DCP and illness notification - is this normal?

On Monday afternoon when I picked DD up from her daycare centre, there was a sign saying there was one confirmed case of ringworm in the centre. On Tuesday afternoon, that had jumped to two cases.

We didn't get any letters or anything, so I emailed the daycare director asking her which room the outbreak occured in. I just assumed that if the outbreak was in DD's infant room, they would give us more information (not the names of the kids infected, just that it occured in her room). She replied that because of confidentiality, they can never tell us the specific room the outbreak (or any outbreak) happened in - only that the outbreak happened the daycare as a whole. This is a large daycare - it goes up to SK, so there are a ton of kids.

Is this a normal procedure in your daycare centre?

 16 Feb 2012 9:35 AM
 13 Aug 2010
honeysher 2.0
Yes. At both of D's daycares they have only said that there's an outbreak in the daycare itself. I think maybe once they mentioned it was specific to his classroom but usually they just say that the daycare has an outbreak.

 16 Feb 2012 9:39 AM
 18 Aug 2008
 Toronto, ON
Our daycare posts signs on the room's door. So if it's in the infant room they post on the door "There are X confirmed cases of < illness > in the infant room" (e.g. pink eye, hand/foot/mouth, chicken pox, etc.). I think they also post on the main door but I can't say for sure.

 16 Feb 2012 12:16 PM
 21 Jun 2005
We had a similar issue where the daycare had 2 confirmed cases of HFM disease. DD was going in for a surgery that week and had developed a post surgery fever so I called and asked if the cases were in her room and they still wouldn't tell me. Finally I asked if a doctor from the hospital could call to confirm with them and the director broke down and told me that yes it was in DD's room.

I'm not sure why they won't give out room information or even tell us which age group is impacted. I get that things need to remain confidential but the daycare is so big that there's no way I could figure out which kid was sick (and I really don't care to). I only need to know if DD has been exposed so I can look out for signs and symptoms.

 16 Feb 2012 1:35 PM
 20 Apr 2006
Our daycare always has it on the front door of the center, and it indicates how many confirmed cases there are in which room(s).

 16 Feb 2012 6:41 PM
 26 Dec 2010
Another vote for room specific!

 16 Feb 2012 8:00 PM
 23 Aug 2004
Ours isn't room specific. With people going between rooms (teachers, kids visiting before they move up, siblings) it wouldn't be contained to one room anyway do its kind of pointless to tell you what room it's in.

 31 Oct 2012 11:59 PM
 30 Apr 2012
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