HEALTH and SAFETY

HEALTH FORM AND CERTIFICATE OF IMMUNIZATION

Georgia law requires all students attending school in Georgia for the first time to have a physical examination with the 12-month period prior to entering a Georgia school.

Georgia law requires a physical examination form and a certificate of immunization for all students entering 5-year-old kindergarten.  The health form is to be completed by your physician within the 12-month period prior to entering 5-year-old kindergarten.  Only a certificate of immunization is required for students entering 4-year-old kindergarten.

If the physical examination is given outside the state of Georgia, the physical examination report must be submitted to your local health department for verification that immunization meets Georgia’s requirements.  If the physical examination is given in Georgia, a Georgia Certificate of Immunization from your local health department is also required.  This is obtained upon presentation of an up-to-date shot record.  Immunization can be taken care of through your physician or local health department authorities.

It will be necessary to bring your child’s health reports as stated above to the office prior to Orientation Day.  No child may be admitted to class until this is completed as required by the law.

HEALTH SERVICES AND FIRST AID

Voices of Faith Christian Academy must have on file student immunization records for polio, diphtheria, tetanus (DPT or DT), measles, rubella, mumps, and other immunizations that are determined to be necessary.  Students who show evidence of communicable health problems will not be admitted to class.

Students who are ill should be kept at home.  When student’s temperature reaches 100 degrees or if an illness becomes increasingly uncomfortable to a student, the parents will be notified.  Arrangements should be made to pick up the student as soon as possible.

The school nurse may administer medicine.  If a student must take medicine during school hours, the parent must send to the school a permission slip stating the medicine and dosage to be given and the time it is to be administered.  This includes all nonprescription drugs, including Tylenol or aspirin.  Any unreported medicine is cause for question and concern by the administration.

VOFCA desires to maintain a healthy school environment by instituting controls designed to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.  The term communicable diseases shall mean an illness which arises as a result of a specific infectious agent which may be transmitted either directly or indirectly by a susceptible host or infected person or animal to other persons.

Any student or employee with a communicable disease for which immunization is required by law or is available shall be temporarily excluded from school while ill and during recognized periods of communicability.  Students and employees with communicable diseases for which immunization is not available shall be excluded from school while ill.  If the nature of the disease and circumstances warrant, an independent physician’s examination of the student or employee to verify the diagnosis of communicable disease may be required.  VOFCA reserves the right to make all final decisions necessary to enforce its communicable disease policy and to take all necessary action to control the spread of communicable diseases within the school

A teacher or administrative official who reasonably suspects that a student or employee has a communicable disease shall immediately notify the administration.  See list of communicable diseases handouts.

Voices of Faith Christian Academy of Technology

2500 Rockbridge Road, SW, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30087

Telephone: 770-498-5850, Fax:  678-510-1560