Health Policy
Each child must submit a current Maryland State Department of Education Office of Child Care Health Inventory, including an immunization record indicating up-to-date vaccinations, in order to attend school.

A child who exhibits any signs of illness will be isolated with an adult, while awaiting pick up. An approved adult must pick up the child within 30 minutes of the phone call.

When a child or staff member shows symptoms or reports exposure to a contagious illness, Gan Ami will follow the Montgomery County Department of Health instructions. The Department of Health may institute any number of protocols including the ill person’s exclusion from school, the requirement of a doctor’s note clearing the person to return to school, a negative medical test result, or possible closure of a classroom, multiple classrooms or the school for a set period of time.

Notices will be sent to parents when information provided about a medical situation may be instructive for other families watching their own children for signs and symptoms of contagious illnesses. Gan Ami will make a concerted effort to respect the privacy and confidentiality of teachers, students and/or families who may be experiencing health adversity.

When a child has lice, the child must be treated, and all nits and bugs must be removed. If a child is treated by a professional lice remover, then the child may return to school with the documented permission of the professional. If a child is treated by the parents, then the school will check the child’s head to clear them for reentry to school. Other parents will be notified so they can check their own children, and the classrooms will be cleaned appropriately.

A child who has been ill may return to school if these conditions are met:

  • Child is free of fever and any stomach upset without the aid of medication for at least 24 hours.
  • All symptoms (including skin irritations) are reasonably resolved and not contagious.
  • Child has taken any medication, prescribed or otherwise, for a minimum of 24 hours at home.
  • Child feels comfortable and has regained stamina and can fully participate in all school activities.
  • Child must be able to properly wear a mask as required.