Managing Infectious Diseases
POLICY FOR MANAGING INFECTIOUS DISEASES
- Children are greeted by the teacher upon entering, observing any possible health problems.
- If a child exhibits any of the symptoms listed in the Common Infectious Diseases handout (distributed to both parents and staff and is posted at preschool), the supervising lead teacher or Principal/Manager will ask the parent to take the child back home.
- If a child becomes ill at the centre, parent or authorized person is contacted to pick up the child. A quiet area within the school is set up for the child until parent arrives and a staff member accompanies the child.
- A note from child’s physician is required in order for child to return to school after any communicable disease/illness (i.e. Chicken Pox, Measles, and Conjunctivitis). The note is placed in child’s folder. * Same procedure for all staff members.
- Principal will notify all parents and staff in writing when any communicable disease/illness has been introduced to the preschool immediately.
- Principal/Manager and supervising lead teacher are responsible for managing the environment:
- Checking all safety hazards, lighting, heating, ventilation, and all maintenance problems.
- All problems are reported to the Principal /Head Teacher/Manager on duty
- All soiled clothing must be rinsed and sent home in a sealed plastic bag.
- Schedule for daily cleaning of toys and play areas are arranged.
- Purchasing safe toys, equipment, arts, and craft materials.
- Use of latex gloves when dealing with bodily fluids.
- Information and resources are coordinated with the Principal.
Plan for Infection Control
- Hand-washing procedure for staff and children posted at the preschool.
- Staff will use commercial disinfectant or prepare 1/4 cup bleach to one litre of water solution or 1 table spoon of bleach to1 quarter of water, labelled, and placed out of children’s reach.
- Principal/Manager provides janitorial staff with directions for daily and monthly cleaning: daily disinfecting of toilets, toilet seats, sinks, faucets, floors, all table top surfaces, kitchen counters; all mops disinfected with approved solution and the mop is stored out of the children’s reach. All cleaning supplies stored out of reach of children in a locked cabinet.
- Supervising lead teacher supervises all staff for daily disinfecting of table tops before and after any snacks or lunches are served.
- All staff are trained in infectious control procedures and monitored daily using a check-list.
- At the end of the day all dishes and utensils are properly washed and air-dried and returned to proper cabinets.
- Water play equipment is disinfected and properly stored after daily use. Water is changed before new group arrives in the afternoon.
- Parents are responsible for the weekly washing of each child’s rest blanket.
- Weekly, monthly and end of term and cleaning of all play materials supervised by supervising lead teacher.