Illness
In order to maintain a safe and healthy environment for everyone, we monitor children closely for signs of illness. Please keep your child at home or make other care arrangements if she/he is ill. We also ask that you telephone the school by 9 a.m. to let us know of your child's illness or absence.

We have provided some example signs of illness that would prevent your child from attending school or would lead us to call you to pick up your child from school:

  • A fever exceeding 38°C or 100°F
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea (twice)
  • Untreated rashes or discharge from eyes / ears
  • Head lice or nits
  • Any suspected infectious virus

When a child returns to school from an illness, they must be free of symptoms and ready to participate fully in the program, including outdoor activities. A doctor's note may be requested prior to their return, depending on the nature of the illness. We ask for your authorization to maintain your child's health card number on file in the event of a sudden illness, accident, or emergency.

Immunization
Under the Day Nurseries Act, children enrolled in our school must be immunized before admission and thereafter as required by the Ministry of Health. Alternatively, the Ministry of Health requires an affidavit signed by a parent and commissioner of oaths confirming your decision not to immunize your child. Kindly provide a photocopy of your child's immunization record. Please let us know when your child has received any vaccinations so we may keep this record up-to-date.

Medication
Please note that the Brooklin Mill Montessori School staff are not permitted to administer non-prescription medication to your child (eg. Tylenol, cough syrup).

In order to administer prescription medication to your child, we will require signed authorization from a parent or guardian, detailing the time and dosage required. The medication must be in its original container with the child's name, the name of the drug, the dosage, date of purchase, as well as instructions for administration and storage on the label. Please ensure that the medication is handed directly to a staff member for safe-keeping.

Allergies
If your child has asthma or other severe allergies, please complete the Emergency Allergy Alert form and/or Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan form detailing the signs of an allergic reaction and appropriate response. To ensure the prompt administration of asthma and other emergency allergy medication (such as the EpiPen), we will require that emergency allergy medication be provided for safe-keeping at the school in a clearly labelled pouch that we may take on all outings.

Nutrition, Snacks & Lunch
Brooklin Mill Montessori strives to be a nut-free school. There are a number of children enrolled at the school with severe nut allergies to both peanuts and tree nuts. Because these allergies can be life-threatening with very minimal contact, we need your vigilance to ensure that foods brought into the school are free of nuts or traces of nuts. Also, please be diligent in washing hands, face and brushing teeth if your child consumed peanut butter or other nut products prior to coming to school.

For those children in our lunch program, Brooklin Mill Montessori School is pleased to offer nutritious and child-friendly lunch and snacks. Our lunches are provided by Choice Children's Catering, a family-owned local business with over 20 years experience successfully serving the needs of children in school settings. Choice Children's Catering is owned and operated by John and Patricia Tomas. John is a Registered Dietitian with a university degree in Nutrition / Biochemistry. Under his guidance, Choice Children's Catering meets high nutritional standards and provides healthy alternatives for children with food allergies or special needs. More importantly, the menu items appeal to the child's eye and sensitive taste buds.

Our lunch period extends from 11:45 a.m to 12:30 p.m. We post 2 weeks of menus on our school bulletin board for your convenience when meal-planning. Snacks are presented at mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Children are encouraged to drink water with snack. Snacks will no longer be provided during the before and after school Campus Club program. Children are welcome to bring a before or after school snack, with the provision that foods be nut-free choices that promote good nutrition and dental health.

Our lunch program is optional for children in the Senior Casa and Elementary classes. (As a requirement of Ministry licensing, we must provide lunch for children younger than 'Junior Kindergarten' age if they attend a full-day program.) We promote healthy eating habits by offering foods from each of the food groups in Canada's Food Guide and limiting the children's intake of salts, sugars, and fats. We are confident that a lunch from home will also nurture these healthy habits and with dental health in mind, we ask that you eliminate sweet treats from the lunch bag.

As our kitchen is dedicated to our lunch service, refrigeration and/or reheating facilities are not readily available to children bringing lunch. If your child is bringing lunch, kindly provide an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack or thermos to keep foods at the appropriate temperature until consumed.