Welcome to the Health Services page with important information about the health and wellness of your child. All important forms and contact information can be found here.
The school nurse’s primary role is to promote good health for students. As a member of the educational team, the school nurse enhances students’ potential for attendance, class participation, and learning by identifying and addressing medical conditions that may impact students’ ability to learn. The school nurse serves as a liaison between school staff, family, community, and healthcare providers to advocate for health care and a healthy school environment.
The nurse is available for first aid and emergency care for a student whose illness or injury occurs on the school grounds during the school day. The nurse and staff will attempt to assess the child as accurately as possible and notify parents when further evaluation or observation is recommended. For accidents or illnesses that occur at home, parents should consult their family physician. Students with injuries or conditions that limit activity or participation in any school function must have a note from the doctor detailing the child’s activity limitations. A registered nurse cannot diagnose disease; medication cannot be administered without a form signed by both a parent or guardian and physician.
The best way to keep a student healthy throughout the school year is to encourage frequent hand washing, healthy eating, exercise, and rest habits. Contact the nurse anytime to communicate about your child’s health or illness-related issues that may impact their school day. Information will be kept confidential upon request.
Healthy children are successful learners!
(American Nurses Association & National Association of School Nurses [ANA & NASN], 2011).
Columbus Torah Academy has a registered nurse daily during school hours:
Sally French: Monday and Tuesday
Michelle Stevenson: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
CTA phone: (614) 864-0299 ext. 211
Download and print the appropriate packet.
Medical Forms for New Students
Over the Counter Medication Form (Every Student Needs One on File)
Medical Forms for Returning Students
Emergency Medical Card and Contact Information (Every Student Needs One on File)
Ohio Department of Health Immunization Summary Fall 2022
Medication Authorization Packet
Epi Pen Medication Authorization Packet
If you need forms printed and sent home, contact email@example.com
This page contains general information about health procedures at school. An explanation of all required and optional forms is included along with links to download each form. If you know which form you need you may go to the “Medical Forms” tab.
Minor complaints or injuries during the course of the school day will be reported to parents via email by the end of the day. A phone call may be made at the discretion of the nurse for a more important issue, or if your child is ill and needs to go home. Please communicate with the nurse if you have a preferred method of communication!
Here’s a great document to use as a guide to determine Should My Child Come to School?
Content below about procedures includes:
Illness and Communicable Diseases
Medications at School
Non-prescription/Over the Counter (OTC) Medications
Severe Allergies/Epinephrine auto-injectors
Tuberculosis (TB) Screening
Illness and Communicable Disease
- If your child is ill and will not be attending school, please call the office by 9:00 a.m.
- If your child seems to be developing symptoms of an illness, for your child’s well-being and that of others, keep your child home. Do not send ill children to school. Your child should be feeling well enough to participate in the full academic program; able to eat a regular diet; and able to adequately hydrate. For younger students in particular waking during the night due to a cough or other signs of illness may be an indication that your child needs to stay home and rest. Contact the nurse if you have questions about when to send your child to school. See the link below: “when to keep your child home”.
- When a child comes to the office complaining that he/she is not feeling well, the nurse will take his/her temperature. If the temperature is over 100 degrees, the parent will be requested to take the child home. If your child is sent home with a fever or is home with a fever, he/she may not return to school until the fever is gone for 24 hours without fever-lowering medication.
- If your child has been ill with vomiting or diarrhea, he/she may not return to school until 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
- When you take your sick child to the doctor provide a note to the nurse stating that your child is well enough to return to school. If antibiotics are prescribed keep your child home until 24 hours after the first dose of the medicine. See the section below: Medications at School. The nurse cannot give your child medicine without a written statement from a healthcare provider!
The nurse will follow the guidelines established by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Communicable Disease unit for all communicable illnesses. See the Covid-19 tab for information specific to Covid-19. Students or school employees found to be suffering from communicable diseases will be excluded from school based on the recommendations of a healthcare provider in conjunction with the ODH guidelines. A healthcare provider may be the child’s physician, dentist, physician’s assistant, or advanced practice registered nurse. You must provide a written statement from your healthcare provider stating that your child may return to school. Check with your doctor as to when your child may return to school.
