We take every precaution to maintain the wellness of each student who attends our program. The first step taken is to require that children have had a recent physical exam and all the necessary immunization shots. Staff members have immediate contact with children when they enter the school in order to detect any noticeable health conditions. Staff members are required to take annual training in infectious disease control and universal precautions for the transmission of diseases. In addition, students and staff alike are required to wash their hands consistently throughout the day in order to prevent the spread of germs.
Even with all the precautions that are taken, viruses and other illnesses will still exist at school. If a child contracts a communicable disease, the school will post a note at the front entrance. The note will state what illness has been contracted; list some of the symptoms, and the approximate incubation period.
If a child has a known medical condition (asthma, allergies, diabetes, etc.), parents are asked to note it on the proper place on the enrollment form. Teachers should also be notified of the steps to take if a problem occurs while the child is at school.
If a child has any one of the following conditions, the school requires that the child not be at school:
- Contagious disease, not including a cold
- Fever of 100 degrees or more during the past 24 hours
- Vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours
- Draining sores or burns
- A rash, until diagnosed and determined to be non-contagious
- Accident requiring medical attention
- Any condition that prevents the child from comfortably participating in program activities or that results in greater care for the child than what staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children
If a child exhibits any of these conditions while at school, the child’s parents will be notified to come and remove their child from the school until the above conditions no longer apply. While waiting to be picked up, the child may rest in a quiet area in order to minimize exposure to the rest of their class.
Whenever a child is to be given any medicine, including over-the-counter medicine, a parent must complete a Medication Authorization Form. Teachers may not give any type of medication unless this form is completed. Parents should request the form, complete it, and give it & the medicine DIRECTLY to the staff member. The medicine must be in its original container, the label specifying dosage and the child’s name.
Beyond the medical health of our students, their physical safety is also looked after. The school staff is trained in First Aid and CPR. First Aid kits are present in each of the classrooms, and the dining area. If an accident should occur, a staff member will administer simple first aid. In the event of a more serious injury, an emergency vehicle will be called, and the child will be taken to the doctor or hospital designated in the enrollment forms. A parent, or if necessary, an emergency contact, will be contacted immediately thereafter. After any injury is treated, an accident report will be written up to explain what happened and what treatment was performed. Parents will receive a copy of the report.