TIS’ THE SEASON FOR...... Colds and Flu
Hope everyone had a safe and healthy holiday break! Common cold and influenza (flu) season are upon us. With a little diligence you can prevent your family members from getting sick this winter. The common cold and the flu are both viruses with many different strains. They are spread by being coughed or sneezed on by someone carrying the virus or by touching your mouth or nose after touching something with the virus on it such as doorknobs, tables, and other people's infected hands. Symptoms can range from mild runny noise and cough to body aches, fever, and chills. The flu is often distinguished by fever, body aches, and chills. The common cold does not usually make a person feel as "wiped out" as the flu. If you suspect that you or your child has the flu, call the doctor right away and explain the symptoms. The doctor will determine if there is a need to test for flu.
Prevention methods include:
Feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.
Medical and Dental "Home"
The Vermont Department of Health would like every child in Vermont to have a regular primary care physician and dentist. If you need help finding a doctor or dentist that accepts your health insurance (including Dr. Dynasaur), please contact me. All school age children should have a well exam with their pediatrician once a year and visit the dentist at least once a year. The Vermont Department of Health offers a wealth of information to families. Please go to www.healthvermont.gov for more information.
Many children in Vermont qualify for free or reduced health insurance coverage. Please go to www.vermonthealthconnect.gov to see if your child qualifies. If you do not have access to a computer, you can call 1-855-899-9600 for assistance.
Many parents have questions about the safety and efficacy of the immunizations required for school entry. The Vermont Department of Health has created a wonderful website geared towards addressing the questions and concerns of parents in regard to immunizations. Please visit www.oktoaskvt.org and browse this informative site. If your child has a religious or philosophical exemption, an exemption form must be completed at the start of every school year with required informational reading. Please visit the Vermont Department of Health website to download a form or visit the school nurse office for a copy. Please keep in mind that the Vermont Legislature has voted to do away with the philosophical exemption starting July 1st, 2016. If your child currently has a philosophical exemption, I urge you to have a conversation with your child's pediatrician.
2015-2016 Woodstock Elementary School Immunization Rates:
Dtap 93.5%, Polio 92.3%, MMR 92.3%, Hepatitis B 92.3%, Varicella 90.5%, Fully immunized 89.3%
For more information on immunization rates in Vermont, please visit http://healthvermont.gov/hc/imm/ImmSurv.aspx
Please see attachments below for necessary school health forms for the year 2015-2016. If you have a returning student please print and complete the Health update form 2015-2016. If you have a new student please print and complete the new student health form 2015-2016. Competed forms can be returned on the first day of school.
If medicines must be taken during the school hours, school policy require that medication be brought to the school nurse by a parent/guardian in the original pharmacy containers, with a health care providers order and a written parent request. Students are not allowed to carry medication with them while in school. Please see the school medication policy and the link to the prescription medication order and permission form below.
Please feel free to call the school nurse, Jamie Sudol, @ 457-2522 if you have any questions or concerns.
KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF:
*they have a fever of 100 degrees or higher, be sure that they stay home until they have been fever free for 24 hours .
* they have vomited or had diarrhea within the last 24 hours
*Call your health care provider if symptoms worsen or do not improve.
To stay healthy, please remind your child to:
*Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
*Wash their hands well and often with soap and water.
*Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
*Cover their mouth/nose with their elbow if they have to cough/sneeze.
*Keep their hands away from their eyes, nose and mouth so that germs don’t have a way in.
These actions are our best defense against transmission of harmful bacteria and viruses.
Our goal is to minimize the spread of germs and keep our students, staff and their families healthy! Thank you for all your help.
WES MEDICATION POLICY
Whenever possible, student medication should be administered at home. However, there are times when it is either necessary or preferable for medication to be administered at school. Whereas the elementary, middle and high schools may have some procedural differences due to the age and maturity of the students, the overlying policy is the same.
It is strongly recommended that the School Nurse be kept aware of all medication a student is taking. This information will be kept confidential unless a school official or teacher has a legitimate educational need to know, as set forth in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The School Nurse or her specifically trained designee will dispense all medication.
Long-term prescription medication that is to be administered on a daily or “as needed” basis through the school health office must have both a written order by a physician and written permission from a parent or guardian. Changes in this order must be written by the physician. Long-term prescription medication must be renewed each year.
Short-term prescription medication should be accompanied by written permission from the parent or guardian, and be in the original prescription container.
Non-prescription (over the counter) medication must also be accompanied by a note from a parent or guardian giving permission for the medication to be administered. A physician order is not necessary. Non-prescription medication must also be in a properly labeled container from the pharmacy.
Non-Prescription Medication - At the Discretion of the School Nurse
The Vermont Boards of Medical Practice and Nursing regarding the administration of non-prescription medication states: “While providing nursing care, the utilization of non-prescription medication is within the scope of practice of the Registered Nurse.” (26 VSA 1572E and 26 VSA 1311). In the elementary school, the School Nurse or classroom teacher will obtain permission from a parent if a student may need medication at school.
All medication must be brought to the school in its original, properly labeled container by the parent or guardian unless other arrangements have been made. Most pharmacists will divide the medication into two labeled containers, one for school and one for home. Only the amount needed for use in school may be brought. Controlled medications will be counted when they are brought in.
Self-Administered Prescription Medication
Students who have learned to self-administer their medication correctly (for chronic illnesses such as asthma or diabetes) can do this at school at the discretion of the School Nurse or the staff responsible for the student at the time. A form stating that the student has been instructed in the proper use of the medication must be signed by a parent and physician.
Reports of medication administration shall be entered on the medication record form including student name, medication, time, dosage, signature and initials of the person administering the medicine. The School Nurse will be responsible for documenting the annual training of those designated to administer medication in the nurse’s absence.
Jamie Sudol RN
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