(Ohio Revised Code [ORC] section 3313.67, 3313.68, 3313.71 and 3707.26)
The following communicable diseases should be reported to the office:
AIDS/HIV, Chicken Pox, Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye), Covid-19, Fifth Disease, Flu (Influenza), Head Lice, Hepatitis, Herpes, Impetigo, Measles, Meningitis, Mononucleosis, MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus), Mumps, Rubella, Ringworm, Scabies, Scarlet Fever/Strep Throat, Thrush, Whooping Cough (Pertussis)
MRSA – If a student or staff member is suspected to have MRSA they must see a healthcare provider. A statement from your healthcare provider stating that your child may return to school is required. The infected area must be covered and dry with no drainage. Exclusion from school and activities should be reserved for those with wound drainage (“pus”) that cannot be covered or contained.
Document: ODJFS Communicable Diseases
CTA follows the Ohio Department of Health requirements for immunizations. Each student must meet the minimum vaccine requirement in order to attend school. Please provide an updated copy of the student’s immunization record, with the full date (month/day/year) of each required vaccination listed on the form. The Ohio Department of Health updated immunization requirements for the school year are here.
CTA only accepts medical exemptions for immunizations. A medical exemption requires that your child’s physician provide a written statement explaining why receiving the immunization would be medically harmful or otherwise injurious to the health or well being of your child. The statement will be reviewed by the CTA medical advisory committee. Additional information must be submitted upon request. The medical advisory committee will determine your child’s eligibility to attend CTA.
- For all new students, including kindergarten: An updated copy of the immunization record must be on file no later than two weeks after the student has entered school.
- For all students entering 7th grade: All 7th grade students must have a TDaP booster AND a meningitis vaccinations. Please submite an updated copy of the immuniziation record reflecting that your children has received both prior to the start of school.
- For all students enterint 12th grade: All 12th grade students must have a second meningitis vaccination. If your children received the first meningitis vaccination after the age of 16, a second dose is not required. Please submit and updated copy of the immunization record reflecting your child has received the meningitis vaccination prior to the start of school
As required by Ohio law, students will be excluded from school on the 15th day if immunization mandates are not met. (ORC] section 3313.67, 3313.671)
Medications at School
Parents may come to school to administer medications to their child if needed.
Students must come to the clinic for their medication. It is the responsibility of the student to report to the clinic at the designated time. If medication must be taken with food it is the responsibility of the parent to provide the food, as well as necessary utensils.
If it is medically necessary for your child to receive a snack through the course of the school day please follow the guidelines for prescription medication provided below by providing a note from the health care provider. All snacks are to be provided by the parent/guardian. Snacks must be pre-packaged in individual servings.
Non-prescription/Over the Counter (OTC) Medications: The following over-the-counter (OTC) medications are stocked by the school as a courtesy: ibuprofen, acetaminophen, Caladryl, Tums, and Aquaphor. School personnel may not give over-the-counter medication to any student unless an Over Counter Medication form is completed. The OTC form must be signed by both a parent/guardian and an authorized prescriber (i.e., the child’s physician, dentist, physician’s assistant or advanced practice registered nurse).
Over-the-counter medications that are not on the OTC medication form must have a signed medication authorization form (see below).
Over-the-counter medications include homeopathic and herbal remedies, cough drops, and eye drops for dry eyes.
OTC medications for High School Students ONLY (grades 9-12):
The possession and use of nonprescription, over-the-counter medications during school hours is discouraged, but if health conditions require, students in the High School may possess a small amount of nonprescription medication for their own use. This medication may not be shared with other students. The medication must be in the original labeled container. (i.e. Please do not send your child to school with a plastic baggy filled with pills.) Nurses and school personnel are not permitted to administer OTC medication without the authorization of an authorized prescriber.
OTC Medication Authorization Form
Prescription Medications: Prescription medications may be administered on a daily or temporary basis at school. Medications ordered three times a day or less unless a time is specified, may not need to be taken at school. The medication should be given before school, after school, and at bedtime. All medications not included on the CTA OTC Medication Form, including inhalers and epinephrine auto-injectors, must be accompanied by a signed authorization from the health care provider and signed authorization from a parent or guardian. This is in accordance with Ohio law.
NEW medication authorizations:
· Medications must be in the original container with a clearly marked pharmacy label.
