Parents Corner

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Guidelines for parents and staff to follow when a child becomes ill.

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Anytime a child runs a temperature of 100 or greater, the child must be picked up or sent  home. No other symptoms need to be present. For fevers of an unknown origin, the staff will not give any fever reducers. The child shall be fever free for a period of 24 hours before returning to school without the aid of a fever reducer.


Any child with diarrhea should not be in the Center. Parents will be called to pick up their child should this occur. Diarrhea must have subsided for a period of 24 hours before the child can return to the Center.

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One occasion of vomiting may indicate the need for the child to leave the

Center. In the event of two or more incidents, or accompanied with a fever of 100 or higher, the parent will be notified to pick up the child. Vomiting must have subsided for a period of 24 hours before the child may return.


Any indication of Impetigo, the parent will be notified to pick up the child. The child may return 24 hours after treatment is started and there is no discharge.

Hand, Foot & Mouth

Any indication of Hand, Foot & Mouth the parent will be notified to pick up the child. Normally the child will be able to return to the Center after 3 days.

Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)

Any recognition of Conjunctivitis, the parent will be notified to pick up the child. The child may return 24-hours after treatment is started and there is no discharge. A physician’s note will be required to retain the child in C.C.C.C. if conjunctivitis is not determined.

Chicken Pox

A child may return to the Center after all lesions have crusted, but no sooner than seven days after the onset of the rash.


Any signs of thrush, the child must be picked up and seen by a physician before returning to the Center.

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Any signs of a rash of unknown origin, the child must be picked up and a determination must be made by the child’s physician to retain the child at the Center.


Teething medication provided by the parent will be given to the child with written permission that details the amount and specific time to be given.


In accepting the privilege of using Step By Step Learning Academy, parents must also accept the responsibility in following the policies stated in this handbook. Failure to provide schedules consistently, to responsibly handle health or discipline problems, or failure to follow standards listed below, may result in the suspension to use Step by Step.  The Center has the responsibility for the safety and care of all the children in attendance and cannot compromise that responsibility to accommodate those who do not follow their obligations.

It is the parents’ responsibility to:

1.Keep the teacher informed of any important changes in the home situation.
2.Support the policies and objectives of the Center’s program by:

  • Helping your child get sufficient sleep and feel rested and ready to participate.
  • Safeguarding your child’s health in order to insure regular attendance and to protect the other children.
  1. 3.Do not discuss observations or information acquired through your child(ren) or other parents. Any information about a child/family is treated in strict confidence. Any concerns should be discussed with the Director.
    4.Inform the Director of any type of virus or illness contracted by your child

which might be contagious.

Discuss concerns and/or observations regarding your child(ren) with the Director in a timely manner.

Treat the Step By Step Learning Academy staff with respect and dignity.

Do not display hostile behavior in front of staff members, parents or children. Parents and the appropriate staff should remove themselves from the classroom and take the issue to the Director’s office.


Parent involvement at Step by Step Learning Academy is vital to the program’s success and you are encouraged to participate in any way you can.

There are several ways parents can participate in the care of their child:

  1. Communicate with staff about mutual interest and concerns about the child.
  2. Attend parent/child events
  3. Take part in Step by Step’s activities when the opportunity arises.
  4. Give the staff and program active support and volunteer your expertise when possible.
  5. Become an advocate of quality child care.
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