Health and Safety

We follow the Health and Safety guidelines outlined in the Risk Management Manual provided by NSC, as well as those from the Seattle Public School District.

Here is an overview of our Health and Safety policies in a typical year.

Co-op Rules for Illness

Contact our Health and Safety Officer if your child or a sibling comes down with a contagious disease. Please do not send your child to school if they have any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever of 100 °F (under arm) or higher in the past 24 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Significant nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing, or sore throat
  • Earache
  • Rash, especially with fever or itching
  • Eye discharge or pink eye – children can be readmitted after medical diagnosis to rule out bacterial or viral infection or after 24 hours on antibiotic treatment
  • Fatigue that prevents participation in regular activities, sick appearance, not feeling well
  • Open or oozing sores, unless properly covered or after 24 hours on antibiotic treatment
  • Lice and scabies – children may return to school after treatment and clearance from their doctor

Snack Safety Guidelines

Avoid the following choking hazards when packing your child’s snack:

  • No whole grapes
  • No popcorn
  • No large chunk, raw, hard veggies

The Classroom is a NUT-FREE ZONE at all times, even for parent meetings.  No nuts, nut butters, or nut oils.

Procedures for Blood Borne Pathogens and Bodily Fluids

Any and all bodily fluids must be handled with personal protective equipment (gloves, etc.) any time a diaper is changed (or a toileting accident occurs) or there is blood or vomit. The basic Risk Management procedures must also be in place – cleaning and disinfecting the area. No bodily fluids may stay on site; they must be sent home in a sealed plastic bag with the child. This includes soiled clothing, diapers, and any band-aids, cleaning materials, or vomit.

Parent To-Dos

Place completed medical forms (Medical Consent and Information Form, Immunization Form or Exemption Form) in the Health and Safety inbox in the Office. These forms can be found in your Jovial Family Portal (see here for more about Jovial). Due by the first day of school.

Bring in an extra set of clothes, including socks and underwear/diaper, in a labeled clear plastic zip-top bag to be stored in the storage room by the library.  These items will be used in case of potty accidents or getting wet while playing outside, and they are stored on shelves in the storage room near the library. Due by the first day of school.

Bring in an earthquake comfort kit. This is a collection of personal items that will comfort your child in the event that they must stay at school beyond normal hours due to an emergency. Please include:

  • A lovey, blanket or item of comfort
  • A favorite snack (nut-free)
  • Family photos and/or a comfort letter from parent to child
  • A set of clothes including underwear/diaper and socks
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • A copy of your emergency release form with a list of friends, family and neighbors who have permission to pick up your child
  • A list of allergies to any food or medications, include instructions, as well as a release form, to dispense medications if necessary
  • Address and phone number of a relative in another state in case of in-state communication disruption

These items should be placed in a labeled clear plastic zip-top bag and stored in your class’s large plastic bin located along the back wall of the storage room next to the library. Due by the first day of school.

We also follow our Health and Safety guidelines to make sure the classroom is clean before and after class since it is used as a community space in the afternoons and evenings and on the weekends. Next on the Orientation Tour, learn more about our daily cleaning duties.

University-Ravenna Cooperative Preschool : Our large Sensory Table is filled with a different material each week

Learn more about our Daily Cleaning Duties.