fee
Multi-child Discount
Supply Fee
Form of Payment
Payment Due
Late Payment Fee
Late Pick Up
Vacation

Parent/Staff Partnerships

Confidentiality
Communication
Daily Arrivals & Departures
Drop-Off Time
Photographs and Photo Release
Staff Training Days
Standards of Conduct
How To Address Concerns
Parent/Guardian/Guest Conduct on Company Grounds

Health

Illness
Child Health & Illness
Immunization
Medication Policy
How Medication Is Administered
Injuries
Child Nutrition
Rest Time
Outdoor Play

Security & Safety

Check In/Out Using ProCare
Release of Children
Child Release Procedures
Emergency Health Procedures
Emergency Weather Procedures
Inclement Weather Policy
Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect
Interviews by DHS & Other Agencies

Children’s Needs (Classrooms)

Clothing & Personal Items
Laundry
Cubbies
Birthdays
Behavior Guidance
Discipline Policy
Toys
Biting
Transitioning

Health Requirements

Guidelines

About Our Program

Center Mission and Purpose

We believe that children have the right to a nurturing, safe environment where they can feel comfortable and secure. We believe that children have a right to develop to their maximum abilities and that teachers have the responsibility to provide opportunities for this development to occur.
We recognize that each child is an individual and that each child must be allowed to develop at his or her own pace. We accept and respect differences between children including developmental, physical, racial and ethnic differences. Every child regardless of sex, race, religion or ethnic origin must have the same opportunities and advantages as every other child.
We believe each child has the right to a positive self image–to feel good about who they are. We hope that in treating each child with love and respect that they in turn will learn to treat others with the same love and respect.
Finally, children learn best through active participation with their environment and that the teacher’s job is to provide a variety of opportunities and experiences to promote growth in all areas. We will strive to thoughtfully plan activities that meet the needs of every child which follow early childhood developmental principals.

Educational Goals

I. Personal and Social Skills
1 Provide opportunities for children to grow as individuals and experience feelings of self-worth.
2 Promote a healthy self concept by encouraging the development of trust and security.
3 Encourage the development of independence and self help skills.
4 Encourage the development of social skills such as cooperation and respect for others.
5 Encourage the interaction of children with other children and adults in small and large group settings.
II. Language
1 Encourage children to develop the verbal skills necessary to communicate feelings, thoughts, and needs..
2 Expose children to an accepting environment rich in language opportunities including the development of listening skills.
III. Physical Growth
1 To provide a safe, secure environment in which children can explore the space around them and learn to use their bodies with control.
2 Develop an awareness in children of the importance of taking care of one’s body by exposure to sound nutritional practices and physical fitness goals.
3 Provide the children with a variety of opportunities to practice fine and gross motor skills according to each child’s developmental needs and abilities.
IV. Active Learning
1 Offer children a variety of activities that aid in their intellectual and cognitive growth.
2 Allow children to actively explore the attributes and functions of materials with all their senses.
3 Encourage the discovery of relations through direct experiences.
4 Provide opportunities for predicting problems and devising ways to solve them.
5 Encourage the development of creativity and imagination.

Curriculum

The objectives of our curriculum are based on proven child developmental principles regarding how children best grow and learn. We will provide children with a responsive learning environment with various experiences to help them develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development. We will assist parents to increase their knowledge, understanding, skills, and experience in child growth and develop to better support their children. For children in our older classrooms, the Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklist (KRIC) is an invaluable tool to help support our efforts.

Hours of Operation

6:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday

School Closings

Discovery Island Learning Center will also be closed 1 day per year for staff training. The date will be announced far enough in advance for parents to make child care arrangements for that day.

Discovery Island Learning Center will be closed for the following Holidays:

New Years Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

Enrollment and Billing

Enrollment Policy: Discovery Island Learning Center is required by State Minimum Licensing to have certain information about the child and family on file. Before a child is able to enroll in our program, an enrollment “Enrollment Packet” must be filled out and returned to the center no later than three (3) days before the child’s first day of attendance. All necessary documents include immunization records.

Withdrawal Policy: It is mandatory and critically important that parents/guardians give a minimum two (2) weeks notice upon deciding to withdraw their children from our program. This allows us adequate time to inform parents on the waiting list of openings. Families not giving a two week written notice shall be financially responsible for those two weeks.

