If a child has any signs of illness, such as pinkeye, skin rash, fever, sore throat, etc., please keep the child at home. The child's fever needs to be normal for 24 hours before the child may return to school. A child that has vomited at school or at home, must be kept out of school for a full 24 hours. If an accident occurs that requires emergency medical care, we will call (911) immediately. There is always a staff person on duty that is trained and certified in first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Many children experience a fair number of minor accidents and variations in how well they feel from day to day. The teachers do their best to minimize accidents and handle sickness sympathetically and reasonably. When accidents and illness that are clearly very minor occur, teachers help to process the learning that comes from them. If it is clear that the situation warrants it, (911) will be called. In the case of a (911) call or head trauma, parents will always by contacted immediately.
In most accident/illness situations that do not require a 911 call, a call to the parents is routine. The purpose of the call may be to let the parents know that their child is not well enough to be in school, and to come and pick up their child. If, in the teacher’s judgment, the child is well enough to stay in school, the teacher, assistant, or office staff will call just to let the parents know what has happened. The parent has the option of taking the child home in such situations.
If a parent cannot be reached by phone, the teacher, assistant, and office staff will leave a message, monitor the situation, and update a course of action depending on conditions, as they continue to call to try to speak directly with a parent about the situation. It is vitally important that parents provide the WLS office with telephone numbers, which ensure that the parents can always be reached in case of a real emergency as well as in a minor accident/illness situation.