· A written authorization from an authorized prescriber must be provided before the initial dose of prescription medication may be administered.
· Please complete the Medication Authorization Form with the prescribing physician’s signature for each medication yearly or with any medication change during the school year.
· Please complete a NEW Medication Authorization Form with the prescribing physician’s signature for any change in medication administration. For example: stopping a medicine; changing the time a medicine is given; or changing the dosage.
· These forms must be returned to the nurse.
· Prescription medications must be provided in the original container from the pharmacy, which is properly labeled and dated. All medications must be delivered to the nurse or an administrator. Do NOT send medical in to school with your student.
· No student may possess any prescription or nonprescription medication at school (with the exception of OTC medications for Upper School students, see above).
· Please contact the school at the beginning of the school year if your child requires the administration of medication. School personnel will send parents a medical form and medical authorization form for each child together with a notice that prescribed medications will be permitted in school only when a physician verifies the necessity of taking the medications during school hours.
· The medication authorization form must include all of the following information:
o The name and address of the student
o The class in which the student is enrolled
o The name of the drug and the dosage to be administered
o The times or intervals at which each dosage of the drug is to be administered
o The date the administration of the drug is to begin
o The date the administration of the drug is to cease
o Any severe adverse reactions that should be reported to the physician with one or more phone numbers where the physician can be reached in case of emergency
o Special conditions for administration or storage of the drug
CHANGES/ADDITIONS to a student’s routine medication schedule:
Examples of changes include: stopping a medicine, changing the time a medicine is given, changing the dosage, or adding a new medication to an existing medication schedule.
In order to ensure that students receive the proper medications at the right time and the correct amount, if there is a change to a chronic medication taken during school, a responsible adult is to appear at CTA in-person to provide the nurse with the following items. Medication will not be accepted without a signed form from the prescriber and the parent/guardian.
1. A written authorization from a health care provider with a signature. This may be a CTA Medication Authorization Form or a hand-written prescription signed by the prescriber.
2. A CTA Medication Authorization with the signature of a parent/guardian.
3. The new medication in the original pharmacy container with a clearly marked/dated pharmacy label. IF there is a change in dosage that can be accommodated using the existing supply of medication (i.e. from 5mg to 10mg), or a change in the time of day, we may make an exception to the requirement for a new bottle. We will only cut scored tablets in order to meet new dosing requirements.
Failure to adhere to this policy may result in your child not receiving their medication(s)!
· The physician’s signature will be required on the medication authorization form if medications are to be administered during the school day.
· All leftover medication must be picked up by the parent or guardian on the last day of school. Expired medications will be disposed of properly.
· Parents may come to school to administer medications to their children if needed.
Inhalers: Complete the Asthma/Inhaler Medication Authorization form if your child has asthma or uses an inhaler and needs assistance with their inhaler. Bring an inhaler to school with the signed medication authorization on the first day of school. Also, complete an asthma information form.
Ohio law allows a child to carry their inhaler if they are able to administer the inhaler without assistance. Permission to carry and administer an inhaler is incorporated within the form below. Bring a backup inhaler to school with the signed medication authorization on the first day of school. Please complete the asthma information on the third page of the Asthma/Inhaler form.
(ORC section 3313.713)
Severe Allergies/Epinephrine auto-injectors:
Columbus Torah Academy is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for students. There are students with severe food allergies in our school. For some students, even trace amounts of an allergen can cause a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. Our goal is to reduce the likelihood of allergic reactions of students with known food allergies while at school. The focus of allergy management shall be on prevention, education, awareness, communication, and emergency response.
- Notifying the school nurse and teacher of any life-threatening food allergy on or before the first day of each school year, or as soon as the allergy is diagnosed.
- Bringing an epinephrine auto-injector to school with the signed food allergy action plan on the first day of school. All medications should be delivered to the nurse.
- Providing the school with any medications prescribed and a supply of “safe snacks” for use by their child.
- Parents of children with life-threatening food allergies are responsible for notifying bus transportation providers.
- Completing a food allergy action plan with a physician who specializes in allergy treatment.
A food allergy action plan will be developed for students with severe food allergies. The food allergy action plan will address the actions to be taken to reduce exposure at school, and what actions will be taken in the event of exposure. The action plan will be shared with the appropriate school staff.
