Welcome to the Grafton Elementary School Health Office

NOTICE: 1/2021

This is a reminder from Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Health: “The holidays are over and the spread of COVID-19 in Vermont is still a concern. We have returned to the protocol that you may not gather with anyone you don’t live with. If you have gathered with people you don’t live with, you should quarantine. The Health Department strongly encourages getting tested as soon as possible and then again on day 7.

The Health Department strongly advises against non-essential travel, even within Vermont. All travel to and from Vermont requires quarantine. The only exception is the essential travel.”

The above-highlighted message is taken directly from the Vermont Department of Health webpage.

These restrictions on travel and social gatherings are in place until further notice and could be reasons for students to be excluded from in-person school during a required quarantine period.

The schools are obligated to follow up with families if potential travel or multiple household social gathering is brought to our attention.

An example of an essential gathering would be childcare so that a parent could go to work.

If you are unsure of what is considered essential travel or essential gathering, please contact your school nurse.

In addition, The Health Department contact tracing teams have been busy and sometimes running behind. So, if your student has had contact with a known COVID 19 case, please let the school principal or school nurse know, even if you haven’t been contacted by the Health Department so that proactive appropriate quarantine measures can be completed prior to returning to in-person instruction.

If you have any concerns or questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,

Desirae Wilbur RN

The school nurse hopes to form a partnership with parents and students to help make these elementary school years successful. I encourage all to make healthy life choices and offer a variety of up to date and reliable health information and skills such as stress/anger management, medication management, nutritional education, and screenings to your child. I want to collaborate with your child's physician to form a relationship with him or her.

I provide health care, health information and emotional support during your student's school year. Each young person is unique and I have the opportunity to get to know your child during their years at GES. My goal is to help students stay healthy so they can access their education.

Every student should have a yearly updated Medical Health Information form completed by parent/guardian at the beginning of each school year. We do have some over the counter medications in the health office such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen. If you would like these to be administered at school if needed please sign the medication permission section on the yearly Medical Health Information.

This form will be sent home with your child at the beginning of each school year. It will be kept on file in the health office. You can also call to request forms or print them from the Health Forms tab on the side menu.

The American Academy of Pediatrics and the State Department of Public Health recommends YEARLY physicals for ALL children in K - 12. Well care visits focus on age-specific screenings, prevention, and the overall physical, social, and emotional health and well-being of children and adolescents. Our school district supports this recommendation. For more information, please don't hesistate to contact me.

Medications for students to take at school must be in a current pharmacy bottle and we do need a signed parent permission form for students, and a doctors order yearly. Over the counter medication must be in an original package and accompanied by a signed permission as well.

If your student uses an asthma rescue inhaler, has a life threatening allergy requiring an epipen, or other heath treatment plan, please notify the nurse so that an emergency care/anaphylaxis plan can be developed. With appropriate plans in place, students are allowed to carry and administer their own emergency medication (including albuterol inhalers, epinephrine auto injectors and insulin administered via pump). Again, plans must be in place so please contact me for information to set this up if needed.

Please click on the Navigation bar for health information, on medication administration in school, immunizations, head lice, tick prevention, and school health forms.

Please Use the COVID Parent Guide Below,

Provided by The Vermont Department of Health

CYF_VT BacktoSchoolAfterIllness10.6.pdf

Need Health Insurance? Visit www.VermontHealthConnect.gov or call 1-855-899-9600

School Nurse - Desirae Wilbur, RN BSN

E-mail - Desirae.Wilbur@wnesu.com Phone: (802) 843 2495, 103 Fax: (802) 843 2911