Have a Healthy, Happy New Year!!
Approximately 30% of ARD students took advantage of the free flu shot clinic at school, and 51% of ARD staff members were immunized here. We are hoping for a healthy year. With the onset of flu season, it’s best to dress in layers as temperatures vary. Please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for school as students will go outdoors nearly every day. Refer to the handbook for the dress code. For more preventative information, go to the website: www.dhhs.state.nh.us/dphs/cdc/influenza.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
ARD students had another very successful food drive for Thanksgiving Baskets for local families. There were 403 items collected this year, and Mr. Pabst's homeroom donated the greatest amount! It’s a good time of the year to help others and be thankful for all we have. We are very fortunate to have such thoughtful families.
WHEN DO YOU NEED A DOCTOR’S NOTE?
If your child has an injury resulting in a cast or limited activity of any kind. This note must stipulate restrictions for physical activity including physical education and recess. If your child’s doctor restricts him or her from participating in physical education, this includes recess. Please contact the nurse to discuss this further if the need arises.
WATER WATER WATER WATER WATER WATER WATER
Hydration is important even in winter months!! Make water an easy grab-and-go item for kids. 'Sports drinks' can have a lot of added sugar, often as much as dessert. Avoiding sugary drinks helps children & adults maintain a healthy weight.
Students who wish to participate in sports at ARD are required to have a physical examination by a licensed health care provider before they are eligible to participate. Documentation of a signed physical must be on file with the School Nurse every two years. However, anytime your child has a physical exam performed throughout their school years, an updated copy should be provided to the school nurse.
Students will soon be screened for height, weight, blood pressure, hearing & vision. If there are any concerns, a note will be sent home for further evaluation by your own physician's office. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Health and Wellness Policy: (top)
There have been revisions to the Allenstown School District Health and Wellness Policy. Please check the school website to review the complete policy. Some featured updates are
'Food sales at schools and school functions'. Beverages sold
on school property may include: plain bottled water, low-fat or skim milk, 100% fruit/vegetable juice, light juices, low-fat or fat free chocolate milk. Beverages not sold on school property include: soda, caffeinated drinks (coffee, hot chocolate, iced tea), sports drinks, lemonade, and punch. These policy revisions were passed by the Allenstown School Board on 3/9/2015.
Students are being screened for vision, height, weight,
and blood pressure. If any results outside of normal parameters, you will be notified in writing for suggested follow-up with your Physician.
Physicals, Dental Care, and Eye Exams:
If your child needs a physical, they can get one here at ARD
for free in the spring. If your child needs dental care, free care is offered at NHTI in Concord (contact me for details).
If your child is in need of an eye exam or eyeglasses, contact me for inexpensive or free glasses. There is assistance
available for all of your child’s health care needs.
Where can I find information for...?
Student Absence: (top)
When calling in your child absent please include whether they have a fever of 100F or more as well as other flu-like symptoms. Daily reports are made to the State of NH Dept. of Health for influenza patterns.
In the interest of your child’s health and the health of other children, please cooperate with the following guidelines:
If your child feels ill in the morning please keep him/her at home. Although perfect attendance is desirable, a sick child should never be sent to school. General guidelines for keeping your child home from school are:
If your child has a contagious disease or is likely to be absent from school three or more days please notify the school nurse
or the school administration.
Community Health: (top)
All children need routine medical and dental care to stay healthy and ready to learn. Please contact the school nurse if you need assistance with this.
Quick & Easy School Foods: (top)
The Allenstown School District Wellness Policy stresses that classroom snacks feature healthy choices. What a child eats has been proven to help them during the school day. Having quick solutions makes it easier to help make good choices. Make lunch or breakfast meals the night before. You can sit down over the week-end and plan the menus for the week. Try prepackaging foods (fruit slices, pretzels, cut up vegetables) with dip and leave them on the lunch shelf in your refrigerator. This way
you can just grab them in the morning. Children like finger foods. Cut sandwiches into fun shapes using seasonal cookie cutters. You can make your own healthy ranch dip and place
in small containers to take with the vegetables.
Using the school lunch program is another quick & healthy option. The USDA school lunch program has changed to help increase the amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains that children consume. If your child gets “hot-lunch” from school, they are getting healthy choices, as their 'dessert' will usually
be fruit. With the school year in full swing, don't forget to include exercise!
Student School Medication Policy: (top)
Students are not allowed to bring ANY medication to school. Parent/Guardian must bring in medication and sign a permission form to receive medication during school. Medication of any
kind cannot be given to a student without written permission from his/her parents.
Prescription Medication: If your child must receive prescription medication during the school day, the following steps must be completed and submitted to the school nurse:
The school nurse or a trained designee will dispense all medication. No student may take his/her own medication. Special exceptions apply to Inhalers and Epipens. A student
may possess and use these medications if certain requirements are met, including written approval of the student’s doctor
and written verification that the student knows how to and
can administer the medication themselves.
Over the Counter Medication: Any type of nonprescription medication (including cough drops) must be brought to the Health Office with a signed parent permission, “over-the counter medication form” or note stating the time and reason
it should be given. The medication must be in the container
in which it was purchased. Students may not keep medication
in the classroom. Contact the school nurse if you have any questions.
Please read the School Handbook for a complete description
of the district's policies.
~A Healthy School is a Happy School~
Denise Schmidt RN
603-485-4474 (x 2)
The school nurse is responsible for all the health and safety needs of the children, staff, and visitors at school during the school day. In addition to providing first aid, the nurse provides health counseling and education, manages communicable diseases, and develops plans to meet the needs of children with chronic health conditions. Parents/guardians are encouraged to communicate with the school nurse about their child’s health issues.