With strains of flu, colds and other infectious diseases making daily headlines, please take a moment to review the Lower School health procedures. By sharing with you our health and accident procedures as outlined in the Lower School Parent Handbook, we hope to provide you with a clear picture of the manner in which the school handles health care matters. Illness policies of particular note include:
- Students with a fever, or otherwise ill, will be isolated until a parent picks them up.
- Parents are expected to pick up a students as soon as possible if we are in doubt as to the extent of the injury or illness, even though it may turn out not to be serious.
- Parents are expected to be sure that their children are free of symptoms for 24 hours before sending them back to school. This is so important; we all appreciate your help in mitigating against the spread of communicable illnesses.
- Please notify the school if your child has been exposed to a communicable disease, or has an extended illness. The school is required to submit a weekly communicable diseases report to the Oakland County Health Division.
- All prescription and over-the-counter medication in the original labeled container must be turned in to the Homeroom Teacher by an adult and accompanied by Request for Dispensing Medication Form signed by both a parent/guardian and a physician. Medication cannot be dispensed without this form.
- Attendance Hotline: (248) 203-7930.
For further recommendations of how to stay healthy this cold and flu season, below is an excerpt from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publication, Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs.
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
For a full review of Lower School policies, the Lower School Parent Handbook is always accessible by logging in to www.roeper.org under the Lower School tab, Back to School Documents section.