Illness & Medical

Attendance Line: 403-777-6300 ext. 1. 

Student Illness 

During cold and flu season there are many symptoms that students experience that mirror Covid-19 symptoms and it is important that we are following the guidelines provided to us by Alberta Health. One of the best tools we have is the daily self-screening checklist (see links on right hand side of page). If a child has any of the symptoms on the checklist, you are asked to keep them at home. Another great resource from Alberta Health is the COVID-19 Information – Student Illness sheet. (see links on right hand side of page) Some key points from this document are:

  1. If a child has any of the primary symptoms, fever, cough, runny nose, sore throat, or shortness of breath, they are required to isolate for 10 days or until symptoms resolve, whichever is longer. This means a minimum of 10 days even if they feel better in a few days. 
  2.  If a student has tested negative for Covid-19 and has no known exposure to the virus they may return to school once they are symptom free. (see page two). Testing may provide a shorter time of absence. But, you must have negative test results and no symptoms to return to school, otherwise it is minimum 10 days. 
  3.  If a child has some of the other symptoms such as chills, painful swallowing, stuffy nose, headache, muscle or joint aches, feeling unwell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of sense of smell or taste,  and pink eye they are able to return when symptoms resolve.   

For further information we recommend you call Health Link 811 or your doctor as we are not able to assess or provide guidance on medical issues. 

 When students are away and feeling well enough they can access their Google Classrooms and can keep up with essential assignments while isolating at home. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.

Allergies

We are committed to providing a safe environment that is inclusive for all children. A number of our students have a potentially life threatening allergy to peanut and tree nuts. Parents of children with allergies must fill out appropriate forms (also available in the office) and ensure the school has the necessary medication on-hand should a reaction occur. We ask that parents who are sending in classroom treats, please avoid the noted products. Staff is trained annually in the administration of an Epipen. 

Forms

Student Health Emergency Response Protocol Form

  • This form is to be used when there is a student health issue regarding attention. This includes when there is a request to administer medication. 

Student Health Plan

This form is to be:

  • completed if a physical or medical condition may affect the student’s attendance at school
  • completed if medication is to be taken at school,
  • reviewed and updated annually or sooner if there is a change in the student’s health concern or school registration. 

Illness & Contagious Diseases

When children are ill it is in their best interest to remain at home where they are able to rest until they are fully recovered.

Isolation Periods

Measles - 4 days after appearance of rash
Chickenpox - 5 days after the appearance of the first crop of blisters
Mumps - 9 days after swelling appears 
Pink Eye - until treated and no signs of infectious state is present 
Head Lice - until treated with recommended anti lice shampoo

For the protection of all, we are obligated to adhere strictly to the above isolation time periods. Students who are sent back to school prior to the full isolation period will be returned home. If students become ill at school they can rest in the nurse’s room for a brief time until it is determined that they can return to class. If the illness is more serious, parents will be notified to pick up their child. Parents will always be contacted if the illness or injury is deemed serious. The school should be made aware of any medical issues so we are well prepared to assist a student in the event of an emergency. Please keep us up to date with your emergency phone contact numbers.

Administering Medication

Please be aware that school personnel are not authorized to dispense non-prescription medication to students and any prescription medication must be accompanied by the appropriate signed forms (available above or at the office). All student medications must be picked up from the school on the last student day.

Injuries at School 

Should your child be injured at school the following procedures will be followed:

  • A school staff member will take action to ensure the safety of the student and administer minor first aid.
  • The parent / guardian will be telephoned and apprised of the situation and, if necessary, asked to come to school, and advise us of their wishes regarding their child’s injury.
  • If we are unable to contact the parent / guardian / emergency contact person, an administrator will decide if emergency treatment is necessary.
  • If emergency treatment appears to be necessary, the child will be transported to a hospital, at the expense of the parents / guardians. Parents / guardians will be contacted as soon as possible.

School Nurse

A public health nurse visits Mount View School for a half day every month.

A nurse is available at the school on a rotating basis, and is an excellent source of information for public health concerns. S/he can help you and your child in a variety of ways. Services provided include:

  • Immunization and control of communicable diseases
  • Working with students and families to address concerns of physical and emotional health
  • Providing consultation to teachers in the area of health education
  • Participating in health promotion activities such as injury prevention programs to improve the over-all health of the school community.

Students, parents and school personnel may use any of these services. If you have questions or require additional information, please connect with the public health nurse at your school or call the public health district office in your area.

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