Nurse Notes- January 2020
Happy New Year and welcome back! These next few months we all need to do our best to keep illnesses at bay. Recess is outside when weather permits. Please make sure your child has the appropriate clothing, which includes, coat, hat, gloves and maybe even a scarf. If they want to go in the snow, they also need snow boots and snow pants.
Please remind them not to share hats, scarves or even scrunchies. No one wants to have LICE make a visit.
One of the best ways to prevent illnesses is to wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
Cold, flu, or something else?...Often we get confused about the symptoms of the flu, or influenza virus, and how they are different from a common cold. Knowing the symptoms of the flu is important and will help you act quickly to get your child feeling better faster.
- Other illnesses are also present in our environment, so when in doubt, consult with your child’s physician, and keep your child home if he or she does not seem well enough to get through a day at school, has a fever, or is likely to share germs with others.
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week is January 22-27, 2020. This is aimed at having open and honest conversations with your child about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. This also includes vaping.
National Radon Action Month
Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas released in rock, soil, and water formed from the breakdown of uranium. It is an odorless gas that is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The best time to test for radon is in the colder season between the months of November through March when your house is closed up. Free kits may be available at the link below.
Random January Facts
- January is named after the Roman god Janus, who was always shown as having two heads. He looked back to last year and forward to the new year.
- The birthstone for January is the garnet and the flower is a carnation.
- January is National Soup Month.
- 1788- January 9, Connecticut became the 5th state.
- 1790- President Washington delivered the 1st State of the Union address
- 1863- Thomas Crapper invented the portable toilet.
- 1910- The Hydrox, a chocolate sandwich cookie with crème filling was introduced. Oreos came out two years later in 1912.
- 1908- First New Year’s ball drop in Time’s Square NYC
- 1920- New York Yankees purchased Babe Ruth from the Red Sox for $125,000
- 1959- Motown Records formed in Detroit.
- 1995- The History Channel was launched
Nurse Notes December 2019
“How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?”
So far we have seen a variety of illnesses including colds, respiratory illness, strep throat, GI illnesses and the flu. GI illness. Hand washing and avoiding those who are ill are key components of prevention. Please remind the children to wash hands frequently, especially before eating and after using tissues. Ask your children to show you how to DAB (Destroy All Bacteria). Also, please keep children home if they complain of:
Sore throat with temperature over 100 degrees
Severe runny nose
Severe or continuous cough
Temperature of 100 degrees or greater
Below are a few points to remember if your child complains of a sore throat.
Have a water bottle in school!
Encourage fluids and rest.
Warm salt water gargles can be effective in preventing infection and easing discomfort.
Avoid irritants e.g. smoke
Over the counter throat lozenges may be brought to school without a prescription, as long as parents signed permission for them at the beginning of the school year. Children should bring them to the clinic and come for them as needed. They are not to be shared with others.
If you are not sure when to keep your child home, the link below is helpful. It can be found on the Granby Public Schools website under Health Services
When to return to school:
Fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen
If antibiotic therapy is prescribed, 24 hours after the start of the antibiotic.
Feeling well enough to participate in a full day of class(s).
Please send your child with appropriate dress for outdoor activities at recess. Jackets, hats and gloves will allow them to safely enjoy their recreational time. Recess is spent outdoors except for times of extreme cold, wind or precipitation. *Remind your children not to share hats or scarves! Lice is no fun!
National Handwashing Awareness Week (Dec. 1–7). Nothing is more effective on combating germs and illness than soap and water. Please wash often!
Some Fun Holiday Facts
If you were to buy all the items from the “The 12 Days of Christmas, it will cost you $38,993.59
The original ball lowered in Times Square on New Year's Eve back in 1907 was made of iron and wood and decorated with 100 light bulbs.
Poinsettias were first introduced into this country in 1828 by the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, Joel Poinsett.
It takes an average of seven years to grow a Christmas tree
The UPS delivers 20 billion cards and packages throughout the Holiday season.
Kwanzaa celebrates African-American culture and is celebrated from December 26 through January 1. Kwanzaa is a Swahili word that means” first fruits of the harvest”.
Hanukkah is a “floating holiday” meaning that its celebrated on different dates every year.
2,000 pounds of confetti are released in NYC on New Year’s Eve.
Nurse’s Notes- November 2019
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! To all the volunteers who helped make our vision and hearing screenings go so smoothly. We really appreciate your time and commitment and could not have done it without you! All children have had screenings, and referral letters have gone home with them if need be. For vision at this age level, children are referred for visual acuity of less than 20/20 according to state guidelines. Any child who did not pass the initial screening was rechecked by a nurse before being referred.
COLD AND FLU SEASON IS HERE!We want to keep everyone healthy so we can all be in school. Everyone has the ability to keep illness from spreading, and it is so important, because for some children and adults, minor illness can lead to more serious problems:
- Teach children to cough into their sleeves and wash hands well, especially after blowing their noses or touching their mouths. Ask them about my DAB (Destroy All Bacteria) poster (see below).
- Please keep children home for vomiting, severe or continuous cough, or cold symptoms they cannot manage in school, and until any fever (100 degrees or more) is gone for at least 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medicine (Tylenol, Ibuprofen etc)
- Our custodians disinfect handles and flat surfaces nightly, and teachers send children to the nurse if they observe signs of illness. (Thank you, staff!)
