MOC-Floyd Valley School

Nurse News

School Nurse Karina Nonnemacher and Ashley Van Voorst

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW ALLERGY POLICY for MOC-FV SCHOOLS

Dear Parents:

For the 2019-2020 school year, MOC-Floyd Valley has implemented a policy to become a FOOD ALLERGY AWARE SCHOOL DISTRICT. This letter is to inform you that there are multiple students at our schools who have life-threatening food allergies. The most common allergens that cause anaphylaxis are peanuts, tree nuts, milk, egg, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.


Eating these foods even in trace amounts or touching contaminated surfaces may cause a severe reaction (anaphylaxis) that can lead to death.


Because of the severity of these allergies and their reactions, and to support these student’s safety and welfare, we ask that all food sent to school to be shared with others be pre-packaged ONLY , along with an ingredient list available. No home-baked goods will be allowed . This will make it easier and safer for staff to identify food allergens.


*For Orange City Elementary students and staff: We ask that NO foods that contain peanuts or peanut butter be brought into the school. This includes any pre-packaged foods and personal lunch items.


You can help staff and the school by taking advantage of opportunities to learn more about food allergies and by helping your child understand the foods they freely enjoy can be dangerous to others. Equally important, however, is to let them know they can support their classmates by eating and handling food responsibly.


Here are a few suggestions for you as parents:

  • Never take food allergies lightly; they can be serious and life-threatening
  • Please ask your child’s teacher about the birthday treat policy PRIOR to bringing in any treats and make sure they are pre-packaged ONLY
  • Ask your child’s friends what they are allergic to and help them avoid it
  • Tell your child “do not share your snack or lunch with classmates”
  • Frequent hand washing reduces the spread of viruses during the school year and helps protect food allergic students
    • Wash hands thoroughly after eating
    • Wash surfaces and hands before handling library books, textbooks, or school equipment
    • Similarly, use good hygiene before and after school

We realize this causes some of you inconvenience, and appreciate your cooperation and flexibility in insuring the safety of all of our students! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your school nurse. Thank you so much for your understanding and cooperation!

For an approved snack list- look under FORMS on this website on the left corner.

MOC-FV School Nurses


*Due to new OTC medication policy, you as the parent, may give permission via Infinite Campus for the school nurse and health associates to give certain over the counter medications at school. These medications include: Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Tums, Cough drops, and antibiotic ointment. When logging on to your parent portal in Infinite Campus, the ‘Health Questionnaire and Consent’ will be listed on the main page. Please contact school nurse Karina Nonnemacher for any questions about the consent and contact Cathy Van Es at the OC elementary office if you have not yet set up a parent portal.


~IMPORTANT~


INFLUENZA is contagious 1 day prior and 5 days after onset of symptoms. Per Dr and IDPH recommendation, and school guidelines, if your child is diagnosed with INFLUENZA, they are required to stay home through the 5 days of symptoms. If guided otherwise by a Dr, ARNP, or PA, we ask that you please provide a health provider's note for early return to school. Thank you for you flexibility, and efforts to keep all kids healthy.


Influenza Fact Sheet

https://wiki.idph.iowa.gov/Portals/3/userfiles/79/Information%20on%20Other%20Diseases/Influenza%20Fact%20sheet%20For%20the%20home%20final.pdf




(taken directly from IDPH site)

EPI Update for Friday, January 5, 2018 Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)

Influenza widespread in Iowa, antiviral reminder

Influenza activity and geographic spread in Iowa are increasing significantly and 21 influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities have been investigated so far this season. Outpatient visits for influenza-like illness were higher last week than last season’s peak, and about 25 percent of the over 2000 rapid flu tests done last week were positive for influenza. SHL confirmed influenza in131 of

158 samples sent to them last week; this is higher than last season’s peak week. Influenza A(H3) has been the predominant strain this season, accounting for 390 of 502 (78%) positive results.

Seasons when A(H3N2) virus pre-dominate are associated with high levels of hospitalizations and deaths among all ages, but especially the elderly and very young children. Thus, it is important to use antiviral medications, both for treating and preventing influenza. Antiviral treatment is recommended to start as early as possible for any patient with confirmed or suspected influenza who is hospitalized, has severe complicated or progressive illness, or is at high risk for influenza complications. Influenza antiviral medication can also be used as post- exposure prophylaxis in certain situations, such as during influenza outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

For more information on antiviral use for influenza,

visit www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/antivirals/summary-clinicians.htm.

To view the IDPH press release, visit idph.iowa.gov/News/ArtMID/646/ArticleID/158197/Flu-Deaths-Rise-in-Iowa-1518.