What If? (Injuries at the School)

What If? (Injuries at the School)

Do you wonder what will happen if your child is injured or hurt seriously at school? It’s a natural concern. But you needn’t worry. Emergency procedures are in place and practiced so that emergencies can be handled calmly, quickly, and confidentially. Fire, weather, and accident drills are practiced regularly to prepare teachers to handle emergencies. These events require standard responses that are pre-planned and practiced by stimulation. The most obvious indication of these plans is the evacuation notices that are posted throughout the building. Notices are signs of the planning and preparations that go into making sure your child is safe.

But what about accidents and injuries that do not require the immediate attention of medical personnel? Teachers will administer first aid, help the child calm down and get comfortable, and fill in an accident report for you to see at the end of the day. We call most of these accidents “boo-boos” because they are really resulting of the normal process of growing up. A skinned knee, a pinched finger, a scratched elbow, and yes even an unfriendly bite will all be handled calmly and comfortingly by your child’s teacher.

Then we will let you know about accident, so you don’t have to figure out what happened on your own. But you might want to remember that some accidents might be so minor to your child that he or she doesn’t cry or get the teacher’s attention. If your teacher doesn’t know what happened, she or he will tell you that she or he doesn’t know and be even more diligent in trying to make sure the accident doesn’t happen again without her or his knowledge.

Your child’s teacher will work very hard to make sure that your child is safe. But there are several things that you can do to help. Make sure we always have current telephone numbers for and your physician. We can only contact you if we have accurate records. You might want to make a plan if voice mail answers your phone. Who should we call to find you? Can someone be reached in person who can get in touch with you when you are not available?

Make sure that we know how to reach you if your daily schedule is different. If you are not where we usually find you, let us know in the morning during your drop-off routine. Leave an alternative number or back up contact for us to call instead.

Finally, make sure your alternate contacts are correct and that they expect us to call if we can’t reach you. Parents within classroom often serve as each other’s alternate if other family members are not available. This is a good back-up alternate and a great way to know other parents in your child’s classroom.


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