Health and Well Being

Severe Weather Emergencies | Nutrition | Health Practices | Medication | Alcohol-Drugs-Tobacco

Severe Weather / Emergencies

Richmond Hill Playing and Learning Specialists will close if a voluntary or mandatory evacuation is ordered for Bryan County in the event of an impending hurricane. In the case of any other severe weather that requires the facility to close parents will be notified by phone. Local radio and television stations will be notified if the facility will close during a severe weather event. All closings will also be posted on our website.

In the event of a tornado warning, children will be moved to the main hallway until all danger has passed. In case of fire or any event that renders the building unsafe children will be evacuated to the Ashton Apartments clubhouse. Parents will be notified to pick up their child/children.

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Child Nutrition

All meals served at Richmond Hill Playing and Learning Specialists meet the nutrition requirements established by the United States Department of Agriculture. All meals, excluding infants, are served in the facility’s lunchroom.

Infants who are not eating the facility’s meals must have an up- to- date feeding schedule on file. Parents must provide formula (pre- mixed bottles) and baby food daily. The items must be clearly labeled with the child’s name in indelible ink.

Meal schedules are as follows:

Breakfast 7:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.
Lunch 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
Afternoon snack 2:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Children who attend the before school program will be offered breakfast when they arrive at the facility.

Children who attend the afterschool program will be offered a snack when they arrive at the facility.

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Child Health Practices

Children who are ill should not come to the facility. Symptoms that signal the child is ill include:

  • Fever (oral temperature over 100)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat
  • Excessive Coughing
  • Earache
  • Rash
  • Pink eye

If your child is diagnosed with a contagious illness please notify the front office so we can notify other parents of possible exposure. Notification of possible exposure to contagious illnesses will be posted on classroom and entrance/exit doors. All children must be symptom free for 24 hours in order for them to return to the facility.

In the event that a child becomes ill while at the center, the child will be taken to the front office and the parent will be notified to pick up the child.

In case of a medical emergency or serious injury 911 will be called. If necessary the staff will provide CPR or first aid until medical help arrives. If the child must be transported to the hospital a staff member will accompany him/her. The child will be transported to the medical facility that the parent listed on the Emergency Medical Authorization at the time of enrollment or St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The child’s parents will be notified immediately.

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Child Medication

Richmond Hill PALS does not administer any medication unless it is a life saving device such as an Epi pen or an inhaler. In such cases, a medication form must be filled out in its entirety, accompanied with a physician’s note. Epi pens or inhalers must be in their original container with the child’s name, date, and dosage required.

Staff members administering medication will record the date, time and dosage given on the Medication Administration Form. Any noticeable adverse reaction to medication given at the facility will be noted on the Medication Administration Form and the parent will be notified by phone immediately. If the reaction is life-threatening, emergency medical personnel will be called and the child’s parents will be called and if necessary EMS will transport the child to the parents’ hospital of choice or to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

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Alcohol, drugs and tobacco

The use of alcohol, drugs or tobacco is strictly prohibited on the premises of Richmond Hill Playing and Learning Specialists.

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