Welcome to the health office of St. Albans City School


Happy   Winter!

Accidental Medication poisoning is a real concern
click the purple link below for a quick video



Healthy Meal Makeover!

Flu-Fighter Cookies

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 1/4 cups golden raisins
1 1/4 cups dried cranberries
1 1/4 cups roughly chopped walnuts, toasted

Directions
Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a medium bowl.
Beat the butter and brown sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, fully incorporating each before adding the next. Add the molasses, yogurt, ginger and lemon zest and beat until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Reduce the mixer speed to low and beat in the flour mixture to make a sticky batter (do not overmix). Fold in the oats and half of the raisins, cranberries and walnuts. Mix the remaining dried fruit and nuts in a small bowl and set aside.
Drop heaping tablespoonfuls of batter onto the prepared baking sheets. Top each with some of the reserved dried-fruit-and-nut mixture and chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Bake the cookies until dark golden but still soft, 10 to 12 minutes; cool on a rack. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Per cookie: Calories 174; Fat 7 g (Saturated 2 g); Cholesterol 22 mg; Sodium 84 mg; Carbohydrate 28 g; Fiber 1 g; Protein 3 g
Photograph by Marko Metzinger
Recipe courtesy of Food Network Magazine

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/flu-fighter-cookies-recipe.html?oc=linkback


Vehicle Safety Information
Kids will be out of school soon and will be out in the community more often...
Check out this web page for tips on everything cars.

Parent Central 
Car seats to car keys: keeping kids safe around cars

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Bed Bugs...

Bed bugs are a nuisance and may cause discomfort, but according to the Vermont Department of Health, “bed bugs bite-but do not transmit disease.” 
Bed bugs are usually active at night and feed on human blood. The bite may not hurt at first, but it may become swollen and itch, much like a mosquito bite. 
The source of bed bugs often cannot be determined, as bed bugs may be found in many places including hotels, planes, and movie theaters.

Our goal is to support children and families in dealing with the situation, and make sure they are welcome at school. 

The Vermont Department of Health website at http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/bedbugs/index.aspx is also another great source of information.
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St. Albans City School Immunization Statistics

For the 2014-2015 school year, our vaccination rates are as follows:       93.5% of students are fully immunized
                           6.5% of our students are exempted or in the process of receiving necessary immunizations
For more information, you can visit the Vermont Website


Recently, Vermont has made changes to immunization laws that may effect your family.  If your family has made choices outside of the standard immunization schedule, please watch your post mail and voice mail, Katie and I are hard at work trying to update families of the new laws that have been made and will require action on your part. Please know that these changes are not always happy ones for some families and we understand this. The state of Vermont requires schools to follow the laws, policies and procedures put in place, making school nurses one of, and often the primary mode of communication about these changes. 

What About Head Lice

Helmet season is here! Remember not to share!*School is not a common place of transmission unless students share personal belongings that rest on the head. Sleepovers and play dates are common places and should be avoided if you are currently being treated for head lice.Remind your children to not share brushes, hats, hoodies etc. 

What do I when my child has head lice?

If you have received a phone call from the school nurse alerting you that your child has head lice, understandably it is not always easy or possible to immediately pick up your child, but it is highly encouraged to do so and begin the head lice treatment and combing. 

Having head lice does not mean you are dirty or unkempt or have done anything wrong. One thing to keep in mind, if head lice is found, it has likely been on the head for a few weeks as lice require time in their life cycle to create an infestation. 

Check the whole family for lice or nits (eggs).  Upon picking up your child, one of the school nurses will be happy to assist you with lice and nit detection.  Typically the hair or scalp will reveal gray colored crawling bugs, which are about half the size of a grain of rice (sometimes they are much smaller). The nits can be a range of pearly gray to dark gray depending on the stage of the life cycle, they are about the size of a grain of sand and attach within approximately ¼ inch of the scalp. If the nits are found further away then ¼- ½ inch away, they are probably empty or dead.  

 The two most important things you must do in your work to eliminate lice and nits are:

¤ Lice killing treatments and

¤ COMBING DAILY

While the lice killing treatment is necessary, often more then once, combing is the only way nits can be removed other then “nit picking” them out with your fingers.  If one unhatched egg is left in the hair, it will hatch and start the process all over again.  Combing should be done thoroughly at least once a day until there is no evidence of nits.  Using a lice/nit comb with metal teeth is the most effective tool and is highly encouraged. The nursing office has combs available as well as treatments if needed. 

Remember to wash hands and fingernails thoroughly.  Some lice or nits may be hiding under fingernails due to scratching.

Treat all infested family members at the same time.

 Wash and DRY all bed linens.  If it is winter and below 32 degrees, bagging linens and placing outside for a minimum of 24 hours will work as well.  Lice and nits on clothing and bedding die from being heated (use of dryer) or being frozen (outside in winter).  It’s also encouraged to boil all hair brushes/combs and hair accessories.  Furniture and carpets should be vacuumed, sprays have not been proven effective. 

 It is important to understand that head lice rarely go away after one round of treatment, so it can become frustrating.  Though hairsprays and very short hair cuts may lessen the possibility of head lice transmission, they do not prevent them.  The best weapon is reminding your child not to share hats, hoodies, brushes, etc. so they will know how to prevent head lice, and checking your child’s head on a weekly basis for head lice.

The school nurses will check your child who is infested regularly and give you updates as to how the treatments and combing are going.

****Always use a metal toothed comb, the plastic toothed combs are far less effective.


Immunizations...
Schedule your appointments now!! 
   Remember, immunizations are provided to help keep the general population as safe as possible from illnesses that have caused severe illness in past history. 
-The new 6/7th grade class are due for their Tdap booster
 
-Kindergartners are due for their final Dtap, fourth IPV (polio), second MMR and second Varicella