Registration Fee: Discovery Island has a non-refundable registration fee equal to one weeks tuition.

Multi-Child Discount: Discovery Island offers a special family discount for parents/guardians that are enrolling more than 1 child. When enrolling more than one child the family discount may apply. To be eligible for the family discount, all children must be siblings. The family tuition discount is $5.00 per child. For more details, please see a Director.

Supply Fee: The annual supply fee will help cover the costs of various art supplies, curriculum, project materials, and more. For our younger children, this supply fee will assist in purchases of sanitation gloves, tissue paper, cleaning clothes, and other needed supplies. Our annual supply fee for children is equal to one weeks tuition. You will receive a notice and a new Child Data Information Sheet to update your emergency information. The supply fee will be billed at the beginning of the month of enrollment but is not due until the last day of the month. If you wish to pay the supply fee in installments, please meet with a Director to set up arrangements.

Form of Payment: Checks, credit card (All Major), Cash, and Paypal through the Discovery Island Learning Center website.

Payment Due: All tuition payments are due in full on Monday of each week, regardless of holidays, training days, or sick days that may occur within the week. Tuition must be paid in full by Tuesday. If an account is not paid in full by Friday, you will no longer have access to the center. If accounts become past due and not paid, Discovery Island will pursue legal action and will send account to collection.

Late Payment Fee: Unpaid accounts will be assessed a $20.00 late fee on Wednesday. In-sufficient funds and returned checks will incur an additional $30 fee.

Late Pick Up: The building doors automatically lock at 5:30pm, please have your child picked up no later than 5:30pm. Anyone who arrives or remains in our building past 5:40 PM will be charged a late fee of $10.00 plus $1.00 for each additional minute. Excessive violation of this policy may lead to un-enrollment of your child.

Vacation: Children are allowed one week of vacation per year at no charge. A week is defined 5 consecutive days Monday through Friday. The child cannot attend during the week of vacation. Vacation is accrued annually on January 1st. Vacation does not carry over to the next year and is forfeited if not used. A maximum of one week per year is allotted.

Parent/Staff Partnership

Confidentiality

All information about children and families is considered confidential. Staff members and volunteers will maintain the confidentiality of each family and of each child’s educational records.

Communication

We use a number of methods to communicate between the center and parents:

Your child’s teacher is available during drop off and pick up
Monthly newsletters are available
Weekly lesson plans & daily schedules are posted regularly
Information on the parent bulletin board is readily available
Phone us anytime
Activities are posted all over the classroom walls
Our website is full of helpful information
Your child’s cubby will occasionally contain notices
Parent-teacher conferences may be scheduled
Check our Sign-In table regularly

Daily Arrivals and Departures

A parent or authorized adult must accompany children into and out of the center at all times, through the front door. Please remember to check your child in or out at the Sign-In table. Arrival and departure times are very busy times of the day. For safety purposes, please hold your child’s hand in the parking lot, and do not allow them to run or move away from you in the hallways. Do not enter the playground using the side playground gates to pick up or drop off your child. If your child has difficulty during drop off time, please keep these tips in mind:
*Make your goodbye short and not drawn out.
*Give your child a kiss and a hug and let them know you will be back
*Remember that once you leave most children will calm down and become excited about their day
*Feel free to call and check on your child anytime

Drop-Off Time

You may drop your child off at our center anytime between 6:30AM to 11:00AM and any time after 2PM. Please do not drop your child off between 11:00AM and 2PM, as it disrupts other children that are sleeping. We ask that you adhere to this policy out of respect and courtesy for other families in our center.

Photographs and Photo Release

During the school year parents will have the opportunity to purchase photographs. Parents are asked to sign a photo release form allowing or disallowing permission to be posted on the Discovery Island website.

Staff Training Days

Professional training for our teachers is very important to us at Discovery Island Learning Center. Providing new tools and resources to help our teachers provide the best quality of care and teaching for all our children We schedule one day within the calendar year for staff to receive professional training. Discovery Island reserves the right to add training days as is deemed necessary.

