Cathedral Nursery School
110 Rockaway Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 746-3311  Fax  (516) 746-3384
e-mail: cathedralns@gmail.com

HEALTH POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

             Because the health and safety of your children is our primary concern, we have listed below important health policies and procedures to be enforced at school.  By observing good health standards, you will be protecting your child and others in the class.  We appreciate your cooperation and adherence to the policies regarding your child's health.  If you have any questions, please contact the office.
 
Our school requires:

        
A physical examination done within the calendar year for each child.  The school will provide a form to be completed and signed by the examining physician and each child?s immunizations must be up to date.  According to New York State law all children entering school must be immunized against diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, measles, german measles (rubella), mumps, varicella, Pneumococcal disease (PCV born after 1-1-08), haemophilus influenza (Hib), and hepatitis B. This form must be returned to school before Sept. 15 for the school year.  

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Parents are requested to sign a permission slip allowing the school to provide medical attention in case of an emergency. Dispensing of all medications must be done by a parent or someone designated by the parent.  Staff of CNS is not allowed to adminster any OTC or doctor prescribed medications except in an emergency.
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If a child has a fever, he/she must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to class
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If your child is sneezing, coughing or has a runny nose and the nasal discharge is either green or yellow, he/she is contagious and should not be school. 
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If your child has vomited or had diarrhea, you must wait 24 hours after the child is symptom free before returning to school.
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If your child has contracted or been exposed to a communicable disease and has had contact with classmates, please notify the teacher immediately.  We will then advise the parents in the class to be aware of symptoms.
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Every possible precaution to prevent the spread of any flu including swine flu are being taken.
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We are a nut free school and therefore ask parents to be aware of ingredients when purchasing snacks for your child's class.
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Children with severe allergies who require epi-pens must provide such pens to the teacher with a signed note giving permission to the two classroom teachers as well as the Director, Assistant Director and Administrator to administer this medication.  All staff members have been instructed by a registered nurse on how to administer the epi-pens.
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Parents of children with severe allergies are asked to provide individual safe snacks aily for their children to prevent possible ingestion of an allergic food.  It has also been suggested that safe cupcakes can be provided for such children and kept frozen in our kitchen for special occasions in the classroom.  

 
SNACK POLICY
 

            Parents are asked to share in providing snack for your child's class.  We provide filtered water.  Your teacher will post a sign-up sheet outside classroom and will explain procedure at orientation.  Good nutrition is important so please select snacks wisely.  Allergies are taken very seriously, therefore, please be aware we are a nut-free school and encourage you to check labels before purchasing snack.  Parents of children with severe allergies are asked to provide a daily safe snack for their child.  (See above Health Policies.)

Birthdays and holidays are special and might include cupcakes or ice cream.  We do not allow or dispense goodie bags.  We would appreciate your cooperation in this matter as they have become an increasing problem filled with candy and/or small toys that could cause choking hazards.