To ensure the health of all children in child care and school settings, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends caregivers and teachers continue the current procedures already in place to manage infectious diseases (e.g. immunizations, infection control, and proper exclusion practices).
Children with Enterovirus D68, for example, may have symptoms that look similar to children with the
common cold, the
flu, or other respiratory viruses. No children with Ebola have been reported in the United States.
Remember, it is
not the job of caregivers and schools to diagnose children.
There are steps that child care providers, facilities, and schools can take to prevent the spread of infection and illness, including having policies that encourage:
By following these recommendations, you will be doing your part to maintain a healthy environment for all the children in your care, regardless of illness.
Additional information for child care providers & schools:
Additional resources from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families' Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response (OHSEPR):