Standards of Conduct

All members of management at Discovery Island Learning Center will ensure that all staff, consultants, and volunteers abide by the program’s strict standard of conduct. These standards must specify that:
* We will respect and promote the unique identity of each child and family and refrain from stereotyping on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, culture, religion, or disability
*We will follow program confidentiality policies concerning information about children, families, and other staff members
* No child will be left alone or unsupervised while under their care
*We will use positive methods of child guidance and will not engage in corporal punishment, emotional or physical abuse, or humiliation. In addition, we will not employ methods of discipline that involve isolation, the use of food as punishment or reward, or the denial of basic needs

How to Address Concerns

If you are concerned things are not going as well as you would like in the program, please discuss the issue with the person/persons involved. If you feel that something is not right in the classroom, please talk to your classroom teachers. If they are unable to help you or you feel that the issue has not been resolved, please address your concerns to a Director. Your opinion and viewpoint is important to us, and we would like to hear your suggestions that might be helpful in improving our program.

Parent/Guardian/Guest Conduct on Company Grounds

Parents, guardians, or guests exhibiting aggressive behavior, verbal profanity, or any other forms of inappropriate conduct on school grounds shall result in an immediate dismissal of your child from our program. Standing accounts shall be paid in full, or legal action will follow.

Health

Illness

If your child is not well enough to participate in all activities, including outdoor play time, then your child should be home resting. If symptoms appear during the day, we will call you to pick up your child immediately.

If your child is exposed to a contagious illness, we will post a health alert notice on the classroom door or sign-table. Please let us know if your child has been exposed to a disease away from school so that we can watch for symptoms.

Child Health & Illness

To protect our children and staff, we have established policies regarding illness and other contagious conditions. These policies are in place to protect your child and comply with licensing regulations. Our daily health checks are performed every morning and throughout the day by our teachers to look for signs and symptoms of illness.
Children with the following symptoms be excluded from childcare:
* Fever over 100
* Diarrhea (3 water stools)
* Vomiting (1 or more occasions)
* Blood or mucus in stools (unless caused by hard stools)
* Abdominal pain which lasts more than 2 hours
* Mouth sores with drooling
* Rash that is not obviously associated with diapering, heat, or allergic reactions to medications
* Pink Eye with white, yellow, or green eye discharge, redness and/or swelling.
* Untreated or treated scabies, head lice, or the presence of nits
* Active tuberculosis, until a health care provider or health official states that the child is on appropriate therapy and
can attend child care.
* Impetigo, until treatment has been started.
* Strep throat, until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment has been started.
* Chicken Pox, until all lesions have crusted (usually 6 days after the rash appears).
* Rubella, until 6 days after onset of rash
* Pertussis (whooping cough); until 5 days of antibiotic treatment
* Mumps, until 5 days after onset of gland swelling
* Measles, until 4 days after onset of rash
* Hepatitis A, until 1 week after onset of illness or as directed by the health department
* Ring worm
* Molluscum

For cases of diarrhea, vomiting, and fevers, Childcare Licensing Guidelines will not allow the child back to the Center until 24 hours after the last episode. This is to protect the welfare of other children in our care.

Immunization

A photocopy of the child’s current immunization record is required at the time of enrollment. A complete copy of all immunizations must be submitted to Discovery Island at time of enrollment, no more than 10 days after your child’s start date. Please remember to update your child’s immunization records at least once a year, or preferably each time your child has been administered a new vaccine. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in suspension of your child’s enrollment.

Medication Policy: Our medication policy is as follows:

* Discovery Island Learning Center will not administer over the counter medications.
* Discovery Island Learning Center will only administer medicine prescribed by a physician. A note must accompany the request form stating the child is not contagious.
* Medication will only be given to a child if an authorization form has been filled out. Please see the front desk for this form.
* All parents and guardians have the option of coming into our Center to administer medications to their children. To protect other children in our care, medication must be given outside the classroom.
* Please remember to take your child’s medication home at the end of each day by asking the front desk for assistance.
*Special conditions may apply for certain situations. For example, life saving drugs such as Epi-Pens would require special protocols outside our normal procedures. Please see a Director for clarification.

How Medication Is Administered

Other than a Director, all other employees are not allowed to administer any type of medication to children. Medication can be administered anywhere in the facility, except inside classrooms.

Injuries

Minor injuries will be treated with appropriate first aid and you will be informed about them on an incident report. You will be called to the center immediately if your child sustains a more serious injury. In cases that we perceive to be potentially life threatening, we will call an ambulance to transport your child to a medical facility and will direct you to meet the ambulance. All costs for the ambulance and medical fees are the responsibility of the child’s family.

