Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Our Illness Policy
- Per licensing requirements, it is required that all children have their health assessed each day as they enter the Lab School. This health check will be done by a teacher in your child's classroom each day your child is dropped off. Families must wait until the child is checked before leaving the room.
- All children must be well enough to participate in daily activities to attend the ITLS. If you observe any signs of a contagious illness in your child, please keep him home until he is free of symptoms and has been free of a fever for 24 hours (without the use of a fever reducer). Also, please note that children being treated with antibiotics must complete a full 24 hours of treatment before they will be allowed to return to the lab school.
- Children will be sent home if they have a temperature of 100 °+ , vomiting/diarrhea; unusual lethargy, persistent crying, or other signs of severe illness; or any contagious disease (pink eye, impetigo, strep throat, etc.). Please see Guidelines for Excluding Children with Illness in the parent handbook for more detailed information.
To Prevent the Spread of Illness
- Staff, families, and children must wash their hands with soap/water each time they enter the classroom, after toileting, after outside play or playing with sensory items, before/after eating, or coming in contact with germs.
- No shoes are permitted in the infant rooms to keep the environment clean for crawling infants. Walking infants wear shoes during outside play.
- All classroom items that come in contact with children's mouths are removed for sanitization.
- Regular outdoor play is essential to children's health and development and thus is a daily part of our daily curriculum (unless it is raining, too windy, or over 100 °). Children should be dressed in clothing that is appropriate for the current weather. All children are required to wear sunscreen when outdoors. The Lab School provides Coppertone Waterbabies broad spectrum UVA/UVB; families must sign a permission form for the teachers to apply either our sunscreen or one provided by the parent.
- Think of your child's comfort and safety and provide simple clothing that is free of loose hanging objects and complicated fastenings. Children should dress in comfortable, easy to manage, washable play clothes. Our philosophy of active involvement, hands-on experiences, and learning through play often means that children get 'dirty' during their stay with us. We also believe that children should be as self-sufficient as possible, so please dress children in clothing that will help him/her experience success as they learn to 'do for themselves'. Children should not wear long dresses, boots, dress shoes, sandals or open-toed shoes, shoes without a back or strap, overalls with difficult straps, belts with buckles, or hanging jewelry. Please remove the drawstrings from your child's hoods.
- All teachers are CPR and First Aid certified
- Accidents/Injuries: Incident/Accident reports are filled out for all minor ailments or injuries and sent home.
- Two daily snacks will be provided by the Lab School. A menu of snacks to be served to the children will be posted for each month.
- Families will provide lunches/dinners for their child each day; we ask that families to send meals that are nutritionally sound.
- Families must bring their own formula and/or breast milk for infants in pre-prepared unbreakable bottles. Infants are on a on-demand schedule.
- To minimize the risk of infants and toddlers choking, please do not send the following "chokeable" foods for your children's lunches/dinners: whole grapes (must be cut into fourths), nuts, cherries, hot dogs, olives, hard pretzels, raw baby carrots, or popcorn.