Notes from Nurse Mary
Nurse Mary Newman
When Should Students Stay Home?
When students aren't feeling well, it is important to know when they should and shouldn’t attend school.
- Children should stay home until they have been fever free for at least 24 hours, without the use of medication. If you just broke a fever, six, eight hours before, you are still not going to be feeling well.
- Though not contagious, a persistent cough can be a reason to keep children home for a day or two.
- Children experiencing abdominal pain lasting more than two hours should be kept home until the cause is known.
- Temperatures of 100.0 degrees or more; vomiting at least twice in 24 hours; unidentifiable skin rashes; head lice until treated and red eyes if the cause is unknown.
- With colds, it depends on the individual child.
- If you need to give an over the counter medicine to your student before school to “get them through the day”, your student should stay home.
Medication Guidelines for School
- Medications cannot be given by the nurse without a consent signed by the parent and the doctor. Students cannot carry medication in their back pack or self administer medication.
- Students cannot carry and self administer any cold medicines or cough drops.
- Antibiotics (oral and eye drops) should be given at home. For example, if the doctor ordered the medicine to be taken three times a day, the expectation is that you will give it to your child before school, immediately after school and at bedtime.
- If your student regularly takes a medication in school (oral medications or inhalers) mark your calendar to remind yourself when a refill is due. The nurse will also send a note home with your student to remind you that the inhaler or oral medication is getting low.
- Please call the nurse and let her know if your child is using any medication for any reason. You can leave a message on the voice mail. It is a confidential line and will not be heard by anyone but the nurse.
- You can visit www.health.state.mn.us/immunize (click on Immunization Laws in the left-hand column) or call the Immunization Program at 651-201-5503: click on link for more information-Immunization Requirements
- Students Must Be in compliance by the First Day of School
- All Kindergarten students must show proof of all immunizations and Preschool Screening to enter kindergarten. Two doses of Varicella vaccine are required for kindergarten students also.
- All 7th grade students must show proof of both a second dose of measles/mumps/rubella (given at least one month after the first dose) and a tetanus/diphtheria booster given at or after 11 years of age (unless one was given at age 7-10, in which case a booster will be required at the usual 10 year interval). Two doses of Varicella vaccine will be required.
- No student will be allowed to start school in the fall without documentation signed by the physician or parent/guardian giving the month/day/year of the vaccinations.
- We encourage you to make an appointment now and turn in the dates to your school when the vaccinations have been completed. A physical exam before 7th grade is highly recommended but not required.
- Immunizations can be received from your personal physician or the Hennepin Country Community Health Department. For information and dates of immunization clinics, call 612-348-2884.
- NW Immunization Clinic located at the Adult Education/Enrollment Center 7051 Brooklyn Blvd, Brooklyn Park, 763-585-7361 will be open during the summer.
General Health Information
Asthma Management Basics
- LEARN YOUR TRIGGERS AND AVOID THEM. Triggers include anything from pollens to odors to smoke.
- BE SCENT FREE –Do not wear or have your student wear perfume to school.
- CONTROL YOUR ENVIRONMENT. Avoid the allergen. No pets, especially in the bedroom. Use allergen free covers for pillows and mattress if allergic to dust mites.
- TRY SOME PREVENTION. Do not smoke during pregnancy. Breast feed if possible. Breast milk is unlikely to trigger an allergy and boosts the immune system.
- MONITOR YOUR BREATH. Do peak flows using the peak flow meter. If the rate is less than 50%, see a doctor.
- USE MEDICINES. Most people use a short term medication such as albuterol in inhaler or nebulizer form.
- If you have not provided albuterol to the nurse for your student, please do so. Any questions? Call the school nurse at 763-549-2322
Check your Car Seats
- The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all children be in a child safety seat or belt-positioned booster seat until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall.
- Most children reach that height between ages 8 and 12.
- This means that students should still be in at least a booster seat until about third grade unless the height of 4 foot 9 is met!
- It is also the law.
- All 50 states and the District of Columbia require the use of child restraints.
- If possible, put the car seat in the center of your back seat to minimize impact from a side collision.
- Strap position matters especially the shoulder belt.
- Make sure that your child is the right size for the seat.
- Car Seats Expire
- Don’t use a seat that is more than 6 years old.
- Always replace a car seat if you have been in a collision.
- Don’t use a hand me down seat if you do not know the age or the history of the seat.
What Should You Do If You Suspect Someone Is Poisoned?
- Tell a grownup right away.
- Call the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222)
- If you do not know what something is, DO NOT put it in your mouth.
To Avoid Poisonings Be Aware of the Following Tips:
- All medicines should be stored in locked cabinets.
- Keep children where you can see them at all times, even when you answer the door or telephone.
- Do not leave poisons on a counter or in an unlocked cabinet.
- Never carry something that can be poisonous, such as medicine in a purse where children may find it.
- Safety latches on drawers or cabinets, and child resistant caps on bottles are helpful in keeping poisons out of the hands of children.
Does your student have adequete health/accident insurance coverage?
- Osseo Area Schools, ISD 279, does not provide health or accident insurance for injuries incurred by your child at school. Therefore, we encourage you to review your present health and accident insurance program to determine if your coverage is adequate. Student Assurance Services, Inc. offers families the opportunity to purchase supplemental accident insurance at low cost. Supplemental insurance may be appropriate for families with large deductibles or co-insurance payments, including HSA plans. More information is available in your school’s office/ you may also get more information and sign up online at: www.sas-mn.com.
- The Child and Teen Checkups program in Hennepin County is a health benefit for all children, teens and young adults under age 21 who are covered by Medical Assistance or Minnesota Care. The no-cost exams are provided at the children’s own medical and dental clinics.
- The Hennepin County Child and Teen Checkups program can assist with finding medical and dental clinics: make clinic appointments; and arrange transportation or interpreter services. The program wants to help families break down any barriers that prevent children from receiving the health care they deserve.
- If your child is uninsured, contact the Child and Teen Checkups program in Hennepin County at 612-348-5131 to get connected to community health services. Espanol: 612-348-9994 or 612-348-6383.
- If your child is privately insured, consult your health plan about preventive health care benefits.
Foods that Help Prevent Diabetes
- About one in four adults are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. To balance these odds, keep a healthy weight, exercise regularly and eat a well balanced diet that includes these super foods.
- Milk: One glass a day can lower your diabetes risk by 44 percent.
- Cinnamon: As little as 1/2 teaspoon a day added to yogurt, cereal or baked goods to keep blood sugar levels healthy.
- Nuts: Those who eat peanuts every day cut their odds of developing diabetes by as much as 21 percent. Of course those who have peanut allergies should not consider this option.
- Brown Rice: Two or more servings a week lower your risk of type 2 diabetes risk by 11 percent.