Health and Wellness
One of our top priorities is to partner with parents in matters of health and safety for our students. The first step is to have up to date emergency/student information forms for each student. These updates are made by parents through the parent portal online. In addition to pertinent contact information, these forms contain emergency back-up contacts, medical information, your child's physician contact, possible permission to administer remedies such as homeopathic Arnica or Rescue Remedy and other information. If there are any changes in your child's health that we need to be aware of please let us know.
Shared snacks, lunchtimes and meals on field trips help to develop social bonds within classes. From our experience have created the following basic guideline - we want to emphasize healthy food choices with minimal or no packaging in any food that is brought from home. If you have a question about what works well in the classroom, please email your teacher directly. Your teacher will share guidelines for bringing food to the classroom for celebrations.
Food Sensitivities and Allergies
There is a "No Sharing Food" policy in the classroom however we realize that this is not foolproof. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that our classrooms are allergen free. Please ensure that there is an appropriate plan in place for your child in the case of inadvertent exposure to allergens.
Parenting in a Time of Increased Awareness and Interest in Nutrition
Within our school community and the community at large there are wide-ranging opinions about what, when and how we should eat. Each family is making their own food choices and sometimes these discussions are overheard or include the children of the family. At school we tend to minimize discussions about one food or one style of eating being "bad" or "good" during mealtime to maintain the bonding and inclusive nature of eating together. During the upper grades there are Main Lesson blocks on Nutrition and Physiology that touch on these topics.
If you child seems too tired or ill to participate fully in the school day please keep them at home and notify the office that they will be absent. If you are unsure, it probably means they need to rest at home. Cedarwood has no nurse or infirmary. If your child becomes ill while at school, you will be called to come take your child home. Please keep emergency contact numbers updated through the parent portal. Children with obviously non-contagious complaints will remain in the classroom until their parent comes. Guidelines are below.
Please keep your child home if he or she:
- Complains of a stomach ache or headache
- Has vomited within the last 24 hours
- Has a fever or has had a fever in the past 24 hours
- Has pink eye or discharge from the eye
- Has lice or nits
- Has any contagious disease
All parents must have current and viable emergency numbers and contacts on file. You can do so by keeping your TADS account up-to-date.
Injuries at School
The first priority of all teachers, staff or teacher’s assistants in the case of a child’s injury at Cedarwood is the immediate assessment of the seriousness of the injury. Teachers are authorized and trained to administer first aid when appropriate. If the injury is serious enough that the child cannot continue in class, or requires further medical care, either the teacher or the office staff will call the parents immediately, and as necessary contact emergency services. If the child returns to class without difficulty, the teacher will notify the parents about the accident at the end of the school day. An Injury Report form will be filled out if the injury is significant or if the child continues to feel hurt or uncomfortable.
When parents drop their children off at Cedarwood, they give implicit permission for school staff to administer first aid in the case of an injury as directed by Red Cross training. Staff will not, however, distribute any medication or remedy to be taken internally (such as Arnica, Rescue Remedy) as first aid treatment without parental permission given on the emergency form.
If a child needs medication of any sort (prescribed or over the counter), a parent must complete a medication administration plan with the Front Office. All medications and administration instructions are kept in a locked box located in the office. Students may not self-administer medication while at school - all medication administration must occur in the office.
Medical Information and Records
To help us maintain the health of your child a copy of appropriate medical records, a list of current medications, and up-to-date contact information for parent(s) and physicians must be kept on file at the office. Please see that this information is provided before school starts. Keep your class teacher and the school office informed of any changes:
- If your child develops any allergy or another continuing condition
- If your child has or develops the need for dietary restrictions
Please notify the office:
- If your home or work phone number changes
- If you change physicians
- If you change the emergency contacts you want called if your child becomes ill and we cannot reach you.
Cedarwood complies with all State of Oregon reporting requirements for maintenance of immunization records. All enrolled students must have up to date copies of their immunization record or a signed waiver on file.
Lice are a problem at all schools. Once present, lice can be very challenging to eliminate. This policy is to help prevent the spread of lice, if and when they show up. If you have discovered your child has a confirmed case of lice, please notify your child’s teacher so that precautions and awareness can be implemented immediately.
Lice are transmitted by head-to-head contact or, occasionally from the sharing of hats, brushes, pillows and upholstered furniture. Lice do not transmit disease. Our school follows the current guidelines from the CDC which can be found at this link.
If grades student is found to have live lice the child will stay at school until the end of the day, parents will be notified and will need to treat the lice before the child returns. Early childhood students will be sent home immediately due to the intimate nature of activities.
Getting rid of lice is a multi-step process. The CDC guidelines for treatment and housecleaning can be found here.
The school will take appropriate steps to control the spread of lice, should it be necessary, by limiting the use of play hats, cloths and by helping the children to not share clothing or any headgear. Lice inspections may be done for a particular class and perhaps the whole school if warranted. We ask parents to read the CDC materials and educate themselves, especially the photographs that show relative size and shapes. Some parents have found it helpful to be prepared with the necessary treatments and nit combs at home and periodically check their children themselves.