3-4-50: PREVENT CHRONIC Disease

3-4-50 is a simple but powerful way to understand and communicate the overwhelming impact of chronic disease in Vermont. 3-4-50 is about making a difference at a level that can influence the health of many. Businesses, schools, cities and towns, and health care providers all play an important role in shaping the health of Vermonters. Our common goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice where we live, work, learn and play.


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When To Stay Home From School

Healthy children make great learners and we at WCSU want to see them do the amazing things they are capable of.  There are days, however when it is best for your child to stay home.

 If your child has any of the following, then they need to stay home until better

  • ·         An untreated fever of 100.1 degrees or higher.  (Child should be fever free, untreated for 12 hours prior to returning)
  • ·         Any vomiting or diarrhea in the last 12 hours
  • ·         Cold Symptoms that are hard for your child to manage; like a frequent distracting cough or a constantly running nose
  • ·         Symptoms that are very uncomfortable for example like a painful ear infection or a badly sprained thumb that may be distracting to the child
  • ·         A recent loss that your child is trying to process like the death of a family member, or a pet.   

If you are ever unsure if sending your child to school is the right decision, please call and discuss your child’s situation.

Thank you,

Nurse Becca





Health and Wellness Education

 In addition to my role as your child’s nurse, I also have the privilege of helping to deliver the message of health and wellness.  Throughout the year, with the assistance of your child’s classroom teacher and/or counselor I will be introducing your child to topics that are an important part of growing up and staying healthy. Including –

·         Hand hygiene, germ transmission, and breaking the cycle of infection. 

·         Healthy eyes, teeth, ears, and skin and how to keep them that way

·         Awareness revolving around alcohol, tobacco, and drugs – including prescription medicines

·         Being a good citizen – bully awareness, self-responsibility, safe and secure school community

·         Human growth and development

·         Environmental health, hydration, sunscreen, ticks, pesticide awareness, bike safety, seat belts and water safety

If you have any questions or concerns regarding these lesson topics and want to discuss them further, please don’t hesitate to contact me or your school’s administrator. 

Stay Healthy!

Nurse Becca 


Ahhh, Lice


It’s that time of year! Chilly wind, snowmen, and head lice.  WCSU Students, like all American elementary school kids are in good company.  Any where between 6 and 12 MILLION kids ages 3-11 get head lice every year.  They are also 1 of the top 3 reasons kids miss school.  Here are a few reminders to ponder. Remember, if you have them, your family is not alone.

Head Lice Are:

**Not dangerous, but they are contagious and very annoying!!

**They are not a sign of poor hygiene, they actually prefer clean hair and thrive in that environment.

**Lice can NOT jump, fly, swim, live on our pets, or live in our environment without us to live off of. 

**They are almost translucent and therefore very hard to see. Head lice are most frequently located on the scalp behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the neck. Head lice hold on to hair with hook-like claws that are found at the end of each of their six legs. Head lice are rarely found on the body, eyelashes, or eyebrows.

If you find nits or live lice on your child’s head there are several things to do right away.

*Don’t panic, take a deep breath and then…..

*Use a proven head lice removal method.  The NIX brand comes highly recommended by doctors.  There have been lots of proven studies associating tea tree oils with lice prevention.  Using a tea tree shampoo after treatment can help with infestation. Remember to dilute any essential oils used, it can be very irritating to skin.

*Wash clothing, bedding, brushes (boiling water or dish washer) and any hair accessories.

*Vacuuming the couch and any other soft surfaces will help reduce sharing 

*Screen the entire household.  If you have hair, you could have lice. 

*Tell friends and family and school.  Spread the word to avoid cross-pollination, not the lice. 


Due to the lice lifecycle retreating using all of the above steps is essential after 7-10 days.  That’s when those babies are born.  They can’t lay eggs for a few days so that is your time to strike again. 

Above all educate yourself.  There is a lot of false information out there. Happy Winter!