Happy Fall! I wanted to highlight a few things I have been recently focusing on with your children.
Nursing Student–This semester, I am honored to have a nursing student from Iowa Wesleyan University join me on Thursdays. Her name is Miss Shelby. She has been assisting me in day to day duties, vision screens and working on an education project. Miss Shelby has created a ‘learning wall’ for the students at Van Allen. Students can learn from this fun, interactive display as they are waiting in line for lunch.
Vision Screens–I am currently in the process of screening all K, 1st, 3rd, and 5th grade students using the Snellen Eye chart. If there are any concerns that come from this screen, I will send a letter home with your child to recommend a more complete eye exam by an eyecare professional. If you have questions regarding the letter or need financial assistance with the professional eye exam, please contact me.
Cold and Flu season is here! It is sometimes difficult to know when you should keep your child home from school. Please use the following information to guide your decision. This information is taken directly from page 10 of the Mt. Pleasant Community School District Elementary Handbook 2015-2016.
Should Your Child Stay Home From School?
Only well children should attend school. In order to minimize the spread of communicable disease, please adhere to the following guidelines when determining if your child should attend school:
- Children with severe colds, nasal discharge or inflamed eyes should not come to school.
- Children who are vomiting or have diarrhea should not attend, and should be without symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Children with temperatures of 100.0 degrees or above should not attend. The child’s temperature must be normal for 24 hours before returning to school.
- Children who have been prescribed antibiotics for contagious diseases such as strep throat, tonsillitis, bronchitis or pneumonia should not return to school until they have taken the medication for 24 hours.
- If your child requires a Tylenol type medication to feel well enough to go to school, assume they are not well enough to attend school.
- No treatment, other than first aid measures, will be given at school.
Only a physician is qualified to make a diagnosis, and if the nurse or other school personnel suspect a health problem, the parent/guardian will be notified with the suggestion that the child may need to see a doctor. The school follows these guidelines when determining if a child should be sent home. It is very important that we have an alternate or emergency number to call if the child’s parent(s)/guardian(s) cannot be reached.
If you have any questions or health concerns for your child, please feel free to give me a call at Van Allen.
Jennifer Striegel, RN, BSN
Van Allen Elementary School Nurse