Cold weather is here! The office staff asks me to remind parents to please dress your children appropriately. District policy is that the students go out for recess daily unless the actual temperature or wind-chill is 10 degrees Fahrenheit or below. That means that most days through the winter your child will be going outside to play. They will need hat and mittens, a warm jacket, boots, and snow pants. If you need some assistance providing your child with these items, please see me. Likewise, if you have some outerwear your child is no longer using and you would like to donate, see me as well. Boots and snow pants are especially useful and in short supply.
The nurses office is frequently asked to provide clothing to students for a variety of other reasons as well, spills, accidents or if a student is wearing inappropriate clothing. Currently, we have almost no pants to lend. If you are cleaning closets, or your child is experiencing a growth spurt and you have pants to donate, please consider us. All sizes are needed.
Vision and Hearing screening is complete and I am slowly working my way through the approximately 100 students who were either absent or need retesting. As I do, notices of failure are going out. If you receive notification that your child has not passed the screening, please make an appointment for them to get further evaluation as soon as possible. Please contact me if you have any questions about this process. I can be reached directly at 847-952-5183.
Have a Healthy and Happy Holiday!
Donna Szilvagyi RN BSN CDE
Other Helpful Information...
With all the illness we are experiencing here at school, I thought I’d share some guidelines to help you evaluate if your child is well enough to go to school. This information is based on an article by June Samuels RN a school nurse coordinator in Huntington, New York.
If your child states they feel hot or cold, check for fever. If the thermometer reads 99.9 or more keep your child home until fever free for 24 hours without medication. This is also our district policy. If no fever and there are no other symptoms, it’s off to class.
“My tummy hurts.” If there are no other symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea and/or se- vere or increasingly intense lower right-sided pain, try food and a trip to the restroom. The child should be ok for school. If they are experiencing any of the above problems, keep them home and if they don’t improve give your doctor a call.
If your child is coughing and cannot stop, first listen, is it a dry cough? Try a drink of water and see if it goes away. It could be related to allergies or irritation. If there is fever, or if the cough is coming from the chest and produces a lot of phlegm, your child likely has a respiratory infection, bronchitis or another respiratory ill- ness. These conditions are reasons to stay home, rest and seek treatment if necessary.
“My throat hurts.” Check for other symptoms such as fever or swollen glands. If they are present, a trip to the doctor and a test for strep infection is in order. I there is no sign of swollen glands and it has been less than 48 hours that the throat has been sore, they can probably come to school.
“My eyes are itchy.” If he or she has any discharge from the eyes or the eyes are crusty or stuck to- gether this is likely pink eye or conjunctivitis, an eye infection and will need to be treated with an antibiotic. If these signs are not present his eyes are probably just irritated. Apply a cold wet washcloth. This usually helps the irritation and if it does not return, send your child to school.
If you suspect your child is not really sick, here are some tips to unmask a faker. First try observing her when she is not aware of you, does her demeanor and activity level change? Remind her of the fun activities she will miss during and after school. This often produces a miracle cure! Question your child to determine if there is a problem at school that is upsetting her. Undone homework? A problem with friends perhaps? Solv- ing these root problems will usually cure the illness too. Finally, remind your child that if they miss school they will be home having a day of rest, no friends over, no activities and no video game etc. and stick to it.
Naturally, I hope no illness occurs at your house, and that everyone is able to enjoy a happy, healthy, holiday and winter break.