Health Policy

In this document, the reference to teachers refers to volunteers working with our children.

The conditions stated below apply to both students and teachers (to both children and parents).


Fever (within the last 24 hours)

Diarrhea (within the last 24 hours)

Vomiting (within the last 24 hours)

Runny nose that has green or yellow mucus

Head colds

Persistent cough

Sore throat

Eye infections

Uncovered skin lesions or wounds

Skin infections



Yellow skin or eyes (jaundice)


Childhood diseases (Scarlet fever, German measles, mumps, chicken pox, or whooping cough)

Rubella or shingles

Active pulmonary tuberculosis


Cold sores *(Adults or children in the nursery through kindergarten classrooms)

Other communicable diseases

Some of these symptoms, after discussion with the director, may be deemed benign enough to allow the participant to come to co-op. However, occasionally parents unknowingly or inadvertently bring a child with one of these conditions, and it is the responsibility of any and every teacher or anyone else who notices to let someone in leadership know so that the appropriate action can be taken. Furthermore, if a child becomes ill while at co-op, the teacher must let the parent or someone in leadership know ASAP.

Communicable diseases can be brought to co-op not only by sick teachers and children, but also by seemingly healthy teachers or children who are at the beginning or end of an infectious disease. For this reason, when any of the symptoms above are present within the family, the participant is asked to alert the director, who will work with the parent to decide which family members, if any, should stay home.

BOTTOM LINE: When sickness is an issue, even a possible issue, call or text the director as early as possible to discuss the details.

With regard to Covid infections, it is assumed all members will follow quarantining guidelines when known, close exposure has occurred or when Covid is present within the home. However, because some Covid cases are asymptomatic or extremely mild, all participants in co-op should assume a potential risk of exposure. Those with a greater need for caution with regard to Covid exposure should feel great freedom and encouragment to mask while in attendance.

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