From the 2019-2020 back to school issue of Carrolltowne News.

MEDICATION PROCEDURES

Medication for students while in school:

Parents should make every effort to arrange for medication to be taken outside of the school day. However, there are occasions when it is determined by an authorized Health Care Provider or Dentist that a child must receive medication during the school day:  either on a regular schedule or in the event of an emergency. When these circumstances occur, the authorized Health Care Provider must fill out the CCPS consent form in its entirety for both prescription and over-the-counter medications. A medication consent form can be downloaded from the CCPS website.

ALLERGIES.  Remember if your child has serious allergies and requires emergency medications including Epinephrine and antihistamines at school, the medication orders are now part of the ALLERGIC REACTION EMERGENCY PLAN AND MEDICATION ORDERS. It is all on one form. This form may also be downloaded from the CCPS website.

START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.  At the start of the school year, medications and orders must be brought in together by the parent/legal guardian to the nurse, and counted and checked in with the Nurse. Please have everything together when you bring in medications, including the completed medication order with the medication.

WHAT WE CAN ACCEPT.  We will not accept large bottles of over the counter medication, and we can only accept a 30 day supply of prescription medications. Please check to make sure that the medication you bring in is an exact match to the authorized Health Care Provider order. The office staff will not accept medications. No medications will be administered by the school unless they are in the original non-expired container which is marked for the individual student and accompanied by the appropriate written and signed permission and directions. A prescription medication must have a pharmacy label.

The expiration date that we are required to go by is the expiration on the pharmacy label, not the medication itself. Please record the expiration date in your records/calendar.

STUDENTS DO NOT BRING IN MEDICATION.  Students are not allowed to transport medications to or from school. Depending on the circumstances, violations of the Medication Procedures could be considered a violation of the Carroll County Public Schools Drug and Alcohol Policies, and carry the same consequences as other drug violations. 

It is a CCPS practice that students may carry lip balm, individual sized waterless hand cleanser, glucose tablets, sunscreen, and plain saline lens wetting solution.  Non-medicated cough drops may be used as deemed appropriate by the parent. These are not considered a medication.  Please just write a note to your child’s teacher, and remind your child that they may not share.

FOOD ALLERGIES

Here at CES we have many children with severe, possibly life-threatening food allergies, including peanut, tree nut, milk, soy, shellfish, egg, wheat and many other foods. We also have children with chronic medical conditions that may prohibit them to eat any food that was not provided by their parent. Students may only have food which is provided by their own parent. There can be no food sharing. We also cannot allow any parents to purchase ice cream for their child’s friends or class. Please remind your child that eating is prohibited on the school bus. We are asking for parent and student assistance and cooperation in providing these and all students with a safe learning environment.

The Safe Table Procedure is posted in the cafeteria.

Carrolltowne uses nonfood rewards in the classroom. Only non-food items may be sent into school to celebrate a student’s birthday. Non-edible items may be shared with the entire class.

LATEX ALLERGIES.  Due to the presence of Latex allergies, there can be none of the following in the school building at any time, or for any function: no latex gloves, koosh balls, or balloons. (Mylar balloons are safe, since they do not contain Latex)

CHANGE OF CLOTHING.  It has become difficult to supply clean clothing that is the right size for students when they have spills or accidents. We are now requesting that students in Pre-K, ECSN, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 always have a parent-supplied large Ziploc baggie with spare clothes and underwear (switched out for the appropriate season/weather) at school, which they can store in their lockers/cubbies. THANK YOU for your help with this!

Many thanks to all of the families who donated new packages of underwear and clothes to the health room. We are always accepting donations of new packages of underwear and of gently used sweatpants, and elastic waist pants and shorts.

ABSENCE/ILLNESS

Parents may report an absence by emailing CESattendance@carrollk12.org with your child’s first and last name, grade, teacher, and reason for absence or by calling 410-751-3530.  Schools may request a physician’s note outlining any restrictions/accommodations if a student has been absent for an extended time, been hospitalized, had surgery, or suffered a significant injury.  Students with health conditions which may require frequent and/or extended absence should contact the school to see if supplemental educational support would be available.

Please help us to be aware of any communicable diseases by reporting them in a timely fashion. If you pick your child up from school for any reason during the school day, they must be signed out in the office.

Students who have a temperature of 100.0 or above may NOT attend school and should remain home until fever free for 24 hours without medication. This will go a long way in stopping the spread of infection. Student who are vomiting due to illness should also remain home until at least 24 hours after the vomiting has stopped, to minimize the spread of infection.  NOTE:  Please remember to report your child’s absence, even if you signed him or her out and took them home sick the day before.  The office will not automatically know the reason for your child’s absence and it will need to be recorded for each day the child is out.   

HANDWASHING AND ILLNESS PREVENTION

REMEMBER THAT THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT WAY TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COLD OR FLU GERMS IS GOOD HANDWASHING! Thanks to all students, staff, and families for practicing good handwashing at home and at school. Our program here has been very successful.  Carrolltowne Elementary will continue to ask all staff and students to adhere to our handwashing practice. The handwashing practice is printed below. Please help to promote good handwashing at home. Thank you.

CARROLLTOWNE HANDWASHING

PRACTICE

  • All faculty, staff, students, and their families will be educated about the need for proper handwashing to prevent the spread of food allergens (and or germs).
  • The school will promote thorough handwashing after eating breakfast at home (before arriving at school) to prevent the spread of any possible food allergens, to any surfaces in the school such as computers, books, gym equipment, musical instruments and all other classroom supplies.
  • All students, faculty, and staff will adhere to the handwashing practice before and after eating lunch, or after eating any snack or food while in the school building.  After recess or other activities involving visible dirt/soiling of hands, please have students wash hands with soap and water.
  • The procedure for handwashing will be done using proper handwashing technique at a sink with soap and water, or by using school approved brand of hand wipes for 15-30 seconds.
  • Classes going straight to specials, computer lab or recess after lunch, without returning to their classroom, will do their handwashing before going to those areas.
  • Students are allowed to carry small individual containers of any brand waterless hand sanitizer for their own personal use.

 SAFE TABLE PROCEDURE

  • The designated cafeteria “safe table” will only be used by the safe table group.  It will be folded up while other grades with no safe table needs are in the cafeteria.
  • The safe table will be at the end of a row of regular cafeteria tables. It only needs to be separated from the regular table by a few inches.
  • The table will be cleaned with a separate bucket and cleaning cloth to ensure prevention of cross-contamination.  
  • All students will wash hands after finishing lunch. (See Carrolltowne Handwashing Practice at left.)
  • Those students wishing to sit at the safe table as a friend must have a lunch that is free of the food product in question.
  • The teacher will send the lunches of those students who will be sitting at the safe table down to the cafeteria in the morning, to be checked by the cafeteria staff for any overt inclusions of the food product in question.
  • Food allergy students sitting at the safe table will have an assigned seat farthest away from the regular cafeteria table. Friends sitting at the safe table will sit closest to the regular cafeteria table.
  • If you are a parent who is visiting a child who eats at the safe table for lunch, and choose to eat with your child, there will be a separate designated table at which you must sit.
  • If you are a parent who is just visiting and not eating with your child, you may sit at the safe table, in a seat closest to the regular lunch table.
  • It is a Carrolltowne practice that students may not trade or share any food either from a packed lunch, or a lunch purchased in the cafeteria.
  • Parents will reinforce at home, that if their child believes they have been exposed to a food allergen, or that something is wrong, they are to tell an adult immediately.    
  • Students with food allergies will not eat anything at school with unknown ingredients.

Revised 5/2019