The office of the school nurse is located next to the school office. The focus of each School Health Nurse is to provide a safe and healthy environment your children while attending to their particular health needs. Their scope of services includes direct student care for acute and chronic illnesses and injuries, emergency response, preventative care, health education, case management, physician and family consultation, and collaboration with the interdisciplinary team. Throughout the school year, we will conduct various health screenings, mandated by the State of Connecticut, for specific grade levels, i.e. vision, hearing and scoliosis. They regularly interface with faculty to ensure that your child will have the best possible experience while attending his/her school.
PLEASE BE SURE TO CONTACT THE NURSE,
IF YOUR CHILD HAS ANY UNUSUAL HEALTH ISSUES OR CONCERNS.
The nurse is available in the Nurse’s Office Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Notify the school by telephone, if your child will be absent. Please leave your name, the child’s name, your child’s teacher’s name and the reason for absence.
SICK CHILD POLICY
PLEASE KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME IF THEY HAVE:
Chicken Pox: 7 days from the first lesion or longer until all pox are scabbed over.
"Pink Eye" or "Conjunctivitis": A full 24 hours of antibiotic treatment must be finished before the child returns to school.
Head Lice: If you discover head lice or eggs (nits), notify your school nurse. There are several over-the-counter products available for treatment. Some are more effective than others. Your school nurse will be able to give you guidance about child and home treatment. The nurse will also be able to check your child's classmates. Upon returning to school, the child must be examined by the school nurse before returning to class.
Strep Throat: A full 24 hours of antibiotic treatment must be finished before child returns to school.
General Illnesses and Flu: Please be considerate, as a coughing, hacking child with a constantly running nose is a health risk to others and miserable in school. Allow the child to convalesce at home and return to school only when his/her symptoms have diminished.
CHILDREN NEED TO STAY HOME FOR 24 HOURS AFTER:
- The start of an antibiotic medication (except in the case of an ear infection when how the child is feeling determines time home).
- Diarrhea and vomiting (24 hours after last occurrence).
- Fever free (24 hours after fever was last registered).
Before sending your child on this outdoor journey, please consider the following regarding possible exposure to deer ticks and Lyme Disease and hopefully, how best to avoid getting this disease.
"If a tick doesn't bite me, I won't get Lyme Disease" -A.M., age 7.
Dress Defensively: The object is to keep ticks from getting on your skin and biting you.
- The day before the trip, spray the planned outfit with a tick [repellent.
- Dress in light-colored and tightly woven clothing.
- Wear a long-sleeved-shirt (with. snug collar and cuffs) tucked into long, cuffless pants. Pull your socks up over the pants and wear closed, sturdy shoes - no sandals!
- Wear a hat/cap to cover the hair.
- Check yourself frequently for ticks.
- If in the woodlands,. stay in the center of trails, do not sit on the ground or on rock walls. But remember, ticks can be found everywhere including your own backyard!
- Upon arrival back home, brush off all skin and clothing before entering the house.
- Indoors, remove clothing and spin dry, wash and again heat dry them; shower and shampoo with a washcloth, towel dry and check your child from head-to-toe for ticks.