our faculty and staff kicked off the year with an informative session about managing infectious diseases with Kim Van Atta. Kim is a registered nurse with more than 35 years of health care experience. Since 2003, he has specialized in the care of children in early childhood programs. We met Kim in 2004, when one of our staff participated in an infectious disease course he was teaching. Since then, Kim has been a regular instructor of CPR and First Aid training for all of our faculty and staff.
Over the past week, Kim has presented his discussion about managing infectious diseases to groups of our parents.
Participants learned how home and school can work together to ensure that children arriving to school are well and ready to participate in the full days program. Those of our parents fortunate to learn from Kim experienced an informative, fun session.
Our common goal is to provide a safe, nurturing educational environment for all of our students. Parents want to be assured of these basic tenants when choosing our school. Parents also have obligations to their own work away from home. In an ideal situation, home and school follow the same guidelines when deciding if a child should not come to school.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a child should remain at home if the illness:
- prevents the child from participating comfortably in activities, or
- results in a need for care that is greater than the staff can provide without compromising the health and safety of other children.
Hand washing is an important tool to prevent diseases.
One simple tool that everyone can practice at home, school, work and play is to wash hands – thoroughly. Here is a great video that will teach you how to wash your hands.