Your child's health is important to his/her educational growth. Learning is easier when your child is healthy and happy.
Franklin County Head Start ensures that all enrolled children have timely immunizations and screenings for cognitive development, basic health, speech and language, hearing, vision, and dental health.
A major goal for Head start health services is to ensure that every child has access to ongoing and continuing health care. Head Start will assist families with obtaining a health care provider, physical examinations, immunizations and follow-up care when needed.
Children’s Health Fair
Every year Franklin County Head Start invites our families to bring their newly enrolled children to our children’s health fair. During our health fair the Head Start children will be given numerous screenings. This is a great time for the screenings to take place because the parents/guardians are present to speak with the professionals providing the screenings, and hear results immediately.
The screenings that are provided at The Health Fair are:
Hearing and Vision screenings provided by Franklin County Lions Club
Speech Screens provided by the Lincoln Intermediate Unit licensed Speech Therapist
Heights and weights
In accordance with The Head Start Performance Standards, each child enrolled in Head Start is required to receive a physical examination. Family service workers are assigned to each classroom and are available to provide information and resources to assist families and connect them with medical services offered within the community.
Common Childhood Illness’s
If your child exhibits any of the following signs of illness please keep him/her at home as to not expose others:
1. Fever – Children who develop a temperature of 100 orally or axillary while at home, must remain at home, or after coming to school must return home. A child with such fever should remain at home for 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal.
2. Vomiting – Any vomiting episode at home requires that the child be kept at home, or if the child vomits at school the child will be sent home.
3. Diarrhea – defined as two or more loose stools within one day. Child must be free of diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. If the episodes develop an erratic, but reoccurring pattern, the child may attend the center if a doctor’s written statement is presented verifying that there are no infectious causes.
4. Rashes – rashes that are not identified or that have not been diagnosed as non-communicable by a physician will need to be seen by a doctor.
5. Colds – if your child shows any signs of upper respiratory infection (cold symptoms) serious enough to interfere with his/her ability to learn, sleep, eat, or play, the child will be excluded from school until contagious symptoms disappear. Signs of infection include: runny nose with yellow or green mucous, and/or harsh congested cough with breathing difficulty, and/or fever. If a child has an infection that needs to be treated with an antibiotic, it is recommended that he/she stay out of the center for 24 hours after starting the antibiotic.
If your child shows any of the above signs of illness while in the classroom the parent/guardian will be called to pick up the child immediately.
Certain diseases or medical conditions may require the attention of a physician before a child may be admitted to the center. If your child exhibits signs of the diseases listed below, please keep your child at home.
1. Impetigo – a skin infection consisting of blisters surrounded by a reddened area. The external area must be covered to prevent spreading the disease. Area infected by Impetigo must be not be oozing in order for the child to return to the classroom.
2. Conjunctivitis – an eye infection commonly referred to as “pink eye.” Symptoms: the eye will have unexplained redness and there may be thick yellow drainage. The child may be admitted to the center when drainage is gone and/or after 24 hours of treatment.
3. Strep Throat – symptoms: fever, red painful throat, and possible nausea and vomiting. If a doctor diagnoses a strep throat infection and places the child on an appropriate antibiotic, the child may return to the classroom if he/she no longer has a fever and has taken the medication for 24 hours.
4. Chicken Pox – symptoms: mild fever, itchy rash that consists of small red fluid bumps that start on the stomach or back. Children infected with chicken pox will be excluded for 6 days after onset of the rash and until they have dried and scabbed.
5. Head Lice– symptoms: itching caused by small louse eggs, nits on the hair, or louse crawling through the hair. Bumpy rash on the nape of the neck may appear after persistent infestation. Child with infestation is excluded from the classroom until there is evidence that the child has been treated and all nits have been removed.
Check your parent handbook for other common childhood illnesses and our policies regarding each, or call our Health Nutrition Manager at (717) 263-8019 x210
The classroom teacher will be able to administer medication when the proper forms have been completed. If prescription medication is to be administered, the medication form needs to be completed. All medication must be in the original container with label and directions before medication can be administered to the child. In the child’s best interest, please administer all medication before sending him/her to school if possible.