NEWS FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
The school nurse would like to remind parents of students who have been attending Round and inform our new families of the division-wide school guidelines used for assessing sick children. It is our goal to keep the school environment as healthy as possible for all children. A child will be sent home if he or she has:
1) a temperature of 100 degrees or higher
2) a rash/skin eruption, with or without drainage, of unknown origin
3) active vomiting or diarrhea
4) suspected contagious illness
5) a serious injury or appears obviously ill.
Please be aware that we encourage students to stay in class when possible. The nurses do not routinely notify parents of minor illness or injury. Guidelines for parents to follow to avoid exposing other children to possibly contagious illness and to help prevent excessive clinic visits in school are as follows:
1) Children with a temperature above 100 degrees must be fever-free for 24 hours before returning to school.
2) Injuries that happen at home or over the weekend should be taken care of prior to returning to school.
3) If a child vomits or has diarrhea during the night or in the morning before school, that child should be kept at home for 24 hours from the last episode.
4) If a parent or guardian is called by the school nurse, please pick up your child in a timely manner. The nurse will only call home if she feels the child really needs to leave school.
5) Encourage your child to eat a nutritious breakfast and lunch as this prevents many stomachaches, headaches, poor concentration, and fatigue.
6) Encourage your child to get adequate rest.
7) Teach your child to wash their hands frequently - before and after meals, after using the bathroom, etc.
Parents will be notified if a child is seen frequently in the clinic with minor complaints of illness or injury that tend to be chronic and contributes to a lot of missed class time. Please update your emergency card throughout the school year! Often parents will have changes in work numbers, cell phone numbers, emergency contacts, etc. Valuable time is frequently spent by school nurses or office staff trying to locate a parent for a sick or injured child.
STAYING HEALTHY DURING FLU SEASON
Practice good health habits:
1. Avoid close contact
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. Designate only one person as caretaker of those who are sick.
2. Stay home when you are sick
Stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3. Cover your mouth and nose
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Throw your tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, use your upper sleeve, not your hands.
4. Clean your hands
Washing your hands often with soap and water will help protect you from germs. If there is no soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Wash your hands before eating, drinking, or touching your face, and after coughing or sneezing.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits
Get plenty of sleep ● Be physically active ● Manage your stress ● Drink plenty of fluids ● Eat nutritious food Clean and disinfect frequently touched hard surfaces, such as countertops, tabletops, desktops, door knobs, and bathroom surfaces.
We encourage that all medications be given at home, but for those children requiring medications in school, a Medication Consent Form must be completed. Over-the-counter medicines may be given with parent permission only for up to five days. Ongoing medications require a physician's order. Please make sure that the form is filled out completely.. Medication that is to be given twice a day should be given before school and before bedtime. Medication that is to be given three times a day should generally be given before school, after school, and at bedtime. Thank you for your cooperation.