MAY WE REMIND PARENTS THAT SCHOOL IS NOT THE PLACE FOR AN ILL CHILD.
A child who has had a fever should not return to school until his temperature has been normal for 24 hours. If a child has been ill during the night (i.e., vomiting, diarrhea, fever, excessive cough), we ask that you keep him/her home the following day to rest. The school does not have adequate facilities to give proper care to a child that is ill.
Parents are notified in writing of any communicable disease in school.
Vision and hearing screening will be given each child during the school year.
Scoliosis screening will be given to all students in Grades 5 and 6.
MEDICATIONS: Any medications that are to be given students during the school day are to be sent in the prescription container. A special form is included in your packet, or may be obtained from the office, to be filled out by parent on such occasions. If medication is for more than a few days, the doctor mUst sign. Medications will be kept in a locked cabinet and dispensed by the Health Aide. NO MEDICATIONS WILL BE DISPENSED TO STUDENTS (including aspirin, antihistamines, cough drops, cough syrup, etc.) WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION FROM THE PARENTS AND/OR DOCTOR. Included with that we must have in writing, the reason for medication, date to begin and end, exact dosage, time(s) of day.
We ask that the principal’s office be informed of special health needs for individual children at the beginning of the school term or upon enrollment.
If your child cannot participate in Phy Ed, please send a note to that effect, preferably from the doctor.
We are taking steps to reduce the spread of seasonal flu at Our Lady of the Lake School. We want to keep the school open to students and functioning in a normal manner throughout the school year. But, we need your help to do this.
- Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel.
- Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. Covering up their coughs or sneezes using the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of the hand when a tissue is unavailable.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit, 37.8 degrees Celsius or greater), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
- Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or do not have signs of a fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.
- Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home. Sick children will be placed in the health office while awaiting the arrival of a parent or another approved adult who may take them home. Please make sure the school has updated contact information for you.
If H1N1 or seasonal flu prove to cause more severe illness than they did in Spring 2009, we may take additional steps to prevent the spread such as:
- conducting active fever and flu symptom screening of students and staff as they arrive at school;
- making changes to increase the space between people such as moving desks farther apart and postponing class trips; and
- dismissing students from school for at least 7 days if they become sick.