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Our School Nurse

 

 

Laura Zimkus, RN/BSN
School Nurse

Phone: 719-475-6110 x107

Fax: 719-448-0132

Zimkus, Laura School Nurse

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Health Documents and Forms

Health forms can be accessed from the Health page of the District 12 website.

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Definition of School Nursing

"School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students.  To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning."

(National Association of School Nurses, 1999)

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Should My Child Go To School?

Deciding when a child is too sick to go to school can be a difficult decision for parents to make. When trying to decide, use the guidelines below to help you.

Go to School - If your child has any of the following symptoms, they should probably go to school:

  • Sniffles, a runny nose and a mild cough without a fever (this could be an allergic response to dust, pollen or seasonal changes)
  • Vague complaints of aches, pains or fatigue
  • Single episode of diarrhea or vomiting without any other symptoms

Stay at Home - If your child has any of the following symptoms, please keep your child at home or make appropriate child care arrangements:

  • APPEARANCE, BEHAVIOR - unusually tired, pale, lack of appetite, difficult to wake, confused or irritable. This is sufficient reason to exclude a child.
  • EYES - thick mucus or pus draining from the eye or pink eye. (With pink eye (conjunctivitis) you may see a white or yellow discharge, matted eyelids after sleep, eye pain and/or redness.)
  • FEVER - temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Remember that a child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • GREENISH NOSE DISCHARGE AND/OR CHRONIC COUGH - should be seen by a health care provider. These conditions may be contagious and require treatment.
  • SORE THROAT - especially with fever or swollen glands in the neck. (With Strep throat, the child may return to school after 24 hours on antibiotics.)
  • DIARRHEA - three (3) or more watery stools in a 24 hour period, especially if the child acts or looks ill.
  • VOMITING - vomiting two (2) or more times within the past 24 hours.
  • RASH - body rash, especially with fever or itching. Heat rashes and allergic reactions are not contagious.
  • EAR INFECTIONS WITHOUT FEVER - do not need to be excluded, but the child needs to get medical treatment and follow-up. Untreated ear infections can cause permanent hearing loss.
  • LICE, SCABIES - children may not return to school until they have been treated and are free of lice and nits (eggs).
  • CHICKEN POX - children must stay at home for five (5) days after the onset of blisters, or until all pox are scabbed over and dry.

IF YOUR CHILD SHOWS ANY OF THE ABOVE SYMPTOMS AT SCHOOL, IT WILL BE NECESSARY TO PICK HIM/HER UP FROM SCHOOL.

* Bringing a child to school with any of the above symptoms puts other children and staff at risk of getting sick.

* If all parents keep their sick children at home, we will have stronger, healthier and happier children.

* While we regret any inconvenience this may cause, in the long run this means fewer lost work days and less illness for parents.