Help us best care for your student
If an illness begins at school, Stanley staff will try to contact parents so that the child may go home as soon as possible to rest comfortably and recover. We will make an immediate call home for any child that is vomiting, has diarrhea, has a cough that will not stop, has a fever over 99.5 and/or is simply too miserable to participate in normal activities at school. We will not send a child home with a simple cold, but there is a difference between a cold and any health condition that is contagious and one where the child feels poorly enough that he or she cannot learn or play.
Parent responsibility when a student is ill: Please do not send your child to school when there is an indication of a contagious illness (fever, vomiting, diarrhea, persistent cough.) Your child should be free of symptoms and without the support of medication to alleviate symptoms for 24 hours before returning to the classroom. If your child’s doctor prescribes antibiotics for an illness, your child must be symptom-free and on the specified medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Your good judgment regarding your child’s health and well-being is important to your child, other children and Stanley staff.
Emergency medical situations at school
Sometimes emergency medical situations take place at school when a student has an injury, illness or other medically urgent condition. School staff will call 9-1-1 in situations that require immediate treatment and will make decisions in the best interest of the student until a parent or guardian can be reached. If transportation in an ambulance is required, a staff member will go with the student to the hospital if a parent is not present. Parents and/or guardians will be contacted as soon as possible following any emergency situation, but medical treatment will not be delayed waiting for a parent to respond. Any financial bills resulting from emergency treatment is a parent and/or guardian responsibility.
Parent responsibility when planning for emergencies: Parents and/or guardians are responsible to provide all health, medical and emergency contact forms to Stanley and keep these up to date during the school year should anything change.
Medical training for faculty & staff
All staff are trained every other year on first aid and CPR, and all staff are trained each year on how to appropriately support students with asthma, anaphylaxis, seizures and type 1 diabetes. Follow-up review trainings are also held for overnight trips, and we provide more intensive training for staff that are delegated the responsibility for administering medication and care for students with seizures and type 1 diabetes. The Children’s Hospital Colorado school nurses staff gives these medical trainings and educate Stanley staff on other medical conditions when applicable to our community. A strong communications partnership between the student health coordinator and families is important to keeping each child with medical needs safe and feeling supported.
Stanley also follows best practices for concussion care.
There is no single indicator for a concussion, and an adult must monitor every child with a head injury for a variety of symptoms. Concussions can happen anywhere, and the signs and symptoms can take time to appear. We will notify parents immediately of any head injury and closely monitor the student while at school. We will also send a note home with information about concussion symptoms to watch for. When a student experiences a concussion, screen time can be challenging; teachers will offer assignments on paper or suspend any assignments that are non-essential, along with requirements for physical activity on middle school sports teams and PE participation.
Parent responsibility when your child has any medical condition, no matter how short lived: Parents and/or guardians should be in touch with the student health coordinator to be sure your child’s health needs are met, especially if a student’s health condition – even for a short period of time – requires special attention or accommodations during school hours.
Further, please recognize the particular value of rest and recovery when your child has been diagnosed with or experienced a concussion. Alert the student health coordinator right away, and remember we must receive a clearance note from the student’s health care provider before the student can return to full activities at school.
The school keep all medical records and paperwork confidential to the best of our ability. Medical conditions of individual children also remain private, except when parents give permission to share medical information with relevant staff. In these cases, critical information is only shared with staff members that specifically support your child. We also safeguard medications to avoid any risk of improperly administering drugs to anyone.
Parent responsibility when aware of medical or health information about staff, student or Stanley family member: Please review the Parent Handbook section on confidentiality and discretion. The Parental Obligations and Volunteerism guidelines also apply to medical information about members of our community, and in particular, students. Parents and students may, of course, elect to share their own medical information in whatever manner they choose.