- Unless your doctor advises against it, please consider flu shots for all members of your family to reduce the likelihood, severity and spread of influenza. Now is the time to get immunized.
BE PREPARED FOR SCHOOL
- As cold weather approaches, please send your child with appropriate dress for outdoor activities at recess. Jackets, hats and gloves will allow them to safely enjoy their recreational time. Children go outdoors for recess except for times of extreme cold, wind or precipitation.
- Consider sending your child with a supply of their own personal care items, for their comfort in class: chapstick, lotion, soft tissues and a water bottle can keep them comfortable and attentive
- Lice! No one, including me, wants to deal with them. Please remind your children not to share hats or scarves as the weather turns colder, or Scrunchies (nice to see they came back J)
November is American Diabetes Month! More than 30 million Americans have diabetes, that is 1 in 7 people! For more information about Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, to learn about sign and symptoms or to support research please visit the link below.
November is National Healthy Skin Month. Here are some interesting facts. Remember as the dry weather approaches to stay moisturized.
The average adult has approximately 16 – 22 square feet of skin, which weighs around 9 – 11 lbs.
- Skin accounts for ~15% of your body weight.
- Skin is thickest on the palms and soles and thinnest on the eyelids.
The skin completely renews itself every 28 days by constantly shedding dead cells.
- Skin sheds around 30,000 cells per minute.
- Skin is the largest organ of the body.
Some Thanksgiving Fun Facts
- Wild turkeys can run 20 miles per hour when they are scared, but domesticated turkeys that are bred are heavier and can't run quite that fast.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.
- Female turkeys (called hens) do not gobble. Only male turkeys gobble.
- The heaviest turkey on record, according to the Guinness Book of Records, weighs 86 pounds.
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings." — William Arthur Ward
"I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual." - Henry David Thoreau
Nurse’s Notes - October 2019
Screenings- This week we will be screening all grades for vision and hearing. If a referral is needed, parents will be notified. Please contact the clinic for any questions or concerns.
Healthy schools begin with healthy students and staff. We all occasionally get colds and other illnesses, and it is important to keep from spreading these illnesses to others. Hand washing with soap and water is one of the most important things that can be done. Your reinforcement of the need to wash well especially before eating and after using the bathroom, blowing nose etc. will go a long way to keeping us all healthy. Other ways:
Hydration: Please provide your child with a water bottle throughout the year. Water is vital to good health.
Do not forget after an illness to replace your toothbrush. Germs can hide in the bristles and make that sickness come back.
The time for flu shots is now, to give the vaccine time to work before flu arrives in the area. Contact your child’s medical provider
With changing weather please dress your child accordingly. Dressing in Layers should work for our sometimes-unpredictable New England weather. Feel free to have extra clothes in their backpack.
For those celebrating Halloween, please look over some safety tips from Healthy Children.org.
If you see a child with a blue bucket, they may be autistic. Please use some extra patience
If you see a child with a teal bucket, they may have food allergies. For more information on how to include everyone by providing a non- candy alternative go to Fare.org
When to Keep Your Child at Home: Answer these questions every morning before sending your child to school or daycare:
- 1. Does your child have a fever (100º F or 37. 7ºC)? If you don’t have a thermometer, feel your child’s skin with your hand. If it is much warmer than usual, your child probably has a fever.
- 2. Does your child have a sore throat, cough, body aches, vomiting, or diarrhea? Simple sore throats may be due to colds or allergies, but can indicate something more serious if accompanied by fever, red patches on tonsils, headache, stomachache or other symptoms. Students should be fever free for 24 hours and free of vomiting or diarrhea without the use of medication before returning to school.
- What if I am unsure when my child should return to school? If you have any doubt as to whether your child can return to school, please contact the school nurse BEFORE sending your child to school on the bus. Drive your child to school and report directly to the school nurse who can evaluate your child to determine if he/she can remain in school.
Notes from the Clinic
Welcome to a new school year! My name is Kim Cosgrove and this is my first year as the Wells Road School nurse. I live in Tariffville my husband and two teenage children. I am an allergy mom, with both of my kids having severe allergies, so I do understand what some of you are going through. I am very excited to be here and being a part of your children’s lives.. Here’s to a healthy and happy school year. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Medications policy: If your child needs any prescription or over-the-counter medication other than Acetaminophen (Tylenol) the clinic must have a medication authorization from your physician. Medication must be brought to school by an adult in its original container.
Fever Policy: Children may return to school once the fever has been gone for 24 hours WITHOUT THE USE of fever-reducing medicine like Tylenol and Ibuprofen.
September 18th is National School Backpack Awareness Day. Periodically you and your child should go through their backpack to clean it out and make sure unnecessary items are not in it. Extra weight in the backpack can cause back pain and fatigue. A child’s backpack should weigh no more than about 10% of his or her body weight. This means a student weighing 100 pounds should not wear a loaded school backpack heavier than about 10 pounds.
Hydration- Please have your child bring a water bottle to school. It is important to hydrate throughout the day no matter the weather.
Kim Cosgrove RN, BSN