Child Nutrition

Discovery Island Learning Center ensures that we meet each child’s nutritional needs and aides in establishing good eating habits that nurture and promote a healthy development.

All children are served morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack.

Our meals have set serving times. Check with your child’s classroom schedule for meal times.

Rest Time

Our children are offered an opportunity to rest after lunch. Children sleeping on cots are required to bring a fitted crib sheet and blanket, per licensing regulations. Children may bring from home a small blanket and small travel sized pillow. Children are not required to go to sleep. Non-sleepers may rest quietly with a book, while laying on their cot. Children will be offered alternate quiet activities if he or she chooses not to sleep. After alternatives have been offered and child continuously disrupts the classroom environment and/or endangers other children or staff a parent will be called to immediately pick up the child, and the child will be excluded from our program for the remainder of the day. Continuous incidents can lead to permanent exclusion from our program. In the event of dismissal on these grounds, refunds will not be issued.

Outdoor Play

Outdoor play is not just recess, but it is an extension of our indoor learning opportunities. Weather permitting, all children will be allotted 1 hour each day.
All children will play outdoors every day, weather permitting. The length of outdoor play time is adjusted according to the weather. Factors such as humidity, wind, and temperature are considered in determining whether children will be able to play outdoors and how long they will stay out.
* If children are healthy enough to be at the center, they are healthy enough to go outdoors
* Please dress your child for the weather, especially cool mornings in the fall and spring
* Sneakers with socks, or other similar shoes, are best for running, climbing, and enjoying the outdoors. For your child’s safety, absolutely no open toed shoes are allowed.

Security & Safety

Release of Children

No child will be released to persons not authorized by a parent or guardian. If we have any doubt that the person picking up your child has not been authorized by a parent or guardian, we will not release the child until we contact you. Guests picking up children will need to show a picture ID.

Child Release Procedures:

* Staff may release enrolled children only to parents, guardians, or those listed the posted pick up list.
* If a parent needs to authorize a person to temporarily pick up their child who is not on the pick up list, the following procedure will be followed:
1. Person picking up the child will need photo identification.
2. When the person arrives to pick-up the child, the Discovery Island staff person must verify the person’s photo identification, before the child will be released from the center.
3. If at any time during the program year, the parent wishes to change the information on their pick-up list, they may do so by coming to the center and changing the information in their child’s file.

* An outside agency representative will not remove a child from any Discovery Island class
without the written consent of that child’s parent or guardian, except during a child abuse and neglect investigation. In such case, staff may release a child to an authorized Child Protective Services worker or law enforcement representative with agency picture identification. A Discovery Island staff member will be present during any Child Protective Services child interview.
Discovery Island requires copies of all custodial agreements and visitation schedules for our enrolled children. By law, Discovery Island is required to follow all existing court orders and court imposed visitation schedules. If no visitation schedule has been imposed by the court, Discovery Island reserves the right to require the custodial and non-custodial parents to produce documents setting out their agreement regarding visitation. Discovery Island reserves the right to contact the police if a non-custodial parent enters the facility outside of his/her normal visitation schedule and without prior written approval of the custodial parent.

* If Discovery Island is in possession of a restraining order, order of protection, or a no-contact order against any person including a non-custodial parent and staff sees that person near the center, the management staff will call 911 or the local police immediately to report their presence. After calling 911, a staff member will record the license number and make/model of the vehicle if possible, then call the parent/guardian.

Emergency Health Procedures

Child health and safety are both equally important in the home and at Discovery Island. We make every effort for teachers in each classroom to have a current First Aid and CPR certification in order to remain familiar with proper medical emergency procedures.

The center strives to provide a safe environment by conducting safety audits, monthly emergency storm/fire drills, and teaching children safety rules. If a child does experience an injury, an Incident Report will be completed by the staff and signed by the parent. In spite of our efforts, an emergency may arise. For this reason, Discovery Island requires that parents complete emergency contact information and sign a release for emergency medical treatment.

Emergency Weather Procedures (Fire Drills/Tornado Drills)

Evacuation procedures for fire and other emergencies are practiced monthly to ensure our children are readily prepared in case of an actual emergency. Severe weather drills are also conducted every month. When severe weather is in the area, the director monitors weather reports and alerts staff to be prepared to quickly move children to safety. Emergency procedures are posted in each classroom.

