Keeping Children Home: Please note our policies about what to do in case of illness or recovery.
by Rebekah O'Brien
We are thankfully coming to the end of Winter, but that doesn’t mean the germs go away, of course. Along with making sure our students are consistently washing their hands and dressing properly for the weather, we wanted to ask a favor of you. If your child is too ill to go out for the play breaks or if he/she is recovering from an illness and would not be well enough for the play breaks, please keep your child at home. Chances are they would benefit more from staying home and fully recovering rather than coming to school and possibly extending or sharing the illness.
Another safety issue of children not going out for play breaks is that they cannot always be supervised if they stay inside for a play break. According to our Health & Safety policy, we have two teachers supervising the play break after lunch. If the weather is too harsh for being outside, the teachers on duty heat the tent and hold play break inside of the tent. Children still dress for the outdoors since the tent is not as warm as the school. All children should be outside (or in the tent) during this break since there will be nobody to supervise them in the hallways or classrooms. This is because it is often the only time during the day for the teachers not on play break duty to take a short break for eating lunch, using the WC, preparing materials for the afternoon, etc. Therefore, to uphold our Health & Safety Policies, the only place for children to be supervised during the break is outside (or in the tent) with the teachers who are on duty.
We completely understand if a child needs more time to recuperate. In this case, it would be best to keep him/her at home until they are well enough for the whole day’s activities, including the play breaks. Thank you very much for your cooperation and understanding in this. We strive for ISO to be a happy, healthy place for all!
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