Ohio law allows a student to carry an epinephrine auto-injector with them during the school day. Permission to carry an epinephrine auto-injector is on the form below. The physician must indicate that the child is able to self-inject using the auto-injector. Provide a backup auto-injector to the nurse on the first day of school.
An Emergency Medical Authorization (emergency card) must be completed each year for each student attending school (ORC 3313.712). Emergency cards must be on file by the 30th day of school. This is completed electronically through the student information system. A parent or legal guardian must complete the information and electronically sign the form. A parent or legal guardian is to complete and sign the form. An out-of-town student who is boarding with a host family should list the host family as one of the emergency contacts. It is preferable that emergency contacts be local residents. The consent for medical treatment is used only in the case of an emergency, not for routine care. Ohio law requires all students have 2 emergency contacts, not including parents or guardians. A copy of the emergency card is given to classroom teachers for all school field trips.
A health history is needed for every student new to Columbus Torah Academy. This form may be completed by a parent or guardian. Update this form with any new health information at the beginning of every school year. Information will be kept confidential upon request. Please indicate on the health history which information is confidential.
A copy of the child’s most recent physical examination is needed for every student new to Columbus Torah Academy. Due to insurance regulations, physical exams are done annually. The Ohio Department of Education requires that a physical examination shall occur within 12 months prior to the date of admission. The date of the exam must be documented on the form with the Physician’s signature. Only hard-copy forms can be accepted. Returning students are asked to submit an updated physical exam with changes in health status.
A copy of the child’s most recent oral/dental examination is requested for every student new to Columbus Torah Academy.
A summary of required medical forms:
Summary of Required Medical Forms
Ohio law 3313.69 requires school nurses to conduct periodic health screenings. The health screening is the school nurse’s way of checking students for possible health problems that might interfere with the child’s classroom performance. Vision and hearing screenings are done on all new pupils and routinely in select grades. Screenings may include the child’s health history, parent and teacher observations and the nurse’s professional evaluation. The school nurse will make a referral if any concerns are identified. Parents and staff may request a screening by contacting the School Nurse. To opt out of health screenings for your child, send a written request to the school nurse each year that you do not want your child to be assessed. Health screenings start in October and continue until spring.
Students who wear corrective lenses should have them at school.
Tuberculosis (TB) Screening
CTA follows the most current recommendations of the local health department regarding TB testing. Consult the school nurse for the current requirement.
· A common problem among young children
· Not a serious health condition as they do not cause disease but they are a nuisance to eradicate.
· Can be successfully treated
· Lice only crawl, they cannot jump or fly.
· Passed by close contact with someone who has lice (head-to-head contract) and sharing brushes, combs, or hats.
· Lice cannot live off of the head for more than 48 hours.
What to look for:
Types of treatment:
Get rid of head lice:
Taking care of your home:
Returning to school:
Treatment by a licensed and experienced pest control company is highly recommended.
Bed bugs are a common problem across our city. Bed bugs are not known to transmit diseases, but bites can cause itching and may become infected if the skin is broken while scratching. Because bed bugs are attracted to blood, the home of any person can become infested by bed bugs.
What do bed bugs look like and why are they hard to get rid of?
How do I know if I have bed bugs?
Where do bed bugs come from? How can I keep from bringing bed bugs into my home?
Can bed bugs make me sick?
How can I get rid of bed bugs?
Resources and additional information are available on the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force website at www.centralohiobedbugs.org
Columbus Torah Academy Wellness Policy on Physical Activity and Nutrition
The Board of Columbus Torah Academy and its staff recognize that good nutrition and physical activity affect the health and well-being of its students. Research supports a positive correlation between a student’s health and well-being and his ability to learn. Schools play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits. Nutritious meals and snacks through the schools’ meal programs positively influence students eating habits. Nutrition education is included in the Health curriculum so that instruction is sequential providing students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to lead healthy lives. Opportunities are present for students to be physically active both in and out of school to further promote health.
