WATCH OUT FOR TICKS!
Ticks are most likely found in shady, damp, brushy, wooded, or grassy areas (especially in tall grass), including your own backyard. They feed on the blood of mammals (including people, dogs, cats, deer, and mice), birds, and reptiles (snakes and turtles, for example). Ticks can bite you and spread diseases including Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis (formerly human granulocytic ehrlichiosis or HGE), tularemia, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. They do not fly or jump. They attach to animals or people that come into direct contact with them. Ticks are most active during warmer months (April-September).
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD?
· Avoid Direct Contact with Ticks
- Avoid wooded and bushy areas with high grass and leaf litter.
- Walk in the center of trails.
· Check for ticks daily under the arms, in and around the ears, back of the neck, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, between the toes, around the waist, and especially in their hair. Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
HOW TO REMOVE A TICK
1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin's surface as possible.
2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don't twist or jerk the tick; this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin.
3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area with soap and water.
4. Dispose of a live tick by submersing it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it down the toilet. Never crush a tick with your fingers.
Avoid folklore remedies such as "painting" the tick with nail polish or petroleum jelly, or using heat to make the tick detach from the skin. Your goal is to remove the tick as quickly as possible--not waiting for it to detach.
Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
For further information, please visit: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/id/epidemiology/ticks/public-health-cdc-tickborne-educational-info.html
It is recommended that parents check their children's hair weekly (take-a peek, once-a-week) for any evidence of pediculosis. The district protocol for the management of pediculosis can be viewed by clicking Head Lice Protocol
If head lice is discovered, parents should:
Treat the infestation in accordance with the recommendation of their child's pediatrician and remove as many nits as possible before returning to school.
Notify close contacts- family and friends so that they can check their children's heads.
Notify the school nurse, who will offer guidance and support to families while maintaining confidentiality.
Continue to comb, inspect their child's head, and manually remove nits daily.
Who is at risk for getting head lice?
Head lice are found worldwide. In the United States, infestation with head lice is most common among pre-school children attending child care, elementary schoolchildren, and the household members of infested children. Although reliable data on how many people in the United States get head lice each year are not available, an estimated 6 million to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States among children 3 to 11 years of age. In the United States, infestation with head lice is much less common among African-Americans than among persons of other races, possibly because the claws of the of the head louse found most frequently in the United States are better adapted for grasping the shape and width of the hair shaft of other races.
Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. Spread by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infested person is uncommon. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.
Reference: CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
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Medications: ALL medications given during the school day require a signed medication consent form provided by your child’s health care provider. This includes daily medication and “as needed “ medication including epinephrine (EpiPen), inhalers ( such as Albuterol), short term antibiotics, and over-the-counter medications.
When to keep your child at home: Please keep your child home when the following symptoms are present
When to contact the school nurse: Please help the school nurse care for your child by informing the nurse if your child has:
An important note about safety at recess…
Students have two recesses during the day on typical full days of school. In inclement weather (raining, or below 18 degrees Fahrenheit, including wind chill), recess is held indoors in the classrooms. Outdoor recess is held whenever possible. It is important that children are dressed appropriately including a coat, hat, mittens or gloves, boots, snow pants) during the winter season. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping your child safe and warm!
For further information about Lexington Public School Health Services, please visit:
Jean Claffey MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN
Bowman Elementary School
Tel. (781) 861-2500 Ext. 2
Fax. (781) 861-2304