Updates from the Nurse

Why should a student stay home?

  • Temperature of 100.4 or higher (student should be fever-free without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours prior to returning to school.)

  • Vomiting or diarrhea

  • Contagious rash

  • Pink eye (contagious while there is drainage from the eye)

  • Strep throat (Exclude until 24 hours after antibiotic treatment begins and child is without a fever.)

Birthday Treats

  • As the nurse, I am diligent about making sure students with allergies are not affected by the treats brought to our school.

  • The process is:
    • A treat is brought to the school health room by the parent.
    • That treat is evaluated for ingredients that could be allergens.
    • I check those allergens against the list of student with allergies in the class.
    • If there is a student with an allergy, that student may be offered an alternative treat, provided by the nurse.
    • Students enjoy their treats in the lunchroom.

  • What are some ideas of treats to provide?
    • Mini cupcakes from Wal-Mart labeled “Made in a peanut-free facility.”
    • Oreos
    • Barnum’s Animal Crackers
    • Chips Ahoy
    • Rice Krispy Treats
    • Treats ordered from the school cafeteria
    • See http://snacksafely.com/safe-snack-guide/

  • Parents of students with allergies are welcome to provide their own treats for their student.Those treats should be non-perishable and can be kept in the health room.

Head Lice

  • Students are expected to stay home if live bugs are present.

  • After first treatment is completed, student can return to class after visiting the health room for a check.

  • Nits are NOT considered live lice.

  • Please use the school nurse as a resource, if needed.I’m happy to walk you through the process to eliminate as quickly as possible.

Injuries

  • Unfortunately, injuries happen on the playground and while students are here at school.

  • Typically, you will be called for an injury to the head.An exception to this would be a nondescript injury that caused no visible injury or no signs/symptoms of injury.

  • If a broken/injured limb is suspected, you will be called.

  • PLEASE let the classroom teacher or the nurse know if your student should be excluded from physical activity for any reason.

Medical Conditions

  • If your student has a health issue (chronic or acute) that may affect their learning or time at school, please feel free to share that information.

  • My goal is to keep students safe and comfortable while at school.

  • The more I know, the better I can help.

Health Screenings

  • Hearing and vision screening occur annually in the fall.

  • K, 1, 3, 5, and all new students to the district are screened.

  • If a parent requests, a screening can take place outside of these parameters.

  • If a student fails a vision screening, a referral form will be sent home.

  • Once the student has been assessed by a doctor, please send back the referral form to school.This way, we know that the vision issue has been addressed.

  • If a student fails a hearing screening, a student is rescreened two weeks later and assessed with an otoscope.

  • If a student fails the additional hearing screening, parents will be notified for additional follow up.

Communication

  • Please contact me anytime.My hours are 8:15-3:45 and I can be reached at 816-359-4374 or kimbrelj@parkhill.k12.mo.us.I am here all days that the student are in attendance.