“The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.”

-Maria Montessori

Health Care Policy

The School's Health Care Policy is excerpted here from the Parent Handbook:

Illness (When to Keep a Child Home?)

For the protection of all our friends, your child should be kept AT HOME if they show ANY of the following symptoms:

  • —a temperature of 100 degrees or more
  • —discharging eyes or ears
  • —diarrhea or vomiting
  • —a bad cold (i.e., with colored discharge)
  • —an unexplained rash
  • —severe coughing

Children must be free of the symptoms listed above for 24 hours (without medication) in order to come back to school.

Parents will be contacted to pick up their child if an unexplained rash is found while a child is at school. In this case, written consent from the child's physician is required in order for the child to return to school.

If your child becomes ill during school, we will contact you immediately. A child who may be contagious will be temporarily isolated until parents can be reached. We will keep him/her as comfortable as possible until the parent arrives. It is important that we have on file the HEALTH HISTORY & EMERGENCY INFORMATION FORM with a listing of persons to contact in case of a health emergency, and a phone number where a parent or guardian can be reached immediately.


Communicable Diseases
If a child has been exposed to a contagious disease, Amherst Montessori School must be notified. We specifically need to know when a child will return to school after a communicable disease according to the following schedule:

  • Chicken Pox: One week to ten days after appearance of blisters AND after ALL blisters have scabbed over.
  • —Streptococcal Infection (aka “Strep Throat”): 24 hours after medication has started (must continue medication for 10 days).
  • —Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): 24 hours after medication begins and no visible drainage from eye or with written physician permission.
  • —Impetigo: 24 hours after oral medication begins or 48 hours after ointment medication begins
  • —Head lice: Morning after first treatment and after all nits are removed by hand.

    Dispensing of Medication
    The dispensing of medication by school personnel is prohibited except as provided below:

    No aspirin, cough medicine or other non-­prescription medications may be administered by teachers as per the State Department of Human Services Day Care regulations (unless accompanied by a doctor’s note). Parents will need to sign a medical release form, as well.

    If a student needs medication, which has been prescribed by a doctor, the following procedure will be used:

    1. Written instruction signed by the parent AND the physician should include:

    a. The name of the medication
    b. The dosage and time of administration
    c. The doctor’s name

    2. Medicine must be sent in its original container by the parent and given to the classroom
    teacher. The classroom teacher and the school office have forms available for this purpose.

    3. Since it is so easy to forget a refrigerated medication at the day’s end, we suggest having the
    pharmacist divide the medication into two appropriate portions so one may be left at school.

    4. If more than one day’s dosage is to be given, please be specific on dates the medication is to be given.

    5. Medication will be kept in a specified area, refrigerated if necessary, and always administered under the supervision of a teacher.

    6. Topical non-­prescription medications such as sunscreen, petroleum jelly, or other ointments may be administered with written parental authorization.

    7. Any child who needs life saving medication should have an individual health care plan on file at the school. With the written permission of the child’s health care practitioner, parents will train staff in the implementation of the child’s health care plan.

    Only staff members who have been trained according to DEEC guidelines on medication administration may administer medication. Furthermore, staff will be evaluated annually prior to the start of the new school year to determine that they are still following DEEC guidelines.

    Accident/Incident Reports

    Any time your child sustains a minor injury at school (i.e. slight bump, scratch, cut, or bruise) an ACCIDENT REPORT FORM will be filled out by the teacher present explaining the conditions surrounding the accident and the first (if any) given. Your child’s teacher will review the accident/injury report with you & request your signature on this form for our files. If at any time your child is more seriously injured, parents are notified immediately.