The school takes every precaution to maintain the wellness of each student who attends our program. The first step taken is to require that children have had a recent physical exam and all of the necessary immunization shots or equivalent alternative medicine solution. Staff members have immediate contact with children when they enter the school in order to detect any noticeable health conditions. Staff members are required to take annual training in infectious disease control and universal precautions for the transmission of diseases. In addition, students and staff alike are required to wash their hands consistently throughout the day in order to prevent the spread of germs.
Even with all of the precautions that are taken, viruses and other illnesses will still exist at school. In the event that a child contracts a communicable disease, the school will post a note at the front entrance. The note will state what disease has been contracted; list some of the symptoms, and the approximate incubation period.
If a child has a known medical condition (asthma, allergies, diabetes, etc.), parents are asked to note it on the proper place on the enrollment form. Teachers should also be notified of the steps to take if a problem occurs while the child is at school.
Whenever a child is to be given any medicine, including over-the-counter medicine, a parent must complete a Medication Authorization Form. Teachers may not give any type of medication unless this form is completed. Parents should ask the child’s teacher for the form, complete it, and give it and the medicine DIRECTLY to a teacher or staff member. Children may not bring their own medicine to school. The medicine must be in its original container, with a label specifying dosages, etc.
Beyond the medical health of our students, their physical safety is also looked after. The school staff is trained in first aid and CPR. First aid kits are present in each of the classrooms, and the dining room. If an accident should occur, a staff member will administer simple first aid. In the event of a more serious injury, an emergency vehicle will be called and the child will be taken to the doctor or hospital designated in the enrollment forms. A parent, or if necessary, an emergency contact, will be contacted immediately thereafter. After any injury is treated, an accident report will be written up to explain what happened and what treatment was performed. Parents will receive a copy of the report.
THE SCHOOL has emergency drills throughout the year. Safety, order and control are the primary purposes of emergency drills. Speed in emptying the building, while desirable, is not the object and is secondary to the maintenance of proper order and discipline. The first few drills of the year are announced in advance. All remaining drills are unexpected and occur at different times of the day.
The school has also developed a series of procedures to follow in the event of a fire, natural disaster or other catastrophe. Staff members receive training on these policies at orientation, and at other times during the year. Anyone wishing to view these policies may obtain a copy of them from the office. In the event that the school should ever need to be evacuated, the children would be walked down to the Dashmesh Darbar, located in the same plaza – The Gore Plaza.