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Welcome back to school!  Hope you had a fantastic summer! 

 

If your child has any health concerns or changes throughout the school year please notify me so I have proper updates on conditions. Also know any medication given at school will only be given on the written authorization of a physician or health care provider with prescriptive authority and written permission from a parent.  This includes all over the counter medication including Ibuprofen and Acetaminophen.   You may want to consider having a form filled out for those infrequent headaches or aches/pains that occur at unpredictable times.  Please DO NOT send medication for your student in a baggie for them to take on their own.  Medication permission forms and Health care plans are available on our website at https://www.cmsd12.org/d12healthinfo and in the nurses office.        

Any changes in medication or dosage during the school year will necessitate a physician’s written authorization for the change.  Emergency asthma or allergy medication may be carried and self administered by a responsible student as determined by the school nurse. All forms and a written contract are required between student, parent, physician and school nurse.  Please contact me for information on the contract.

Always thinking of your health,

Nurse Laura

Posted 8/7/19

General Information

Our School Nurse

Laura Lyons RN/BSN
School Nurse

Phone: 719-475-6110 x1003

Fax: 719-448-0132

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DISTRICT Health information: Documents/Forms, immunizations,   and Concussion protocols

Need a medication permit or health care plan, immunization and/or concussion information?
Health information and forms can be accessed from the Health page on the District 12 website.

https://www.cmsd12.org/d12healthinfo

Definition of School Nursing

School nursing, a specialized practice of public health nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potentials. NASN, 2016.

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.

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