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Food Allergies
Parents are kindly asked to refrain from sending in peanuts, tree nuts and sesame as part of their child's snack and lunch if possible. While children can be allergic to foods in all the various food groups, these seem to be the most common food allergens. Each year we typically have a little less than 10% of our student enrollment diagnosed with severe food allergies or anaphylaxis requiring emergency medications at school. In an effort to avoid accidental exposure, we have students eating nuts (or food allergens) sit apart from those who are allergic to that food/drink. After eating the table/chairs are wiped down, students wash their hands and school activities are resumed. Students with food allergies are not permitted to share foods brought in by others. This includes store bought and home made foods. School staff does not read ingredients lists to ascertain if the food item is safe for the food allergic student to eat. Only those foods, treats, snacks and drinks brought in by the child's parents/guardians will be permitted to be consumed. Parents of food allergic children are asked to provide a personal treat bag on the first day of school. This is stored in the child's classroom. It should contain treats that are safe for the child to eat and those that the child really enjoys. When the class celebrates with foods and the parent is not present to supervise the child, the teacher will direct the child to select treats from his/her personal treat bag. Kindergarten classes do not share foods/treats for birthday celebrations. Foods are offered during holiday parties such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day and some cultural festivals. When we celebrate our annual walk-a-thon, a school-wide treat is offered. Parents of food allergic children receive a letter prior to the event requesting permission for their child to participate. Parents are given the option to either have their child participate or not have their child participate as 1). an alternate snack will be provided by the parent that day 2). the child should select something from his/her personal treat bag 3). other. This information is used by the teacher who will then direct the child as per parental preference.

Lincoln School has epinephrine designees who have been specifically trained to administer an epi-pen autoinjector in the event of anaphylaxis in the absence of the school nurse.

An annual medical in-service is presented at the beginning of each school year to all faculty and staff regarding the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis, causes and treatment.

Influenza-like Illness
Influenza-like-illness is closely monitored in each school. Parents are requested to call the main office at 789-4455 to report their child's absence and explain why. Reporting that your child is "sick" does not provide enough information. We are asking that parents give specific symptoms such as "fever", "cough", "stomachache", etc. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Outdoor Play
Our students will continue to go outdoors to play during the winter, weather permitting. If temperatures are above freezing (32 degrees), calm winds and no precipitation please plan on the possibility that your child's class will spend some time playing outdoors. Make sure he/she is dressed appropriately with a warm hat which is easy to put on and take off, gloves or mittens and a winter coat. Leave long scarfs at home as they can be hazardous on the play equipment.

Fifth Disease-Erythema Infectiosum (Slapped Cheek Disease) Parents/guardians will be notified through email when a confirmed case is diagnosed. This common disease of school aged children is characterized by a red rash on the cheeks followed by a lacy rash on the arms and legs. The disease is caused by the parvovirus B19 and is spread by direct contact with infected mucus from the nose or mouth or by inhaling droplets coughed or sneezed into the air. It may present with a low grade fever, itchy rash and symptoms of a cold. Pregnant women coming in contact with Fifth Disease should call their obstetrician for advice as the virus affects unborn babies. Once the rash develops the child is no longer considered to be contagious. A doctor's note diagnosing the rash is required for the child to return to school. Parents are asked to ensure that their child's doctor's note indicates the diagnosis "Fifth Disease" so our school community can be informed. Your child's name will not be mentioned in the email, this as all medical information is kept confidential.

Strep throat
If your child is complaining of a sore throat (especially when swallowing) with no related cold symptoms, it may be a bacterial infection. Strep infections of the throat can present with or without fever, mild to severe pain, very or slightly red throat. Some children complain of stomachache with Strep infections. A rash can appear on the soft palate of the throat. You should consult your pediatrician if your child has a fever > 101, complaints of sore throat pain for more than 48 hours, glands in the neck are swollen and if your child has a rash. Strep infections must be treated with prescribed antibiotics (administer the full course) and the child should remain at home until a full 24 hour period of antibiotics has been received or if he/she does not seem well enough for school. A doctor's note is required to return.

DO NOT USE ASPIRIN FOR VIRAL ILLNESSES. Instead use Children's acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Call your pediatrician with questions or concerns.
 
Winter Time Safety
Fire Hazard - Chilly nights and holiday celebrations often involve the use of fireplaces and candles. Along with the enjoyment and charm comes possible risks and dangers. Please make sure that smoke alarms are working, replace batteries. A smoke alarm should be in every sleeping/bedroom, near each sleeping area and on every level of your home to ensure maximum safety. Have a fire extinguisher on hand. Make a plan in the event of a fire and practice fire drills a few times a year.

Water Hazard - Warm baths may replace quick, refreshing showers. Always supervise young children in the bath. Never leave the room or become distracted when children are in the tub. When the bath is over, drain the tub immediately.

Poisoning/Medication Hazard - Receiving lots of company may mean coats and handbags on the bed or couch. This may place medications in the reach of small children, be aware. All medications at home should be maintained in their child-proof containers.