Safety First

Emergencies and Accidents

In case of emergency or accident, the center will allow the posted emergency route. Staff members will administer first aid, summon emergency transportation, contact the parent/guardian and complete an incident report form and insurance claim form when any of the following occur:

  1.   An illness, accident, or injury which requires first aid treatment
  2.   A bump or blow to the head
  3.   Emergency transporting
  4.   An unusual or unexpected event, which jeopardizes the safety of the children or staff, such as a child leaving the center unattended

In the event of a natural emergency, i.e., tornado, severe storms, or hazardous airborne chemicals, the children and staff will seek appropriate shelter until notification by safety personnel.

Disaster and/or Evacuation Procedures

For the safety of our students, staff and volunteers, the school will conduct various disaster/evacuation drills throughout the school year. In coordination with the Broward County School District and our local authorities the following information is being provided to help you understand emergency procedures contained in our safety plan. Fire Drill:    Blowing of one long whistle signal. All individuals exit the building

  • Tornado Drill:  Three (3) short whistle of the alarm repeated two (2) times. All individuals assume the tornado drill position. Kneel down with hands over head, head against the inner wall of the school.
  • Code Red:  Full Lockdown. All individuals will be secured in a room. Please do not attempt to enter the school campus as all access points will be locked.
  • Code Yellow:  Partial Lockdown. All individuals other than the Director will be secured in a room. Please do not attempt to enter the campus as all access points will be locked.
  • Code Black:  Bomb Threat/Evacuation. All individuals will exit the building and proceed to Castle Hill Elementary School or to the back parking lot of the school depending on the severity of the threat.

Parent/Guardians will be notified by phone regarding the status of the school during the emergency.

In the event of a Code Black, parent/guardians wishing to sign out their child (ren) from school should report to the Director or Castle Hill Elementary School. School staff will release your child(ren) to you or your designee only with the proper identification.

Above all it is important that you stay calm. Please abide by the directions given to you to avoid a panic situation. It is imperative that parents keep their address, phone numbers and emergency contacts current. School office personnel will assist you in this process.

Management of Communicable Illness

The Administration will review with all staff members the signs and symptoms of illness and proper hand washing and disinfecting procedures. This review shall be given to each new employee and discussed periodically at staff meetings.

Please remember that it is an upsetting experience for your child to become ill at school. Should your child exhibit any of the following signs of communicable disease, they should NOT be brought to the Center that day:

  •   Temperature of 101 degrees or at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit when in combination with any other sign or symptom of illness such as diarrhea or vomiting
  •   Diarrhea (three or more abnormally loose stools within 24 hour period).
  •   Vomiting more than one time or when accompanied by any other sign or symptom
  •   Severe coughing, causing the child to become red or blue in the face or to make a whooping/barking sound
  •   Difficult or rapid breathing
  •   Yellowish skin or eyes
  •   Redness of the eyes, obvious discharge, matted eyelashes, burning, itching
  •   Untreated infected skin patches, unusual spots or rashes
  •   Unusually dark urine and/or gray or white stool
  •   Stiff neck with an elevated temperature
  •   Evidence of untreated lice, scabies, or other parasitic infestations
  •   Sore throat or difficulty swallowing

If your child has a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, he/she must be kept at home until the symptom have been absent for at least twenty-four (24) hours.

Children should be kept home for the first two days of a fresh cold. Mildly ill children may be observed with the group for worsening symptoms. Any child who is suspected of having a communicable disease will be isolated immediately. An adult will be within sight and hearing of a child who is isolated due to illness. No child will ever be left alone or unsupervised.

The sick child will be provided with his/her own cot and blanket for use until he/she is discharged to his/her parent/guardian. The cot will be sanitized with a germicidal detergent and laundered. A child who becomes ill during the day will be discharge to the care of his/her parent/guardian as promptly as possible. Parents/guardians are required to pick up the child or make arrangements within one hour of notification from the Center.

Any child that has been sent home due to illness or any child who has been absent due to illness, will be readmitted to the Center when all signs of communicable disease are no longer present and a physician has released the child from care.

No staff member shall attend the Center if he/she exhibits signs of communicable disease. The administrator reserves the right to request a physician’s note for a staff member to return to work.

Administration of Medication

The Little Masters will administer medication to your child only if the following criteria are met:

  • A licensed physician must prescribe the medication for your child
  • The medication must be labeled with the original pharmacy label stating the child’s name, current date, exact dosage to be given, the specific number of dosages to be given daily, and the route of administration. The medication must be in its original container
  •  A completed Medical Statement supplied by the center must accompany the medication. This form is your request and authorization to administer prescribed medication to your child. The expiration date on this statement is for the length of the doctor’s prescription or 12 months. This form will be kept in your child’s file for a period of one year.
  • We will not administer Aspirin, pain relievers, cold medications, or laxatives without a prescription
  • We will not administer Tylenol, Motrin, etc. to keep a child fever-free
  • Tylenol, Motrin, etc. may be administered with a prescription from a doctor, for teething pain, ear pain, before and after immunization.


Care of Children with Medical Conditions

The Director of the Center must be notified of children with a health condition that may require a medical procedure, including children whose medical condition requires the availability of an inhaler or medication for emergency needs. The parents will be asked to complete a Medical /Physical Care Plan and train designated staff members how to perform the medical procedure. School age children will give possession of their emergency inhalers to their assigned teacher.


Allergies and Asthma

Parents must inform the Director and teacher of any allergies suffered by the child. Food allergies are posted in each classroom as a precaution for all staff members who may be serving snacks. Allergies to insect bites or pollen should also be mentioned to the teacher. Medications for severe reactions and inhalers for asthma attacks can be kept at school. Follow licensing requirements for permission to use medications.


Hand Washing Procedures

In order to maintain as healthy as environment as possible, the teachers carefully teach and supervises proper hand washing procedures. Regular hand washing has been proven to be the MOST EFFECTIVE method for preventing the spread of mild illnesses. The preschool will never be a sterile environment but the spread of much illness is controlled by washing hands properly.

We teach the children to wash after toileting, touching animals, coming in contact with mucous (nose picking, sneezing, or wiping a runny nose) or when hands seem extra dirty. Children always wash before eating, especially since most snacks are finger foods. Lathering with liquid soap and water for at least ten seconds is encouraged, followed by thorough rinsing in running water and drying with a paper towel. We appreciate any efforts parents make at home to reinforce these procedures.