Attendance / Illness
West River Head Start
Attendance / Illness
For your child to flourish at Head Start, attendance is very important. Classrooms are open at 8 a.m. Children who come late (after breakfast) miss part of the routine and take additional time to feel part of the school family.
Communicating with your child's teaching staff is important. Head Start has to sumbit a meal count for breakfast and lunch each day. Contact your child's teacher as early as possible if your child will not be coming due to illness or family situation, will be coming late or leaving early.
Health and Wellness
One of the goals of Head Start is to make sure your child is healthy and able to participate in all Head Start activities. For this reason, we have some health requirements that must be met to help us assess your child's health:
Dental Exam and Treatment
Physical Exam including:
Hemoglobin (test for anemia)
Height and Weight
If we have any concerns about your child's health, we will ask you to follow up with a doctor. Please help us by making these appointments as soon as possible. These should be completed within 90 days of enrolling in Head Start. We need your help in meeting the health needs of your child.
Have a question about Head Start? Find the answer in our
2018-2019 Parent Handbook
When to Keep Your Child Home
At Head Start, we want to protect the health and safety of all children and staff in each classroom. For this reason, there may be times when your child is ill and should not come to class. Please review the following symptoms and diagnoses of disease to know when to keep your child at home.
Fever above 101 degrees Fahrenheit orally, 100 degrees F temporal (forehead) or 100 degrees axillary (armpit)
Sore throat and/or uncontrolled coughing
Difficulty breathing and/or wheezing
Extremely tired or irritable
Cold with yellow or green drainage from nose
Diarrhea and/or vomiting: child can not return to the Head Start classroom until it has been at least 24 hours since the last episode of diarrhea or vomiting
Mouth or skin sores that are oozing
Rash with fever or behavior change
Other infectious diseases
Bus personnel may ask you to keep your child at home if they feel your child is too sick to attend. If your child develops any of the above symptoms while in class, the teacher may call you to come and pick up your child.
Additional information about common diseases of children and when you must keep your child at home may be found on the "When Your Child is Too Sick to Attend" page in the Parent Handbook which is given to you at registration.