HEALTH AND WELLNESS:

Allergies:

If your child has severe allergies, be sure to notify the nurse, your child's teacher, office staff and after­school staff so that a Medical Administration Form can be maintained for your child. You must also include a medical alert on your child's emergency contact forms. Take note: the Department of Education does not provide peanut­, milk­ or other allergen­free food service because of the risk of accidental exposure or cross contamination.

Asthma or chronic other chronic conditions:

If your child has asthma or another chronic condition you must have a doctor fill out a 504 form so that your child may get the necessary medical treatment needed during school hours. Children, regardless of age are not permitted to treat themselves, or be treated by someone else on school grounds without one of these forms on file.

Forms can be obtained by contacting the school nurse.

Illness:

It may be difficult to know if your child is well enough to go to school. Although we strive for excellent attendance, it is sometimes better if children stay home when they are not feeling well. Children who become ill during the day will be sent to the nurse. The nurse will call you if your child needs to go home. When you come to pick up your child, sign in at the security desk and go to the main office to sign out your child. Office staff will then call the nurse, who will bring
your child to you. Children are not allowed to call their parents to pick them up. Only the nurse or school staff may make this call.

Our school nurse suggests that you consider the following when deciding whether to send your child to school:

Fever:

A fever of 100 degrees or more is a sign that your child may be uncomfortable and unable to function well in school, even if you give administer medication in the morning. Vomiting or Diarrhea: These symptoms usually require children to stay home until they can tolerate a normal diet. Children are embarrassed if they have an accident in school; when in doubt, keep your child home.

Rash:

Red, itchy patches on skin may need to be examined by a doctor, particularly if those patches spread to other parts of the body.

Nasal Congestion or a Hacking Cough:

Your child will most likely feel uncomfortable and unable to focus in school if he/she is feeling run down from a persistent cough. If children
has a runny nose, we do not want them sharing their germs with others.

Head Lice:

At this time only students with live bugs are excluded from school. The DOE policy on head lice can be found at: http://schools.nyc.gov/offices/health/pediculosis/default.htm

Contagious Diseases:

Please contact and inform school administration if your child has any of the following contagious diseases: Strep Throat, Fifth Disease, chicken pox, conjunctivitis or ringworm. They will be able to inform you when it is permitted to send your child back to school.

Injuries:

If your child has an injury requiring the use of crutches or a cast, you must provide the nurse's office with a note from the attending physician stating your child is able to navigate the stairways effectively in the event of an emergency. If necessary, the school may determinethat your child must remain on the ground floor in a classroom and have work brought in.

Children who fall or are injured in the school yard will be accompanied by another student to the nurse's office. If the injury appears to be serious, a school aide or teaching assistant will accompany the child. The nurse will complete and submit an accident report to the main office.