Health Assistant-Colleen Aversa
223-2513 ext. 106
If a student has a fever of 100 or higher the parent/guardian must be called and the student sent home.
The CDC recommends that students DO NOT RETURN TO SCHOOL UNTIL they have been without fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
Any and all sores, open wounds or cuts should be covered while at school to prevent infection and spread of infection as per health department protocol.
If a child needs medication to be given at school; parents/guardians need to have form #135 filled out by the physician and brought in with the medication that has a pharmacy label on it. Both items need to be brought in by a parent or guardian NOT THE STUDENT. Students are not allowed to transport any medication in their backpacks.
Start Healthy Hand Washing Habits Today!
Washing your hands is the most significant step for preventing the spread of germs and illness.
Wash your hands as often as possible (even if your hands look clean). Here are some important instances when to wash your hands to help control the spread of illness:
- After using the bathroom
- After coughing or sneezing
- After touching books and money
- Before preparing food
- Before eating
- · After petting an animal
Cold or Flu? The flu is an infection of the respiratory system that is caused by the influenza virus. In general, it is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme fatigue, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu and are caused by many different viruses. People with colds are more likely to have a stuffy or runny nose.
Students with a fever, significant cough, nasal congestion, vomiting or diarrhea should stay home.
Help SPOT the FLU
- Sudden fever (101 or Higher)
- Achy muscles - Fatigue - Chills
- Sore throat
Help STOP the FLU
- Give a fever reducer/pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
- Provide lots of liquids to prevent dehydration
- Ensure lots of bed rest
Our Lice Policy
If a live adult louse is found on a student’s head the parent/guardian is called for the child to be picked up from school and treated. The student once treated can return to school, to the clinic first for a re-check. Then, if no nits are found the student can go to class. If there are a few nits that can be easily pulled and removed from the hair, the student will be able to return to class. However, if there are nits found to be stuck and not easily pulled from hair the student will have to go home and be treated again.
Head lice are tiny insects about 1/18 inches long. They are transmitted from one person to another on combs, clothing, towels, upholstered furniture, and car seats and by personal contact. Head lice do not jump or fly. Head lice do not spread disease, nor does their presence mean that your child is unclean.
Nits (lice eggs) are cylindrical and clear to gray in color. They attach themselves to the hair shaft, close to the scalp. Nits do not easily move like dandruff. They are usually seen around the ears, nape of the neck, and the crown of the head.
Treatment for Head Lice
- Examine all members of your household for lice or nits.
- Obtain one of the several medications intended to kill lice. Some can be bought over the counter at your local drugstore. You may consult your pharmacist if you need help selecting an over the counter preparation. Some medications may be prescribed by your physician, and include a shampoo treatment or a cream rinse treatment that is applied after regular shampooing.
- REMEMBER TO FOLLOW DIRECTIONS FOR USE WHICH COMES WITH THE MEDICATION.
- Remove all clothing before shampooing hair. The clothing may harbor lice.
- After medication treatment, remove all the nits from hair shafts with a fine toothcomb. Nits are difficult to see, and this step should be done in the sunlight or under a bright light.
- Put on clean clothes after treatment is completed.
- Wash all clothing, towels, bed linens, combs, brushes, and backpacks used by persons with head lice in very hot water with soap or detergent. Dry clean all clothing which cannot be washed.
- Thoroughly vacuum carpets, furniture, car seats, etc. made of fabric type materials. Toys (e.g., stuffed animals, etc.) may be placed in plastic bags and sealed for 2 weeks to kill lice.
- Check each family member’s head frequently for the presence of lice or nits. If lice or nits are found, begin treatment immediately.
In order to prevent further spread to other students in school, and to other members of your household, this condition should be treated at once.