New Hampton Community School Health Office Newsletter




Health Matters


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Newsletter 2016/2017

HEALTH OFFICE

The Health Office is staffed full time by Rachel Morrison, RN, BSN. The Health Office provides first aid, health information to students, staff and the community, hearing and vision, height and weight screenings for students in all grades. Parents are notified of results and any recommendations. 

Throughout the school year I will be reviewing all health records and will send home a notice if your child needs to provide the school with and updated immunization record or physical exam.


MESSAGE FROM YOUR NURSE

If your child becomes ill at school and needs to go home, the school will attempt to contact a parent/guardian. The emergency contact on the NHCS Health/Emergency Form will be contacted if we feel your child needs to go home and we are unable to reach a parent/guardian.

Please update the health office with any changes in these contacts. You may fill out a new Health/Emergency Form at anytime during the school year.

FRUIT AND VEGETABLE PROGRAM

Our school is participating in a Fruit and Vegetable Program from the State of New Hampshire. This provides every student to receive a fruit or vegetable at snack three days per week throughout the school year, as funds are permitted. We are very excited to see that most students are enjoying eating fresh fruits and vegetables.


Health Lessons
Health lessons focus on the following; germ prevention, ways to stay healthy, friendships and working together, nutrition and exercise, taking care of ourselves, how our body works, and safety prevention.

What to do if your child is Absent 

If your child is absence, please call the office each day your child is out. When you call, report the reason for the absence and include, symptoms and/or any diagnosed communicable condition. Most absences are excused if called in by the students parent/guardian.  It is important we know your child is safe and well. We are required to track illnesses and provide this information to New Hampshire Division of Health and Human Services.


immunizations and Physical Exam Requirements for 6th Graders


Keeping healthy

Most healthy adults may pass infection on to others beginning 1 day before illness to 5-7 days after becoming sick. People can spread the flu virus to others from up to 6 feet away. It is important to remember to cover and cough in your sleeve or upper arm, or use a tissue when available. Also it is very important to wash your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand cleanser


WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN YOUR CHILD IS SICK

 It is very important that your child comes to school healthy. If you are concerned about sending your child to school because of an illness, nine times out of ten, you are right to keep them home. Keeping children home when they are sick helps them rest and recover quickly and also prevents the spread of germs to others.

Especially remember to keep children home when:

  • Your child has a fever of >100.0 , and until they are 24 hours fever-free without medication.
  • Your child  has a bacteria infection and has started on antibiotics, they should stay home until they have taken their medication for 24 hours, as they are still contagious.
  • Your child has a viral illness like the flu, chicken pox, or even a bad cold (if severe enough to impede their learning and they would benefit from rest and fluids)
  • Your child has a sinus infection, earache, allergies or head cold...  One way to decide if your child should attend school is to ask yourself, "is my child well enough to learn today?"

Allow for plenty of rest and fluids. 
After an illness it may be a good idea to change out toothbrushes, linens and towels of those that are ill. Especially important to do (prevents reinfection) if illnesses are caused by streptococci infections, skin infections, and conjunctivitis. 

STUDENT HEALTH CHANGES 

Please call the health office of any changes in your child’s health. If your family living situation has recently changed this may be stressful to your child and may result in more frequent visit’s to the nurse. 

Please also provided that school nurse information related to modifications in his/her school day, prior to returning to school.

PARENT RESOURCES