NURSES CORNER

WELCOME!  We are your school nurses - Karen Murphy & Meg Birmingham.  We are looking forward to another great school year with your child.

Mandated by the State of Connecticut is hearing, vision, and scoliosis screening, which will take place during the school year.  Also, a physical for entry into kindergarten and grade seven;  a blue state physical form will be provided from the nurse as needed for your health care provider to complete.  The blue state physical form is now also used as the sports physical.

Keeping Up to Date!  Please let the nurses know if your child has had any health condition that may require medication to be kept in the nurse’s office.   For example: asthma, diabetes, food allergies, insect allergies, headaches, etc.

Also, let the nurses know if your child has any health condition that may require any type of procedure, special attention or has a new health condition or change in health status.

MEDICATION

Parents/guardians are requested to give medications (antibiotics, over the counter medications, etc.)  at home and on a schedule other than during school hours if possible.  If it is necessary that a medication be given during school hours, the following procedures must be followed:

  • All prescription and over the counter medication administered at school requires a medication authorization form signed by a health provider and the parent/guardian. 
  • Medications must be in the original container picked up at the pharmacy each time the medication is refilled.  The appropriate pharmacy label must be intact.
  • All medications are to be kept in the nurse’s office in a locked cabinet.
  • All controlled medications must be delivered to the nurse by an adult.  Over the counter medications may be handed to the bus driver.
  • No student is allowed to carry medication in school, unless approved by the physician, parent and nurse.

Thank you for following these procedures.  This will help avoid any delay in administering medication to your child.

TO SEND OR NOT TO SEND A SICK CHILD    

This can be a very difficult question for parents and caretakers to answer early in the morning.  How does a parent/guardian decide when to send a child to school or not?

Ct. Law requires parents to send a child to school every day.  The daily decision should always be weighed in favor of sending your child to school.  In other words, unless there is a serious reason –SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL.

But suppose your child complains of not feeling well. . . . . then what?

Take your child’s temperature.  If the child’s temperature is 100 degrees or higher, he/she should remain at home in bed for the rest of the day.

If your child vomited during the night or before school, or has a bad cough, he/she should remain at home in bed.  If the vomiting lasts longer than a few hours or you are unsure, call your doctor or nurse practitioner.

BLUE EMERGENCY CARD

If your address or phone numbers change at any time please contact the school and nurse with updated information.  If you are traveling and leaving the child with another caregiver, please let the school and nurse know who to contact and give appropriate paperwork in case of an emergency.

INJURY                                                           

If the student is unable to participate in physical education class due to an injury, please provide a health care provider’s note indicating the type and length of restriction.

CLOTHING:                                            

The nurse has a very limited supply of clothing for children for any accidents or spills.  Students grades Kindergarten thru 3rdgrade (or any other grade if you feel your child will need it) will need a change of clothing.  Please send in a full change of clothing in a bag labeled with your child’s name to be kept in their classroom for the year in case he/she needs it.  A full set of clothes would be a tee shirt, pair of pants, underwear and socks.  The bag of clothing will be returned at the end of the school year.

SPORTS REQUIREMENTS:                             

If a student is interested in playing an interscholastic sport, you must submit to the nurse a completed blue state physical form from a primary health care provider in order to be approved to play.  The box that states the student may participate fully in athletic activities and competitive sports, MUST be checked off by the doctor.  An emergency/ permission form completed by the parent/ guardian should be returned to the nurse’s office prior to try-outs.  Students will not be cleared to play until the sports physical and permission form is reviewed by the school nurse.

In order to participate in a sport a student must have a physical examination yearly. 

NUT SAFE SCHOOL:                

Mill Road School is a Nut Safe School.  In order to provide the safest environment for students with food allergies, we recommend the following:

  • Minimize the amount of peanut and nut foods brought into school
  • Remind students to not share any foods or eat on the bus
  • Students who eat peanut or nuts should wash their hands afterwards to prevent accidental exposure to other students

The ACES Allergy Prevention and Management Plan has been revised, you can read the complete plan on our website: www.www.aces.org.

Students may not share or trade food with others.  Parents/Guardians should not bring or send food into school for any student other than their own.   This includes celebrations, such as birthdays and holidays.  Mill Road staff continues to work at keeping all our children safe.

COLD AND FLU PREVENTION    

A Cold or the Flu? When to Stay Home from School (English)

A Cold or the Flu? When to Stay Home from School (Spanish)

 

HANDWASHING: 

Proper hand washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of germs.  Children should wash hands before eating and after playing outdoors, using the bathroom, coughing, sneezing, blowing their noses, or touching someone else with a cold or cough.

Please be on the outlook for symptoms of cold and the flu; fever, aches, cough, sore throat, headache, vomiting or diarrhea.    Students with these symptoms need to stay home until cleared by their doctor, nurse practitioner or school nurse.

Thank you for your cooperation.