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When should my child stay home?

Per the Oregon Department of Education Rules for Certified Child Care Centers


  • A center shall not admit or retain in care, except with the written approval of the local health officer, a child who:

    • Is diagnosed as having or being a carrier of a child care-restrictable disease, as defined in Health Division administrative rules, OAR 333-019-0010; or

    • Has one of the following symptoms, or combination of symptoms, of illness:

      • Fever over 100 degrees F taken under the arm;

      • Diarrhea (more than one abnormally loose, runny, watery or bloody stool);

      • Vomiting;

      • Nausea;

      • Severe cough;

      • Unusual yellow color to skin or eyes;

      • Skin or eye lesions or rashes that are severe, weeping, or pus-filled;

      • Stiff neck and headache with one or more of the symptoms listed above;

      • Difficult breathing or abnormal wheezing; or

      • Complaints of severe pain.

  • A child who shows signs of illness, as defined in this rule, shall be isolated and the parent(s) notified and asked to remove the child from the center as soon as possible;

  • If a child has mild cold symptoms that do not impair his/her functioning, the child may remain in the center and the parent(s) notified when they pick up their child.

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