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Health & Safety

Lafayette Health Policies & Services

A registered nurse, Chris Cockrell, is on duty M-F 8:00 am-4:30 pm. The nurse is there to provide an inclusive environment for anyone with medical needs during the school day, and to promote the general health and safety of the Lafayette school community. Confidentiality on all health matters is respected. If you need to reach the nurse, please dial her directly at 202-724-8961. You may also contact the office at 202-282-0116 and ask to speak with the nurse.

If your child is sick and staying home from school, please email your teacher and cc . Please include the child’s first and last name, date of absence(s) and reason.

This page will be used to keep the Lafayette school community informed about on-going health-related issues. Please find information on the following topics:

Chronic Illness and Communicable Diseases

Parents of children with a history of chronic illness (food allergies, asthma, etc.) that may affect school performance should meet with the school nurse to develop an individual health plan (IHP).

Parents are requested to report immediately any child’s communicable illness (e.g. strep throat, chicken pox, flu, lice, etc.) to the school nurse. Children with fever, sore throat or nausea should not come to school. Students with possible contagious eye infections, undiagnosed skin eruptions, or illness that interferes with classroom performance will be excluded from class. Parents will be notified to pick up their child.

Children should be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school. Children being treated for communicable illnesses should not return unless their healthcare provider has given medical clearance to return. Parents are asked to send a note with their child upon their return that explains their absence.

Administration of Medication

DCPS policy requires that parents and physicians complete appropriate health forms before any prescription or over-the-counter medication can be administered. These forms are available from the school nurse. Please do not send any medications to school with your child. All medications should be taken to the health suite by a parent where they are checked in.

Accident or Sudden Illness at School

The school nurse will contact parents to advise them in case of illness or accident. Please keep work numbers current. The school must have the number of a relative, friend, or neighbor in case parents cannot be reached. If emergency transportation is required, a staff member will accompany the student if the parent is not present.

Head Lice

Head lice can happen to anyone, and is especially common in pre-K and elementary-age children. Lice are spread by contact, which is common among elementary school children. Please read the the information below and consider contacting one of the local head lice companies listed below for help. If your child does contract lice, your child should remain at follow the protocol for lice removal at home. Your child must be checked by the school nurse before returning to the classroom.

Local Resources for Lice:

Lice Happens ( M.J. Eckert, RN and Nancy Fields (co-founders) email: phone: 443-510-4480

Advice on Lice ( 10400 Connecticut Ave, Suite 403 Kensington, MD 20895-3910 email: phone: 240-242-4267 cell: 240-305-1420

Flu and other Viruses

At school we work hard to keep viruses from spreading. There are simple steps that you and your children can take to prevent the spread of flu, colds, and other diseases:

  1. Get your family vaccinated for seasonal flu.
  2. Cough or sneeze into a tissue. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the elbow of your sleeves, not into your hands.
  3. Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing.
  4. Stay home if you or your child is sick, for at least 24 hours after there is no longer any sign of fever.

Here is some additional information about the flu virus:

The following information comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes the CDC’s advice for schools to help prevent the spread of flu this season:

Lafayette School Nurse

Lafayette is pleased to have a full-time school nurse, Chris Cockrell, RN, BSN. Ms. Cockrell is on duty every school day from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. If you need to reach the nurse’s office, please call her directly at 202-724-8961. You may always call the office at 202-282-0116 as well.

Ms. Cockrell is a native of California and received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Vermont. She has been with Lafayette five years, and has learned a great deal about championing health, wellness, and classroom seat time in a large urban population.