Dear Blair Community School Students and Families,

It is so hard to believe that summer is almost here. Things look and feel so much different for all of us during this time. We would like to thank you for your cooperation and teamwork as the Coronavirus pandemic continues to shape our lives.

We have faced our challenges head on. When our schools closed, our teachers, administrators and faculty quickly formulated plans for online education. We receive direction from our local, state and federal government. We tune in regularly for updates from the CDC, respected scientists and other healthcare professionals. Our definition of "normal" may never be the same.

You don’t have to be a grown up to make a difference. Every single one of us has an important role to play. We cover our coughs, practice thorough and frequent hand washing, and sanitize surfaces and devices regularly. We stay at home, (unless we are an essential worker), venturing out only for groceries, medication and emergencies. We stay away from our elderly, even though we miss them very much. We educate at home and complete homework assignments.

This isn’t the first time our town and country have faced adversity, and it will not be the last. TOGETHER, “from a distance”, we will each do our part to flatten the curve and save lives!

We miss our students and look forward to the day we are back in school together!

Sincerely,

Nurses Carol Ulrich, RN and MaryJo Veskerna, RN


Your Blair Schools Health Team: click on the name to take you to their website and information specific to their schools:

Don't forget to schedule your Kindergarten and 7th Grade Physicals and Immunization updates NOW, in order to have these state requirements completed and turned in to your school prior to the first day of school in August. These need to be received by the school nurse prior to beginning school in order for you student to attend school. You may mail, hand deliver or fax your forms to your school once they are completed. Forms and information are on the section below.

Click this link for:

Some of the forms included are: Asthma/Anaphylaxis guidelines and medical forms, Physical Exam and Waivers, NSAA sport physical forms, Medication Policy and Permits, Return to Learn Concussion Protocols, Special Diet request, Lice information and more.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, many Americans have not received routine medical care for various reasons. Nebraskans are no exception. Wellness appointments and routine immunizations have been delayed leaving many people, particularly children, vulnerable to vaccine preventable diseases.

Back-to-school time seems to the opportune time for children to get caught up on immunizations. With increased concerns of financial burden related immunizations, Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (NDHHS) Immunization program would like to offer the Vaccine for Children Program (VFC). This program affords vaccines to children, at no cost/low cost, at various providers throughout the State of Nebraska. VFC helps to ensure that all children have a chance at receiving their vaccinations and maintaining their health.

A child is eligible for the VFC Program if he or she is younger than 19 years of age and is one of the following:

  • Medicaid-eligible
  • Uninsured
  • Underinsured -meaning the child has health insurance but
    • Doesn’t cover vaccines
    • Doesn’t cover certain vaccines
    • Covers vaccines but has a fixed dollar limit or cap for vaccines. Once that fixed dollar amount is reached, a child is then eligible.
  • American Indian or Alaska Native

Underinsured children are eligible to receive vaccines at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), Rural Health Clinics (RHC), or select public clinics.

For more information or to locate a VFC provider, contact the NDHHS Immunization Program at DHHS.Immunization@nebraska.gov.

http://dhhs.ne.gov/Pages/Immunization.aspx

Immunization Program

PUBLIC HEALTH

Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

OFFICE: 402-471-6423 | FAX: 402-471-6426 DHHS.ne.gov | Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn

When to keep your sick child home:

Should I keep my child home or send him or her to school? Consider keeping your child home if he or she:

• Has a fever of 100 degrees or higher • Has been vomiting

• Has symptoms that prevent him or her from participating in school, such as: − Excessive tiredness or lack of appetite − Productive coughing, sneezing − Headache, body aches, earache − Sore throat A minor sore throat is usually not a problem, but a severe sore throat could be strep throat even if there is no fever. Other symptoms of strep throat in children are headache and stomach upset. Contact your pediatrician as your child needs a special test to determine if it is strep throat. Keep your child home until his or her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication. Colds can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose others unnecessarily to illness. Does my child have the flu?

• The flu is serious! Call your pediatrician at the first sign of flu symptoms, which typically come on suddenly, including: − High fever − Chills − Head ache, body aches, ear ache − Nausea, vomiting − Dry cough If you’re unsure about the best way to treat your child’s cold or flu, ask your school nurse, doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider.

Information from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services

(*****Chapter 3 Pages 9-14 is an easy to read chart on common diseases)