Inclement Weather Policy

We will make every effort to remain open on a regular basis. We are independent from the public school district. However, during severe weather conditions, we may close our center. Closings will be announced on KAIT 8, Discovery Island website and Facebook pages. If the closing is announced in the middle of the day, please pick up your child immediately. Please note, refunds/credits shall not be issued for days closed due to inclement weather.

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Arkansas law 12-12-507 (b)-(c) and 12-12-518 (b) (1) requires that any individual working in a licensed childcare facility that suspects a child has been abused or neglected MUST REPORT to the proper authorities. Discovery Island employees are required to obey that law by reporting suspected incidences of abuse or neglect. All reports are kept confidential.

Interviews by DHS and Other Agencies

Any staff member or children in attendance may be interviewed by Child Care Licensing, by the Division of Child and Family Services, and/or by law enforcement officers for the purpose of investigations or to determine compliance with licensing requirements. Child interviews do not require parental notice or consent, per DHS mandates.

Children’s Needs (Classrooms)

Clothing & Personal Items

Children in our program are active and creative. So that your child can fully participate in all the activities, please follow these guidelines when dressing your child for school.
* Children can easily manage clothing for toileting: fasten and unfasten buttons, zippers, snaps, buckles
* Clothing is washable and durable enough to permit vigorous play
* Clothing is inexpensive so that soiling, damage, or loss will not cause great concern
* Cot sheets/bedding are required everyday
* Shoes are sturdy and protect the child’s feet. Sneakers with socks are the best choice. Flip flops, sandals, and open toed shoes can be hazardous and not allowed.
* Clothing is appropriate to the weather conditions. Children will spend time outdoors every day. Be sure to send jackets, sweaters, coats, gloves, and hats as needed.
* All clothing is labeled with the child’s name before it is brought to school. The program is not responsible for lost clothing items.
* Leave at least one (2) set of extra clothing for your child in case your child needs to have a fresh change of clothes.
* Leave at least two (3) sets of extra clothing if your child is currently in a classroom that is toilet-training.
* Leave an adequate supply of diapers and pull ups for your child. Teachers will communicate with parents regularly to ensure your child has all the items necessary.
* It is the parents’ responsibility to check the daily or weekly report sheets, for written notice of missing supplies your child will need. If parents’ are not providing items that are asked to bring, they will be called to pick up the child immediately.

Laundry

Parents are responsible for taking home the child’s cot sheets and all clothing every Friday to wash and bring back the following Monday. Soiled items will need to be taken home as needed for each day that accidents occur. When possible, Discovery Island will wash and dry soiled items.

Cubbies

Children are provided with cubbies as a means of keeping their belongings together. Please check your child’s cubby each day for notes, art projects, and other items that need to go home.

Birthdays

Your child’s birthday is a special occasion to share with friends. If you would like to provide a simple snack for the group, please plan the date in advance with your child’s teacher. Cupcakes are not allowed. Cupcakes are difficult for children to eat and the icing can stain clothing. Also, please remember that all food items must be store-bought to ensure compliance with health codes and to prevent allergic reactions. Your child’s teacher can suggest appropriate snacks that your child’s friends will enjoy. For reasons of safety, no latex balloons are allowed in the center.

Behavior Guidance

Behavior is the way we act and respond to people and situations we find ourselves in. Discovery Island teachers understand that use of consistently applied positive techniques of guidance, redirection, and reinforcement help children develop self-esteem, confidence, and competence. In addition, Discovery Island requires all staff to be positive models of acceptable behavior by treating children, parents, and one another with respect and courtesy. Behaviors in the classroom will be documented and available for parents to review. In the event of recurring behavior issues, teachers will work in partnership with the child’s parents and outside services, to better understand the cause and to determine how to respond appropriately. A child’s behavior that endangers other children or staff is a serious concern that our organization does not take lightly, and continuous incidents may lead to exclusion from our program.
Please review and sign the Behavior Management Policy form found in your enrollment packet.

Discipline Policy

Discovery Island Learning Center teachers are instructed in positive behavior guidance practices which promote self-control, self-esteem, and respect for others. These practices include positive verbal interaction and recognition of positive behavior applied consistently over time. Teachers also apply indirect guidance through arrangement of the environment, scheduling of high and low activity time, development of classroom rules, and providing opportunities for children to make positive choices in their setting. When a child is unable to find a solution that is appropriate or control their actions, the child may be sent to the “thinking chair”, a quiet spot, or time out, after which they may return to the activity (not used for children under two years). Under NO circumstance will discipline be humiliating or frightening to a child, this includes any form of mental, emotional, or corporal punishment.

