GREETINGS FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE

Happy New Year!  

Flu season is here!  It is not too late to get a flu shot.  Contact your doctor as soon as possible to make an appointment.  

Please stay home when you are sick.  Children who are home from school due to a fever should remain home until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen).  The CDC recommends remaining at home to rest and re-hydrate for 2 days following a stomachache with vomiting and/or diarrhea which could be symptoms of Norovirus.  If your child wakes with a body rash, please keep him/her home and contact your doctor.  The rash could be caused by Scarlet fever, also known as strep throat rash, which is very contagious. 

Remind your child to wash his/her hands before eating, after coughing or sneezing into his/her hands, and after using the washroom.  

Let's all work together to be "Germ Free" at Leigh!
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ATTENTION ALL JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN TRYING OUT FOR EXTRACURRICULAR SPORTS:  
A SPORTS PHYSICAL  must be completed in order for your child to try out for an extracurricular sports team.  All three pages - Parent's Authorization, IESA Physical form, AND Concussion Acknowledgement form must be completed and turned in to the School Nurse or Coach before the day of try outs.  We can no longer accept the Child Health Examination form so make sure that you bring the IESA Sports Physical form to your child's doctor's appointment.  The Sports Physical forms are available on the school website.  Make sure to print all three pages.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL:  
Please contact me as soon as possible if your child needs to take medication during the school day.  A School District 80 Medication form must be completed by your child's doctor and signed by you in order for your child to take medication at school.  Children are not allowed to bring medication to school without a doctor's order.  This includes vitamins and over the counter medications such as, Tylenol.  

BIRTHDAY TREATS:
Birthday treats are not allowed at school.  Instead of sending sugary treats to school, consider having your child bring a show and tell item to school on his/her birthday to share with the rest of the class. 

SNACKS:
Please send a healthy snack to school with your child for his/her morning snack.  Fresh fruit, fruit cups, applesauce are healthy snacks that give our bodies energy and stimulate our brains.  Potato chips and sugary snacks have more calories and fats which cause our bodies to feel heavy and tired.  
DO NOT SEND SNACKS CONTAINING PEANUTS OR TREE NUTS FOR YOUR CHILD TO EAT IN THE CLASSROOM.    

Please stop by my office or contact me by phone or email if you have any questions or concerns.  
Sincerely,
Patty Lubash, RN
John V. Leigh School Nurse







                                                          
                    


For Medical Forms for School go to http://www.norridge80.org/index-registration.asp