The Board believes that it is the responsibility of the staff, parents and the community to be involved in an effort to promote, support, and model healthy behaviors. The school alone cannot achieve this goal. To this end and in compliance with Section 204 of the Child Nutrition and WIC Authorization Act of 2004, which requires that any local educational agency participating in the National School Lunch Program shall establish a local school wellness policy, it is the policy of Columbus Torah Academy that:
The school will engage students, parents, teachers, food service, and health professionals in implementing, monitoring and reviewing school nutrition and physical activity policies.
All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
Foods and beverages sold or served at school will meet the nutrition guidelines of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The food service staff will provide students with access to a variety of affordable, nutritious, and appealing foods that meet the health and nutritional needs of students in addition to meeting kosher guidelines; and will provide clean, safe, and pleasant settings and adequate time for students to’ eat.
To the maximum extent practicable, within the limitations of the kosher menu, Columbus Torah Academy will participate in available federal school meal programs, such as the National School Lunch Program, and will utilize planning and educational materials provided by the federal government.
Columbus Torah Academy will provide nutrition education and physical education to foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity and will establish linkages between health education and school meal programs, and with related community services.
The goal of nutrition education is to positively influence students to make healthy choices in their eating behaviors and lifestyle. Nutrition education is embedded in the health curriculum. The instruction is sequential stressing the relationship between good nutrition, physical activity, and the capacity of everyone to learn.
Examples of nutrition and wellness education incorporated within the school and the community at large:
First grade participates in the Take10 program, making sure to do 10 minutes of exercise in class each day that the students do not have gym. A unit on Vitamins and World Nutrition teaches students about different vitamins, what they do for our bodies, and what foods they are in. We also learn where in the world those foods were originally found.
The 4th grade is participating is a Mindfulness Program learning relaxation breathing.
The 5th and 6th grade STEM students study nutrition. They learn about macro and micronutrients, research facts and myths about carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and learn how to read and interpret food labels. With this knowledge, they will create new meat, dairy, and pareve meals for the school lunch program. Each meal must contain a healthy lean protein, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, starches/whole grains, and beverages (juice for meat and pareve meals, milk for dairy meals). The students collaborate in planning meals. Nest they evaluate these meals for “healthy” criteria and find recipes to create these meals so that they are healthy, tasty, within budget, and easy to prepare for the entire school. The students will shop for ingredients, cook a test trial of each meal, serve the test trial meal, and evaluate the responses from their test market. The goal is to have one new meat, dairy, and pareve selection permanently added to the lunch menu rotation.
Yarok Together is a project which encourages collaboration, caring, and serving. It is open to all students, faculty, staff, and the community. Gardens at CTA and Columbus Jewish Day have been created and planted. The fresh produce is harvested then delivered to agencies that serve community members living in poverty. As Jewish people we are commanded to be shomrei adamah (guardians of the earth), thus we have an obligation to care for the earth. Teaching about the intersection of environmental sustainability and Jewish text, in our schools is vital for our future. 5th and 6th Graders are directly involved, but all students in the schools will engage in caring for the land at different times during the school year. Lessons will be ”hands-on” with content from science, math, Jewish text, art, and the Hebrew language.
Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education
Our goal of the physical education program at Columbus Torah Academy is to provide students with the knowledge, processes, and skills needed to participate in physical activity both now and throughout life. In class, students learn how to lead a physically active lifestyle and are shown and taught new athletic activities that they may never have learned before. Columbus Torah Academy students also have the opportunity to join multiple of athletic teams/clinics from Kindergarten to high school where they will learn life skills like teamwork, organization, time management, sportsmanship, fortitude to name a few. These are important components that students need for life after Columbus Torah Academy.
In the Lower School, classes meet twice a week for 45 minutes each and engage students in various activities. The lower school participates in the CATCH PE (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) program. This program is a developmentally appropriate physical education program that develops health-related fitness, skill competency, and cognitive understanding about the importance of physical activity. CATCH PE instruction provides a variety of learning experiences, which address the wide range of student abilities in physical education class. CATCH PE content enhances movement skills, sports skills, physical fitness, social development, and subsequently, promotes lifelong physical activity.
The Junior High program, just like the lower school, meets twice a week for 45 minutes. These 7th and 8th graders’ curriculum focuses on the cognitive aspect of physical education. Using the CATCH program as a guide, we participate in more game-like situations and use modified game strategies. We also get into more depth and a harder skill set of a particular sport. There is a high dose of personal fitness and testing muscular strength is stressed along the way.
