If a child exhibits any of the following symptoms, he/she should not attend the center. If such symptoms occur at the center, the child will be removed from the group and you will be called to take him/her home.

  • Severe pain or discomfort
  • Acute diarrhea (3 or more times)
  • Episodes of acute vomiting (2 or more times)
  • Elevated temperatures of 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Severe coughing or sore throat
  • Yellow eyes or jaundice
  • Red eyes with discharge
  • Infected, untreated open wounds
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Skin lesions that are bleeding
  • Skin rashes that last longer than 24 hours
  • Swollen joins & stiff neck
  • Blood in urine
  • Visibly enlarged by lymph nodes

These symptoms may be signs of common or more serious communicable diseases.

Once the child is symptom free for 24 hours, or has a doctor's note stating that he/she no longer poses a serious health threat to himself/herself or others, he/she may return to the center.

A child who contracts any of the following diseases may not return to the center without a physician's note stating that the child presents no risk to himself/herself or others.

  • Respiratory Illness
  • Chicken Pox
  • German Measles
  • Hemophilus
  • Influenzae*
  • Measles*
  • Mumps*
  • Menningococcus*
  • Strep Throat
  • Tuberculosis*
  • Whooping Cough*
  • Giardia Lamblia*
  • Hepatitus A*
  • Salmonella*
  • Shigella*
  • Contact Illness
  • Impetego
  • Scabies

*Reportable diseases that must be reported to the Health Department by our Center

If your child is exposed to any excludable disease at the center, you will be notified in writing.

Again, this is not a BTL policy; it is a state mandated policy to prevent the spread of communicable diseases among children. If your child is brought to school the next day they will be denied access to the center. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please let us know.

We can only dispense medication if you have completed a Medication Request Form. This form is required every time there is a medication requirement. You can not complete a "blanket" Medication Request Form. This applies for prescription and non prescription medication. These forms are for our records, and are not sent home. Your classroom teacher, or yourself can leave the completed form in the office. We need a doctor's note to dispense medicine on an ongoing basis.

Germs are spread quickly through children. Our mission is to cut down on the spread of germs. If we do not promote healthy practices with our students, sickness is more likely to spread throughout the school. While it is impossible to prevent this altogether, we do our best to minimize these occurrences. The following is a list of basic provisions for keeping Bridges to Learning healthy and germ free:

  • Wash hands after blowing nose
  • Wash hands after using the bathroom
  • Wash hands before & after using the water table
  • Wash hands before snack & lunch
  • Wash hands after playing outside
  • Wash hands when you are dirty
  • Wash hands anytime they are exposed to bodily fluids
  • Cover mouths when coughing and sneezing