You are the best judge of your child’s health and we trust you will not bring a sick child to the Academy.
However, if in the opinion of the teaching staff your child is ill, we will call you to come and pick-up your child. The following criteria will be considered in determining if your child must go home.
- Inflammation of the eyes
- Frequent coughing
- Excessive nasal discharge
- Unknown rash
- Communicable disease
If a child exhibits any of these symptoms at school, we will call you to pick-up the child. When called, you (or an alternate emergency person) are expected to pick your child up IMMEDIATELY. There are no exceptions to this rule. This is to protect the health of your child, his/her classmates, and the staff. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.
Contagious diseases (measles, mumps, chicken pox, head lice, conjunctivitis, etc.) must be reported to the school by the parent as soon as the illness has been diagnosed, so that other parents may be notified of the exposure. When a potentially contagious illness occurs, notes will be sent home to parents of children who may have been exposed. We also need to be informed if your child is going to be absent for several days, for whatever reason.
After your child has been ill, it is important to adhere to the following guidelines when determining whether or not your child is ready to return to school.
- Mood, appetite, behavior and activity levels are again normal
- No fever for 24 hours or more
- Antibiotics (if prescribed) have been used for a full 24 hours
(48 hours in the case of strep)
- Vomiting, diarrhea is cleared for 24 hours
- Frequent coughing, excessive nasal discharge has been resolved
- Pain (earache, cramps, headache, etc.) resolved
Minor injuries will be treated with soap, water, ice and Band-Aids. Should there be a serious accident, parents or other persons listed on emergency forms will be contacted. If no one can be reached, we will call the physician/hospital you have listed.
In general, we feel that a child on medication needs to be at home. However, some medication must be given over a specific number of days, even though the child has improved. Parents may request under these circumstances that the child be given medication while at the Academy.
No medication, vitamins or special diets are administered unless instructions to administer such items are written, signed and dated by a licensed physician and are prescribed for that child. This applies to over-the-counter pain relievers as well as prescription medicines. All medication must be in its original container, with the child’s name written on it. Prescription medication must also be in its original container, labeled with the child’s name, name of drug, dosage, directions for administration, date and physician’s name.
There are special forms that must be completed by the physician, parent and staff who administer the medication. No medicine, vitamins or special diet can be administered without this completed form.