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MCS Winter Health Advisory

Friday, January 25, 2019

Now that our Community is deep into the winter weather and all the various health ailments that may come along with that, I wanted to send out a review of the MCS health policy.

Reporting Illness:

If your child will be absent due to illness, please communicate by phone (212-348-0952) or (email lwalton@manhattancountryschool.org)  to the front desk administrator before 9 AM.  Please specify if your child is out with a communicable illness such as a diagnosed case of strep throat or flu.  The school nurse will keep all families updated on communicable illnesses within their class.

Illness:

Children should not be sent to school or to the farm if they are sick or unable to participate fully in the daily program, which includes time outdoors.  A child who is not well cannot benefit from the program and jeopardizes the health of others. 

Please keep your child home if:

  • Your child has a fever (temperature over 100.4).  Students may return to school after 24 hours fever-free without the use of a fever reducing medication.
  • Your child is vomiting or has diarrhea.  Students may return to school 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting/diarrhea.
  • Your child is suffering from a cough, runny nose, headache or other ailment severe enough to disrupt normal activity.  Students may return to school when symptoms are less severe and full participation is possible.
  • Your child has a new rash that has not been diagnosed and does not appear to be a minor skin irritation.  Students may return to school when rash is diagnosed and verified to be non-contagious.
  • Your child complains of dizziness or lightheadedness.  Students may return upon medical evaluation and clearance.

Please note, if your child has been out of school for two consecutive days or more due to illness, a doctors note must accompany their return clearing them as not contagious and able to participate in school activities.

If a child becomes ill at school and is unable to participate in the daily program due to health concerns, families will be notified and requested to arrange the child’s pick up. 

Medical Records and Immunization Requirements:

To ensure the highest quality of care for all students, families must complete all necessary medical forms and ensure that forms are kept up to date.  The school will provide all necessary forms via an electronic medical records platform, and automatic reminders will help families to remain current with their forms.  Physical exam forms should be updated annually, with new forms due a year after the previous year’s exam. 

Students are expected to comply with New York State mandated immunizations.  Visit www.health.ny.gov for a list of required vaccines for school.

Students will not be allowed to remain in school unless they are up to date with mandated vaccines and have all necessary medical forms on file.

Medication:

Students must have documented permission on file in order to receive medication at school or at the farm (including over the counter medication). 

For students without permission to self-administer, the school nurse will assist with the administration of medication at school.  If the school nurse is unavailable, other designated and trained staff members will assist with the administration of any medications needed during the school day or during the afterschool program.  Designated staff members will assist with the administration of medications at the farm.  Only students with permission to self-administer on file will be allowed to carry and administer their own medication while at school or at the farm.   All Upper School Students are strongly encouraged to obtain permission to self-carry and self-administer any medications that they may need.

All prescription medications to be administered at school or at the farm must be in the original container with label attached.  Please bring any medications to be stored and administered at school directly to the school nurse at the start of the school year.  Medication stored at school will not automatically accompany your child to the farm.  If you do not have additional medications at home to send to the farm, please communicate directly with the school nurse to ensure that school medications travel with your child to the farm.

Students and parents must be responsible for any necessary medications during afterschool sports events and other elective afterschool activities (such as school dances).  Coaches and chaperones will not have access to medications stored with teachers and in the nurse’s office during these events.