Health and Safety Matters!

Health and Safety Matters!

Superintendent of Schools – This past week was dominated with water main leaks impacting our schools, staff and students. I continue to learn every week in my role and I know a lot more about water mains after this week! It served as another reminder of how often we take for granted so many services that impact our health and safety. Ensuring and maintaining the safety of our staff and students is a constant priority across RVS.

All RVS staff have a part in ensuring the safety of our sites – not just for kids but for the adults too. We all play an important role in identifying potential hazards, reporting those hazards and “near misses” to our supervisor, correcting issues before someone gets hurt, and learning from incidents and near misses through reviewing and sharing the findings. All staff take important and mandatory health and safety online training while others take specialized training in a wide variety of topics specific to their roles within the organization.

In late November and December RVS had an external auditor in to complete an occupational health and safety audit. The audit identified many of the good things going on in RVS but also identified some challenges for us. If you want to learn more about our health and safety program you can read Administrative Procedure AP411 – Occupational Health and Safety and/or the Employee Health and Safety section of our website. Over the upcoming months staff will see a more visible focus on health and safety.

The Board is committed to health and safety and in the fall approved the addition of a dedicated health and safety specialist for the division. The Board also recently approved a lengthy list of maintenance projects across RVS for 2016/17. The top priority items are those that impact health and safety. Again, this is the demonstration of putting our money where our mouth is when we say health and safety matters!


P.S. While on the topic of water main breaks, I do want to recognize the amazing efforts of countless staff in those impacted schools. Your efforts to ensure the safety while still keeping the school open for learning is much appreciated. To our maintenance crews who demonstrated their commitment and dedication – I cannot thank you enough!

When is Too Sick for School?

When is Too Sick for School?

RVS Lead Psychologist – With the return to school, one of the ways parents can keep their sanity and make their kids happy is to establish routines. One of the more important routines is to get your student in the habit of coming to school each and every day. Good school attendance is linked with higher grades, better social contact, better physical and mental health, and higher income after graduation.

One of the questions parents struggle with is when is my child too sick for school?

Send me to school if:

  •  I have a runny nose or just a little cough, but no other symptoms.
  • I haven’t taken any fever reducing medicine for 24 hours, and I haven’t had a fever during that time.
  • I haven’t thrown up or had diarrhea for 24 hours.
  • If I can drink fluids and my fever is below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If my eyes are only slightly pink and the discharge is clear or watery.
  • If I have a sore throat accompanied by a runny nose. This is often just due to simple irritation from the draining mucus.
  • If I have a stomach ache and it is my only symptom. I
    t could signal constipation or even a case of nerves.

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  • I have a temperate higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit – even after taking medicine.
  • I am throwing up or have diarrhea.
  • My eyes are pink and crusty.

Call the doctor if:

  • I have a temperature higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two days.
  • I have be
    en throwing up and having diarrhea for more than two days.
  • I had the sniffles for more than a week, or they aren’t getting better.
  • I still have asthma symptoms after using my asthma medicine.