Care Room

In school, where colds and other minor ailments are commonplace, it is essential to try to prevent the spreading of contagious diseases to other children and their families. Therefore, we ask parents to keep sick children at home where they can be given the extra care and attention they need. Please do not send your children to school if they are sick. Students must have no active symptoms of illness when they return to school. Students experiencing symptoms of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea must be free of symptoms for a full 24 hours, without the aid of over the counter medication, before returning to school. Additionally, if your child has been prescribed antibiotics, they must remain out of school for a full 24 hours after treatment has begun. Students are not eligible to return to school the following day in the middle of the day. 

Please note that if children are still displaying symptoms of illness, even 24 hours after treatment has begun and cleared by a doctor, the school will ask to have the child remain out of the classroom. 

If your child is absent for 5 or more consecutive days you must provide a note from your physician.


Signs and Symptoms for Keeping Your Child at Home

  • Fever or chills (pale or flushed face, glazed eyes, warm forehead, and temperature of 100 F or greater)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Unusual lethargy, or weepiness
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache (that is impairing the ability to be at school)
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting  (including the night before)
  • Diarrhea (including the night before)
  • Inflamed/pink eyes (may be conjunctivitis)

 

Communicable Diseases

The school requires notification if a child at GMWS has a communicable disease such as Covid-19, chickenpox, Impetigo, scabies, pinworm, ringworm, and coxsackie (hand, foot, mouth disease): Child is excluded from school until judged noninfectious and cleared by your physician.  Additionally, if your child has been prescribed antibiotics, they must remain out of school for a full 24 hours after treatment has begun. Students are not eligible to return to school the following day in the middle of the day.

Please note that if children are still displaying symptoms of a communicable disease, even 24 hours after treatment has begun and cleared by a doctor, the school will ask to have the child remain out of the classroom. 

If your child is absent for 5 or more consecutive days you must provide a note from your physician.

New CDC COVID-19 Protocol (as of March 21, 2024): 
Respiratory Illness (COVID-19, RSV, Flu): Green Meadow Waldorf School’s Covid-19 protocols are aligned with the CDC’s respiratory virus recommendations and are subject to change.

If faculty, staff, or student tests positive for a respiratory virus they can return to school when, for at least 24 hours, both are true:Your symptoms are getting better overall, and

  • You have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication).
  • When returning to school, take added precautions over the next five days, such as hand hygiene, masking, and physical distancing when around others.
  • If you develop a fever or start to feel worse after you have gone back to normal activities, stay home and away from others again until, for at least 24 hours, both are true: your symptoms are improving overall, and you have not had a fever (and are not using fever-reducing medication). Then take added precaution for the next 5 days.

Pink Eye: Child is excluded from school for 24 hours after the initiation of treatment. Please see the above policy regarding visible symptoms in the classroom.

Strep Throat, Scarlet Fever: Child is excluded from school for 24 hours after the initiation of treatment.

Lice: Parents are advised to check their children’s heads regularly. The presence of head lice is not considered a medical emergency, but when identified, it needs to be addressed. If lice are found on a child the parents will be notified and the class may be checked. If live lice are found, parents will need to pick up their child. For your child to return to school lice treatment/management must have begun and they will need to be checked by the Care Room.

Chicken Pox: Child is excluded from school until all blisters are dried and crusted. A physician’s clearance is required to return to school. 

Impetigo, scabies, pinworm,  ringworm, coxsackie (hand, foot, mouth disease): Child is excluded from school until judged noninfectious by the physician.

Please contact nurse@gmws.org x307, immediately so the community may be informed regarding a contagious illness.

Physicals

NYSED requires a physical exam for new entrants and students in Grades Pre-K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 & 11.  Students participating in extracurricular sports are required to have new physician’s reports annually. Students whose records are not up to date will not be permitted to attend classes.

Immunizations

New York State requires that all students must have up-to-date medical and immunization records. New York State law requires full inoculation against hepatitis B, polio, MMR, varicella and DTaP for all, plus Hib, pneumococcal or meningococcal depending on the grade level of the child.

Titers are accepted for MMR, Varicella and Hepatitis B. All other vaccinations require proof of immunization. MMR titers must show immunity to all three diseases, not just measles. Polio titers are acceptable only if they show immunity to all three serotypes. Since 2017, serotype 2 titers are not available in the US, so polio titers are essentially only accepted if they were drawn before 2017 or were drawn overseas where the testing is still available. Titers are NOT acceptable for DPT.

If a child has a medical exemption to immunization, a physician licensed to practice medicine in New York State must certify that the immunization is detrimental to the child’s health. The medical exemption should specify which immunization is detrimental to the child’s health, provide information as to why the immunization is contraindicated based on current accepted medical practice, and specify the length of time the immunization is medically contraindicated, if known. The physician is required to use the New York State Department of Health Medical Exemption Statement form. This must be renewed yearly, in order to comply with state regulations, we request that the appropriate medical records be in our office before the child attends school. Children may not be permitted to attend school unless their health records are in order.

Asthma

Children with asthma must have an Asthma Action Plan on file in the Care Room listing the severity, triggers, and all medications. All medication must be kept in the Care Room unless a health care provider has granted written permission for the student to carry and use the medicine at school. All forms or doctor’s notes must be renewed yearly.

Environmental and Seasonal Allergies

Children with environmental allergies must have a doctor’s note certifying that they have been diagnosed with a condition and list their symptoms.All medication must be kept in the Care Room unless a health care provider has granted written permission for the student to carry and use the medicine at school. All forms or doctor’s notes must be renewed yearly. 

Please note that we have a no-scent policy on campus, which prohibits burning incense and diffusing oils or other scents into the air.

Food Allergies

Children with food allergies must have an Allergy Action Plan on file in the Care Room listing the food allergies and emergency medications to be administered. All medication must be kept in the Care Room unless a health care provider has granted written permission for the student to carry and use the medicine at school. All forms or doctor’s notes must be renewed yearly.

Trip Form

Permission to Administer Medication Form

Please contact us at nurse@gmws.org if you have any questions.