Illness & Medical

It is important that you call the school if your child is absent or arriving late. Please report all absences to the Attendance Line at 403-777-8590 ext. 1.

Illness

If your child is ill, please keep them at home until they are well enough to participate in all school activities. If your child becomes ill during the school day, we will contact you and you will be expected to arrange for your child to be picked up as soon as possible.

Medical Release Forms

School personnel are not allowed to dispense any medication to a student without a completed medication release form in place. This includes common pain medication such as Tylenol. If your child requires medication at school, please access this form from the office. If your child has ongoing medical concerns it is very important that the school be made aware so that we are prepared to assist your child in the case of an emergency. (Forms are also available on the CBE website.)

Allergies

At Sunalta School several students have allergic sensitivities and in some cases life-threatening allergies. During occasions such as special celebrations (i.e.parties) when food may be brought into the school as treats, we ask for extra-thorough vigilance. Please be aware of severe allergies.

We are a nut aware school. This means that we do have students will allergies to all sorts of nuts. Please do not send nut products to school of any kind.

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. All classrooms who have students with severe allergies also post a notice on their bulletin boards and 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. 

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 or guardian will be telephoned and appraised of the situation and asked, if necessary, to come to school, and advise us of their wishes regarding their child’s injury
  • If we are unable to contact the parent/guardian or 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 parents’/guardians’ expense. Parents/guardians will be contacted as soon as possible.


Head Lice 

Head lice is an ongoing problem in schools today. Here are some tips for parents regarding the prevention and treatment of head lice:

How do I control lice at home?

·       Bedding, towels, clothing, hats, toys, etc. should be washed in hot water and dried in a hot dry cycle; dry cleaned; or sealed in plastic bags for two weeks. Do not use insect sprays because they can be harmful.

·       Soak combs, hairbrushes and hair ornaments in hot water for 1 hour.

·       Vacuum carpets, furniture and mattresses where the person with lice lies or sits.

·       Never use insect sprays to control lice. They are unnecessary and harmful to people and pets.

How do I limit the spread of head lice?

Parents and schools both play a role in limiting head lice in schools, community groups, and families.

·       Head Lice and How to Treat Them

What role do parents and guardians play?

·       Examine your child’s scalp every week.

·       Encourage children not to share combs, barrettes, hats, scarves, headphones, or headgear.

·       Treat your child as quickly as possible.

·       Take the time to remove the nits after treatment.

·       Tell all possible contacts so other cases can be found and treated, (e.g. teachers, parents of classmates, and playmates)

·       Once treated, a child with head lice can go back to school.

What role do schools play?

·       Give information to parents about finding and treating head lice.

·       Treatment information, prevention, consultation and control are available from public health nurses in schools.

·       School boards work closely with Alberta Health Services – Calgary to find ways of limiting the spread of head lice.

Parents are encouraged to call their school nurse, community health centre, or their family doctor for more information about preventing, recognizing, and treating head lice in their family.


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