The High School physical education course consists of two-semester courses and the option to take physical education their Senior year. The main objective is to learn through moving. Students will engage in various activities including aerobics, basketball, bowling, fitness, flag football, ultimate, floor hockey, handball, and many others. Students will be challenged to learn new activities, learn about lifetime sports, and learning the importance of maintaining personal fitness to live a healthy active lifestyle.
After-school athletics is an important part of the Columbus Torah Academy educational experience. The Athletic Department’s goal is to challenge students physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in accordance with the overall vision of Columbus Torah Academy. CTA students will experience the joy of winning and the disappointment of losing, but doing it with grace and goodwill. The program is a privilege offered by the school and community outside of the regular school day. All students who accept the challenge and responsibility are encouraged to bear the right to wear a Torah Academy athletic uniform. Athletics and clinics are offered to all of CTA’s students throughout the Fall, Winter, and Spring seasons. Also, open gyms are held periodically throughout the Summer. Because of the small stature of the school, more than 75% of the school’s enrollment can compete in interscholastic athletics.
Sports participation will not be substituted for meeting the physical education requirement. Students will spend at least 50% of physical education class time participating in moderate to vigorous physical activity. Grades K-8 will participate in Presidential Physical Fitness assessments twice a year and jump rope for aerobic activity in the spring.
Physical Education (P.E.): Kindergarten through 8th-grade students receive 90 minutes/week of physical education throughout the year. In the upper school, Grades 9 and 11 receive 225 minutes/week for one semester.
Grades kindergarten through 6 has a pacer test monthly to measure cardiovascular endurance to progressively increase their personal stamina. Grades 7 & 8 and high school students have a pacer test twice yearly.
The Athletic Department oversees and shares the school with the school community for interscholastic sports for all ages. In the 6th grade through 12th-grade interscholastic sports participation is highly encouraged.
Physical education classes are taught by a certified physical education teacher.
Teachers and other school and community personnel will not use physical activity (e.g., running laps, pushups) as punishment. Withholding opportunities for physical activity (e.g., recess or physical education) as punishment is discouraged but may be used on a very limited basis.
Daily Recess. All elementary students will have at least 15 minutes a day of supervised recess, preferably outdoors, during which school should encourage moderate to vigorous physical activity verbally and through the provision of space and equipment.
Columbus Torah Academy will discourage extended periods of inactivity (i.e., periods of two or more hours of inactivity). When activities, such as testing, make it necessary for students to remain indoors for long periods of time; schools should give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active.
Physical Activity Opportunities Before and After School. Columbus Torah Academy will offer extracurricular physical activity programs, such as physical activity clubs or intramural programs for the entire school. Sports programs and clinics will be offered to the lower school grades after school. The upper school will offer interscholastic sports programs.
Use of School Facilities Outside of School Hours. School spaces and facilities will be available to students, staff, and community members before, during, and after the school day, on weekends, and during school vacations as scheduling permits and as supervision is available. There are open gym times available with supervision from a certified teacher or coach throughout the year. These spaces and facilities also should be available to community agencies and organizations offering physical activity and nutrition programs. School policies concerning safety will apply at all times.
Monitoring and Policy Review
Monitoring: The upper and lower school principals will ensure compliance with established school-wide nutrition education and physical activity wellness policies for their respective schools.
Communications with Parents: Columbus Torah Academy will support parents’ efforts to provide a healthy diet and daily physical activity for their children. The school will send home nutrition information, post nutrition tips on the school website and in the Dateline, and provide nutrient analyses of school menus. The school will encourage parents to pack healthy lunches and snacks and to refrain from including beverages and foods that do not meet the above nutrition standards for individual foods and beverages. The school will provide parents with a list of foods that meet the school’s snack standards and ideas for healthy celebrations/parties, rewards, and fundraising activities. In addition, the school will provide opportunities for parents to share their healthy food practices with others in the school community, for example, by soliciting ideas for healthy snacks they provide at home.
Food Marketing in Schools: School-based marketing will be consistent with nutrition education and health promotion. As such, Columbus Torah Academy will limit food and beverage marketing to the promotion of foods and beverages that meet the nutrition standards for meals or for foods and beverages sold individually above.
