Health and Safety

HEALTH SAFETY & MEDICAL FORMS:
A participant health form on file is mandatory. Parents should print, fill out, and send in the MexArt health form at least two weeks before MexArt begins. It must be properly completed by and signed by a parent/guardian. This health history and included waiver statement is needed for hospitalization and/or emergency treatment. The form is available for pdf download.

Families should consult their medical insurance to ensure that students are covered while traveling in México.  Parents should also inform MexArt before student arrival of any recent (6 months) injury, illness, emotional, or potential behavior problems.

Please do not send students to México if they are sick on opening day. In cases such as low grade fever, a recent injury or any contagious disease, etc., please contact Carly to discuss a delayed, healthy arrival date. If sickness occurs during the program, participants are monitored until healthy enough to re-enter the MexArt activities. Staff will contact a parent or guardian if illness is serious enough to warrant a doctor’s visit. Parents are also contacted in emergencies once the initial emergency has been alleviated or dealt with.  Local doctors are available and capable of handling normal medical care (injuries, stomach ailments, etc…) Please ensure that students have all of the proper inoculations and boosters (measles, tetanus, etc.). Contact your family physician if you have any questions. No additional inoculations are needed for travel in this part of México

Turista:  Participants (like all visitors) run the risk of being sick and suffering from ‘turista’ (stomach ailments) at some point during the month. Students are instructed on opening day (and reminded throughout the month) to avoid drinking tap water or eating foods that could be contaminated i.e. vegetables right from the market, street food, food from unreliable restaurants, strawberries, etc…. However, despite the greatest care, some visitors still contract a stomach bug. As participants are exposed to the different ‘bugs’ in México, they will develop resistance and tolerance. Pepto and Tylenol are our best sources for relief. The normal bout with ‘turista’ lasts 1-3 days. Students with cases that vary from the normal symptoms and duration are taken for medical assessment.  General fatigue seems to affect severity of the symptoms and MexArt encourages students to pace themselves and get plenty of rest.

MEDICATION & GLASSES:
The consumption of daily medications is the responsibility of each participant.  Participants should bring a month’s supply for any medications or supplements they are taking. Parents that prefer that their child’s medication be administered and documented by an adult, please request this.

WATER:
There is a water shortage in San Miguel. Participants will be asked to help conserve by taking short showers. The tap water is not suitable for drinking, but purified water is always available for brushing teeth and drinking.  The dry climate in San Miguel with the addition of the elevation of over 6000 feet dehydrates many visitors. Participants are constantly reminded to drink plenty of water or liquids.

FOOD & DIET:
Our cook maintains well-balanced, interesting, and varied meals. Alternating lunches and dinners are taken at various restaurants that have diverse menus and take adequate safety precautions in preparing foods to deter sickness. Many meals take place in our dining room. There are wonderful vegetarian and healthy options offered at each meal time.  Food is a priority in San Miguel and creative menus should ensure that students are happy.  Special diets will be accommodated.  However, please discuss any food allergies and special diets in advance.