As our home page suggests please help me care to for your child by contacting me if your child has:
- any chronic or acute illnesses
- a new medication or change in medication dosage
- been exposed to a communicable disease such as a strep throat infection, chicken pox, or conjunctivitis
- a life-threatening or new allergy
- a serious injury requiring hospitalization, or a diagnosed head concussion
- an injury requiring casting, sutures, a splint, or mobility assistance of crutches or wheelchair
Please be in touch at any time to share important information that may impact your child:
- Updating the phone numbers on your child’s school record so the nurse can always reach you
if there is an event at home or in the family that may impact your
child at school such as military deployment, birth, or death of a family
member or of a beloved pet.
Please keep your child home when the following symptoms are present
- Temperature of 100 degrees F or greater within the past 24 hours
- Vomiting or diarrhea occurring within the past 24 hours
infections of any kind, untreated ringworm, conjunctivitis, or
impetigo. These are all contagious infections and must be treated with
medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school
- Rash of unknown origin - this may indicate many different things and should be checked by your pediatrician
- Untreated head lice (pediculosis) infestation
with pain should be taken seriously, especially in young children. Earaches, toothaches, and headaches should be evaluated.
Winter is here:)!!
This informative guide from the CDC offers excellent
information on health and safety during the cold winter months.
be sure to dress your child for the weather. Although students will remain indoors
throughout the school day when temperatures drop to below 18 degrees
Fahrenheit, factoring in the wind chill, it is imperative to be
cognizant of the fact that students must be prepared to evacuate the building
regardless of the temperature or weather conditions. The following link Child Care Weather Watch is an informative
reference regarding air temperature and the wind chill factor.
The Lexington Public Schools Wellness
Policy Implementation Guidelines July 2012 references this policy. These guidelines also
include information on physical activity during the school day, nutrition,
nutritional guidelines for food and beverages served, offered, or sold, as well
as the Massachusetts School Nutrition Regulations for Competitive Foods and
Beverages. Parents are encouraged to send their children to school with healthy snacks.
information is excerpted from page two of these guidelines and offers guidance
regarding district policy on outdoor recess:
elementary level the following requirements will be implemented:
All elementary schools will adhere to standardized decision making for outdoor
recess based on weather conditions; when the temperature declines to18 degrees
F factoring in wind chill, outdoor recess will be cancelled.
Playground safety at each location will factor in the principal’s decision
regarding indoor or outdoor recess.
It is the parent/guardians’ responsibility to ensure that their children come
to school dressed appropriately for the weather so that all may participate in the benefits of outdoor play activity and socialization. Parents
will be called to bring in appropriate attire or supply replacement clothing
when necessary. The school is not responsible for providing clothing to children.
Bridge we recommend that parents send in a change of clothing for their child
to keep in their locker.
In October 2014 our students gathered for a morning meeting and viewed a power point presentation on hand washing that I created especially for them. Perhaps your children have mentioned this to you. They were quite enthusiastic and really enjoyed the Scrub-a-Dub-Dub video at the end. In order to view the video simply right-click on Scrub-a-Dub-Dub on slide #12 and choose "Open Hyperlink". Wellness Campaign: Hand washing PPT
The following links offer additional helpful information and guidance regarding illness prevention and the flu:
Preventing the Flu: Good Health Habits Can Help Stop Germs
Cold versus Flu: How to Tell the Difference
The Flu: A Guide for Parents
Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report
Head lice is a topic which is frequently of interest to parents of elementary school-aged children The district protocol for the management of pediculosis can be viewed by clicking to the left on our Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines link.
It is recommended that parents check their children's hair weekly (take-a peek, once-a-week) for any evidence of pediculosis.
If head lice is discovered parents should do the following:
1. Treat the infestation in accordance with the recommendation of their child's pediatrician and remove as many nits as possible before returning to school.
2. Notify close contacts- family and friends so that they can check their children's heads.
4. Families should continue to comb, inspect their child's head, and manually remove nits daily.
5. A recheck of the child's head will be scheduled with the school nurse in 1 week.
- These images may be helpful to parents who have never seen head lice as they examine their child's head.
- Checking weekly will ensure that if an infestation is discovered it will be in its' early stages.
- Please stop by the health office with your child at any time for assistance if you question if you have identified pediculosis.
School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing
that advances the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement and
health of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student
responses to normal development; promote health and safety including a healthy
environment; 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