HEALTH

A child’s health is essential to a successful education. Good sight, speech, hearing and hygiene contribute much to the ability to concentrate on daily classroom lessons.

Good health attitudes and practices begin at home. School personnel do provide minimal professional care to deal with obvious health issues.

A school nurse routinely visits the elementary schools and will give special medical assistance when requested.

All medication taken by a student at school must be kept in the school office and be in the original pharmaceutical container. All prescription medication must be accompanied with a written doctor’s authorization. Medication will be dispensed through the school office only.

HEALTH SERVICES

Several health services are available to assure that students are physically and medically able to maximize their education. Vision examinations are given to students in Grades 1, 3 and 5 and hearing tests are administered to grades K, 2 and 4.

Routine checks for control and prevention of communicable disease occur throughout the school year. In addition, Health Appraisal forms and immunization records are required for all pupils entering kindergarten and all pupils entering Michigan schools for the first time.

The State and County Health Departments require that schools report communicable diseases. If your child becomes ill with measles, mumps, chicken pox, etc., please call the school secretary to report the illness.

FIRST AID

The school attempts to provide an environment in which your child will be safe from accidents. If an accident occurs, first aid will be administered, parents will be notified and if necessary, further emergency action will be taken. If a child becomes ill to the extent that it is necessary for him/her to be excused from school, every effort is made to notify a parent at home. It is imperative that an emergency card be on file in the school office for the times a parent cannot be reached. Parents are urged to notify the office of any change in this information.

CHILD PROTECTION

A coordinated kindergarten through fifth grade program in personal safety is conducted for all elementary students. Through the Health curriculum and our Police Liaison Program, students receive instruction designed to assist them in dealing with situations which may occur that threaten their physical, mental and/or emotional well being. Rules of safety and strategies for recognizing and combating child exploitation are among the topics taught to students. Also, in compliance with Public Act 238 and Board of Education Policy and Regulations, employees of the Rochester Community Schools are obligated to immediately report all suspected cases of child abuse and/or neglect to the Protective Services Department of Social Services, State of Michigan.

RECESS GUIDELINES

Many parents have asked how we determine the advisability of conducting outdoor recess for children during the winter. Students have a regularly scheduled recess time each day; and, at the teacher's discretion, the teacher  may take students outside for an additional recess. They need to be dressed properly for the weather. Recess is outdoors except during rainy or very cold (wind chill below 0 degrees) weather. A wind chill chart is consulted using a wind chill of 0 Fahrenheit as the inside/outside determining factor. We encourage parents to see that their child is dressed properly for existing weather conditions.

RIDING BICYCLES TO SCHOOL

Pupils in grades 3, 4 and 5 are permitted to ride their bicycles to school. Upon arrival, bikes are to be placed in the racks provided.

Many pupils in the lower grades have not reached the physical and judgmental maturity required to observe safety rules and bike riding procedures required for their safety. We urge that younger children below grade 3 do not ride bikes to school.

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

As a service, the district offers the opportunity for parents to purchase accident insurance on an annual basis. Enrollment occurs each September for the ensuing school year and forms are sent home with students by the school office.

FIRE AND DISASTER DRILLS

Fire drills are conducted during the school year in accordance with Michigan School Code. Disaster drills are held periodically during the year so children know the proper procedure should disasters occur in connection with weather conditions. The disaster drills are also aligned with aspproved evacuation procedures.