Children must be symptom free from the following illnesses without medication for 24 hours before entering the classroom:

  • A fever of 100◦ currently or within the last 24 hours
  • An unidentified rash, any open sores or weeping wounds
  • A harsh cough or large amounts of yellow or green nasal discharge
  • Any symptom that they usually stay home from school with
  • Lethargic behavior or excessive crying
  • Diarrhea or loose stools currently or within the last 24 hours
  • Vomiting currently or within the last 24 hours
  • Head lice, pinworms, pinkeye, ringworm/tinea, impetigo, etc.
  • Roseola- Child may return when he/she is fever free for at least 24 hours and with doctor’s note stating that that the child is no longer contagious.
  • Strep Throat-Child must be on an antibiotic for 24 hours before enter a class.
  • Unusual color of skin, eyes, stool or urine
  • Profuse or yellow-green nasal discharge
  • Herpes Virus-A diagnosis of herpes requires exclusion from class until lesions appear dried and no longer active (indicating they are non-contagious) or can be covered by a bandage. The recurrent nature of herpes makes it necessary for the child care centers to follow these guidelines with each successive episode.

Please note: We do not recognize teething as being a cause of fever or diarrhea.




Children’s Ministry staff and volunteers are not permitted to administer any medication (OTC or prescribed) to your children.  We are sorry if this presents a scheduling issue for your child and are happy to have you come to the classroom to treat them.  We also would ask that you not leave any medications in the classroom with your child or in your child’s bag.  The only exception to this is that you may leave asthma related rescue inhalers (properly labeled) with children over the age of 8 years.  Please notify ministry staff and classroom teacher that you have done so.

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