|At 12:00 pm on 04/03/2019, Licensing Program Analyst (LPA) Velasco conducted a case management inspection regarding an outbreak of illness. While LPA was at the facility, director Pam McDonald (Director) reported that on 04/02/2019, there were four children sick with an illness that appeared to be stomach flu. Two children were called in sick by their parents, and two children were sent home immediately when Director conducted a health check upon their arrival. All four children had fevers, stomachaches, and vomiting. Director stated there was also a staff home sick with the same illness. Director spoke with the parents to explain that children could not come to school when they were ill. Director called the Sonoma County Health Department and left a voicemail regarding this outbreak; she has not received a response. |
The director has instituted changes to prevent outbreaks in the future. Staff already clean the facility with bleach each day. Due to the outbreak, staff rotated out the toys to bleach them before they are used again by children. To ensure thorough sanitizing, Director had all items removed from their usual locations and cleaned with bleach. Director has spoken with each parent to notify them of the outbreak and to explain the importance of keeping children home when they are ill. The staff have already received training on preventing outbreaks and will continue to receive ongoing training. The children have been retrained on the importance of washing their hands thoroughly. Staff will make an extra effort to ensure children are washing their hands thoroughly. Training for children and staff will be conducted throughout the year. LPA recorded the unusual incident in person. Director will fax to the Regional Office a written UIR within one week.