Healthy and Safety

Kids' Care Club Sick Policy

KCC is not equipped to handle ill children. For their safety and the safety of others, we require that all sick children be picked up within one hour of a parent or guardian being called. It is essential that all families keep the information on their registration card up to date so you can be reached if your child becomes ill. A child should be kept at home if any of the following symptoms occur:

  • A fever of 100.5 degrees or higher
  • Diarrhea or vomiting within 24 hours
  • Any undiagnosed rash
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Earache or pink eye
  • Profuse nasal discharge
  • If an illness or other concerns prevent the child from participating comfortably in activities.

We require a child to be symptom free for a 24 hour period, prior to returning to the center. If your child has been exposed to any contagious disease such as whooping cough, German or regular measles, mumps, chicken pox, diphtheria, pinworm, head lice, or scarlet fever; please keep him/her at home and report this immediately to the center. The Center Director will notify parents of other children who may have been exposed.

Coronavirus Updates

Since March 2020, we have all had our worlds shaken up by the COVID-19 Pandemic. We closely monitor all San Diego Public Health and CDC directives to keep our practices as up to date as possible. Please find our latest Covid-19 Policy below. Updated March 23, 2023.

As always, we are putting safety first to protect our families and staff.

Kids’ Care Club centers have remained open throughout the pandemic to provide services to front line workers in our communities. We’ve avoided closures by working together with our parents and having all teachers and staff go through extensive training on the best health and safety practices.

Stay home if sick. If you or your child has felt unwell, or displayed signs of COVID-19, we ask that all household members stay home until they’ve been symptom-free without medication for at least 24 hours. Classrooms will be open to well students only. If your child starts to show symptoms while at school, we will isolate and keep them comfortable while we get in touch with you.

See what we’re doing to keep our KCC community safer:

Pick-up and Drop-off

  • Drop-off and pick-up at the classroom door: Families are asked to sign in their children in our checkout binder and drop off their child at the classroom door, making contact with their teacher.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Masks will no longer be required for parents, teachers, or children who have not been exposed to COVID-19. We still encourage all families and staff members who choose to wear masks, to continue doing so.
  • Children over the age of 2 will be required to wear a mask from days 6-10 when returning from a positive COVID-19 case.

In the Classroom

  • Classroom cleanliness. Toys, books, craft materials, cubbies, and other high-touch surfaces will be routinely disinfected and rotated. We will pause the use of sensory tables, play dough, large pillows or stuffed animals, and other materials that are difficult to clean.

  • Sick space: Centers will have a dedicated space (in or out of the classroom) where teachers can care for sick children while being separated from others until a family member can come to pick up.

  • Social distancing: We’ll continue to practice social distancing as much as possible to reduce risk. Please look for signage and floor markers in your center to maintain your distance at drop-off and pick-up.

  • Modifications to family-style dining: We’ve modified our shared snack time practices to reduce the spread of germs. Students will still eat together but will not be serving themselves. 

  • Naptime adjustments: Children will continue to sleep (without masks) six feet apart whenever possible and be positioned alternating head to toe or toe to toe. Bedding will be laundered nightly. Stuffed toys and personal items will be sent home nightly for laundering to help combat germs in the center.

Outdoor Fun

  • On the playground: Outdoor play areas (garden, climbing, stage, sandbox, art, etc.) will be utilized by one class at a time, with increased time between play to allow for thorough cleaning of all surfaces.

Healthy Habits

  • Handwashing and sanitizing: Everyone who enters the building will need to wash hands, and we’ll continue to integrate 20-second hand washing into the curriculum. Hand sanitizer will also be available throughout the center.

  • Covering coughs and sneezes: We will continue to model and teach them how to safely cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or elbows. We will help students remember to wash hands after touching their face or covering their coughs and sneezes.