Welcome to the 2021-22 school year at Alcott School. I am writing to provide all families with health guidelines for Wolcott Public Schools. We work very hard to keep all students at Alcott healthy and safe. We ask that all families keep these policies in when deciding whether their child is healthy enough for school.
- Please keep any child with vomiting or diarrhea home for 24 hours past last episode of illness.
- Students with strep throat must receive one full day of adequate treatment prior to returning to school.
- If your child appears ill and/or has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or above, keep him/her home until the temperature is below 100 degrees for one day. Students with a fever of 100.4 at school will be sent home.
- If medications need to be given by the nurse during school hours, a special form is required. This form must be filled out and signed by a physician and the parent or guardian. An adult must bring the medication to school in its original container with the prescription label attached (if applicable). A form is required for any over the counter medication, such as Tylenol and Ibuprofen, as well as prescription medication.
- Notify the school by telephone if your child will be absent.
- Notify the school if your child will be home for a prolonged period of time.
- Any prolonged illness (i.e. strep throat, scarlet fever, flu or pneumonia) should be reported to the school nurse so that she may follow up on such an illness.
- If your child contracts chicken pox, keep him/her home seven (7) days from the appearance of the first lesion and the rash has scabbed over.
Head lice have presented a problem at times. If you discover head lice or eggs (nits), call your child's doctor for appropriate treatment and immediately notify the school nurse. A child must be completely clear of lice and nits before returning to school.
- "Pink Eye" or conjunctivitis is contagious. Students must receive one day of adequate treatment before returning to school.
- Please contact the school nurse regarding any other contagious illness and the school policy regarding treatment.
- On the emergency form in Zip Slip, include names of people you know will be available in order of sequence you would like them to be called.
- Allergies of any kind are considered serious. Notify the health office of any allergies your child may have. Please see the school Food Allergy letter that went out over Zip Slip.
Please feel free to reach out to the school nurse with any questions or concerns regarding your child's health. She is available during school hours and is happy to help.
Food Allergy Awarness
We work very hard to keep all students at Alcott safe, and part of our safety plan focuses on food allergies. We ask that all families keep in mind there are several children in our school with food allergies, especially when sending in class snacks. At Alcott, we adhere to the following rules:
- All students with food allergies will have a care plan in place, and any medication prescribed is kept in the nurse's office. All classroom teachers are aware of the allergy students in their class.
- We request that ANY newly diagnosed allergy be brought to the attention of the school nurse and classroom teacher as soon as possible.
- Students with Peanut and Tree Nut allergies will sit at Nut Free tables at lunch. If a non-allergy child is invited as a buddy to the allergy table, their lunch must be completely free of nut and peanut products.
- Any snacks brought into school for class parties, etc, will have the ingredients reviewed by the school nurse. If the label indicates the product may contain traces of an allergen, the allergic children will not be allowed to have the snack.
- If an item is home-baked, there is a risk of cross contamination from utensils or bowls. In general, home baked snacks will not be given to allergy children unless a prepackaged mix is used, the original ingredient list is provided with the snack and the parent providing the snack consults with the school nurse regarding preparation .
- Allergy families are encouraged to provide safe snacks that can be kept at school in case allergy containing class snacks.
We ask that ALL families please be considerate of our allergic children when sending in class snacks. I am attaching a list of peanut and nut free snacks that offer some safe options.