If a student has made two (2) office visits within one day, a parent will be notified. The third visit will result in the child being suspended for the rest of the day.

Toys

We have many materials for the children to explore. Please have your child leave his/her toys at home. It is often difficult to share a toy with a group and the toy may get broken. Toys that resemble weapons are not permitted. If your child has a special toy, expensive toy, or toy with many pieces, please keep it safely at home. Discovery Island Learning Center is not responsible for lost items.

Biting

The following steps will be taken if a biting incident occurs:

• The biting will be interrupted with a firm, “No… We don’t bite our friends”. The staff will stay calm and not overreact.
• The bitten child will be comforted
• The teacher will remove the biter form the situation
• The victim will be assessed and cleansed with soap and water. If the bite has broken the skin a parent will be called immediately with additional medical instructions
• The parents of both children will be notified of the biting incident by an incident report filled out by the witness of the bite. Parents are required to sign it at pick-up time
• All details of the incident will be kept confidential
Discovery Island works closely with parents of a child who bites repeatedly. If a child bites 3 times, a parent conference will be called. We want to be sure the child is being dealt with in a consistent way. Parents will be asked for ideas on how to handle the situation and may be asked to come observe the class in order to address their child immediately after an incident occurs. On the 4th occurrence, parents will be notified to come to Discovery Island to talk to their child in the office. On the 5th occurrence, parents will be notified to pick up their child for the remainder of the day. Parents will be informed that one more biting incident will result in the dismissal of the child.

Transitioning

As children grow, they will move to a different group within the center. Transition is dependent upon age and a child’s overall development and social capacity. We will work with you to make the transition a positive experience.

Health Requirements

Health Requirements as Outlined by Department of Human Services
When Can My Child Return?

Fever (100 degree)
Must be fever free for 24 hours (24 hours from start of being fever free) or a doctor’s note stating the condition is not contagious

Diarrhea
3 or more watery stools in a 24-hour period
Must be diarrhea free for 24 hours (24 hours from last diarrhea) or a doctor’s note stating the condition is not contagious

Vomiting
1 or more occasions within the past 24-hour period.
Must be free from vomiting for 24 hours (24 hours from last vomit) or a doctor’s note stating the condition is not contagious.

Rash
Body rashes, not obviously associated with diapering, heat, or allergic reactions to medications.
Rashes must be completely gone before returning or a doctor’s note stating the condition is not contagious.

Sore Throat
If associated with fever or swollen glands in the neck.
Must be free from symptoms for 24 hours or a doctor’s note stating the condition is not contagious.

Severe Coughing
Episodes of coughing which may lead to repeated gagging, vomiting, or difficulty breathing. Conditions must be minimized significantly or a doctor’s note stating the condition is not contagious.

Pink Eye
Pink or red eye(s) which may be swollen which white or yellow discharge.
Must be on antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours. A doctor’s note is required before the child may return to our center.

Head Lice, Nits
Tiny insects that live on human scalps and nits (eggs) are found on the hair shaft
May return after treatment and removal of ALL bugs (dead or alive) and nits. Child’s infected area must be checked and approved as clear by an administrator the morning the child returns to our center.

Scabies
Tiny mites that burrow into the skin; causes severe itching and rash.
Health care provider determines the condition is non-infectious. A doctor’s note is required before the child may return to our center.

Mouth Sores
Multiple sores in mouth with drooling.
Health care provider determines the condition is non-infectious. A doctor’s note is required before the child may return to our center.

Ring Worm & Molluscum
A fungal infection of the scalp or skin
After treatment by a health care provider has begun. The infected area must be covered at all times while at school. A doctor’s note is required before the child may return to our center.

Impetigo
Skin infection mostly seen on face – bumps or large patchy areas.
May return 24 hours after treatment has been initiated. The infected area must be covered at all times while at school. A doctor’s note is required before the child may return to our center.

Other
Any contagious disease, illness, or health condition
May return based on doctor’s recommendation

*** Discovery Island reserves the right to change existing policies of this handbook or introduce new policies anytime.

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