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PDFWAC 110-301-0205

Child and staff illness.

(1) A school-age provider must observe all children for signs of illness when they arrive at the school-age program and throughout the day. Parents or guardians of a child should be notified, as soon as possible, if the child develops signs or symptoms of illness.
(2) If a school-age provider becomes ill, a licensee, program director, or site director must determine whether that person should be required to leave the licensed school-age space.
(3) When a child becomes ill, a school-age provider (or school nurse, if applicable) must determine whether the child should be sent home or separated from others. A provider must supervise the child to reasonably prevent contact between the ill child and healthy children.
(4) An ill child must be sent home or reasonably separated from other children if:
(a) The illness or condition prevents the child from participating in normal activities;
(b) The illness or condition requires more care and attention than the school-age provider can give;
(c) The required amount of care for the ill child compromises or places at risk the health and safety of other children in care; or
(d) There is a risk that the child's illness or condition will spread to other children or individuals.
(5) Unless covered by an individual care plan or protected by the ADA, an ill child, staff member, or other individual must be sent home or isolated from children in care if the ill individual has:
(a) A fever 101 degrees Fahrenheit by any method, and behavior change or other signs and symptoms of illness (including sore throat, earache, headache, rash, vomiting, diarrhea);
(b) Vomited two or more times in the previous twenty-four hours;
(c) Diarrhea where stool frequency exceeds two stools above normal per twenty-four hours for that individual or whose stool contains more than a drop of blood or mucus;
(d) A rash not associated with heat or an allergic reaction;
(e) Open sores or wounds discharging bodily fluids that cannot be adequately covered with a waterproof dressing or mouth sores with drooling; or
(f) A child who appears severely ill, which may include lethargy, persistent crying, difficulty breathing, or a significant change in behavior or activity level indicative of illness.
(6) At the first opportunity, but in no case longer than twenty-four hours of learning that an enrolled child, staff member, or volunteer has been diagnosed by a health care professional with a contagious disease pursuant to WAC 246-110-010(3), a school-age provider must provide written notice to the parents or guardians of the enrolled children, and notify the department and the local health jurisdiction pursuant to WAC 110-301-0475 (2)(d).
(7) A school-age provider must not take ear or rectal temperatures to determine a child's body temperature.
(a) Oral temperatures may be taken for children if single-use covers are used to prevent cross contamination; and
(b) Glass thermometers containing mercury must not be used.
(8) A school-age provider may readmit a child, staff member, or volunteer into the school-age program area with written permission of a health care provider or health jurisdiction stating the individual may safely return after being diagnosed with a contagious disease pursuant to WAC 246-110-010(3).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.216.055 and 43.216.065. WSR 21-10-035, ยง 110-301-0205, filed 4/27/21, effective 6/1/21.]
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