Health and Well-being

MEDICATION POLICY

While we discourage having to give medication during school hours, we realize there are times when this cannot be avoided. Therefore, a member of our staff will administer medication in accordance with the following procedures:

  1. No staff member may provide any medication, unless they have completed Medication Administration Training.
  2. All prescription and over-the-counter medication, must be accompanied by a medication form signed by the parent and a licensed health care provider. Over-the-counter medication should be sent to school in the original container and be clearly labeled with the child’s name. Prescription medication must be provided in the original, child-resistant container that is labeled by a pharmacist, with the child’s name, name of medication, date prescription filled, name of prescribing health care provider, medication expiration date and administration, storage and disposal directions. At least one dose of prescription medication must have already been given to the child at home. Please DO NOT ask any staff member to violate this policy.
  3. Over-the counter ointments and creams, such as sunscreen, lip balm, skin creams and diaper ointments, as well as insect repellants, that are used for preventative purposes need parent written authorization only.
  4. Please refer to the Medication Administration Form that was in your registration packet for further information. Additional copies are available in the office.

ILLNESS AND ACCIDENT POLICY

To ensure a healthy environment each child is required to have an updated immunization certificate completed by his/her physician. This should be updated any time your child has new immunizations. Please have the doctor write the new immunization on a prescription pad and bring it to the school office to be filed with the original immunization record.
Children who are sick should not attend school to avoid infecting other children as well as staff. This is also for the child’s protection and well-being. If a child does not feel well the best place for this child is at home. Our simple guideline is this: “If a child is too sick to go outdoors at play time, he/she should be kept home.”
If your child has any of the following conditions or symptoms, we will contact you to pick-up your child from the center (within 1 hour) in order to prevent contagion of other children and staff, and most importantly to provide comfort to your child.

1. FEVER. (99 degrees F. under the arm).
2. Any RASH suspicious of contagious childhood disease.
3. VOMITING.
4. Uncontrolled DIARRHEA (stool runs out of diaper or child unable to get to the bathroom in time).
5. CONJUNCTIVITIS, also called “PINK EYE”, with white or yellow discharge.
6. Any condition preventing the child from participating comfortably in usual activities.
7. Any illness or condition requiring one-on-one care.
8. SCABIES, HEAD LICE, NITS, or other INFESTATIONS.
9. Any CONTAGIOUS illness that is REPORTABLE to the Department of Public Health. (List provided upon initial registration).

After a child has been excluded for any of the above reasons, the following conditions must be met in order to return to the program:
1. A child must be free from fever, vomiting, diarrhea (without symptoms) for a full 24 hours, WITHOUT USE OF MEDICATION.
2. Any child prescribed an antibiotic must have taken the prescription for a full 24 hour course before returning to school.
3. A child must be able to participate comfortably in all usual program activities, including outdoor time.
4. A child excluded because of lice, scabies or other infestation may return 24 hours after treatment is begun and the child is LARVAE AND NIT FREE.
5. If a child was excluded because of a reportable contagious illness, a doctor’s note saying that the child is not longer contagious is required before re-admission.

In the circumstance where the child’s parent is also a doctor, the note must be from a physician who is not the child’s parent. Each family received a listing of communicable diseases (such as measles, tuberculosis, whooping cough, etc.) which must be reported to the Dept. of Public Health upon diagnosis.
The final decision whether to exclude a child from the program is made by the Director.

TOLIETING

Infants, toddlers and students in the two-year-old and three-year-old classes may attend in diapers. All other students must be toilet-trained. We would prefer that all three’s are toilet-trained, but understand that this may not always occur.

Parent and teachers working together on toilet training can make this process more successful. If you are having success at home, let us know and we will continue working on it here at school.

Disposable diapers and wipes must be provided by the parents for children not yet toilet-trained. Please be sure that they are replenished on a regular basis.

FIRE DRILLS

Parents are asked not to drop-off or pick-up their children DURING a fire drill.
EVACUATION PLAN FOR GREENWOOD SCHOOL, INC.
1. Become familiar with the location of all stairways and exits.
2. Become familiar with the location of the nearest fire alarm manual pull stations, duress alarms and their operations.
3. Faculty should not attempt to secure or recover items of clothing or personal property after an alarm has sounded. Facility should not be reentered.
4. Upon direction of the Child Care Director/designee, immediately evacuate the building upon hearing the building alarm or being notified by Security Personnel. Proceed to the meeting place located in the grass field in front of the Parking Garage A on Toledo Rd. Take attendance and if necessary proceed to the Safe Haven as directed by the Center Director/designee. Each classroom will take an emergency bag with evacuation supplies and emergency information.
5. Once at the Safe Haven, the Director/designee, in consultation with the Command Center (301-779-4800 /301-531-9001) will determine if parents should be notified (via phone and/or parent lists.serve) and asked to pick-up children. The decision to have parents pick-up their children will be made based on expected time out of the Center, or the nature of the emergency. In case of emergencies that do not warrant evacuation onto the street (natural disasters [tornadoes, for example], chemical spills, etc.) proceed to the big room (G-90) or the little big room (G-80).
6. All faculty members are advised of proper fire protection and evacuation practices.
7. In case of emergency or drill, all personnel will leave the building in an orderly manner – Walk, Don’t Run. The faculty will search all rooms, closing all doors before leaving. Additionally, the Director/designee will search all areas within the Center and ensure that all occupants have been safely evacuated. The Faculty is instructed to refuse assistance from anyone not previously identified as a support person. This does not include Federal Protective Service Police or emergency personnel.
8. Physically challenged children will be provided with assistance to help them exit the building. Infants will be evacuated in designated evacuation cribs.
9. At the assemble area, the faculty shall immediately take a head count for each classroom group to ensure that everyone is present and accounted for. Head Teachers shall report the final head count to the Director/designee. Names of any missing children or missing personnel must be given to the Command Center immediately.
10. Parents will not be allowed to remove a child from the custody of the center during the evacuation. Once all children are accounted for, parents may be allowed to sign out their children.

SAFE HAVENS:

PRIMARY:

PRINCE GEORGE’S PLAZA COMMUNITY CENTER – INTERSECTION OF TOLEDO ROAD AND ADELPHI ROAD – 301-864-1611

SECONDARY:

HYATTSVILLE LIBRARY – INTERSECTION OF TOLEDO ROAD AND ADELPHI ROAD – 301-985-4690

TERTIARY:

NORTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL – 7000 ADELPHI ROAD, JUST BEYOND BELCREST ROAD – 301-985-1820