Health Information

OCS Allergy/Wellness Policy

Our wellness initiatives are an essential element of our school curriculum and impact every child every day during classroom instruction, physical education classes, and recess. We know there is a strong correlation between healthy eating/living and academic performance.

Odyssey Charter School has adopted a Food Allergy Policy which states that all food sent in to share with students must be pre-packaged and contain a commercial ingredient label, no homemade food items are allowed. Odyssey Charter School has also adopted a “no latex” policy. Latex bandages and gloves are no longer used in the Nurses’ offices and latex balloons are not allowed in school.

School-Wide Celebrations: If you are asked to send in a treat for a classroom celebration, i.e. 1OOth day of school, holiday celebrations aligned to the curriculum, etc., we are asking you to work with your child’s teacher to assure compliance with the “Odyssey’s Guidelines for Managing Students with Food Allergies” and other related nutrition mandates.

Birthdays: In keeping with our wellness initiatives and Odyssey’s commitment to providing a safe learning environment for all students, individual student birthdays will not be celebrated with food. Please do not send food items, i.e. cupcakes, cookies, rice crispy treats, etc. in with your child as they will not be distributed. Goody bags may be sent in for your child’s classmates to take home, but must not contain any food items. Examples of accepted goody items are pencils, stickers, erasers, and a small toy/party favor. Grade levels will determine how birthdays will be acknowledged and will share this information with you.

Snack: We know that students perform better when they feed their brains and are well hydrated. When sending in a snack/lunch for your child, please be mindful of students in the class who may have allergies to peanuts, nuts, fish, shellfish, etc. Please reinforce with your child that snacks and lunch items are not meant to be shared with friends unless it is a classroom celebration. Students are encouraged to bring water bottles daily so they remain hydrated throughout the day.

We appreciate your ongoing support as we work together to maintain a healthy, safe learning environment for all students.

Pediculosis (Lice)

The school nurse supports and develops appropriate and consistent policies and procedures regarding pediculosis (head lice) and the school-age child.Responsibilities of the school nurse are as follows:

  1. To screen symptomatic student(s) and refer to parent for treatment.
  2. To minimize school absence.
  3. To educate parent and school community.
  4. To advocate for prevention of overexposure to potentially hazardous chemicals.

Responsibilities of the parent/student are as follows:

  1. To provide timely and appropriate treatment to rid student’s head of lice.
  2. To provide ongoing surveillance of student and other household contacts, and treat appropriately.
  3. To communicate with the school nurse regarding treatment measures taken.

The protocol for responding to cases of pediculosis is as follows:

  1. The school nurse will screen for pediculosis if child complains of his/her head itching or is noted to be scratching head excessively.
  2. If upon examination, no live lice or nits (eggs) are found, student returns to class.
  3. If nits are present but no live lice are evident, the parent will be contacted to inquire about recent treatment if it occurred, and to recommend the removal of nits. The student will return to class.
  4. If live lice are present, the parent/guardian will be contacted, and the student will be sent home for treatment.
  5. Treatment should commence promptly to minimize school absence.
  6. The school nurse will determine if the student has been treated adequately and may attend classes upon return to school after treatment.

The following responses are considered unjustified:

  1. Notification of classmate’s parents.
  2. Mass screenings.
  3. Insecticide treatments to school environment.

Lice Control Guidelines
Lice Diagram
Lice Facts