Health Policies

Let’s please work together to keep our NDS children healthy.

At Northshire Day School, we are not equipped to offer childcare for sick children and have a responsibility to limit the

spread of contagious illnesses. We kindly ask that all families follow the school health policies as outlined below.


Children will be excluded from care until they have had improved or no symptoms for at least 24 hours without fever reducing medication. These symptoms include:

  • Fever of 100.4° or greater
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Coughing and/or shortness of breath
  • Chills, repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Ear pain
  • Any visual symptoms of illness, such as rash, discolored nasal discharge and/or runny nose, irritability, fatigue, and so forth
  • Ear pain


IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SYMPTOMS FOR LONGER THAN 24 HOURS, THEY WILL NEED TO OBTAIN A COVID-19 PCR TEST:

  • Fever of 100.4° or greater
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Coughing and/or shortness of breath
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Discolored nasal discharge and/or runny nose

Your child may return to school when they have had improved and/or no symptoms for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, in addition to a negative COVID19 PCR test result.

If your child experiences allergy symptoms that are on the list above, COVID-19 PCR tests are recommended during this time of increased circulation.

Please consider having your child tested earlier than 24 hours if they have a fever, cough, runny nose, headache, or loss of taste or smell. According to the Vermont Department of Health, these symptoms are most commonly experienced by children testing positive for COVID-19 in Vermont.

Please review the Vermont Department of Health Return to Child Care Guidance for families.

A child diagnosed as having any of the following conditions may return to care with a note from a physician, unless indicated differently below:

  • Pinworm and ringworm infection: Children may return 24 hours after treatment is initiated
  • Conjunctivitis: A prescription medicine must be applied for at least 24 hours before returning to school or a doctor’s note saying the child is not contagious.
  • Impetigo – Children may return 48 hours after medication is begun and totally scabbed over
  • Measles – Children may return 5 days after rash appears and a note from a physician
  • Mumps – Children may return 9 days after swelling starts and a note from the physician
  • Head lice – Children may return after prescription shampoo treatment and all eggs are removed and a follow up treatment in one week.
  • Scabies: Children may return after two Kwell treatments on successive days.
  • Bacterial Meningitis
  • Chicken Pox
  • Shigella
  • Salmonella
  • Giardia
  • Polio
  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Rubella (German Measles)
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
  • Influenza
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
  • Scarlet Fever
  • Pneumonia
  • COVID-19 – Children who have tested positive may return to care after 24 hours or more of no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and other symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours, and 10 days or more have passed since any symptoms appeared.

A child shall be excluded if he or she is unable to take part comfortably in regular activities or needs care that significantly interferes with a provider’s ability to provide appropriate care for other children.

This health guidance is based on evolving health and safety information and is subject to change without prior notice.

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