School Health Services
The School Health Program is conducted by the Coast Garibaldi Health Unit.
Some specific services are:
Hearing Screening, Vision Testing, And Dental Screening
All such screening is done at the Garibaldi Health Unit (group sessions are held for kindergarten students at that location).
- Minor first aid only will be administered at the school.
- If additional treatment is necessary, parents will be contacted.
- If no answer is received, the emergency contact person will be phoned.
- Where neither the parent nor the designated contact person can be reached, the child will be taken to the hospital, unless the parents have given the school different instructions. In serious situations, an ambulance will be called.
Please keep children at home during times of illness (schools are not equipped to handle sick children).
It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to inform the school each year of health matters, which may affect a child's schooling (this also applies to an existing condition that may have changed).
Where necessary, medical-alert cards are maintained in the school to ensure that students with special health problems (e.g., allergies to bee stings, etc.) will be monitored on a continuing basis.
If your child must take medication during school hours, please consult with the school secretary for the appropriate forms to be completed by you and your child's physician.
Medicine should NOT be stored in your child's backpack or lunch kit without permission from the office.
Never a pleasant topic, but they are around from time to time. Head lice are a nuisance, but not a serious health hazard. They are very easily passed from child to child during play.
At school, we deal with them in the following manner:
- When a case is confirmed, the child is sent home as soon as possible with information telling parents/guardians how to deal with the problem; Children who have come into contact with the lice are checked by a team of trained parent volunteers (the results of the checks are confidential).
- Children with head lice/nits have to receive treatment before we can re-admit them to classes (i.e., a special shampoo must be applied, and all nits must be removed from the hair with a special comb). Please be advised that prior to returning to their classrooms, children must be checked by trained personnel at the school level. Please remember that anyone--teacher, parent, or student--can get head lice. The presence of lice does not suggest uncleanliness. A smart head louse prefers a clean head to a dirty one!
It would be of enormous help if parents/guardians who find lice in their children's hair were to inform the school secretary immediately so that the school may take the appropriate action.
Students practice fire drills at the beginning and throughout the school year.
If a serious building fire were to occur, students would be taken to the School District Maintenance Shops (above Brooks High School) and parents would be contacted.
Should parents be unable to pick up their children when contacted, the school would dismiss the students at the regular time (2:45 p.m.)-- Provided the general area is deemed safe.
Emergency Response Plan
Students, in addition to fire drills, practice earthquake drills.
In the event of a serious earthquake (or other emergency) occurring during regular school hours, the following procedures would occur:
- The building would be evacuated and students would be moved to the lower blacktop area.
If the Henderson school building were declared safe:
- Students not picked up by parents or emergency contact person would be taken back to their classes.
- The remaining students would be dismissed at the regular time if buses were running.
- If buses were not running at 3:05 p.m., the remaining students would be assembled in a classroom, and kept there until a parent/emergency contact picked them up. (Children who usually walk home would be kept at school.)
- In the event that Henderson School was declared unsafe (major damage to the area would have occurred and roads would appear impassable).
- Students would be taken to the School District Maintenance Shops (if safe) or remain on the lower blacktop area until picked up by a parent, relative or emergency contact person.
- At the end of the school day, or earlier, if directed by the Provincial Emergency Coordinator, students would be taken to the designated Reception centre.