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Former Teacher: Whitehall Daycare Ignored Illness Rule
WHITEHALL (Carol Luper/Ken Hines) -- A former daycare teacher claims the employer that fired her allowed a child to remain at the facility despite a contagious skin infection.
The former teacher said she was fired from KinderCare in Whitehall after she became infected with the impetigo, likely because of the presence of a young boy enrolled at the facility who was also infected.
The teacher said she started taking medication for the infection, then waited 24 hours before returning to the daycare center, as is required of children and employees by the facility's operators.
The teacher claims she was fired because she refused to be in the same room as the infected boy, who was not required by the school to undergo the same 24 hour waiting period.
The teacher's sister, Ashley Jones, pulled her 2-year-old son out of KinderCare after hearing her sister's story.
"I went home [and] she called and told me, 'if I don't want to work in the class with that boy, I am no longer employed there,'" Jones said.
KinderCare corporate officials disputed the former teacher's version of events in the following statement:
"We have every reason to believe that policy has been followed. We are continuing to review the situation to see if additional education or training would be helpful"
Company officials also denied firing anyone because of "an illness or refusing to work with children who may have an illness.”