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Health Guidelines

Allergies
If your child has an allergy or health issue of any kind, please notify the school as soon as possible.  These conditions may require additional documentation (an Authorization for Emergency Care form is available in the office) by the parents and the child’s physician.  Any medication provided to the school must follow the guidelines outlined on the Authorization for Emergency Care Form.  A Permission to Give Emergency Medication form at school must also be on file.

Contagious Diseases

If your child contracts a contagious disease such as strep throat, chicken pox, scarlet fever or conjunctivitis, please contact the school immediately. We are required to notify parents, public health authorities and staff when children are exposed to a contagious disease. The child who is ill is not identified. If your child is absent from school for more than five days due to illness, we will require a note from a doctor stating that the child is able to return to school.


Emergency Procedures

In the event of an emergency, the Director or teachers will contact parents.  Please make sure we have updated contact information in the office including cell phone numbers.  If parents cannot be reached, we will contact the persons listed on the child’s emergency card.  If necessary, school personnel will contact 911 for emergency medical assistance.

 

Illness Policy
If your child has a fever, s/he cannot return to school until s/he has been fever-free for 24-hours. Your child should also remain at home if s/he has a hacking cough, rash, upset stomach, diarrhea, discolored mucous in the nose or any other unusual physical symptoms. If your child arrives at school with any of these symptoms, we will ask you to take her/him home. If any of these symptoms develop during the school session, the Director or teacher will call you immediately to come pick up your child. Your child will be made comfortable in the school office or third floor conference space where s/he will be supervised by a familiar caregiver until you or a guardian arrives to take him/her home. Park West receives regular updates from the Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) in order to have the latest information and suggested school protocol to help prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus.

Peanut Policy
Do not send any food to school that has nuts, peanut oil, or any nut by-products in it, or has possible cross-contamination with peanuts or nuts such as sesame. There are children in school with severe allergies to peanuts, and tree nuts. Therefore it is important for all adults to be conscientious and vigilant about protecting highly allergic children.  Please refer to Park West’s snack policy in the Parent's Handbook for a complete listing of Park West’s specific, mandatory snack policy.

Physical Exam
Your child is required to have a completed Certificate of Child Health Examination signed by a doctor on file before the start of school each year or s/he cannot be admitted to school.  This exam and medical form must be completed each year your child is enrolled in Park West. Licensing mandates children must be immunized for diphtheria, Hepatitis B, measles, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, rubella, tetanus, and chicken pox (varicella).

City and State departments of Public Health require a lead blood test with results on file. Any previous test result for lead is acceptable.  However, the results must be on each medical form submitted.  A TB skin test is recommended only for children in high-risk groups pursuant to CDC guidelines.

Washing Hands
DCFS guidelines require that all children thoroughly wash their hands each day before going to the classroom. Assisting parents are asked to wash their hands upon arrival and throughout class time as events warrant.

A full description of Park West’s hand washing policy is available in the Policy and Procedure Binder in the office.