HEALTHY SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT
Keeping Our School Safe: A Healthy School Environment
By partnering with our families, the staff and students at SMCDS work hard to maintain a healthy and happy school environment which benefits both children and adults, as well as families and faculty. The policies and programs listed below are part of that endeavor.
If a student becomes ill during the school day, every effort will be made to make the student comfortable while parents are contacted. Parents are asked to keep students home if they do not feel well. If a child has an elevated temperature of 100 degrees or higher, they will need to go home immediately and must remain temperature free for 24 hours before returning to school.
It is the parent(s) obligation to notify SMCDS immediately if their student has suffered a sudden illness or injury so SMCDS has adequate time to safely accommodate the student while they are attending school.
Guidelines for Illness
A child should go home if he or she:
- Vomits or has a fever of 100 degrees or higher; children may return to school once they have been free from fever and/or vomiting for 24 hours.
- Has severe abdominal discomfort;
- Has severe cold symptoms and frequent cough symptoms;
- Has skin eruptions or rashes of an unknown origin. These are considered communicable until ruled out by a physician, and an excusable note from the physician must be provided to School Nurse for reentry to school.
- Has persistent pain or headache
- Excessive and persistent diarrhea; and
- An unresolved eye redness is considered potentially communicable and must be evaluated immediately by a physician. An excusable note from the physician must be provided to the School Nurse for reentry to school.
St. Michael’s takes pride in providing a fresh hot lunch during each school day. Students are also invited to bring their own lunches if the hot lunch is not desirable. Meals are prepared daily by an outside source and brought in for the lunchtime meal. Careful consideration is given to the nutritional benefit of each daily meal and fresh fruit is always provided. Parents can sign up for hot lunches on specific days as needed and daily menus can be reviewed on the SMCDS website. A peanut free table is provided for those students who have severe allergies to peanuts. A Food Allergy Individual/Emergency Health Care Plan must be submitted authorizing students with severe allergies to peanuts to sit at other tables in the cafeteria.
Food Allergy Management
All students that have a severe food allergy must have an INDIVIDUAL HEALTH CARE PLAN (IHCP)/EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE PLAN (EHCP). Click Here These Health Care Plans provide the School Nurse and faculty with written protocols for the student’s specific health requirements while he or she is attending school or participating in school-sponsored activities.
The IHCP and EHCP shall be developed before the beginning of the school year or shortly thereafter for those students already enrolled who are newly diagnosed with a severe food allergy.
The School Nurse is responsible for administering the individually prescribed epi-pen in the case of a severe food allergy. If the School Nurse is not available, trained school personnel will execute the emergency protocols outlined in the EHCP.
First Aid Training: Anaphylaxis
First aid training will be provided for school personnel who might administer an epinephrine auto-injector in a case of anaphylaxis. Subjects to be covered shall include (but not be limited to): signs and symptoms of anaphylactic shock, proper epinephrine auto-injector administration, adverse reactions, accessing the “911” emergency medical system, and preparation for movement and transport of the student. Click Here
Diabetes Care Management
St. Michael’s Country Day School will develop a policy or protocol that allows children who are diagnosed with diabetes to self-manage their disease whenever possible. Such policy or protocol will be developed in collaboration with licensed health care providers, parents, students, school administrators, and the School Nurse. Both the required Individual Emergency Health Care Plan (IHCP) and Emergency Health Care Plan (EHCP) form(s) are useful in providing a documented format for diabetes policies and protocols for each individual student diagnosed with diabetes. Click Here
All school personnel who may be involved in the care of a student who has been diagnosed with diabetes, shall be informed of the IHCP and the EHCP, as appropriate. Designated school personnel will also be trained in Glucagon administration by the School Nurse as appropriate. Click Here
Asthma Care Management
St. Michael’s Country Day School will develop a policy or protocol that allows children who are diagnosed with asthma to self-manage their disease whenever possible. Such policy or protocol will be developed in collaboration with licensed health care providers, parents, students, school administrators, and the School Nurse. Both the required Individual Emergency Health Care Plan (IHCP) and Emergency Health Care Plan (EHCP) form(s) are useful in providing a documented format for proposed asthma policies and protocols for each individual student diagnosed with asthma. Click Here
All school personnel who may be involved in the care of a student who has been diagnosed with asthma shall be informed of the IHCP and the EHCP, as appropriate. Student’s in grades 5-8 can self carry and self administer their own inhaling devices with the permission of their parents. Click Here
At St. Michael’s Country Day School, we expect that all members of our community will treat each other with compassion and respect. It is the policy of the School to provide and maintain a learning environment that is free of bullying and any other verbal, physical or emotional misconduct that disrupts the academic or social environment or makes it unsafe. Quite simply, bullying will not be tolerated at our school. (See St. Michael’s Handbook on the SMCDS Website for further Bullying policy protocols)
Weapons and Firearms
Possession of weapons including firearms, knives, explosive devices, and slingshots is strictly prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, fake or replica toy weapons that could cause reasonable alarm.
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy
Drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, etc., and drug paraphernalia is strictly prohibited. Drug use on or off campus during the school day or at any school activity/function is prohibited.
Tobacco use in any form is prohibited.
St. Michael’s adheres to state recommended lock down and fire drill procedures.
Peanut free table
Designated school personnel monitor safety of students during recess.
Designated school personnel monitor safety of students in the cafeteria during lunch time.
ESD program for monitoring students after school until parents can pick up.
After school activities
Crisis Management Plan
Health and Wellness Committee
Bike and walk to school days and community gardening