Nurse's Notes

Flu season is upon us, and the best protection from this viral illness which can cause fever, muscle aches, cough, and sore throat is the flu vaccine. Flu vaccines are offered at many locations. You can receive the influenza (flu) vaccine from your Doctor's office, pharmacies, local Health department, and clinics. Once you have received your vaccine it will take two weeks for the antibodies to develop inside your body and protect you from the flu. When in doubt if you should receive your flu vaccine, always check with your Primary Care Physician. Take these simple steps below to protect yourself and others:
1.) Wash Hands-Always use soap and water, if no soap or running water available, use an alcohol based hand rub. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with your hands.
2.)Cover Cough/Sneeze-Always cover your mouth or nose with a clean tissue when coughing or sneezing. If no clean tissue is available, use your sleeve. (Nose to elbows...Please.)
3.)Keep all immunizations up to date
4.)Each year receive a Flu Vaccine-CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older.
If you should become sick with flu like symptoms, you should stay home, and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care. Always contact your health care provider if you experience any flu like symptoms. (GASN)

SCHOOL HEALTH NEWS

The school does not stock over the counter medications such as children's Tylenol or Ibuprofen. If you feel your child may need some medication to be given at school, please complete a Medical Authorization and Release form which can be turned in to the front office, or to me along with the medication in the original bottle. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks,
Nurse Stacy

DO YOU START YOUR DAY WITH BREAKFAST?

Do you and your children have time for breakfast everyday? Breakfast is a very important meal. Just think, if you ate supper around 6:00 and you don't eat breakfast in the morning, you could be going 18 hours without eating. That would be hard for most people, especially children. Being hungry can cause headaches and stomachaches and feeling shakey. Many kids tell me they didn't eat breakfast because they didn't have time to. We have a great solution to this dilemma. February would be a great month to try our school breakfast. You can be sure your child starts the day with a good breakfast and help us win a visit from an Atlanta Falcons Football player. For February we are in a Fuel Up to Play competition with other schools to have high participation in our breakfast program. It would be a great month to start eating breakfast at school. You can find the menu on the left menu of this page.

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There are times that students become sick or get injured at school and it is very important that we are able to contact a parent. People often change their cell phone numbers and forget to let us know at school. Please be sure we have your current contact information. If you change your phone number come in and change it on your child's transportation card and send in a note to your child's teacher.



Medications at School

If your student requires medication at school there are some guidelines to be followed. For an ongoing medication, the parent should come in with the medication in the original prescription bottle with the pharmacy label on it and fill out the Medical Authorization and Release Form.

If your child is on a temporary medication like an antibiotic that is a 4 a day dose it can be given at school. Bring it in and fill out the same Medical Authorization and Release Form.


Please be aware that I cannot send medication home with a student. It must be picked up by a parent. The school is open until 6:00 daily.


Our school does not stock over the counter medications. If your child frequently needs an over the counter medication like Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen, etc. and you would like for them to have that at school you can bring it in and fill out the Medical Authorization and Release Form. These must also be in their original and be children's medication.

Please call me or use the email connection above if you have any questions.

See Forms on the web menu to print a copy of the Medical Release Form (pdf) so you can fill it out ahead of time if you would like.

Please refer to The Student and Parent Handbook for our County Policy on medications at school.

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