III.  HEALTH AND SAFETY

a.  HEALTH

Please keep your child home and notify the school when he or she has a communicable disease.  Do not send a child to school with an active cold.  Children with contagious symptoms such as a sore throat, sniffles, runny noses/nasal discharge, coughs or excessive sneezing should be kept at home.  If your child had a fever, the temperature should be normal for at least 24 hours before the child returns to school.  In order to have your child at school, he or she must be able to participate in all indoor and outdoor activities.  If the child stayed home with a communicable disease, you must notify the directress immediately so proper precautions can be taken. You are required to bring a note from the doctor in order for your child to return to school.

b.  MEDICATION

Please do not send any kind of medication, including vitamins, in your child’s lunch box.  The teachers cannot administer medicine. The child’s parent or guardian should administer any and all medications that are needed during the school day.

c.  ILLNESS AT SCHOOL

You will be notified immediately if your child develops any symptoms of illness at school.  We will notify you immediately and ask you to pick up your child in the case of symptoms that may be considered contagious, such as fever, nausea/vomiting, cold symptoms, rash or eye problems. Your child will not be allowed to return to school the following day.

d.  COMMUNICABLE DISEASE

In the event that a communicable disease is diagnosed and the school is informed, notices will be sent to parents of all children who may have been exposed. A doctor’s release will be requested upon the return of students who were absent due to a communicable disease and/or conditions such as head lice.

e.  ACCIDENTS AND EMERGENCIES

Minor accidents occurring during class time, i.e. cuts and scratches, receive prompt attention by staff members. Accident reports are filled out in the event of any minor injury sustained by a student during school hours. In the event of a serious accident, the family is notified at once. If parents cannot be reached, emergency procedures, provided for by parent with their application, will be followed.

f.  EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

It is imperative that parents keep the school up-to-date with current phone numbers (work, home and cell) where parents/guardians can be reached at all times. Remember, your child is counting on you!

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU CONTACT THE SCHOOL IMMEDIATELY IN THE EVENT OF A CHANGE OF ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER AND PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT FOR ANYONE LISTED ON THE EMERGENCY FORM.  PLEASE BE SURE TO KEEP THIS INFORMATION CURRENT!

g.  CHILD ABUSE

California State Law requires that school teachers and administrators MUST report to the appropriate civil authorities any suspected case of child abuse.  Child abuse is not restricted to physical injuries.  The following MUST be reported:

  1. Physical injuries
  2. Indications of child neglect, such as failure to provide food/clothing or shelter, even when there is no physical injury;
  3. Indications of sexual abuse, sexual assault and child molesting. For children under the age of 14, child-molesting includes lewd and lascivious acts.

h.  EARTHQUAKE EMERGENCY PLAN

In the event of a serious earthquake during the school hours:

  1. Do not phone the school. Telephone lines must be kept open for emergency use.
  2. All students will be held in a supervised evacuation area; playground, lawn or parking lot.
  3. Children will only be released to a parent or authorized person after first signing the student out of school.

i.  ASBESTOS EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT

The Ventura Montessori School is voluntarily complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act for elementary and secondary schools.  The school has been inspected by EPA accredited inspectors in accordance with EPA established guidelines.

Samples of suspected asbestos containing building materials (ACBM) were taken during the inspection and were submitted to an EPA accredited laboratory for analysis.  The EPA lab found no instances of ACBM having the potential for release of asbestos fibers (i.e., friable ACBM).  Only non-hazardous (non-friable) ACBM was found.

The School has set up a periodic surveillance and maintenance program to ensure that this ACBM does not become hazardous.

A copy of the school’s Asbestos Management Plan, including the Inspection and Assessment Report, is at the school.  Please ask the Directress if you wish to review this document.  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact a Board Officer.

j.  FIRE SAFETY PLAN

Routine fire drills are practiced by all students and staff. Children exit the classroom in single file and go to a common meeting area outside the building. Attendance is taken immediately.