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Nokomis Elementary School

Nurse

Mrs. E. Walsh, R.N.
Phone: 631-471-1840, ext. 1
Fax: 631-467-3894

 

When are the best times to wash our hands?

Before eating or touching food
After using the bathroom
After blowing your nose or coughing
After touching pets or other animals
After playing outside
After visiting a sick friend or relative
You can use anti-bacterial wipes, even in your lunch box.

Attendance/Illness

ATTENDANCE
It is mandatory that your child attend school, and it is important that your child come to school on time. School begins at 8:30 am. Coming to school late is a disruption to the other children in the class, and your child starts his/her day  rushing to catch up.

If you know your child will be absent, please call the office at 471-1840, ext. 1, and leave a message. The answering machine is on 24 hours a day so you may call at anytime. You must still send your child in with an absent note on the day he/she returns to school.

ILLNESS
If your child is not feeling well, please evaluate the situation before sending them to school. Please treat all minor injuries that occur at home before sending child to school. Do not send your child to school if:

The child has vomited in the past 24 hours.
The child has diarrhea.
The child has a temperature above 100.0. They should remain home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without any medication.
The child has a pink eye and/or discharge from the eye.
The child has strep throat or scarlet fever. The child must be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school.
The child has chicken pox. All lesions must be dried and crusted before returning to school.
The child has a new rash that has not been evaluated by their doctor.

Food Allergies

There has been an increasing number of children with life-threatening food allergies. There are food allergy guidelines in place to ensure all student's safety while in school. This includes a peanut-free/nut- free table in the cafeteria. If a classroom has a student with severe food allergy, that classroom will be deemed peanut/tree-nut free, and a letter will be sent at the beginning of the school year requesting that certain foods not be eaten in the classroom.

Head Lice

When children are discovered to have head lice or nits, they are sent home until they are treated. If you discover your child has lice, please let me know, so I can check the other children in the class to limit the possible spread in the classroom. When a child returns to school after having lice, they must be checked by the nurse before going to class.  A second treatment must be done 7-10 days after the first.

Remember:
Do not share combs, hats, or anything that touches the head.
Check your child’s hair regularly. Nits cling to the hair shaft; dandruff flakes off.
Head lice crawl, they do not fly.

Immunizations

Students entering Nokomis Elementary School must have written proof of the following immunizations at the time of registration:

TDap - 5 or 4 doses, 4 if the last was given at 4yrs. or older,  Polio - 4 or 3 doses, 3 if the dose was given at 4 years or older, 2 MMR, 2 Varicella (Chicken Pox) and 3 Hepatitis B.


Fifth grade students are required to provide proof of receiving a TDAP booster vaccine when they turn 11- years-old. Students will not be permitted to start the sixth grade without proof of this vaccine. Students that have not yet turned 11 will be tracked, and must receive the vaccine when they turn 11.

Medications

If medications are needed during school hours there must be a written order from a physician, and written permission from the parent on file in the health office. The medication must be brought to  the school by a parent or other responsible person. The medication must be in the original container labeled with the child’s name, drug, doseage, and time to be administered.

This includes any over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol or cough/cold medicine.

If a student is self-directed, an employee of the district may give the student his/her medicine in the absence of the nurse. In the event of a field trip, if the student is self-directed, the medication dose could be sent with the teacher, and would be given to the student at the appropriate time. Both the parent and the physician must sign the self-direct form.

Physicals

Physical examinations are required for all new students entering any grade. They are also required for students entering kindergarten and grades 2 and 4. Please send in a copy of this physical to the nurse as soon as possible at the start of the school year. If a physical is not received from your child,  he/she will be scheduled for an examination by the school's physician.