Message from our Nurse
It is always a pleasure to care for your children each school year. As the school nurse, my job is to help keep your children healthy. My door is always open to discuss any health problems or concerns you may have.
Children learn best when they are healthy, well rested, and have had a healthy meal. Please make sure your children go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake in enough time to have a good breakfast to start off their day.
If your child is exhibiting any of the follow symptoms:
- Temperature of 100.0 degrees or higher
- Suspicious, undiagnosed rash and/or itch
- Frequent congested cough
- Yellow or green drainage from nose and/or eyes
Please keep them home from school. They may return to school when their symptoms have stopped for 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medication such as Tylenol or Motrin).
A student who is seen by a physician and prescribed antibiotics for a bacterial infection, should stay out of school for 24 hours after treatment has begun.
All communicable diseases such as chickenpox, head lice, impetigo, flu, strep throat, fifths disease, scarlet fever, and herpes simplex should be reported to the School Nurse. The student’s return to school will be discussed and planned at that time.
Frequent hand washing with warm soap and water is the best-proven method to prevent the spread of germs and infections. Please encourage and practice hand hygiene. www.cdc.gov/cleanhands
Since a number of students take medication in school, I thought it would be helpful if I explained the medication policy. Any medication necessary to be given at school must be accompanied by a physician’s order and signed by both parent and physician before it can be given. The medication must also be provided by and delivered to school by a parent or guardian. Medication forms are available in the health office or can be downloaded from the school’s website under Parent’s Health Forms. For safety reasons, all medications must be properly labeled and in the original packaging. Please do not send medication in with students. If you have any questions feel free to call me. Please also be aware that cough drops are considered a medication and cannot be administered at school without a doctor’s order.
If your child has a health condition or needs special care during the school day such as medication, treatments, or monitoring, please inform the school nurse. Individualized Health Plans help keep your children safe and healthy.
All students are required to have an updated immunization record on file in the Health Office. Updates include MMR, DTaP, IPV, and the chicken pox vaccine. When your child has his/her annual physical please provide a copy to the school along with any/all immunizations they may receive.
PLEASE have a current and working phone number in the school office. If you have a change in contact information please remember to update the school as soon as possible, in the event your child becomes ill at school and needs to go home.
Feel free to call me if you need assistance at any time. I am always available.
Mrs. Darlene Amalfitano MSN, RN, CSNT