Health and Safety Illness Guidelines

How do you decide whether to send your child to school or keep them home? If a child is sick, they should not be at school. Out of respect for their fellow students and the staff, sick children should not be at the school. Before returning to school, if your child is diagnosed with a contagious disease, such as strep throat, the child should be on prescribed antibiotics for a minimum of 24 hours. Your respect and cooperation is deeply appreciated.

Common Pediculosis (Head Lice)

Anyone can get head lice and young children who play closely together are susceptible. It is recommended that parents check their children regularly for itching and the presence of small whitish nits (eggs) fastened tightly on the hair shaft near the scalp, and report any occurrences to the Principal. Parents will be notified if anyone in their child’s classroom has reported head lice. If you have any questions about head lice, contact the Healthy Kids Line (905) 546-3596.

Medication

Please administer medication at home whenever possible. No medication (including acetaminophen) will be given to a student without parents’ permission. If a prescription medication is required to be dispensed at school, please contact our office for a Medication Form. When medication must be administered by school personnel, it will be kept at the office. Permission for a student to self-administer any medication should be brought to the attention of the teacher.

Life Threatening Allergies

BCA is a peanut/nut sensitive school. If touched or eaten, foods that contain even a small amount of nuts may be life threatening to students with allergies. We ask that students not bring any food products that contain peanut or nut products in their lunches. If your child has an allergy and requires medication to be administered in case of an incident, please contact the office. A Medication Form needs to be completed and will be kept with the medication in a central location accessible to staff.

Medical Emergency

School staff trained in First Aid will attend to most scrapes and cuts. More serious injuries will be reported to the parents. If necessary, Emergency Services will be called. It is the responsibility of parents to provide up-to-date emergency contact information on the Student Information Form included in the Registration Form. If during the year, any of the information changes, please inform the school office.

Immunization

The Immunization of School Pupils Act requires that all children be immunized against Hepatitis, diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, and rubella, unless exempted. Halton Public Health works with BCA to offer the required immunization clinics. Parents are informed when it is time for student immunization.

Fire Drills/Emergency Evacuation/Lockdown

Fire drills are conducted three times during the fall and three times during the spring. Lockdown drills will be conducted twice a year. Detailed plans for fire drills, lockdowns, and emergency evacuations are shared with all staff. The fire plan is posted in every room and will be taught to students before the first fire drill and reinforced throughout the year. A lockdown plan is also shared with staff and students. Adults In The School It is the policy of BCA that all visitors check in with the office staff before entering the school. Visitors are required to sign the guest book before entering any other part of the building.

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