Health and Safety

Emergency Contact Information
ACCESS TO UP-TO-DATE CONTACT INFORMATION AT ALL TIMES FOR EACH STUDENT IS ESSENTIAL TO STUDENTS’ SAFETY.  In the event of an emergency, the office will call an ambulance before calling the parents/guardians.  Emergency medical forms for each student are on file in the event of an emergency.  Parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring that their child’s medical records are up to date.

Physical and Emotional Information
Critical to supporting every student, parents/guardians must inform the school if a child has been injured physically or emotionally.  Having this information will insure that the school makes appropriate accommodations for the child (e.g. not going to health & fitness if physically injured or providing any other support the child may need, taking additional care in supporting a child who has just experienced a death in the family, or knowing about an injury that happened over the weekend while playing). 

In order to maintain a healthy school, parents/guardians must not send their children to school with any contagious diseases such as the flu, strep throat, chicken pox, measles, conjunctivitis (pink eye), ringworm, scabies, or lice.  Students with any of these conditions will be sent home from school until they are no longer contagious.  Parents must pick up their child within two hours of being notified that their child is sick with a contagious illness.  We will request that the parent/guardian provide a doctor’s note showing that their child is no longer contagious.  Please notify the front office if you discover that your child may have been exposed to a contagious disease. 
If your child is not feeling well in the morning, particularly if he or she has a fever of 100 degrees or more, do not send him or her to school.  Parents/guardians should not send their children to school within 24 hours of vomiting or running a fever of 100 degrees or higher.  Students should not return to school until 24 – 36 hours after beginning the course of antibiotics. 
If your child has lice, we ask that the child is treated thoroughly.  Upon return, your child needs to be re-checked by our nurse or designated staff member BEFORE returning to the classroom. If  additional nits/eggs are found, the child will need to return home for additional treatments.  Our nurse is available for consultation regarding the most effective treatments for lice removal. 

Medication cannot be administered without a completed Medication Administration Authorization Form.  The Medication Administration Authorization Form is available in the front office. No medications, including over-the-counter medications, should be sent to school with your children. All medication must be brought in by a parent or guardian and kept in the Health Suite.  We strongly encourage parents/guardians to administer short-term medications, such as antibiotics, at home.

First Aid
We are delighted to have a full time nurse, from Children’s Hospital, located at our school.  That said, the first-aid care the school can provide is very limited. If a child is hurt or complains of an illness, the teacher or administrator will treat simple cuts or bruises by applying a bandage or ice, but cannot administer more serious medical treatment. The Front Office or School Nurse will call the parent/guardian in the event of a more serious injury or illness, and the student will be kept in the office until the parent/guardian arrives to get the child.   

Child and Family Services Agency Mandated Reporting
Every staff member and long-term volunteer at Bancroft Elementary School is a “mandated reporter” requiring the reporting of any suspected abuse or neglect to Child Protective Services (CPS).  Below are the process and guidelines that Bancroft staff members follow. 

Anyone involved in the care and treatment of children under the age of 18 is considered "mandatory reporters" and is required to report cases of child abuse and neglect. According to DC Code 2-1357, any mandatory reporter who fails to make a report will be fined or imprisoned.  If child abuse or neglect is suspected, mandated reporters must immediately call D.C. Child and Family Services Administration (CFSA) reporting hotline at (202) 671-SAFE (671-7233).  
Mandated reporters must call the CFSA hotline immediately, even if all the information is not available. If requested, reports may be required to follow up with a written report to the DC Child Protective Services.  Once an abuse report is filed, CPS will assess and investigate the case.  CPS determines the nature, extent, and cause of child maltreatment and assesses possible risk to the child if left in the situation.  Please note that staff members who report suspected abuse or neglect are not allowed to disclose the report to parents or guardians. 

Students’ medical needs, including those that may arise on school grounds, must be covered by parents’/guardians’ insurance.  Parents/guardians should notify the office if they do not have insurance for their child or have any questions about their child’s insurance coverage.  The school may be able to provide information to parents/guardians interested in obtaining health insurance.  

Emergency Contingency Plan
In the event of an emergency (e.g. a lock-down, evacuation of the building or shelter-in-place) our main concern is the safety of our students and staff.  Parents will be called and notified as to the status of the situation, location of their children, and status of the scheduled activities for the day as soon as possible given the situation.  IT IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE THAT WE HAVE CORRECT CONTACT INFORMATION AT ALL TIMES.  If your phone numbers change, please notify the front office immediately.  If the school must be evacuated, all students will walk to Canaan Baptist Church, 1607 Monroe Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20010.

Emergency Drills
Fire Drills are conducted monthly to prepare staff and students for a safe and orderly evacuation of the building in case of an emergency.   The lock-down, evacuation and shelter-in-place drills will be conducted on a quarterly basis.

All classroom pets are safely kept in a cage or aquarium and are the responsibility of full-time classroom grade level team.