STUDENT HEALTH & SAFETY
Childhood diseases are very communicable. When your child shows an indication of illness, please do not send him to school. If your child is too sick to play outside, he should be kept at home. Please do not request that your child stay inside except in unusual circumstances, as we are not always able to provide ample supervision to the children left in the building during recess time.
Children with temperatures of 100 degrees or higher should stay home from school. They should not return until they have had a normal temperature for 24 hours (fever-free w/o Tylenol, etc.). Children who have been prescribed antibiotics for contagious diseases such as strep throat, tonsillitis, or bronchitis should not return to school until they have taken the medication for 24 hours. Children who are vomiting or have diarrhea should stay home. The 24-hour rule is a good guideline here, too. Pain relievers ARE NOT AVAILABLE in the school office. Parents should make sure “sick days” are not appealing. Children who are rewarded with videos, TV, special foods or playing outside could quickly learn to prefer home to school. Staying home sick should mean staying in bed - either sleeping, reading or playing quietly.
If your child has been ill, he/she may not be permitted to stay in at recess. Send them dressed appropriately for the weather because they will go outside at recess. The teachers have outside duty and they may not leave the students in the classroom, library, etc., unsupervised. If they are too sick to go out at recess, please keep them home.
Christ the King School strives to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for students with food allergies by the following:
- Do not serve any nut products in school cafeteria.
- Ask that parent volunteers never send treats that contain nuts to school for children. (Example: party treats, bake sale, birthday treats)
- Post a sign outside each classroom that has a student with nut allergies.
- Provide anaphylaxis training to identified staff
- Parents must send an epi-pen to school if required by doctor.
If the student has crawling lice, he or she will not be in the classroom and will be sent home until treatment is initiated. The school nurse or other staff will assess student upon return to school. If the student just has nits, he or she may remain in class until the end of day, the parents will be contacted. All pre-k students are required by DHS to be nit-free to attend school.
A letter will be sent to parents in any grade level where lice are present.
In accordance with state standards, we adhere to the following regulations regarding medications taken by children at school:
- The medication must be in the original container with the child’s name on the prescription.
- A Medication Administration Release Form (available in the school office) must be signed before any medication will be given at school. HANDWRITTEN NOTES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE
- All medications must be kept in the school nurse’s office..
- Permission for long-term medications must be renewed at the beginning of each semester. Minor accidents are taken care of by the teacher or school nurse. In case of a serious accident, the nurse will contact the parents as soon as possible. If the parents cannot be reached, the emergency number on file will be tried. If the emergency number cannot be contacted, the injured child will be taken to the hospital immediately.
Vision and hearing tests are given every year for all students in Kindergarten, and Grades 1, 3, 5, and 7. If the results indicate that additional tests are needed, the parents of the child are notified. Scoliosis Screening is done in Grades 5 - 8. Abnormalities are documented and parents are notified.
All parents are given an opportunity to purchase school insurance. Forms for school insurance are available on Back to School Night or posted on RenWeb.
Playground supervision is conducted according to safety and health regulations. Pupils shall go outside during recess period during good weather. No pupil is to enter the building during recess period without permission from the playground supervisor.
Fire drills will be conducted once a month. Students will be informed of the fire exit plans. Tornado drills are conducted several times during the school year. Emergency evacuation routes are posted in all classrooms. Intruder drills are conducted throughout the year.
In addition, Christ the King school adheres to local, state and federal laws concerning safety and health of the school community with special attention given to the following:
- Fire extinguishers are placed throughout the facility and inspected annually.
- Warning systems for emergency drills and other crisis situations
- Legal requirements for fire safety and annual inspections
- School is in compliance with asbestos regulations
- School parking lot requirements including designated spaces for handicap parking
- Cafeteria and kitchen meet state health and safety requirements.
