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AUGUST/ - SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWS

WELCOME BACK UNIVERSITY HILLS AND PARENTS!!

 I am Sara Harp, the School Nurse.  I am excited to be a part this great team here!!
 
The goal of the school nurse is to provide the fullest possible educational opportunity for each student by minimizing absences due to illness, creating a climate of health and well-being in the school, and helping to provide modification of programs and environment to meet individual health needs.

Each month I will post important messages here on the website and on the monthly newsletter. 

Your student will come home with a yellow Emergency Medical Card (EMC).  EMC's need to be completed and returned.  A new card is required every year.  Please fill out both sides and sign the card.

When to keep your child home from school:

  • Fever - Keep your child home if their temperature is 100 F or higher. Wait until children are fever-free for 24 hours, without medication before letting them return to school.
  • Diarrhea - Keep children home until stools are formed and your doctor gives the okay.  Make sure your sick child stays well-hydrated.
  • Vomiting - Keep children home if they've vomited twice or more in the last 24 hours.  They can return to school after symptoms clear up or your doctor says they're no longer contagious.
  • Severe cough and cold - Symptoms should keep kids home form school. 
  • Sore throats - Can be a symptom of strep or a common cold.  If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, keep your child at home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics.  If your child has a mild cold, it's okay to go to school. 
  • Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) - Is contagious and children should stay home from school for the first 24 hours after treatment begins.  Symptoms of pinkeye include eye redness, irritation, swelling, and pus.
  • Rashes - Can be the sign of contagious conditions such as chickenpox, bacterial meningitis, or impetigo.  Children should be kept home until they're diagnosed.  They can return to school after symptoms are gone and their doctor gives the okay.
  • Earaches - Are not contagious.  However, if your child is complaining of an earache, keep them at home so long as their nasal drainage is clear and their cough is mild.