Children are actively engaged in play during their day at the Center, and minor accidents and injuries do occasionally occur. All staff members who work directly with the children are trained in First Aid and CPR. In the event of a minor accident or injury, a teacher trained in First Aid will immediately attend to the injured child. (Student Classroom Aides are not involved in administering First Aid at any time.) Latex gloves are always worn by the staff attending injuries which involve bodily fluids.
At the end of the day, families will receive a report stating when and how the accident occurred, who witnessed it, and how the child was treated. Families will be asked to sign the report to indicate their satisfaction with the treatment. A copy of the report can be made for the family, but the original must remain at the Center.
More serious accidents or injuries are rare occurrences at the Center. We strive to maintain a safe environment in which children are closely supervised. In the rare event of a more serious accident, we will attempt to notify you immediately. If you cannot be reached, we will attempt to notify your emergency contacts. If necessary, the child will be transported to Speare Memorial Hospital (unless otherwise indicated on your child’s emergency forms) in an ambulance, accompanied by a staff member.
Please note that the use of an ambulance will be reserved for serious injuries to the child, including but not limited to a child who is unconscious, not-breathing, or has sustained an injury in which movement of the child would cause further injury or if a child has a special medical condition which outlines this type of care necessary. If the child is conscious, talking and moving on his/her own, but appears to be experiencing major discomfort, a family member or emergency contact will be notified. Injuries are stressful for young children and when a child must be attended by strangers and ride in an ambulance it can be overwhelming and/or traumatic experience, especially without a family member present. This is another reason why only major injuries will result in an emergency service call.
IMPORTANT: If you will not be at your usual phone number during the day, please let the office know where you can be contacted if necessary. All family members who are Plymouth State students should make sure the office has an up-to-date copy of their class schedule. In addition, we will need to know where you are when not in class. All families are asked to provide the names and phone numbers of at least two local people to call if the parent cannot be reached; please keep this list up-to-date.