Infectious Disease Policy
Medical Emergencies During Preschool
A signed emergency release form is required before a student can attend GSLP. This release allows the Preschool to initiate whatever medical procedures are necessary before the parent/guardian can be reached. In general:
If a child suffers a severe injury or medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention, 9-1-1 will be called. The child’s parent/guardian will be called next.
If the injury is not severe, the child’s parent/guardian will be notified. A GSLP staff member will attend the child until the parent/guardian or other authorized adult arrives.
Children should come to school physically ready to participate in all areas of the curriculum, including outdoor play. Students unable to go outside should not attend school. Children may not remain indoors when their class is engaged in outdoor activities.
A child must be fever-free for 24 hours and must not have vomited or had diarrhea for 24 hours in order to attend school. If a child has been prescribed an antibiotic, the child must have the antibiotic in his/her system for a full 24 hours before attending. This includes ophthalmic antibiotics for conjunctivitis (pink eye).
The Preschool follows the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines regarding school attendance. The following is quoted from their fact sheet:
- A temperature of more than 100 degrees
- Nausea or vomiting
- Pale or flushed face
- Thick discharge from nose
- Sore throat
- Rash or infection of the skin
- Red or pink eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of energy or decrease in activity
If your child will be out for the day, please email or phone the Preschool and leave a message describing your child’s illness.
Please inform the Preschool if your child develops a contagious illness. In particular, head lice should be reported immediately so that preventative measures can begin. Families will be alerted to medical situations within a classroom. Anonymity will be protected.
Special Note on the Ebola Virus
Many families are worried about the Ebola virus in light of the recent infections in Texas. Let us reassure you that your child's safety at school is our top concern. Good Shepherd Preschool will follow Montgomery County Public Schools' policy on for dealing with this issue. If a student presents a fever greater than 100.4 degrees, we will ask the student's parents whether they, their child, or any close contacts have traveled from West or Central Africa in the past 21 days. If a parent says yes to that question, we will contact the county health department's Disease Control and Epidemiology program, who will continue the risk assessment process. The student will also be isolated away from other students until they are picked up by a parent or taken to the hospital.
Please remember that it is very difficult to spread Ebola. We will continue to use universal precautions when dealing with any bodily fluids here at school (such as wearing gloves, washing hands, and employing sanitizers and disinfectants) and will continue to follow our normal isolation policy for any children who show signs of illness. We ask that parents help stem the spread of any illness here at school by keeping any children with symptoms such as fever, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, and sore throat at home.
Ebola is a scary illness, but please keep in mind that while only one person in the United States has died from Ebola, more than 30,000 die from flu complications every year. The flu vaccine is available from pharmacies and at county flu clinics. Protect yourself and your children by getting vaccinated today!
For more information about the Ebola virus, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website.