Notes from the Health Office
Barbara Ramsay, School Nurse 970-613-6403 (confidential voice mail) or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Ewert, School Health Office Assistant (SHOA) 970-613-6403 or email@example.com
- Please keep students home that have a 101◦ temperature or higher until they are fever free for 24 hours without analgesics (Tylenol/Ibuprofen).
- Please keep students home with upper GI (vomiting) for 24 hours after the last episode.
- If students have been diagnosed with Strep (or something contagious), they can return after being on the medication for 24 hours.
- We are happy to administer cough drops or other over the counter medications with a doctor’s completed (parent signed) “Medication Permission Form” (see forms to the left). Please don’t send these in backpacks/pockets in case they should fall out and into the hands of younger students.
- We gladly accept new and gently used sweat pants (both boys and girls) sizes 5-12. New underpants for both boys and girls sizes 5-10 are very much appreciated as well.
- If your student has more significant health needs (asthma, diabetes, anaphylaxis, seizures, etc), please contact our health office staff. Mrs. Ewert (school health office assistant-SHOA), or Mrs. Ramsay (school RN) are happy to help obtain health care plans for school support/medication administration.
With the change in the weather, the hats came out, and now is a good time for parents to be on the alert for head lice. Head lice are a common childhood affliction. All places where children get together are places where head lice can be transferred. Clean hair and home are no guarantee that head lice will not find your child. Periodically check your child's hair for nits (eggs), which can usually be seen long before lice can be located. Nits are small white to tan particles found in the hair that look a lot like dandruff, except that dandruff is loose and can be brushed from the hair, whereas nits are attached to the hair shaft and cannot be removed easily. Lice are very small (flea sized) and do not like light, so they can be hard to find. If your child is experiencing itching of the scalp or you see something in the hair and are not sure what it is, feel free to stop by the health office and allow staff to check with you.
Students are no longer excluded from school. Recheck is needed in 7 days to ensure complete removal.
Notes are NOT sent home to the entire classroom/school unless there are multiple reported cases in a class. This is a privacy/confidentiality issue and won't be shared unless the school nurse deems it necessary. Thank you for your understanding.
What should I do if we find lice/nits on my child?
- Use over the counter lice treatment.
- Check siblings/family members and perform treatment if necessary.
- Wash all bedding, pillows, stuffed animals, etc that could have contact with the affected child. If the item is too large to be washed (big stuffed animals), store in an airtight plastic bag for 14 days.
- Please report to the school health office at 970-613-6403 (confidential voice mail) so that measures may be taken at school to ensure classroom items are washed and track cases. Health office personnel will recheck 7 days from the report.
- Recheck for nits/lice 7 days after initial treatment. If present, please repeat above. If not present, no further action is required
Please click here for more information about head lice.