Updated Health Policies for 2020 - 2021

MA COVID-19 Travel Order 

Abide by the MA COVID-19 travel order and quarantine / produce a negative COVID test if you’ve traveled to restricted states. Plan now to start school on time.

 

Vaccinations 

Please be current on all standard vaccinations before returning to school in-person. Submit up-to-date record or medical/ religious exemption signed by MD. Submit current forms on the family portal today. https://www.veritasma.org/vca-portal; password: VCAFAMILY

 

Influenza Vaccination Requirements

The Department of Public Health has added a new influenza vaccine requirement for all grades of school from Kindergarten through Grade 12. This requirement was put in place to reduce influenza-related morbidity and to reduce the overall impact of respiratory illness in a population still facing the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be expected to have received an influenza vaccine for the current influenza season (July-June) by December 31 unless they have a medical or religious exemption.

 

Absence Notification

  • There is a no visitor policy. Please make advanced appointments to see staff.

  • If a student is to be absent or has an appointment, notify Amber Thomas (athomas@veritasma.org) in advance by email. Copying the teacher on notifications is welcomed, but families must be sure to notify Mrs. Thomas.

  • Absences are excused only with a doctor’s notice.

  • When arriving for appointments, the parent may park in the lot and call with notification of arrival. Parents that buzz at the front door will be instructed to wait outside until staff can deliver the student to the main entrance of the school. Parents should allow for extra time in their schedule.   

 

TK and K Parents

TK and K students may be accompanied by one parent as they enter school September 8 - September 11 (the first week of school). TK and K teachers will communicate guidance directly to families.

 

Daily Checklist:

 

  1. Daily Home ChecksFamilies can help mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 by checking their children DAILY for any COVID-19 symptoms and keeping them home from school if they are sick or have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19.

  2. MasksVeritas requires ALL students wear a quality mask / face covering that covers their nose and mouth. Students should exit their car at drop-off with a mask / face covering worn. Be certain masks are new / laundered each day. Approved masks are cloth or surgical. 

  3. Hand HygieneStudents and staff are required to exercise hand hygiene upon arrival to school, before eating, before putting on and taking off masks, and before dismissal. Alternate hand sanitizer may be provided for students by the family if you choose not to use the products provided by the school. Please notify us.

 

Additional Health Information and Updates:

 

COVID protocol link

For detailed information about COVID-19 protocols and the school response should there be a case in our school community, CLICK HERE.

 

 

FULL HEALTH POLICY:

SICKNESS,  DISPENSING  MEDICATION, INJURIES, ALLERGIES 

WITHIN THE SCHOOL DAY,  CONCUSSIONS POLICY

 

When to Keep My Child Home

If your child is sick, it is vitally important that s/he remain at home for the health of others  and for your child to have time to rest and recover more quickly.

Any child with the following symptoms needs to be kept home and will be sent home if at school:

  1. A morning temperature of 100 °F, with no Advil or Tylenol within the last 6-8 hours. A child needs to be fever free for at least 24 hours to return to school.

  2. A contagious rash

  3. Vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours

  4. A severe cough


 

A Parent may be Called to Pick -up a Child if:

  1. A child develops a fever during the school day.

  2. A child vomits during the course of the school day or complains of nausea.

  3. A child is hurt on the playground and it is determined he should get checked by a doctor.

  4. A child is found to have symptoms of an infection such as pink-eye.

  5. A child shows symptoms of an allergic reaction, even if treated.

  6. A child shows any other symptoms which, in the sole judgment of the administration, indicate that a parent should be called.


 

DISPENSING MEDICATION OR FIRST AID DURING SCHOOL HOURS

 

Since Veritas does not have a school nurse on staff, the school cannot legally provide anything more than band-aids or ice packs during the school day.  If a child is found to have a tick or splinter during the course of the school day, a parent will be contacted to come to the school to remove it. Veritas is also prohibited from dispensing medication to our students without explicit consent of a healthcare provider and the child’s family.

 

  • Medication orders must be renewed at the beginning of each school year.

  • All medications require

    1. a written order from the health care provider and

    2. a written parent/guardian consent form. This includes all daily medications, both prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications.    Must Include: Medication Name, Dosage, Time to Dispense, and possible side effects to be aware of.

    3.  All medication must be supplied in the correctly labeled original pharmacy container and have the child’s name and physician’s names on it, if appropriate.

  • All medication must be stored in the front office, along with a copy of the prescription.

  •  Ibuprofen/Acetaminophen administration: may be administered to an individual child with a written order from the health care provider and written consent from the parent/guardian. The parent/guardian must supply the acetaminophen or ibuprofen in the original pharmacy container.

  • For medication delivery, the parent/guardian must provide chewable or liquid medication, if their child is unable to swallow tablets. Parents must also supply the spoon or dispensing cup where appropriate.

  • Prescribed ointments should also contain the pharmacy or manufacturer’s label, and be applied with disposable gloves and cotton balls or gauze by the child.

  • For safety reasons, students should never transport medication to and from school or keep medicine in their possession during the school day. The parent/guardian or an authorized adult are requested to deliver medication to the school office. Exception to this policy is the “self-administration” consent, which allows students to carry their personal inhaler and/or EpiPen and self-administer as directed. Consent from their health care provider and parent/guardian are required for the self-administration order.

  • Epinephrine (Epi-Pen) by auto-injector to students with identified severe allergic reactions must have an allergy-action plan on file and a signed written consent from the parent and health care provider.

  • Inhaler/Asthma Related Treatment: must have an asthma action plan on file and a signed consent from the parent and health care provider.

  • Biometric Testing: (i.e. Peak flow or blood sugar determinations) parents will be responsible for supervising this process in person (or by telephone for older students).

  •  At the end of the year, all medications must be picked up by a parent/guardian. Any medications not picked up will be discarded.

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