Health and Safety

Student and Staff Absences, Cold and Flu Prevention
March 2, 2016

Dear Parents,
We would like to inform our Chicago families that Intercultural has recently experienced a number of student and staff absences due to illness. Sick children have been sent home with high fever and flu symptoms, and some other children have suffered from a stomach bug.
As we are at the height of flu season at this time of seasonal change, we would like to ask parents to please be observant and aware if your child is displaying any symptoms of a developing illness.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind families of our Illness and Wellness Policy.
In an effort to not spread illness, children with active sickness should remain at home.  Children should be free of fever and should not have experienced an episode of vomiting or diarrhea for at least 24 hours before returning to class.  If a child is sent to school earlier than the 24 hour period, the child will not be admitted to class.
A child who comes to school should be well enough to participate in all regular activities of a school day. Please do not send your child to school if he or she exhibits any of the following signs of illness:
  • Temperature of 100 degrees or more (orally)
  • Persistent cough
  • Exceptional crankiness or fatigue
  • Inflammation of the eyes/discharge from the eyes
  • Skin rash
  • Excessive sneezing or runny nose
  • Lice infestation
  • Diarrhea or vomiting
ONLY send your child to school if they are able to participate in ALL activities including recess. The school is not staffed to care for individual children during recess.
Parents must report contagious diseases of any kind to the office so other parents and staff can be notified. A child should not return to school unless cleared by the doctor.
Should your child become ill or should an accident occur at school, parents are notified immediately. If parents cannot be reached, the office calls the contact(s) on the emergency list.
We would also like to share this link from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for everyday preventive actions to help you and your family stay well this season.
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/everyday_preventive.pdf
Chicago Administration
Intercultural Montessori Language School