Learning Through Play for 70 Years

Health Requirements

Children’s Health
All children enrolling in the preschool must provide proof of the appropriate immunizations prior to beginning classes. Sick children are expected to remain at home for the protection of the others in the class. If a child becomes ill at school, the parents will be notified to come to the school and take the child home. As a rule, no medication will be administered at school. Parents of children with potentially life-threatening conditions for which a physician has prescribed medication to be kept on hand should contact the membership director before applying for enrollment.

Parent’s Health
The Commonwealth of Virginia requires any adult working with children in a preschool to submit an annual statement from a physician stating that he or she appears to be in good health and can work with children. Any adult participating as a teacher’s aide or school aide must also provide annual proof of a negative TB test (or a negative chest x-ray).

Universal Precautions
The preschool follows Universal Precautions to prevent accidental exposure to disease and ensure the children’s collective health. Primarily, Universal Precautions, as developed by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are about hygiene – the thorough cleansing of hands and surfaces and the proper disposal of materials that have come into contact with bodily fluids. All Annandale Preschool parents, legal guardians and teachers receive training in Universal Precautions and are expected to follow the series of basic sanitary steps. Handwashing, particularly after using the toilet or changing a diaper, is required of both adults and children. For added protection, latex gloves are worn to prevent skin and mucous membrane exposure when adults come into contact with blood or other bodily fluids.