School-based marketing of brands promoting predominantly low-nutrition foods and beverages is prohibited. The promotion of healthy foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products is encouraged.
Columbus Torah Academy highly values the health and well-being of every staff member and will plan and implement activities and policies that support personal efforts by staff to maintain a healthy lifestyle. The staff wellness committee consists of the school nurse, the school executive secretary, and the employee benefits specialist. The committee will develop, promote and oversee a plan to promote staff health and wellness in consultation with the benefits provider, United Healthcare. The plan will outline ways to encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and other elements of a healthy lifestyle, and information and resources to staff members. The benefits provider website is available for individual wellness information. The staff wellness committee will distribute its plan to the school health council annually.
School food service staff will ensure compliance with nutrition policies within the school food service areas and will report on this matter to the school principals, in addition to the Judaic Studies principal. In addition, the food service director will report on the most recent USDA Administrative review findings and any resulting changes. An Administrative review will be done every 3 years, starting in the 2006-2007 school year.
A summary report will be developed every three years by the principal or principal’s designee on compliance with the school’s established nutrition and physical activity wellness policy.
Policy Review. A baseline assessment will be made of the district’s existing nutrition and physical activity environments and policies using the School Health Index. Assessments will be repeated every three years to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement. As part of that review, Columbus Torah Academy will review our nutrition and physical activity policies; provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity; and nutrition and physical education policies and program elements. Columbus Torah Academy will as necessary revise the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.
Covid guidelines for the 2022-23 school year (posted 8.21.22)
- If you test positive for COVID you must stay out of school for 5 days. Day zero is the day you first have symptoms. You may return to school on day 6 but remain masked day six thru day 10
- If you have a fever and/ or are out of school for two consecutive days or sent home by the nurse, you must perform a COVID test prior to returning to school
- We will not require COVID tests to be proctored. Families can perform the test at home and send us a picture of the test with the date and name of the student written on the test.
- Do not send your child to school if they are sick. Please see the list of reasons to keep your child home. We have added the symptoms of loss of sense of smell or taste to this list due to COVID. If a child looks visibly ill they will be sent to the nurse for evaluation. The nurse will determine if a child should be sent home. Children with isolated runny noses will not be sent home.
- We require a household close contact to mask for 10 days after an individual in the house tests positive. We strongly recommend that individuals who are considered a close contact through community exposure mask for 10 days post exposure. Only household contacts will have to complete a COVID test prior to participating in indoor sports.
- CTA has BinaxNow tests. These tests will be available to students and staff who have symptoms of Covid or have household exposure to Covid.
~this policy is subject to change~
Should my child come to school?? Please see the following guidelines or click here to download and print a PDF:
CTA wants every child to learn and be successful. School attendance is linked to learning. However, there are times when your child may be ill and should stay at home until he/she feels better, or is no longer contagious to others. These include but are not limited to:
- Fever – Fever is defined as having a temperature of 100.4 F or higher. A student needs to be fever free for a minimum of 24 hours without the help of fever reducing medication before returning to school.
- Diarrhea, Stomach Ache and/or Vomiting – Students must remain home for 24-48 hours after stomach ache, diarrhea, and/or vomiting has stopped. The student should be feeling better and food intake has returned to normal before returning to school.
- Difficulty Breathing – Student should stay home until he or she is feeling better and activity level has returned to normal.
- Sore Throat – Student should stay home if he or she has a red throat, swollen glands, or difficulty swallowing.
- Eye Drainage – yellow or green
- Loss of Taste and Smell – Students should seek medical evaluation.
- Uncontrolled cold symptoms that interfere with the student’s ability to do the work of school- (e.g. persistent coughing and/or persistent/active runny nose) – Student should stay home until symptoms are improving and can participate in class.
- Other Symptoms – Students exhibiting symptoms such as extreme fatigue, body aches and/or headache. Younger students may need to stay home when they been unable to sleep due to cough or cold. Was your child able to eat breakfast?
- In the event a child becomes ill during the school day, the parent(s) will be called. If the parent(s) cannot be reached, the emergency contact will be called. If possible, your student should be picked up within 30 minutes of notification.
~this policy is subject to change~