Hingham Recreation Department
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Sickness/Illness Policy


Any child who displays signs of an infectious disease will be assumed to be contagious and sent to a Recreation supervisor. The supervisor will decide whether the child warrants being sent home. The child will be isolated under supervised care in the supervisor’s office until the parent or guardian can arrive. If a child has a reportable disease per board of health such as chicken pox, measles, etc… The supervisor will notify the Hingham Board of Health and require a note from the child’s doctor before allowing the child to return to the Rec’s programs
 
If a child is being treated with antibiotics or any other medication for an infectious communicable illness, they must be on it for at least 24 hours before returning to programs. This includes eye medications. A doctor’s note is required to return to Rec Programs.
 
Children will be sent home immediately in the case of (not a complete list):
 
Fever: Children with a fever (99 or higher) should be kept at home until they have been free of fever for at least 24 hours.
Strep: If a child has a documented strep throat, he/she can return with a doctors note.
Ear Infection: If a child has an ear infection he/she may attend the program as long as he/she is not experiencing great pain or discomfort. If the child is experiencing substantial pain, has a fever, has redness in and/or discharge from the ear, the child should remain at home.
Vomiting: A vomiting child may return to the program only after he/she has been vomit free for 24 hours and is able to tolerate a normal diet.
Diarrhea: A child with diarrhea must remain at home until he/she has been free of diarrhea for at least 24 hours.
Skin Conditions (rash, impetigo, etc.): Any child with a weeping rash or any other contagious skin condition must have a written statement of non-contagion from a licensed physician before he/she may return to the program. A child with impetigo must remain at home until he/she has been on medication for at least 24 hours.
Conjunctivitis: Children with conjunctivitis may return to the program after he/she has been treated for 24 hours or has received a note from his/her physician stating that the child’s condition is not contagious and/or does not present a health threat to others.
Chicken Pox: A child with chicken pox must remain at home until all lesions have scabbed over (5-7 days) and/or the child has received a note from his/her physician stating that the child is no longer contagious.
Head Lice: A child with head lice may return to the program after he/she has been medically treated and is completely free of nits.