It seems that every time I turn on the news or open the paper, there’s word of another outbreak of one kind or another. While there’s no need to panic, this is a good time for our staff and faculty to review our hygiene and sanitation procedures. Keeping your child safe and healthy is a top priority for us!
The first line of defense and most effective weapon in the fight against spreading communicable disease, is hand washing. Research shows that children stay healthier in schools where good hand washing procedures are followed. Our teachers and staff are trained to follow strict guidelines for both hand washing and proper sanitation of toys and surfaces.
With this in mind, we will be asking children to wash their hands when they come into the classroom in the morning and before they leave in the afternoon. Studies show that this simple step can significantly reduce the spread of illness between home and school. Check out this link from KidsHealth, that will help you teach your child to practice good hand washing.
The second line of defense, in our quest to keep kids healthy, is a morning health screening. When your child enters the classroom, we will ask how his/her time was at home and look for signs of any illness that perhaps you missed at home. We’re looking for symptoms of a fever, rash, profuse nasal discharge, frequent cough, etc… Please keep your child home if he/she has any of the following symptoms: Fever above 100*, Diarrhea or vomiting within the past 24 hours, frequent cough, or profuse nasal discharge. Likewise, we will call and ask you to pick your child up from school if he/she develops any of these symptoms during the school day.
Sleep, fresh air and healthy food also play a large role in keeping your child healthy. We go outside every day, serve fresh, healthy snacks and make sure your child has the chance to take a short rest in the afternoon. Also, be sure to ask your pediatrician about getting a flu shot for your child and make sure to keep immunizations current.
Working together, we can make sure our school is a healthy, happy place for everyone!