Health Policies

Staying Healthy

One of our best defenses is washing our hands. In class we talk to children about germs and how we can pass them from one individual to another and from one thing to another just by touch. We’ve also discussed mucous and saliva in conjunction with hands and fingers – when they come in contact, we always need to wash our hands immediately.  So as you can imagine, we send many children to the sink often. Another component of this is HOW you wash your hands. Too often we see children put soap on their hands and immediately rinse it off! So here are the steps we have been going over in the classroom and we would be SO grateful if you would follow up on these with your children.

  1. Turn the water on, wet hands, turn water off.
  2. Put a little soap in your hand (or rub soap bar between hands) and then
  3. Rub palms together, then the back of both hands, then
  4. Grab each finger with the other hand and rub back and forth, giving each digit individual attention, then
  5. Rub around each wrist with the opposing hand.
  6. Turn on the water and rinse thoroughly.
  7. Turn water off.
  8. Dry hands.

To encourage adequate time is spent handwashing, encourage your child to sing a short song like Row, Row, Row Your Boat or Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Please also be sure your children wash their hands before and after entering the classroom.


Emergency preparedness

We have the basic supplies to hold us for three days stored in our outdoor shed if we are in an emergency situation that prevents us from leaving the school area. We are asking that you supply your children with a gallon-size baggie full of nutritious, nonperishable foods by the first day of school. At the end of the school year, we will return these bags to you.


Immunizations

The state requires that a child’s immunizations be up to date and on file within 30 days of school entry.


School Medical Record

Each family is required to fill out a school medical record that gives a medical history of their child and current information concerning his health.


Medical Emergencies

Safety is stressed in the classroom, and on the playground.  If a child has a minor injury or becomes ill at school, she will be cared for temporarily by the staff until the parent arrives.  It is important that we have a CURRENT record of home, work, and cell phone numbers for both parents and that the Emergency Information Form has phone numbers of available relatives, friends or neighbors in the event that the parents can not be contacted.

Life threatening medical emergencies can be treated at Good Samaritan Hospital without parental consent according to Oregon Law.  Any other necessary medical attention, in the emergency room, must have permission from the parent.


Emergency Information Forms

Each family needs to fill out an Emergency Information Form and return it to the school as soon as possible.  This form provides us with important emergency information.  We will need two local phone numbers and one out-of-state. The two local contacts should be able to pick up your child within 30 minutes if we cannot reach you. If they have cell phones, please include these numbers also. Please keep the information on this form current and notify us of any changes immediately.


Medication

Medication may be given at school. Prescription items require instructions and the name of the physician. Both non-prescription and prescription items must be in the original container labeled with the child’s name, dosage and time to be administered. The parent must sign a permission slip allowing us to administer any medication, including sunscreen. Our medical permission form is available on our website under FAQs & Forms.


Illness

Please report any communicable disease to the school as soon as possible after confirmation by your physician.  There are times when a child should be kept at home for reasons of his health, as well as the health of the other children.  If your child has any of the following symptoms, he must be kept at home.

  • Green mucous from the nose
  • Harsh cough
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Enlarged Glands
  • Earache
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rash
  • Inflamed Eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Persistent pain
  • Vomiting