Sick Child Policy:
Under no circumstances may a parent or guardian bring a sick child to the Happy Families Recreational Center facility if the child shows any signs of illness (see Symptoms Requiring Removal of Child from Happy Families Recreational Center), or is unable to participate in their normal routine. Sick children will expose all children and staff members who they come in contact which can in turn expose the other children. Sick children want care from their parents in the comfort of their own homes. If other children become ill due to exposure to your sick child, either because he/she was returned to the recreational center before full recovery or because he/she was not picked up promptly upon notice of becoming ill, other parents will be unnecessarily inconvenienced. This is disruptive to other children and their families so your cooperation on this issue is extremely important.
Symptoms Requiring Removal of Child from Happy Families Recreational Center:
Fever: Fever is defined as having a temperature of 100°F or higher taken under the arm, 101°F taken orally or 102°F taken rectally. For children 4 months or younger, the lower rectal temperature of 101°F is considered a fever threshold. A child needs to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours before returning to our facility, that means the child is fever free without the aid of Tylenol®, or any other fever reducing substance.
Fever AND sore throat, rash, vomiting, diarrhea, earache, irritability and/or confusion.
Diarrhea: Runny, watery, bloody stools, or two or more loose stools within the last 4 hours.
Vomiting: Two or more times in a 24 hour period. Note: please do not bring your child if they have vomited in the night.
Breathing trouble, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of voice, hacking or continuous coughing.
Runny nose (other than clear), draining eyes or ears.
Frequent scratching of body or scalp, lice, rash, or any other spots that resemble childhood diseases, including ringworm and Hand Foot and Mouth.
Child is irritable, continuously crying, or requires more attention than we can provide without hurting the health, safety or well-being of the other children in our care.
Just a note: Many times our Recreational Center may get blamed for the illness of a child, meaning that we have “allowed” sick children to come here. When sick children are brought to our recreational center, our entire staff is also at risk of exposure. We STRESS this again — if you are not sure whether or not it is okay to bring your child, please call ahead to ask us. We may require a doctor’s decision as to whether or not the child is contagious.
We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
-The Happy Families Recreational Center Staff