Persons disturbing private schools by their conduct or trespassing on school grounds during recess or while school is in session are guilty of a misdemeanor. (Ark. Code Ann. § 6-21-606) (from 5.32 of diocesan policy)
Any individual having contact with or responsibility for children at Christ the King School are mandated by law to report any suspected child abuse or neglect. Suspected Abuse or neglect must be reported immediately to the principal, and the Department of Human Services or SCAN must be called. The reporter should not attempt to investigate or substantiate the suspected abuse nor should he or she contact the child’s parent(s) unless requested to do so by the investigative agencies. Any person required to report suspected abuse who willfully fails to do so is subject to a fine and a jail sentence as well as being civilly liable.
Any person working in any capacity with children of Christ the King (including volunteers*) must complete all Safe Environment requirements described within the Diocese of Little Rock Safe Environment Policy, including training and background checks. The Diocese of Little Rock Policy is available online at http://www/dolr.org/safe-enivornment. Volunteers will register and complete requirements using the CMG Connect** system (http://littlerock.cmgconnect.org/).
*A regular volunteer or employee is any person who functions in the name of the Church in the capacity of chaperoning, mentoring, supervising, teaching or training minors (those 17 years of age or younger) three or more times a year. Positions may include: athletic director, catechist, chaperone for overnight events, clerical/office help, crossing guard, custodian (school or parish), daycare worker, instructional assistant, library assistant, maintenance (school or parish), playground monitor, “room” mother or father, sacramental preparation instructor, scout volunteer, server trainer/sacristan, tutor/private instructor, youth choir director, youth ministry commission member, youth ministry activities chaperone, youth program leader, or youth ministry retreat team member. Checks are not required in those situations if contact with children is minimal.
DRUG-FREE AND SMOKE-FREE WORKPLACE
All school buildings and campuses are declared drug-free and smoke-free. Appropriate action will be taken against anyone who violates this policy. (From 5.34 of the diocesan policy)
Wireless Telephone Use (27-51-1609)
Restrictions in school zones – (a) Except as provided under subsection (b) of this section, a driver of a motor vehicle shall not use a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle when passing a school building or school zone during school hours when children are present and outside the building. (b)A driver of a motor vehicle who is passing a school building or school zone during school hours when children are present and outside the building may use a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle for an emergency purpose (Effective October 1, 2011)).
Please do not use handheld cell phones in our school carpool lines during drop-off and dismissal.
Help keep our children safe.
Written permission by the parents for the students to ride bicycles must be on file in the school office. Parents should instruct their children in the rules of bicycle safety. Bicyclists must enter and follow the flow of automobile traffic on school grounds. We do not require, but we strongly encourage the use of bicycle helmets for the safety of the children. Helmets may be stored in the classroom during the day. All bicycles must be parked and locked in the designated area (near the Kindergarten entrance). Violation of safety rules will result in the revocation of bicycle privileges.
Students on bicycles who arrive late for school must enter the building through the school office and obtain a tardy slip. Parents will be called. Please do not send your children to school on bicycles when they have missed early classes due to a visit to the doctor, dentist, etc. Similarly, students will not be allowed to leave school early on their bicycles. Students must be signed out by a parent.
If school is dismissed early because of inclement weather, students on bicycles will not be allowed to ride them home. Arrangements should be made in advance so the student knows with whom they are to ride home.
No student is to loiter in the bicycle rack area. When the vandal(s) can be identified, vandalization of bicycles will result in the responsible party being charged for repairs and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. The school/church takes no financial responsibility for the bicycles.
MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS
Motor scooters or any motor vehicles may be ridden to school under the following conditions:
- Written permission from the student’s parent or guardian must be on file in the school office.
- Vehicle must have required licenses and/or safety requirements.
- Vehicle must be parked in designated area.
- Driver will operate vehicle in safe, responsible manner while on school premises.
- Driver may not give rides to fellow students.
*Students applying for a driver’s permit must have a required State Police form, available in the school office, which indicates the student is maintaining a C average. In addition, the student must provide a Social Security Number and a copy of his/her birth certificate.