Health and Safety
School Health Office
The St. Francis Catholic School Health Office is staffed by a full-time nurse.
Health Guidelines for School Attendance
- If a child is running a fever, has been vomiting, has diarrhea, or requires an antibiotic for a bacterial infection, please wait a 24-hour period prior to sending the child back to school. If a child has a contagious or communicable condition, please report this to the school health office.
- If a child is found to have lice or nits and is sent home, the school’s health office designee prior to returning to class must examine him/her. SFCS holds a “no-nit” policy.
- It is expected that the parents follow-up with their own doctor for any injury occurring at school. Parents will be notified of significant injuries when they occur.
- Please make arrangements to pick up your child as soon as possible after notification that they are sick and should leave school.
- Diocese of Charleston policy forbids us from providing any medication to any student unless the Diocesan Medication Permit Form is filled out and signed by the parent and the physician. All medicine must be prescribed by a doctor or dentist and must be in the original container and labeled with a current pharmacy prescription label. Antibiotics will not be given at school by school personnel.
SFCS has a complete Safety and Emergency Response Plan which includes safety guidelines to prevent injury caused by accidents, acts of nature, acts of violence, and precautions to prevent the spread of disease. A copy of the plan is in the school office and may be viewed by parents at any time. Fire drills, intruder alert drills, tornado drills, and earthquake drills are held regularly.
Emergency School Closing
In the event of inclement weather, at minimum St. Francis Catholic School will follow the same schedule as the Beaufort County Public Schools. Listen to local radio and TV stations for announcements about our school closings.
In the event of an extreme emergency during the school day which causes the school to vacate the premises, we will release the students from the Hospital Commons. If possible, an email blast will be sent to parents telling of the emergency and the scheduled release of students.
St. Francis by the Sea Parish and St. Francis Catholic School has instituted a Safe Environment Program to assure the safety of the children in our community. Employees of St. Francis by the Sea Church or School, volunteers in the church or school who have contact with or are around children and Extraordinary Ministers to the Sick must:
Complete a Safe Environment Education course, Safe Haven: It’s Up to You
- Successfully complete a background screening
- Sign a volunteer/employee code of conduct
- Sign an acknowledgement of receipt of the Diocesan Policy on Handling Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse.
The Diocese of Charleston Sexual Misconduct abuse report form is located in the School Office.
The Principal will approve all volunteers. Diocesan Policy mandates that all regularly scheduled volunteers must complete the Safe Haven webinar, pass the diocesan screenings, and read and sign the “Policy Concerning Allegations of Sexual Misconduct or Abuse of a Minor by Church Personnel” and “Code of Conduct.”
Visitors to the school are required to report to the School Office. Parents and visitors will be required to sign in and wear a visitor nametag. This policy will be enforced to ensure the safety of our children and staff.
No dogs, cats or other pets or animals are allowed to visit the school unless prior permission is granted by the principal.
Web Page Safety
Photos of students will be published on our school web page. Names of students will also be on our web page. However, no individual or group photograph of students in which a student or students are individually identified will be published on the school web page without a parent/guardians consent.