Health Care Policy
Health Care Policy
child shows signs of illness prior to coming to school, please plan to keep
him/her home where s/he will be most comfortable. We understand that it may be
a stress on families for someone to stay home with a sick child, but we are not
able to care for sick children in the school environment. Please be considerate of other children and
teachers who will be exposed and may become sick if your child attends school
If your child becomes
ill during school hours, we will contact you immediately. Please be aware that
the school does not have an infirmary where your child may be kept for an
extended period of time, so please arrange for your child to be picked up as
quickly as possible. Any child who
becomes ill during school will be separated from the group and supervised by a
staff person until a parent or emergency contact person can be reached.
Parents will be asked to pick up their child
for the following reasons:
Fever Any temperature
greater than 100 degrees F is considered a fever. Children must be fever-free for 24 hours
without using fever reducing medications (such as Tylenol, Motrin, Advil etc)
in order to return to school.
There is some confusion about fevers, since there are various methods
for taking temperatures in children. At school, we use an ear
thermometer which registers about the same temperature as a rectal
temperature. Both of these methods register a half to a full degree
higher than an oral temperature. So if your child's typical temperature
is 98.6 using the oral method, it will be 99.1 to 99.6 with an ear or
your child has vomited the night before or in the morning, please do not send
him or her to school.
Children with diarrhea should remain home until they are symptom free
for 24 hours. The only exception is if
the diarrhea is the result of a chronic condition, then a note from the doctor
is needed indicating the diarrhea is not infectious.
Excessive Coughing Children can't focus on activities and
interactions with others if they are coughing persistently.
During the first day or two of a cold, children often exhibit
excessively runny noses or mucous of an opaque yellow or green color. Please keep your child home during the
beginning day(s) of a cold. After that,
symptoms are more minor and more easily managed in school.
know your children well enough to recognize unusual behavior, such as lethargy
or falling asleep during the morning.
This is often a sign that a child is coming down with an illness.
Sore Throat If a child is
complaining of a sore throat, this is an
indication of an illness needing care.
is highly contagious and teachers may ask you to take your student to the
doctor to rule out conjunctivitis.
Impetigo or Other Skin Rashes Rashes can be confusing to identify. We will call you to try to help identify what
a rash may be from. The student may need
to visit the pediatrician to identify whether a rash is contagious or not.
Head Lice A child must be
treated for head lice and nits removed from hair. See Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/head-lice.rtf)
The school must be
notified of any communicable disease your child may have, so that we can alert
other parents to be aware of possible symptoms in their child. Medication will
only be administered by staff who are trained in medication administration.
Staff will be evaluated annually on their ability to administer medication.
Return to school
may return to school after a communicable disease according to the following
Pox: 7-10 days after appearance, and after blisters have scabbed over.
(Pink Eye): 24 hours after medication begins.
Lice: If treated thoroughly (see Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fact Sheet: www.mass.gov/eohhs/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/head-lice.rtf), a child may return to school the next day.
24 hours after medication begins
Fever, Strep Throat: 24 hours after medication begins.
PVMS requires a written authorization from a physician in order for a
teacher to dispense non-prescription
(cough syrup, cough drops, aspirin, etc.) to a child. This must also be accompanied
by written permission from the parent in order to be dispensed by a teacher.
Prescription medications must have the child's name, physician's name,
dosage and directions on the original label and be accompanied by written
permission from the parent in order to be dispensed by a teacher. The staff
cannot dispense medication under any other circumstances, per Commonwealth of
always be handed directly to a staff member, and never put in a child's lunch
box or backpack. Please do not instruct your child to take medications on
his/her own. All unused medications will
be returned to the child's family for disposal.
will be permitted, with the written permission of their child's health care
practitioner, to train staff in implementation of their child's individual
health care plan.
Medication will only
be administered by staff who are trained in medication administration. Staff
will be evaluated annually on their ability to administer medication, following
the medication administration procedures specified by the Department of Early Education
Parents must notify the office of all known allergies.
In a case where a child has a life-threatening allergy, parents must meet with
the Teacher to discuss the allergy and
fill out an emergency plan signed by the parents and child's physician.
If a child requires an epi-pen, these forms, along with a parent consent form,
and a physician's order form, must be filled out and on file prior
to the child's entry to school. The epi-pen must be provided
by the parent, and will be kept in an easily accessible place in the child's
classroom, or on the child's person, when appropriate. Children with
life-threatening allergies requiring the use of an epi-pen, children with
extensive multiple allergies and children with allergies to commonly used
foods, such as eggs, milk, flours should talk with the Head Teacher about
providing snacks to supplement what is available at school. The
teachers will be happy to assist you in making arrangements to store safe
snacks and special snacks for your child.
We ask the parents of children in
Children's House and Kindergarten to support our policy of limiting foods
brought to school with peanuts/nuts in them. If your child has something
with peanuts/nuts in their lunch box, please label the lunch box and bring it
to the attention of a teacher. All parents are asked not to bring in
foods with nuts or peanuts when providing general snacks for the
Children in elementary/middle school
classes, may bring in peanut and/or nut lunches, and these are to be eaten in
the lunch room at designated tables only. Children must also wash their
hands/use wipes after eating a peanut or nut lunch. No peanuts or nuts
are allowed in the classrooms or in any common areas at the school, other than
the designated lunchroom tables.
We ask parents to refrain from bringing
in peanuts or nuts into the school for any other occasion. This includes
children, who are not students at the school (such as younger siblings). Your
cooperation is appreciated in order to keep the school as safe as
possible. Take a moment to check the labels for ingredients; some
peanut/nut sources are not immediately obvious. If you have any question
on the appropriateness of a food, please ask your child's teacher.
We also ask that you label food ingredients if you are bringing in a snack for