All students must have a completed Emergency Contact Form on file before they may be left at the First Presbyterian Day School. Please notify the Day School Office of any changes in addresses and phone numbers (Change Forms available outside the Office) during the year in order to insure that we may always find you in the event of illness, injury, or evacuation. These forms go out on the playground with us each day and a master copy is kept in the Office for all emergency and evacuation situations and drills.Emergency evacuation plans are posted in each room and near each entrance and exit.
We attempt to keep the front door closed between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. In the event that federal, state, or local authorities inform us of a dangerous situation, we will keep the door locked and everyone entering the building must be admitted by a staff member who may ask for identification. A lockdown may also occur if the staff agrees that there is a situation that requires extra precautions.
Before your child may attend class, we are required to have an up-to-date copy of your child's immunizations and a statement of good health signed by your child's physician. Immunization requirements are determined by the State of Texas, and a list of required immunizations may be found at the Department of State Health Services website. All required immunizations must be current and complete, unless you have a signed and notarized Affidavit of Exemption from Immunizations. If you visit a physician during the year, please remember to obtain an updated copy of your child's immunizations and turn it into the Office. We will be inspected by the Texas Department of Health during the school year, and it is the parents' responsibility to keep documentation up to date.
Although attendance is important, a child may not attend school when he/she:
- shows evidence of a fresh cold;
- has had a temperature of 100.5 (R) or above within 24 hours;
- has discharging or sore eyes;
- has unclear nasal discharge;
- has had vomiting or diarrhea within 24 hours;
- has spots or bumps of unknown origin; and/or
- has a cold sore or is developing a cold sore.
The parents of a child who develops these or other symptoms of illness during the morning will be notified; and, depending on the severity of the symptoms, the child may be separated from his/her class to reduce the spread of illness to the other students and await his/her parent for pick up in the Office. Because it is of vital importance to reassure young children, especially when they are ill, we require at least two telephone numbers of persons who may be contacted to pick up your child when you are not available.
Please remember to leave your cell phones ON during school hours!
Regarding the flu, the contagious period for the flu has a longer duration than most viral illnesses. The CDC reports that the period when an infected person is contagious depends on the age and health of the person. Young children may be contagious for longer than a week. Therefore, the policy at FPDS is that your child needs to be 5 days past the onset of flu symptoms before returning to school. For example, if your child starts having flu-like symptoms on a Sunday night, s/he would be considered contagious until, at the earliest, Friday night and thus may not return to school until the following Monday. FPDS will follow CDC guidelines related to flu and other communicable diseases.
In accordance with state regulations, we must be notified when your child has any communicable disease such as mumps, measles, head lice, chicken pox or pink eye. Parents will be notified when there is such an illness in the school.
FPDS supports a No Nit (Lice Eggs) Policy in an effort to minimize head lice infestations and keep the children at FPDS lice and nit free. It is important to screen your child regularly and notify us immediately if head lice or their nits are detected on your child. Your child may return to school once all evidence of head lice or nits are gone. If head lice or nits are detected on your child during school hours, the parent or guardian of the child will be contacted to pick up the child immediately. Your child may return to school once all evidence of head lice and nits are gone. Please visit www.headlice.org for more information about this common but preventable, communicable disease.
FPDS will not administer medication except in the circumstances stated below.
- FPDS will administer liquid Benadryl (with your written permission on your Emergency Contact Form) in the event of severe allergic reactions.
- If your child's doctor recommends that an EPI Pen or asthma inhaler be available for your child, please provide two for the school (one for the classroom and one for the Office) with the physician's written instructions. EPI Pens and asthma inhalers will only be utilized in emergency situations.
- All medications must be in their original containers and we must have written instructions from the physician about usage.
In the event that a child needs any medication not mentioned above during the school day, a parent must be present to administer those medications.
Emergency Medical Procedures
In the unlikely event of a medical emergency or accident, a staff person will call for help and stay with your child to administer first aid. The called individual will contact the Office or appropriate staff personnel to secure emergency treatment and then the called individual will remove other children from the area and remain with them.
The Office or appropriate staff personnel will obtain the status of the child, contact EMS if necessary, assign someone to the parking lot to wait for and direct EMS, get a written history of the incident, notify theparents of the problem and current actions, and accompany the child for treatment if necessary.
All incidents, accidents and unexpected illnesses at the school, both minor and major, are documented with an Incident Report which is filed in your child's files. The original is always sent home. Our accident protocol also requires that we make an immediate parent phone call if a child bumps his/her head for any reason, just to be safe.
Vision and Hearing Screening
You will be given the opportunity to have Vision and Hearing Screening at First Presbyterian Day School. It is recommended for all children who can reliably respond to the screening tests. Children who are 4 by September 1st must be screened within 120 days of the start of school.
This screening must also be repeated at the age of 5. Parents are responsible for the screening costs. If you choose not to have your child screened here, you must provide proof that it has been done by a licensed or certified screener or health care professional within the current school year (i.e., between September and May).
FPDS may offer speech screening for children over 3 years of age. This screening is optional and is conducted by an outside professional. It is offered as a service to the children of FPDS. Parents are responsible for the screening costs. You will receive more information about this optional screening during the school year.
Hand washing is an important part of our daily practices and helps prevent communicable and infectious diseases. Children must wash their hands as they enter the classroom each morning. They will be required to wash their hands before meals, cooking and sensory activities, and after playground time, playing with pets, sand, dirt, coughing, sneezing, nose blowing and toileting. Please reinforce safe hygiene by encouraging good hand washing with soap and water at home too. Adult visitors and volunteers in the classroom are expected to follow the same hand washing procedures as the children.
Proper hand washing procedures followed by adults and children include: using liquid soap and running water, rubbing hands vigorously for at least 10 seconds including back of hands, wrists, between fingers, under and around any jewelry, and under fingernails, rinsing well, drying hands with a paper towel, and avoiding touching the faucet with just-washed hands (e.g., by using a paper towel to turn off water).
FPDS encourages good dental hygiene for all of its students. We hope you have your children brush regularly at home. If you would like for your child to brush his/her teeth after lunch (right before pickup), you may put a toothbrush in his/her tote bag and instruct your child to brush.
We always try to foster good health and hygiene practices and applaud you for doing the same at home.