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 403-777-8060 ext. 1.
Medical Alerts & Collecting Information at the School Level
Parents of children with severe allergies or medical conditions that could impact them at school are required to advise the principal and classroom teacher at the beginning of the school year. We must have emergency contact information, a recent photograph, and other pertinent information so that the school can have an appropriate plan on file as well as emergency procedures in place. Medical forms must be completed on an annual basis. Students who require an EpiPen on site should consider wearing one in a fanny pack each day, as well as having one stored in the infirmary. Students are often well away from the building during recess, lunch breaks and outdoor physical education periods. In the interest of immediate intervention, if ever required, a supervisor who is trained to administer the EpiPen could access the EpiPen immediately from the fanny pack.
Tuscany School is an allergy aware school. This means that Tuscany staff work with students and staff to create a safe and healthy environment for all students. It is important to inform the school office and your child’s teacher regarding any allergies or medical information that might impact them at school. Parents with children with allergies and/or a medical condition complete the Student Health Emergency Response Protocol Form each year and submit it to the school office.
Medical information is shared with all staff. Staff will make reasonable accommodations for students with allergies. Although the school does not ban certain kinds of foods, we highly recommend students to do not send food with peanuts to school. Alberta Health has provided a guide for peanut free snacks. If you have specific concerns please contact your child’s teacher for classroom questions and the main office for lunchroom and school-wide concerns.
Please do not send food to school for your child to share with others. If teachers anticipate having food in the classroom for special events, parents will be notified.
Medication And Dispensing
Parents need to be aware that school personnel are not authorized to dispense medication without the written consent of the parent on a Student Health Emergency Response Protocol Form. It is necessary to complete this form if your child has any medication, such as an inhaler which can be self-administered. This form is available from the office and must be completed each school year. If children are required to receive simple, straight forward medication (including Ventolin inhalers) during the school day, the classroom teacher and office must be informed. Medication should be kept in the school office instead of backpacks unless absolutely necessary (for instance an epi-pen).
Severe Allergy & Asthma
All students with asthma must have their puffers available at all times. Student with severe allergies must have two EpiPens located in the school at all times for safety, one in the office and one in their classrooms. We highly recommend that our severe allergy children wear a fanny pack to keep their medication with them at all times.
If your child does become ill, for the protection of your child and that of classmates, keep him/her at home until treated and/or recovered. If your child becomes ill at school, parents or designated emergency contacts will be notified to come and take your child home. We are unable to supervise children who are sick at school for extended periods of time. Under the Health Act some diseases such as chicken pox, whooping cough, measles and pink eye require exclusion for specified lengths of time.
Accidents & Injuries
Should your child be involved in an accident at the playground or in the school, staff will assess the situation. Minor injuries will be treated appropriately. In the case of more serious injuries, parents will be notified immediately. If necessary, staff may call 911 to seek qualified medical assistance. Children may be transported to the hospital by ambulance. Should this be necessary, parents must assume the cost of this service (this is not covered by Alberta Health Care). CBE staff are not permitted to transport sick or injured children to the hospital. Parents need to keep the original copy of the ambulance bill so that they can submit it to a private Health Insurance Plan, if they have that coverage in place.