Dear CCS Parent/Guardian,
Welcome to the new school year! Please take a few minutes to note some very important information that will help me provide the best care to your child.
Wellness Policy: If you plan to bring in food for your child to share with his/her classmates, please make sure you give the classroom teacher at least 48 hours notice regarding what food you will be bringing in. If you are sending in a sweet, please make sure there is a healthy alternative (carrots, fruit, etc.) Please, do not send in candy (we are a candy free school!) or any items that contain nuts. The classroom teacher will in turn notify the parents the item that is being shared with the class.
Absences or tardiness: If your child is going to be absent or tardy, please call the school before 8 a.m. and leave a message in the absentee mailbox at 672-2939 ext. 1.
Health Information Form and Care Plan: To keep me updated with your child’s health, please complete the attached Health Information Form. On the reverse side of this form is a Health Care Plan which includes a list of products that may be used in the school health office. Please review. Cross off and initial any products you do not want used to care for your child. Please note the Epipen auto injector on the list. An Epipen (adrenalin) is used to prevent an anaphylactic (severe, potentially life threatening allergic) reaction. The State now mandates that schools have someone trained in anaphylaxis recognition and Epipen administration on school grounds at all times during school hours in the absence of the school nurse. The mandate also states that Epipen may be given to anyone showing signs of anaphylaxis even if that person does not have a physician’s order or previously documented allergy. Please be aware, students who do have a documented allergy with potential anaphylaxis response, will still need to submit a new Emergency Action plan each year with Epipen medication orders.
Medications: Medication forms are available from the health office if you need your child to receive any medication (prescription and over the counter, other than Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen) during school hours. The physician and parent must complete the form, and the medication must be delivered to the school by an adult in its original container. Students are not allowed to bring any medication to school.
First Aid for Illness and Injury: We make every effort to safeguard your child’s health at school. In the event of a serious accident or emergency, you will be contacted immediately. To ensure optimum care, it is important to update us continually with new phone numbers, changes in your child’s health, new medications, or anything else that impacts his or her well-being at school.
Health Screening: Vision and hearing screening is done on all students K – 8 and scoliosis screening on students in grades 5 – 8 according to Connecticut guidelines. If you have any concerns during the school year, please contact me to have your child retested. If a problem exists, you will be notified and referred for further medical evaluation if needed.
Control of communicable diseases and illnesses: Your child’s good health is important to me. I will periodically send information home via email or post it on the school’s website about what’s “going around.” If your child is sick, or you think that he or she may be coming down with an illness, please keep him/her at home. This will hopefully prevent the spread of infections and keep our school environment healthy. Your child must remain at home for at least 24 hours after a fever, vomiting or diarrhea has resolved. If you are unsure whether your child should return to school, please do not hesitate to call me.
If you wish your child to brush his/her teeth after lunch (especially those with braces), please send in a toothbrush and paste and I will keep it in the health office.
Health Insurance: If your child is not covered by health insurance, I highly recommend that you purchase the Student Accident Insurance offered through the school. The 24 hour policy will cover your child until the start of school in 2017. This is especially important to students in grades 5 and 7 who participate in the Ropes Course, as health insurance is mandatory for this program.
State requirements for physicals: A health physical is required for all students entering Kindergarten and all students during their sixth grade year. A current sports physical must be on file in the Health Office in order for students in grades 6 – 8 to participate in after-school practices or games. Physicals are good for exactly thirteen months; please make sure your child’s physical does not expire during their sports season. Contact me if you are unsure of the date your child’s physical expires.
I encourage you to share any concerns or problems relevant to your child’s health. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at 672-2939 ext. 2.
Martha Bruehl R.N.