Well-Child Policy

The wellbeing of every child that attends a CHEER event is a matter of great importance to us all. The following guidelines can help you make an informed decision when determining if you should bring your child to a CHEER event.

As CHEER members, please adhere to these guidelines for the protection of all of our CHEER children.

A well child has:

  • No fever currently or for the last 24 hours
  • No vomiting/diarrhea, currently or for last 24 hrs.
  • No runny nose (has no heavy green/yellow nasal discharge)
  • No coughs
  • No unexplained rashes
  • No skin infections, impetigo, boils, ringworm, etc.
  • No eye infections
  • No communicable diseases such as chickenpox, strep, mumps, measles, rubella, pertussis, scarlet fever, etc.

If a child does have one of the above symptoms/illnesses, the parent will be asked to remove the child from the CHEER event.

Please use the following guidelines for determining when a child may safely participate in a CHEER event after exposure to or contracting an infectious or communicable disease.

Children with any communicable diseases, including but not limited to the following, may not participate in any CHEER activity until the child has been treated by a Doctor and evidence of treatment from a Doctor can be provided.

Please keep all of your children home if one of your children has any of the following communicable diseases and/or symptoms:

Chicken Pox – for at least 7 days after the onset of rash and until all sores are crusted.

Conjunctivitis – during the acute stage, until the eyes are clear or two days after treatment from a Doctor.

Diarrhea – after the acute, infectious stage when the child no longer has a fever and lose watery stools have subsided.

Fever – until temperature has returned to normal for the child for the last 24 hours without Tylenol or similar product.

Fifths Disease – until child has appearance of slapped cheeks. Please notify CHEER if your child was contagious while at a CHEER activity.

Giardiasis – until the third day of drug treatment by a doctor.

Hepatitis – for 7 days after the onset and diarrhea subsides. An authorized release from your child’s doctor is required.

Impetigo – until antibiotic treatment is given for at least 24 hours and lesions are crusted and healed.

Measles or Rubella – for 8 days after onset of rash or until rash is gone (or 2 weeks after onset if child is not vaccinated).

Meningitis – until the child is completely recovered. A written release from physician is required.

Mononucleosis (Mono) – until permission is given by a Doctor to return to CHEER activities.

Mumps – 10 days after swelling appears or until it’s gone (or 26 days after onset of swelling if child hasn’t been vaccinated)

Pediculosis (lice) – until treatment with medicated shampoo is begun and no signs of eggs are evident.

Rash of unknown origin: until proof of a non-contagious condition can be provided by the doctor.

Runny nose with green or yellow discharge associated with fever or cough with mucus
 secretion – until all symptoms are gone and for 24 hours after being fever free.

Pinworm, Ringworm of scalp or body, Scabies, or Staph infection – until under treatment by a doctor.

Streptococcal infections (i.e. Scarlet Fever, Strep Throat) – for a full 24 hours after beginning on an antibiotic. Strep is highly contagious, can be present with little or no symptoms, and can lead to Rheumatic Fever and other serious illnesses if left untreated. Contact your doctor if you think your child may have strep or has been exposed to strep within the last 7 days. A child who tests positive for strep and is not treated with antibiotics should not participate in any CHEER activity until proof of a negative Strep Culture is provided by the Doctor.

Vomiting accompanied with fever – until vomiting stops, all other symptoms have disappeared, and child’s temperature has been normal for 24 hours.

Whooping Cough (pertussis) – for 2 weeks after antibiotic treatment has begun. If not treated with antibiotics, the child should not participate in any CHEER activity for 21 days from onset.

Please help us keep illnesses under control by your prompt communication, cooperation, and thoughtfulness of others. If you or your child contracts a communicable disease after recently attending a CHEER activity and your attendance at this activity was within the incubation period for that illness, please inform the CHEER loop. This will help other families observe their own children who may have been exposed and help them to take appropriate action.

All CHEER members are required to follow this policy. Three violations of this policy within a 1-year period will result in the loss of your CHEER membership.